Title: We Other
Author: Sue Bentley
About the book:
We Other was published by Everything With Words on 28 April, 2017. Sue Bentley visited the Young Adult Literature Conference to promote the book in 2017, signing copies and delivering proof copies. Bentley is an established author of children’s books and We Other is her first young adult novel.
About the author:
Sue Bentley discovered a love of books at an early age. She worked for Northamptonshire Libraries for many years, while teaching herself the craft of writing. She is the author of the worldwide bestselling Magic Kitten, Magic Puppy, Magic Ponies, Magic Bunny series for age 5-9 years. She also writes for children and adults under various pen names. A lover of English Folklore, her books often contain elements of the otherworld and the darkness within the everyday. Her books have been translated into around 20 languages. We Other is her first book for Young Adults.
Jess Morgan’s life has always been chaotic. When a startling new reality cannot be denied, it’s clear that everything she believed about herself is a lie. She is linked to a world where humans – ‘hot-bloods – are disposable entertainment. Life on a run-down estate – her single mum’s alcoholism and violent boyfriend – become the least of her worries. Drawn into a new world of a rich darkness, she finds herself torn between love, family and a growing sense of a new, powerful identity.
We Other by Sue Bentley is a fascinating young adult fantasy novel written for mature teenage and young adult audiences. Written with much purpose and research, Bentley delivers a love letter to painting, artistry and words with her novel. Her protagonist, Jess has her life thrown upside down and inside out, which I loved, as I felt that Bentley did not let her cut any corners in realising her true abilities and purpose. Jess is a bold young woman who does not let a lot stand in her way. Her heart is big and true; she wishes to save those she truly loves, yet she also understands that some people need to be defeated along the way.
Caleb is another brilliant character from We Other. He also is not given a single break by Bentley, which truly leads to him growing stronger. He also really learns who should be trusted from his father’s abuse, as well as realising how not to behave toward anybody. His connection with Ivy is special and, as their stories unravel side by side, the author understand what they’re all doing there. Ivy may have caused a lot of the events to be set in motion, but she really only tries to do the right thing.
Bentley’s world, Faery is incredibly one of a kind. The way that she has steered from the natural course of ‘fairy’ tradition in fairy tales gripped me from the beginning and I had to understand why mortals were in such danger from faeries. I also seriously questioned the selfishness of those taking the children only to discard of them later on.
Overall, I would recommend this novel to ALL readers of young adult/fantasy fiction. Sue Bentley creates a seamless world in Faery and makes you want to be enveloped by it. With strong backgrounds and characterisation, as well as creating scenes which powerfully connect throughout time to make the story make complete sense. Very fantastical, gripping and wondrous. Thank you Rachel’s Random Resources and Sue for an advance review copy in exchange for an honest review during the blog tour.