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Bridger

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Author: Megan Curd

Published: June 4th 2011 by Soul Fire Press

Format: Kindle Edition , 258 pages

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Language: English


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Ashlyn McVean doesn’t believe in fairy tales. That is, until Ashlyn is thrown into the crosshairs of grudges her grandmother created long ago. After finding out she is one of two people able to cross between faerie realms, Ashlyn is faced with trying to understand her abilities, along with navigating a new relationship with her boyfriend, Liam. As if being on a centuries ol Ashlyn McVean doesn’t believe in fairy tales. That is, until Ashlyn is thrown into the crosshairs of grudges her grandmother created long ago. After finding out she is one of two people able to cross between faerie realms, Ashlyn is faced with trying to understand her abilities, along with navigating a new relationship with her boyfriend, Liam. As if being on a centuries old hit list and dealing with crazed pixies isn’t enough, her new abilities mean trouble for Liam. Knowing her new life puts everyone she loves in danger, Ashlyn must decide what’s most important in her life between friends, family, love and ultimately, realms.

30 review for Bridger

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alana ~ The Book Pimp

    Some background (very little to no spoilers): Ashlyn is your average high school student living in Ohio. She has a crazy "bestie" friend and another great guy friend that loves her, although she does not reciprocate the feelings. Approaching Christmas, all was well, she was planning a trip to visit Ireland with her father... And then the book starts with the death of her father. The callousness of the paramedics, and her grief cause her to do a seemingly impossible act - throwing the paramedic ag Some background (very little to no spoilers): Ashlyn is your average high school student living in Ohio. She has a crazy "bestie" friend and another great guy friend that loves her, although she does not reciprocate the feelings. Approaching Christmas, all was well, she was planning a trip to visit Ireland with her father... And then the book starts with the death of her father. The callousness of the paramedics, and her grief cause her to do a seemingly impossible act - throwing the paramedic against the car like she was an action hero. This was just the tip of the iceberg for unusual things that seemed to begin happening... Her "Memaw", which had during her previous 16 years seemed to treat her with a cold distance, suddenly seems to be trying to reach out to her, to talk to her. Determined to make the most out of her trip to Ireland, she talks her mother into letting her go with her crazy "bestie" that Memaw does not seem to like at all... Almost immediately upon arriving in Ireland, her "bestie" Jaime seems to have a polar shift in her attitude. Being surrounded by cousins and their friends, and meeting the handsome Liam starts to bring back some measure of warmth to her heart after loosing her father. Just when she thought things were turning around, meeting a cute boy that she actually feels attracted to, and seems to like her back, she overhears a conversation that leads her to believe she is just an inconvenience that must be babysat. So she and Jaime head off for some tourist sightseeing in Cork. Little did she know that all the fairy stories her grandmother told her growing up, and even Liam told her about his "stolen" little brother were true..... This was a really good, refreshing YA novel. The characters are well written, and youthful without the whiny overtones that can turn me away from many YA books. There were innocent youthful romantic feelings, without any worry of a book filled with sex-crazed teenagers. There is still teenage drama, surprising more action that I expected, and Ashlyn turn out to be a much stronger and unique character compared to when the story begins. These faerie, changelings, and other creatures are not the happy-go-lucky, wish-granting, winged creatures that you may be familiar with from other stories. They are dark, and ruthless, and "other". While there does seem to be a dividing line between the "good" fae and "bad" fae... that lines proves to be many shades of grey- murky and ill-defined. Even the "good" guys are still not human, and don't think like human. Do not expect Tinkerbell when reading this. I am really looking forward to the next book in the series. It really is a good story, although one of the few complaints I have is there were many "future" plot turns that you can see coming a mile away. It wasn't badly written, but there were fewer surprises than I was hoping for. For anyone that love fae stories, and doesn't mind YA, I would highly recommend this book. I was pleased that I was given an opportunity to read it, and will most definitely read Traitor when it comes out...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    From Goodreads “Ashlyn McVean doesn't believe in fairy tales. That is, until Ashlyn is thrown into the crosshairs of grudges her grandmother created long ago. After finding out she is one of two people able to cross between faerie realms, Ashlyn is faced with trying to understand her abilities, along with navigating a new relationship with her boyfriend, Liam. As if being on a centuries old hit list and dealing with crazed pixies isn't enough, her new abilities mean trouble for Liam. Knowing her From Goodreads “Ashlyn McVean doesn't believe in fairy tales. That is, until Ashlyn is thrown into the crosshairs of grudges her grandmother created long ago. After finding out she is one of two people able to cross between faerie realms, Ashlyn is faced with trying to understand her abilities, along with navigating a new relationship with her boyfriend, Liam. As if being on a centuries old hit list and dealing with crazed pixies isn't enough, her new abilities mean trouble for Liam. Knowing her new life puts everyone she loves in danger, Ashlyn must decide what's most important in her life between friends, family, love, and ultimately, realms” Unreal, I have found so many wonderful books on Read 2 review that I can’t seem to stop requesting them! This one was no exception, Megan Curd is another Independent author with an Amazing talent and Bridger is a complete gem. Ashlyn McVean is an amazing female heroine that we can safely let our sons and daughters admire. From the first chapter I was hooked, done for, and a fan. Immediately buy this one and get ready for an incredible journey with the fierce family of McVean’s through Irish folklore and young love. As always thank you to the brave author for offering her work up for review and to the Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Fanatics! Group on goodreads! Rating - 5 out 5 Stars Recommended for – Everyone! Follow my blog here - http://sharearead.com/?p=253

  3. 4 out of 5

    Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)

