Summer's Crossing by Julie Kagawa
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A Midsummer's Nightmare? Robin Goodfellow. Puck. Summer Court prankster, King Oberon's right hand, bane of many a faery queen's existence—and secret friend to Prince Ash of the Winter Court. Until one girl's death came between them, and another girl stole both their hearts.
Now Ash has granted one favor too many and someone's come to collect, forcing the prince to a place he cannot go without Puck's help—into the heart of the Summer Court. And Puck faces the ultimate choice—betray Ash and possibly win the girl they both love, or help his former friend turned bitter enemy pull off a deception that no true faery prankster could possibly resist.
So, unlike many of my fellow reviewers I'm not a massive Puck fan. I mean, I get why he likes Meghan and all, what with being at school with her and guarding her in the real world. But sooner or later you have to take the hint that she likes someone else and you absolutely MUST NOT try to muscle in on a best friends romance.
So that's where I am with Puck. This story is a novella so quite short but is told from Puck's POV.
Stripped down into the barest of nutshells this book exposes Puck and all his goodness, sarcasm, and pranks. We actually get to find out about what REALLY happened between Puck and Ash and why the rivallry between the two is so intense. They don't actually hate each other. Their friendship was, just like Meghan and Ash's love, forbidden. Both from opposite sides yet they formed an unusual tie and didn't care about the consequences.
The story opens up that relationship of brotherhood like never before and it really is delightful to read a quick story like this to ready ourselves for the final book of the series.
Kudos to Kagawa for filling in the gaps and making us all want to live in Nevernever!
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