Keelie Heartwood was, more or less, normal. She had a funny allergy to wood and a dad who she'd never met, but overall she was just another California girl. Until her mom dies, and she's forced to go live with her dad. He travels around, working at Renaissance faires; Keelie's worst nightmare.
She's ready to get out of the Dark Ages geekland the second she arrives, but strange things are happening around her. When she starts communicating with trees, she knows something's up.
It was a nice little read, very entertaining and just happy to read. I had a great time with it.
Talking to trees is a new one, for me at least. It's an interesting supernatural twist, that stands out from a host of books that write about the exact same supernatural twist. And the plot itself isn't bad, if a little predictable.
Most of the characters were very well fleshed-out and decently written, and a few actively impressed me. Keelie, although appropriately angsty for a teenager forced into a Faire, isn't boring or overly repetitive, and her grief at her mother's death is realistic and not overdone.
The writing wasn't particularly standout but it was smooth and flowed nicely and Keelie's point of view was well done.
End Result: four stars. A good book, definitely woth your time.