Title: Chaos in the Countryside
Author: Astoria Wright
Series: The Novella Prequel to The Faerie Apothecary Mysteries
Publisher: Novelwright Press
Release Date: October 5, 2018
Pages: 161
Book Source: eBook

“The quiet town of Moss Hill would be in trouble if not for one daring nature faerie: a sprite known as Chaos. Though she is little, she is…fierce isn’t the right word. Spirited is more accurate. She’s traveled far and wide to warn the half-human, half-elf Carissa Shae about a danger that’s coming to the countryside. Carissa’s Seelie Tree Apothecary shop is no stranger to faeries, but with this new arrival, its owner, and Moss Hill, will never be the same. Is this cozy town ready for a little Chaos?” Amazon

My Review:

I usually read book series where the Fae are a little more aggressive, like the October Daye Series by Seanan McGuire or The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. So this was an interesting change of pace. So much sweetness in Moss Hill, that I will be interested to see if over time the series gets a little darker.

Overall the story was very well written. There were some spelling and grammar mistakes that could easily be taken care of with another round of editing. It wasn’t enough to make me stop reading the book.

I enjoyed the plot, and am truly interested to see where Astoria Wright takes this series. I know a little about the Fae, but it’s not an area of expertise for me. So I was pleasantly surprised when I learned a bit more of their folklore. If Wright continues to give us more of their lore in the rest of the books, that will be a great addition to the story line.

There is already a bit of a love triangle. So I’m hoping it doesn’t continue for long, and turn me off the series, like has happened for me in other cozies. I had to stop reading Janet Evanovich because I just couldn’t take it anymore.

I was a bit confused with some of the writing towards the end of the book, in regards to place and characters. It could be because I was getting tired, or just due to another round of edits. But it wasn’t enough to make me have to reread those parts.

I’m intrigued enough with this novella that I’ll be reading book one in the Faerie Apothecary Mysteries, Herbs and Homicide.

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