    I received this book as a part of Read 2 Review program. Overall, I really liked this book. The author has an amazing imagination which made for an enjoyable read. I haven’t read a ton of fairy books, but this was certainly very different from anything I’ve read and that’s a good thing. I enjoyed the romance in this book and at first I thought it was going to happen to fast, but then it blossomed the way it should have. There were twists I didn’t expect, but at the same time it added to the realis I received this book as a part of Read 2 Review program. Overall, I really liked this book. The author has an amazing imagination which made for an enjoyable read. I haven’t read a ton of fairy books, but this was certainly very different from anything I’ve read and that’s a good thing. I enjoyed the romance in this book and at first I thought it was going to happen to fast, but then it blossomed the way it should have. There were twists I didn’t expect, but at the same time it added to the realism. I just had a few questions that were left once I finished reading the book. (view spoiler)[ 1. I really felt the loss of the father in the first chapter. But after that nothing. I kind of felt like it was a bit unrealistic for Ashlyn to go to Ireland a few days after her dad passed away with no funeral or mention of one unless I missed something. Then I felt like her dad’s death would have been one of her reasons to fight. But I didn’t really get that it was. 2. When we were introduced to Mary, she was labeled as her “Biology partner”, yet as the story went along, there were more like best friends???? Not a big deal, just something I noticed. 3. I had a big problem with Ashlyn and Jamie going to Ireland. If Memaw knew what Jamie was, why would she send her to a foreign country in possible danger??? It’s not like Ashlyn purchased the tickets. Her mother could have refused to change the ticket to Jamie’s name. And being that they were underage, they would need an adult to change the ticket. Yet, they let her go. Just a plot hole, but I understand the need of the situation for the storyline to work. 4. In the end, Liam went back to Ireland and had nothing to say to Ashlyn about her leaving him in America???? 5. It’s an interesting twist, but humans protecting “bridger” who actually end up protecting them. Memaw always knew what Ashlyn was maybe not to the extent, but I find it hard to believe humans were suppose to protect “bridgers” from Changelings who are more deadly??? 6. Reece just kind of disappeared from the story towards the end and I missed him. (hide spoiler)] In end, I overlooked all of my questions and enjoyed the book. I would give it 3.5 stars and look forward to reading the next book in the series. I would recommend to all readers. I truly think they will enjoy this book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Midu Hadi

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I got this book to read and review from the Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Fanatics! I liked the book- it began well, the story was good but it did suffer from the main-character-is-too-stupid-to-see-what-was-right-in-front-of-her syndrome. For about a quarter of the book, Ash got on my nerves. For the rest of the story, I could put up with her enough to enjoy the story. The other problem I had was the Changelings bad and humans good concept. But I'm sure the author has plans to dispel that I got this book to read and review from the Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Fanatics! I liked the book- it began well, the story was good but it did suffer from the main-character-is-too-stupid-to-see-what-was-right-in-front-of-her syndrome. For about a quarter of the book, Ash got on my nerves. For the rest of the story, I could put up with her enough to enjoy the story. The other problem I had was the Changelings bad and humans good concept. But I'm sure the author has plans to dispel that notion since Ash already starts to feel bad for the Changelings in the sneak peek given for the sequel. I loved the Irish cousins and would love to read more about them in the next book. Ash's mother and father are two other characters I'd have liked to know more about. Ankou was just the right amount of creepy, though I'm sure he'll up it a notch in the next book and Jamie had the exact bitch ingredients that I'd have liked in her. I'd also like to mention that I never even knew when the book reached its end, I was that absorbed into it. Can't wait for the sequel!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tanecia

    5/5 stars! Amazing! This book was "FREAKING AMAZING!!!!" Okay I've received this book as a "read-to-review" and yes the synopsis sounded good almost plain-like when you watch a movie trailer and it has no action but looks alright-and then you go see the actual movie and your blown away. So I gave this book a go and let me tell you this book took me far and beyond blown away! Megan,Megan,Megan I am your biggest fan and a fan of this series! My synopsis: Ashlyn McVean is not your typical girl she is 5/5 stars! Amazing! This book was "FREAKING AMAZING!!!!" Okay I've received this book as a "read-to-review" and yes the synopsis sounded good almost plain-like when you watch a movie trailer and it has no action but looks alright-and then you go see the actual movie and your blown away. So I gave this book a go and let me tell you this book took me far and beyond blown away! Megan,Megan,Megan I am your biggest fan and a fan of this series! My synopsis: Ashlyn McVean is not your typical girl she is the descendant of one of the most Bad-ass assassins of the faery realm "Naemar". And that bad-ass assassin happens to be Ashlyn's "Memaw" or should I say grandma who looks centuries old and walks with a Cain to support her self. After Ashlyn's father's death Ashlyn discovers that she is in the middle of a war between changelings(the bad/ugly faeries) and the Glaistig(the good faeries) and also the grudge her grandmother started centuries before Ashlyn's birth with one of the meanest and hateful changeling of them all. Ashlyn Gets tied up in this century/other-worldy war and she is the key to stopping the changelings from building a bridge to Naemar and our world for good. Ashlyn must endure test's of friendship,betrayal, and a love triangle that is brewing between her,Liam and Reese.She must learn to trust people she barely knows and live up to the McVean name. ProsBridger is going to be a series to be reckoned with! It's fast paced,twist's and turns, and action that is non stop that keeps you reading late into the night. And don't let me forget the hilarious love triangle and the funny things Reese and Liam do to each other to win Ashlyn's heart. This book was beautiful written, it was easy to relate to all the characters who had depth and background. Morgan really made it easy for the reader to fall into Ashlyn's shoes so-to-speak to feel every emotion and place/world she stumbled into during the read. I loved this book and what a great way to start off a series! Very original plot and characters-I can say I have never read a book like this. And I soaked up every minute of this joy ride! Cons I really cant say I found anything wrong with this book except that it should have been longer! :) Recommend to: Vampire Academy,Hunger Games,Iron King lover's and to readers who love action packed reads will definitely enjoy!! This book was right up my alley and I cant wait to read "Traitor" the second book!! [email protected]

