Now a Major Motion Picture by Cori McCarthy
Release date: April 3, 2018
An e-galley was provided by Sourcebooks Fire via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: Unlike the rest of the world, Iris doesn't care about the famous high-fantasy Elementia books written by M. E. Thorne. So it's just a little annoying that M. E. Thorne is her grandmother—and that Iris has to deal with the trilogy's crazy fans.
When Iris gets dropped in Ireland for the movie adaptation, she sees her opportunity: if she can shut down production, the Elementia craze won't grow any bigger, and she can finally have a normal life. Not even the rascally-cute actor Eamon O'Brien can get in her way.
But the crew's passion is contagious, and as Iris begins to find herself in the very world she has avoided her whole life, she realizes that this movie might just be amazing…
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: What a fun, nerdy story. There were so many references to franchises such as Lord of the Rings and The Golden Compass.
I really liked how McCarthy handled the Elementia books and movies and the many tropes in high fantasy. I liked Eamon and Iris together. Character-wise, Iris was okay. Ryder got on my nerves, and none of the others really stuck with me. The relationship dynamics with Iris's dad really got on my nerves. That man was just too annoying in all the most cliche ways.
I skimmed a lot of the end as I started to lose interest. There just wasn't that element of magic in the storytelling that gets me to love a book.
A bit of foul language and drinking.
The Verdict: Could've been really good, but it wasn't what I wanted.
Will I be adding this book to my library?: Nah.