For ten years, Alyssa’s grandmother sent her magic gifts that didn’t work. But, when Alyssa correctly, for once, follows the instructions that came with her 16th birthday present, she finds herself in Faerie, desperately trying to bring home a way to save her grandmother’s life.
It’s not always easy to predict how magic will work, but Alyssa is determined to make it follow her wishes this time.
Faerie is full of surprises. The best scenes in this book involve Alyssa’s reactions to the unexpected things that happen to her while she is on her trip. It wasn’t always easy to understand why she reacts the way she does in certain scenes, but her behaviour makes more sense when she is confronted with the lighthearted side of the magical world she is visiting. If a sequel is ever written about more of her adventures I would be interested in seeing her visit the areas of Faerie that piqued my curiosity when they were briefly mentioned in this piece.
Alyssa is described as a sixteen year old, but she acts like someone much younger than her chronological age. At times her immature reactions to certain experiences made it difficult for me to relate to her because they were so at odds with how most older teenagers behave. Had her behaviour either been better explained or her character been written as someone several years younger this piece would have earned a higher rating.
With that being said, Alyssa’s responses make more sense if I assume that this book is intended for a preteen audience. I chose the 10+ age recommendation due to the inclusion of some dark themes in one particular scene. The rest of the tale is appropriate for slightly younger readers if they are not easily frightened.
I’d recommend Ticket to Faerie to middle school readers who love the fantasy genre. This is a good choice in particular for students who are beginning to transition to more mature young adult fiction.