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sheri

    Bridger is a story Ashlyn, a 16-year-old girl who is just beginning to find out she is a little bit more than she ever thought. The first few chapters of this book seemed to jump around a bit to me, and I was having trouble following. The book picked up after Ashlyn and her friend Jamie got to Ireland, and things started falling into place for Ashlyn. This is when the book really started getting interesting for me. I liked the characters and thought they were written well. I would have loved to Bridger is a story Ashlyn, a 16-year-old girl who is just beginning to find out she is a little bit more than she ever thought. The first few chapters of this book seemed to jump around a bit to me, and I was having trouble following. The book picked up after Ashlyn and her friend Jamie got to Ireland, and things started falling into place for Ashlyn. This is when the book really started getting interesting for me. I liked the characters and thought they were written well. I would have loved to see a little bit more background on each of them to round them out a bit. It's the details like that that make a book, and I did not feel we got many of those details in Bridger. There were a few things about the book that bothered me. First, while first chapter was done well where it portrayed her father's death, everyone just sort of seemed to forget about him very quickly. There did not seem to be much grieving; again we could have used more detail here. Another thing was Jamie. No one really seemed to be too concerned that this 16-year-old girl just disappeared. The book mentioned that she was on her own a lot, but do not you think her parents would have been looking for her after a while? The last thing was Reese. While I really loved his character and his relationship with Ashlyn, (and no, I am not one of those people who compares every book they read to Twilight), he seemed a little too "Jacob" to me. Many of his lines and actions were all too familiar. Overall, I really liked this book, and it held my attention enough that I am looking forward to reading the next in the series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tana

    Bridger by Megan Curd Bridger is one of the better books I’ve read this year; Megan Curd did a terrific job in writing this story her descriptions are great and the story bring us a different view on the fairy world. There is murder, mystery, romance and betrayal something every good book requires. The story begins with the drowning of Ashlyn and Chris’s father, they are distraught and trying to understand what has happened. Struggling through the shock Ashlyn displays serge of power trying to ge Bridger by Megan Curd Bridger is one of the better books I’ve read this year; Megan Curd did a terrific job in writing this story her descriptions are great and the story bring us a different view on the fairy world. There is murder, mystery, romance and betrayal something every good book requires. The story begins with the drowning of Ashlyn and Chris’s father, they are distraught and trying to understand what has happened. Struggling through the shock Ashlyn displays serge of power trying to get the paramedic to save her father. This is the first glimpse where we the readers know there is more to come. Ash and her father were planning a trip to Ireland to visit their family and learn about her heritage, seeing the tickets is hard but she makes up her mind to continue on with the trip bringing her best friend along. Reluctantly her mother and grandmother agree that Ash may go, but her grandmother warns her to stay out of trouble and never go anywhere alone. In Ireland Ash meets her extended family and some new friends, one in particular seems to have grabbed her attention. Liam who is tall handsome and seems very interested in her also. The romance is fresh and you can see why Ash is falling for Liam. Then we are introduced to fairy realm and find out what some would say a dark side and good side. Finding out the Ash is a Bridger mean she can travel between both realms. Something only one other person can do. When Ashlyn finds out she was the one meant to die in the pond that this was not an accident that took her father’s life but a plan of revenge. A different world opens up to Ashlyn and she finds out more than she ever expected about her families heritage. To save her family and friends Ash needs to figure out her abilities and use them to fight for her life. This book has a great list of character, and you fall in love with all of them. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alexia Purdy

    I enjoyed reading this story; it had lots of action scenes, interesting characters and loads of mystery. Ashlyn McVean was a strong heroine and I enjoyed her prospective of all the changes she went through. I love any kind of fairy/faery tale and this was an interesting premise and the plot was great. The mythology and storytelling was very in depth. I did find it a bit jumpy and confusing at times when the background was being explained but it rolls through and regains its momentum easily. Mega I enjoyed reading this story; it had lots of action scenes, interesting characters and loads of mystery. Ashlyn McVean was a strong heroine and I enjoyed her prospective of all the changes she went through. I love any kind of fairy/faery tale and this was an interesting premise and the plot was great. The mythology and storytelling was very in depth. I did find it a bit jumpy and confusing at times when the background was being explained but it rolls through and regains its momentum easily. Megan Curd’s rich characters were fun, realistic and each was presented with exceptional detailing. I have to say I rooted for Reese to win Ashlyn’s heart the whole time; he just seems more down to earth and loves Ashlyn in a more realistic manner than Liam. Liam is outrageously gorgeous and I would fall for him any day but I think his love is more obsessive than anything else. Emily McVean was the most awesome of the bunch, how she comes out to everyone about her true self is amazing. She’s definitely a strong female fairy role model and I would love to hear more of her backstory. The irish folklore and myths weaved into this book were awesome. Overall, a very engaging, original take on fairies. Anyone who loves dark fairy stories would enjoy this one. I can’t wait to read the sequel.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Brandi Kosiner

    Bridger creates a magical and intriguing world that held my attention and left me wanting so much more. The characters are great and beautifully written. Ash had me at hello with such an emotional connection right away. Ash has a strong voice and I love how there are funny moments thrown in at all the right times. I loved and hated the presence of MeMaw right away, she has such a strong personality, and I love where the character arc goes. I also love the sarcasm and easy going nature between her a Bridger creates a magical and intriguing world that held my attention and left me wanting so much more. The characters are great and beautifully written. Ash had me at hello with such an emotional connection right away. Ash has a strong voice and I love how there are funny moments thrown in at all the right times. I loved and hated the presence of MeMaw right away, she has such a strong personality, and I love where the character arc goes. I also love the sarcasm and easy going nature between her and Jaime at the beginning, I’m such a sucker for sarcasm J The introduction of Reese kept me even more intrigued too. Their relationship is pretty undefined, but they have a different but still strong bond than with her and Jaime. And if I thought I was attached to the story, I didn’t know anything until Liam came on the scene. Swoon! This is action packed, and I never knew what to expect coming next, but Megan wove it all together and created one amazing story. She’s a genius and I can’t wait for more. I def recommend that you read this one RIGHT NOW!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sarah {Literary Meanderings}

