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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
Over the Edge by Jane Tesh brings fairytales to life in a lighthearted way that is a breath of fresh air. Riley Evensong has worked her way up to head of the Guard but has bigger dreams and, thanks to her lineage, she has an opportunity to lead her people as queen. The last thing she expected was for Fortuna to predict that others have a chance at claiming the throne for themselves, which leads her in a search for a sorceress’s daughter and facing off against a farm boy whose arrogance has her riled. Then the king sends for Mel Worthington who has arrived from the Other Side to deliver answers about a strange device. Suddenly, everyone in the Edge has fallen under the spell of social media called Flitter. Mel and Riley must work together with the help of a talking rabbit named Timmon to save the fairytales and to uncover the secrets behind Mel’s emerging magic.
Jane Tesh delivers fairytales with a unique and playful voice that places a modern spin on them through the use of technological devices and social media. The story is humorous and pokes fun at certain tropes and the obsession people have with the internet and technology. The story has various classic fairytale tropes that are brought to life with a twist on the characters. The talking animals are a treat throughout with the primary one being Timmon whose biggest wish is to be a sidekick and is a constant presence throughout Riley’s claim to the throne. Tesh has fun with the animals with even wolves with cellphones clamoring for a photo of Mel. Technology is slowly invading this world of fairytales which creates a conflict as these devices and social media are taking away from the meaning of the fairytales. At the root of Riley’s journey is her goal to be queen and how hard she’s willing to fight to achieve that dream. Mel is a fork in her path that she immediately believes will be a hindrance to her but, instead, the two have a spark between them that begins in friendship. Over the Edge is a lighthearted fairytale that has humor, romance, and talking animals.