    ♥ Find my reviews on Blogger ~ Reviews by Bookish Sarah - - - This book opens up to a sad & chilling (quite literally) scene. It's days before Christmas, and Ashlyn McVean's father has just been pulled out of a frozen lake. Unfortunately though, it wasn't soon enough to save his life. Ashlyn, her brother Chris, their mother, along with with Memaw (aka Emily, the grandmother) now have to attempt to pick up the pieces and move on. Pretty much immediately following the death of her father, Ashlyn beg ♥ Find my reviews on Blogger ~ Reviews by Bookish Sarah - - - This book opens up to a sad & chilling (quite literally) scene. It's days before Christmas, and Ashlyn McVean's father has just been pulled out of a frozen lake. Unfortunately though, it wasn't soon enough to save his life. Ashlyn, her brother Chris, their mother, along with with Memaw (aka Emily, the grandmother) now have to attempt to pick up the pieces and move on. Pretty much immediately following the death of her father, Ashlyn begins to experience oddities that truly have no logical explanation. Ashlyn soon realizes she isn't quite ‘normal’. Could the Irish fairy tales Memaw has been telling her since childhood have some hint of truth behind them? Ashlyn decides that taking the trip her father had planned for her is the best thing to do. So, along with her best friend, she takes a trip to her grandmother's homeland of Ireland. She is there to meet extended family, learn more about her heritage, and of course just try to have a good time while attempting to deal with the sorrow of losing her father. While there, Ashlyn learns the real reasons behind the strange things happening to her - she's a rare being called a Bridger. Sort of faerie, sort of human, and something else completely. A multitude of secrets pour out during her visit. Nothing in her life was or is how it's always seemed. Who and what is she supposed to trust? Then there's Liam - the new boy in her life, who ends up being directly linked to her life. Will they both be able to survive the danger that's waiting in the wings? - - - I loved this book! I only have one complaint, and that is about the pace. It was just paced out kind of weird for me. Never dull, but maybe dragging here and there. Other than that, I loved everything about it! I really enjoyed the characters. Ashlyn herself was a pleasure. I liked her a bunch. Liam was swoon-worthy, but a little on the dull side for my tastes. Emily and Reese were my favorites, by far. Reese was just too charming not to love. I have a habit of rooting for the underdog, so, I have to say I wish Ashlyn and Reese could get together. I have no disillusions about it though, lol. Emily! She was so complex.. and just fantastic! I especially enjoyed her intense, protective nature. Not to mention the fact that she is bad-ass to the max. The plot was more than interesting. I completely love the folklore and fae legends backing the storyline. I have never read anything quite like it, and it comes complete with plot twists, surprises galore, and a cliffhanger ending (I love a good cliffhanger)! I also have to applaud Megan for setting this story in multiple venues - and doing it so well. I think each one was described perfectly. I especially liked the way Adaire was built - it was so beautiful. I would definitely recommend this book to YA lovers of all kinds. It was a refreshing, fun read. It has a little of everything: magic, drama, humor, spectacular imagery, interesting characters, a solid plot, a bit of teen angst, action, betrayal, love, it has it all! Definitely worth your time. I say get your tush on over to Amazon and give it a shot. :) I can't wait for book 2. - - - Ebook received in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Megan Curd.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lissa Smith Reads'~Bookaholics Bookshelf Reviews

    I was fortunate enough to make the cut for reviewing this book for the Read 2 Review when the author offered up extra copies for all of those who whimpered about not being fast enough. Oh, and just for the record, this in no way it affects my review… Let us chitchat for a brief minute shall we. Anyone who knows me will tell you that once upon time I never judged a book by its cover. Well just, like the season’s things change and now more than ever I am such a total cover whore. Which lends one to I was fortunate enough to make the cut for reviewing this book for the Read 2 Review when the author offered up extra copies for all of those who whimpered about not being fast enough. Oh, and just for the record, this in no way it affects my review… Let us chitchat for a brief minute shall we. Anyone who knows me will tell you that once upon time I never judged a book by its cover. Well just, like the season’s things change and now more than ever I am such a total cover whore. Which lends one to beg why did I choose Megan Curds, Bridger as R2r book of the month? I am sure it was not for the cover art. Not that it was internally bad, but considering the story beneath the pages, I would have expected an out of this world cover. Not the bland photo of a bridge in the woods that Curd chose although; I do get the philosophy behind her choice. Enough with the cover art let us move on to the story that lies beneath the cover. Megan Curd did an excellent job with Bridger. She managed to create a unique magical and intriguing world that held my attention. Along with Megan Curd’s one of its kind imagination and with her unique and creative writing style it shines through out the story who her favorite Authors have been. Though it is a quick read, it is not short on adventure. Curd did an excellent job and I wish she had spent more time developing the characters and growing the story. That would be the reason I was thrilled to learn that Bridger was a novella to wet our imagination taste buds and place us on the edge of sanity awaiting the release of her the next book in the series. I for one look forward to Curd continuing the story and I also look to see what this hot new author has stored in the creative parts of her imagination. If you have time to spare pick up a copy of Bridger, you will not be disappointed.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Clare Marie

    Where to start? I loved it. That's pretty much the entire review. Everything was brilliant, and made sense. There was nothing that left me rolling my eyes and being able to connect the idea to six other different books. It felt completely original. Urban Fantasy isn't usually my thing, but this time around, I really think this has become a favourite book. The plot moved quick enough to keep me interested, but not too fast that I felt rushed and like everything was happening at once. I think I -ma Where to start? I loved it. That's pretty much the entire review. Everything was brilliant, and made sense. There was nothing that left me rolling my eyes and being able to connect the idea to six other different books. It felt completely original. Urban Fantasy isn't usually my thing, but this time around, I really think this has become a favourite book. The plot moved quick enough to keep me interested, but not too fast that I felt rushed and like everything was happening at once. I think I -may- have sighed a few times at Liam, and I'm not sure if that's because he's exasperating, or because he's .. well, a guy. I felt pretty .. involved in the book as I was reading it, it kept me attached, and there were a few times that I probably would have thrown it if I was holding it in my hands - mainly out of frustration because of some certain character being an idiot - Liam >.>. I liked that you're thrown straight in to the drama as soon as you open the book, and you don't have to wait for it to get interesting. The first few chapters alone bring up so many questions about Ashlyn, and even her Memaw, that you want to get through it quickly to find the answers, but you can't bring yourself to rush through it, in case you miss something important. I don't think there's a way that I can say how much I love this, or how much I looked forward to reading it. Megan Curd is definitely going on my watch list, and I fully intend to buy her books.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    My rating is not quite 3 stars, but I've decided to round up. First let me say that this story is very compelling. It's hard to put down as you must know what happens next. That said, it has a few problems. The fae lore is confusing, though very interesting. For those who are fascinated with the fae, it's a different, intriguing take on them. But like I said, it's confusing. And the thing with the chairs was weird, throwing me out of the story a bit - they just didn't fit at all. The love story My rating is not quite 3 stars, but I've decided to round up. First let me say that this story is very compelling. It's hard to put down as you must know what happens next. That said, it has a few problems. The fae lore is confusing, though very interesting. For those who are fascinated with the fae, it's a different, intriguing take on them. But like I said, it's confusing. And the thing with the chairs was weird, throwing me out of the story a bit - they just didn't fit at all. The love story was well done, though their connection happened too quickly. Also, the grieving and avenging of Ashlyn's father should have been a major part of the story. But the thing that bothered me the most was that the (inevitable) break-up lasted three weeks. At most it should have been three days. His mother should have stepped up to the plate and explained everything immediately. It was just unrealistic. I had a few other, smaller issues as well. But, like I said, the story is compelling. The author writes well and knows how to hook her readers. With more time and editing this could have been an amazing book. One trick another author uses is to read her work out loud to herself. She catches a lot of problems that way. I know this author is in the process of writing the sequel, so I hope she takes what I say into consideration. My critique is well-meant. Her talent is obvious, it just needs to be further honed.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Thamy

    The book is about Ashlyn Mcvean an ordinary girl who simply can't conquer the love of her grandmother, or so it would seem. When Ashlyn's father dies in an unexpected accident Ashlyn is forced into a world that she never believed existed. Her grandmother had always told her stories about the Irish Folklore, but Ashlyn always dismissed her tales until when she travelled to Ireland, there she learnt the stories were actually true. Ashlyn is special, she is a rare breed of faery and human, she can The book is about Ashlyn Mcvean an ordinary girl who simply can't conquer the love of her grandmother, or so it would seem. When Ashlyn's father dies in an unexpected accident Ashlyn is forced into a world that she never believed existed. Her grandmother had always told her stories about the Irish Folklore, but Ashlyn always dismissed her tales until when she travelled to Ireland, there she learnt the stories were actually true. Ashlyn is special, she is a rare breed of faery and human, she can cross and live in both Realms and that makes her the most desirable target that ever existed. Her life and the lives of her loved ones are in danger, and no matter which path she chooses to take, people will get hurt and lives may be lost. She will have to put herself out there and face her enemies; she has to choose between her destiny as an Immortal or a life in the arms of her boyfriend Liam. It's a journey in which she may not return as a victor, but the only way to save and protect the ones she loves so dearly. It's a story of Irish Folklore, Faeries, long battles and love. Most of all, it's a story about blood and revenge. A must read! You can read the rest of my review on my blog: http://fanaticreader.weebly.com/1/pos...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Hope Collier

    An amazing story with twists and turns I never saw coming. Unique and intriguing with the just right mixture of excitement, romance, and mystery, BRIDGER is sure to make a splash in the YA realm. Curd's characters, plot, and pacing are excellent. Her ability to draw the reader in and knack for world building are enviable. Eagerly awaiting the sequel!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    I honestly did not know what to expect from this debut novel. I’m not well versed in faerie lore (despite being half Irish), and have not read many books where faeries factor so prominently in the tale. The novel did not draw me in immediately, I found myself questioning characters’ motives and the timing of events. The opening scene is the sudden, tragic, and very unexpected death of Ashlyn’s father. Of course, this event proves of utter importance later in the novel, but at the onset it felt r I honestly did not know what to expect from this debut novel. I’m not well versed in faerie lore (despite being half Irish), and have not read many books where faeries factor so prominently in the tale. The novel did not draw me in immediately, I found myself questioning characters’ motives and the timing of events. The opening scene is the sudden, tragic, and very unexpected death of Ashlyn’s father. Of course, this event proves of utter importance later in the novel, but at the onset it felt rushed. Without a doubt, the first chapter of any novel is the most difficult to write—how much back story is too much, how does one control pacing, what do readers need to know immediately, these are all questions any author struggles with. Once I got out of the first chapter, I found myself drawn into the actual story and began seeing events through Ashlyn’s eyes. Most readers will be able to recall their awkward teenage years and will understand what it must be like to balance one’s own changing world with trying to figure out where one fits in the larger picture. Ashlyn finds herself bound for Ireland—the chapters that took place in Ireland were some of my favorites—where she quickly finds there is more to her family than meets the eye. Readers learn with Ashlyn that there are multiple realms and a war has been waging for hundreds of years of which most humans are blissfully unaware. Most importantly (to me at least), Ashlyn meets Liam. Yeah, yeah, faeries are cool, but c’mon—Liam is tall, has black hair, blue eyes, an Irish brogue, and is completely dedicated to keeping Ash safe---what more could a girl ask for? And here is where Megan Curd won me over—despite having a handsome and very capable boy whose sole mission in life is protecting her, Ashlyn is very much self-sufficient; indeed, she rescues him as much as he rescues her. No wimpy female protagonist waiting to be swept up by prince charming here. Bridger, as a whole, is full of strong female characters, which is something I love to see in literature. Upon meeting Liam and his family, Ashlyn’s world is turned (even more) upside down and she must come to terms with the fact that her days as an ordinary high school student are long gone. To her credit, she does try to maintain some sense of normalcy, but it seems this is not in the cards for her. The action of the novel moves along at a good pace and there is a hefty dose of romance and tension thrown in to keep the novel well-rounded. Readers will find themselves choosing sides and cheering on characters as they are pulled along on this roller-coaster ride with Ashlyn. As this is the first in a series, the novel ends with a cliffhanger; however, it does also stand alone on its own merits. I am eager to see how the series progresses, I anticipate seeing more of the other realms in the forthcoming follow-up. In all, this is a solid entry to the YA fantasy genre and I’m looking forward to following Megan Curd as her career progresses. from http://www.mymercurialmusings.com

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amy :o)

    I am what you would call an "Emotional Reader". I sometimes get so involved within a book that I block out everything, much to the annoyance of my family when they are trying to get my attention. Well, this is what happened with the book Brider by Megan Curd. It grabbed me and sucked me right in from the first heartwrenching page. This is one of those stories that is quite action packed, full of suspense, but also has some fun, love and levity in it. This book also has faeries, portals to other l I am what you would call an "Emotional Reader". I sometimes get so involved within a book that I block out everything, much to the annoyance of my family when they are trying to get my attention. Well, this is what happened with the book Brider by Megan Curd. It grabbed me and sucked me right in from the first heartwrenching page. This is one of those stories that is quite action packed, full of suspense, but also has some fun, love and levity in it. This book also has faeries, portals to other lands, changelings and all sorts of other 'people'. I'll admit, I am not usually into faerie type stories, but this one had so many extra things that I really got into it (and who knows, maybe I'll just start reading more faerie type stories now). Ashlyn appears to be your ordinary everyday day teen who lives with her mom, brother, and Grandmother. Her Grandmother, Emily, who always seemed to hate her, and seemed a little batty with her Irish Folklore stories, ends up becoming much more to Ashlyn. After a tragedy happens in Ashlyn's family she goes to Ireland where she learns that there is more to Emily's stories than she ever could have imagined. She also meets a boy names Liam who she hits it off with immediately. I don't want to give away anymore except to say that a great story evolves from here with all sorts of exciting things happening in very quick succession. That was something I really liked and did not like about this book. It was quick, fast paced, and kept the reader on their toes. However, sometimes it seemed to happen almost too quickly, like Liam and Ash's relationship. Honestly though, I'd rather things happen quickly than have the author draw it out using fluffy prose and boring us to tears. My only other complaint, which is one that I just need to get used to, are the quasi-cliff hangers at the end of so many books now a days. I realize it is to make us go out and buy the next book. I just wish authors and publishers would not make us readers wait for the next book. Too often, they make us wait a year or more and by that point you may have to re-read the previous book. I know this is more my problem, in that I am very impatient. I just hope that Megan Curd gets the sequel out sooner than later. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was a fun read full of all sorts excitement, angst, love, and lots of kicking butt. I cannot wait to see what happens next!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    I am not going to rate this book, because to be honest, I don't know what to give it. It would probably range around a 2, but the idea behind the story was REALLY good so in that sense it would deserve more than a two but, in my opinion, it could have been better written. It reads as though the author didn't read back over her own story to fix some minor mix ups that there were a lot of. And not just spelling and grammar mistakes. Firstly, if an author is going to write about a country that is f I am not going to rate this book, because to be honest, I don't know what to give it. It would probably range around a 2, but the idea behind the story was REALLY good so in that sense it would deserve more than a two but, in my opinion, it could have been better written. It reads as though the author didn't read back over her own story to fix some minor mix ups that there were a lot of. And not just spelling and grammar mistakes. Firstly, if an author is going to write about a country that is foreign to them, then they should at least research that country. "Gotcha, Mary typed, winking at the end. Let her know the royalty over there doesn't need any help". Ireland doesn't have a royal family and it would be very unlikely that an Irish person would call their car "Queen Elizabeth". And fish and chips is not a traditional Irish food. The author is confusing Ireland with the UK. Any Irish person, and most likely, anyone from the UK who reads this book will notice these mistakes. A chapter about their dad dying, and then no mention of a funeral?? I feel the relationship with Liam was rushed and happened far too quickly. He only knew her a day or two and he's laying down his life to protect her. Especially when she is soooo much stronger and powerful than him?? The idea of humans protecting the Bridgers is just a bit unbelievable. Mary just suddenly appears as a biology partner and all of a sudden she's a bestie?? Ashlyn was friends with Jamie for a long time. Wouldn't she have thought it weird that she NEVER met her parents, even if they were supposed to be away a lot. Why would Memaw just let Chris walk into Ankou's clutches and sit back and do nothing about it. Just didn't make sense?? I found her mother to be very weak throughout the book and seemed to be constantly crying which I felt was odd because she knew what kind of family she had married into. Couldn't believe at the end when Ashlyn states that her mother amazes her because she is so strong?? I also felt that the timeline was completely mixed up. As I said, the idea behind this story is a really great one and I did really like some of the characters, especially Ashlyn and Liam. I feel this book could have been absolutely fantastic if some more thought and research had went into it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Wow! Bridger was so great. I started writing a review right after I finished the book and all I was doing was gushing over and over again. So I decided to wait a little bit, so my review was not just variations of "I love this book!" and "OMG Bridger was so great!". But now i'm back after a few hours and i'm still gushing. So why fight it? Let's gush people! Bridger is going on my favorite's of 2011 shelf for sure! It is so exciting and the story is really well developed. A lot happens, and it i Wow! Bridger was so great. I started writing a review right after I finished the book and all I was doing was gushing over and over again. So I decided to wait a little bit, so my review was not just variations of "I love this book!" and "OMG Bridger was so great!". But now i'm back after a few hours and i'm still gushing. So why fight it? Let's gush people! Bridger is going on my favorite's of 2011 shelf for sure! It is so exciting and the story is really well developed. A lot happens, and it is so fast paced, but at the same time you get such great background detail about everything. I loved the way the book was written. It throws a lot at you, and it can seem confusing at first but Megan does a great job of explaining everything. I thought Bridger was really unique. Ash is such an interesting character. She can do some pretty cool things, and I have a feeling that we have only really touched the surface on her abilities. I can't wait to see what else she can do. The only thing I didn't like about the book was that I loved both Liam and Reese. What is a girl to do when presented with two equally awesome options? I normally like to root for one guy over the other, but both guys here are just so swoon worthy, it's tough to pick. I guess I will have to wait until the next book to make my decision. My favorite part was how action packed and fast paced the book was. It drew me in completely. Multiple times while I was laying down reading, something would happen and I would bolt upright in bed. I just had to know what was going to happen next! I even got up with my kindle and was pacing around the room reading at one point! It literally kept me on my toes! Now is that doesn't scream "this is an awesome book!" I don't know what does. I hate that I have to wait for the second book to come out. I want to read it right now! This book was awesome, great, wonderful and all things an amazing book should be. I thoroughly loved reading every minute of Bridger. Thank you so much Megan Curd!! :) OMG Bridger was so great!! (I just had to get one last gush in there)

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids

    3.5 stars This is a fun, fast paced read with an exciting fey lore mixed with Irish folktales. Bridger gives the fey world a whole new refreshing feel in the way that Megan introduces both her story's lore and her characters. I liked the way her fey world collides with that of the human world. This story follows her main character, Ashlyn, as she is not only dealing with the death of her father, but she learns some startling things about who she is and her ties to the fey world. Ashlyn is a fun ch 3.5 stars This is a fun, fast paced read with an exciting fey lore mixed with Irish folktales. Bridger gives the fey world a whole new refreshing feel in the way that Megan introduces both her story's lore and her characters. I liked the way her fey world collides with that of the human world. This story follows her main character, Ashlyn, as she is not only dealing with the death of her father, but she learns some startling things about who she is and her ties to the fey world. Ashlyn is a fun character to get to know. She's down to earth, independent, courageous and at times a little snarky, which I loved. One of the things I admired about her was the fact she thinks things out and does what she thinks is right, even if those choices have consequences. Ashlyn has a great group of supporting characters involved in her life. I loved both of the love interests. Liam is a fabulous love interest, because he goes against the norm in YA books. He's sweet, he treats Ashlyn well and he does some typical teenage guy stuff, which made him relatable. Then there's Reese whom I adored. He has some fabulous laugh out loud lines, and he isn't deterred by his Irish competition. I feel bad for Megan, because she had to choose between two great guys. I honestly don't know who I'd want her to pick. Bridger for me was a good read. I liked where Megan took her story and the direction I think the series is going to continue in. Her world building is well detailed and I love that it takes place in both the US and Ireland, the human world and the fey world. There's action, a little bit of romance, a fabulous betrayal and some minor surprising plot twists that kept me hooked with this debut. I think this is a book that fans of the fey world and YA paranormal reads will like and I'd definitely recommend picking it up. I'm looking forward to reading the next installment in this series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Maghon Thomas

    so first, and foremost, thank you to R2R and the author Ms. Megan Curd, for the opportunity to read this one! Lately, some things are over done, and repetitive, say, vampires, angels, faeries, sometimes werewolves.... There are some concepts of this book that follow all paranormal lines, but this one is fresh, and has a certain take on the Faerie part that no one else has done... Ashlyn is BORN different and because of this difference (which she has no idea about until the middle of the book) it so first, and foremost, thank you to R2R and the author Ms. Megan Curd, for the opportunity to read this one! Lately, some things are over done, and repetitive, say, vampires, angels, faeries, sometimes werewolves.... There are some concepts of this book that follow all paranormal lines, but this one is fresh, and has a certain take on the Faerie part that no one else has done... Ashlyn is BORN different and because of this difference (which she has no idea about until the middle of the book) it puts some serious strain on her and her family... I like Ashlyn, I of course, loved Liam (he's pretty swoon-worthy) but I also really liked Reece (so I hope he gets some show time in the continuation of the next book)! I hated Memaw, until I figured her out... and her mom.... she's just, I dunno, kinda useless... that sounds terrible, but still (read it, you'll understand). Now I really like all the cool Ireland cast... they made me laugh. Also, this one was quite funny, I laughed at one particular set of sentences til I cried. Every once in a while, Ms. Curd throws in something that is quite hilarious! She is descriptive without going on, and on. Words flowed well, and it was quite a quick read for me. I read the first 2/3 of it in just a few hours. There were only 2 things I have a complaint about... 1, I hope hope Ashlyn's 2 friends Mary and Reece have more time in the next book, and 2... as much as I love a cliff hanger (I really do, they set up the whole next coming of the following book), I now HAVE TO HAVE book 2!! Wait, that isn't a complaint, that's a compliment. So, all in all, good book for me... There is a really good book here, and some great potential to continue it, so keep 'em coming!! :)

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alexia

    Let me start off by saying - I’m not usually that ‘into’ fairy / faery books, but this book converted me! Megan Curd put a different twist to the whole faery theme. I had fun reading this book. Ashlyn went through a major tragedy in the beginning of the book and to be honest I thought it was weird to start a book with such an intense scene, but it paid off. She was devastated and dealt with the outcome as best she could, which she did very admirably. She gets thrown into this ‘new’ world of Iris Let me start off by saying - I’m not usually that ‘into’ fairy / faery books, but this book converted me! Megan Curd put a different twist to the whole faery theme. I had fun reading this book. Ashlyn went through a major tragedy in the beginning of the book and to be honest I thought it was weird to start a book with such an intense scene, but it paid off. She was devastated and dealt with the outcome as best she could, which she did very admirably. She gets thrown into this ‘new’ world of Irish folklore that turns out to be true. She handles each situation very well after a rocky start. Her best friend turns out to be a big B-with-an-itch, but Ash prevails. She turns to her new found family and together they kick ass. Ashlyn has about 3 guys wanting her – Liam, Reese & Antony. Liam is Ashlyn’s hot-tamale. Oooh… if I were a little younger I would so jump on that boat! He is dark, handsome and mysterious – who doesn’t like that? Liam and Ash have an instant connection *cue fireworks and fluttering butterflies*. He is a great Protector and Ashlyn is a very lucky lady. Reese is one of Ash’s best friends but he has always had a crush on her. He is always there to pick her up when she’s feeling down. Reese is a great friend but Liam has left his mark on Ashlyn pretty well. Antony… hmmm… I’m so curious about him. He has this mysterious / uninterested vibe going. He seems to want Ashlyn and I’m excited to see how these two characters interact with each other hopefully in the sequel, Traitor. Overall this was a great read and I really enjoyed Megan Curd’s writing style. Definitely an author I’ll be following in the future.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ashlyn Rae (TeenageReader)

    If you haven’t been paying attention to my Tweets or Goodreads updates, you should know that I am kind of obsessed with Bridger! Not only because the main character and I share the same name (Did you notice that yet? Hehe.), but because the book was absolutely awesome. Every page either made me laugh, made me angry (at annoying water pixies particularly) or made me extremely hungry! Megan Curd is very descriptive, especially with describing food. (I’m getting hungry right now just thinking about If you haven’t been paying attention to my Tweets or Goodreads updates, you should know that I am kind of obsessed with Bridger! Not only because the main character and I share the same name (Did you notice that yet? Hehe.), but because the book was absolutely awesome. Every page either made me laugh, made me angry (at annoying water pixies particularly) or made me extremely hungry! Megan Curd is very descriptive, especially with describing food. (I’m getting hungry right now just thinking about it!) Curd has also written her relationships with Ash’s friends and family very beautifully! You can feel the connection between the characters. Especially with Memaw, Reese, Liam, and her best friend… Jamie. You’ll fall in love learning about them, especially Ashlyn. Her love of Rock Band and her stubbornness only adds up. The romance part was also amazing! It was the perfect addition for bringing my view of Bridger to five stars. All in all, I loved reading Bridger. And when you read it, you will too! Its filled with surprising twists and unexpected turns. If you’re a fan of faeries, fantasy, paranormal stories, and Julie Kagawa, be sure to check out Bridger! http://teenagereader.com/bridger-by-m...

  24. 4 out of 5

    Angela M

    Find Full Review at http://www.readingangel.com/2011/10/b... Ashlyn's story begins with her fathers death. When she finds herself lifting the EMT, who is a male that is well over twice her size, off his feet and slamming him into his ambulance just like she saw on that action movie the other day, she just thinks it's the adrenaline. Her cranky Memaw, who has always been telling her crazy tales of Irish folklore, thinks otherwise and sends her to meet family in Ireland. It's not long before Ashlyn Find Full Review at http://www.readingangel.com/2011/10/b... Ashlyn's story begins with her fathers death. When she finds herself lifting the EMT, who is a male that is well over twice her size, off his feet and slamming him into his ambulance just like she saw on that action movie the other day, she just thinks it's the adrenaline. Her cranky Memaw, who has always been telling her crazy tales of Irish folklore, thinks otherwise and sends her to meet family in Ireland. It's not long before Ashlyn discovers that all of the crazy lore her Memaw has been telling her is more true then she ever could have imagined. I didn't really know what to expect going into Bridger. There are so many different takes on the fae, some that I have truly loved and some not so much. I really loved the way that Megan Curd has wove the Changelings and Fae and Irish lore together. There were times that I felt the info dumps were a little confusing, but most of the time it was easy to catch on and I loved how I could imagine each creature, person, and Fae so perfectly in my head.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    GENRE: Paranormal Romance THEME: Fae and Changling RECEIVED: Received for Review for Tour BLOG: http://seeingnight.blogspot.com/ REVIEW: I was happy to be asked to be apart of the tour for Bridger. Bridger by Megan Curd is an intense new young adult series that leaves you on the edge of your seat with every turn of the page. Curd really kept me guessing; I never knew what twists she was going to throw out. Ashlyn has just lost one of the most important people to her, only nights before Christmas. Soo GENRE: Paranormal Romance THEME: Fae and Changling RECEIVED: Received for Review for Tour BLOG: http://seeingnight.blogspot.com/ REVIEW: I was happy to be asked to be apart of the tour for Bridger. Bridger by Megan Curd is an intense new young adult series that leaves you on the edge of your seat with every turn of the page. Curd really kept me guessing; I never knew what twists she was going to throw out. Ashlyn has just lost one of the most important people to her, only nights before Christmas. Soon after Ashlyn starts to show unusual signs that something is different about her, her grandmother sends her to her family’s home of Ireland. Where she learns more about her heritage than she could ever imagine, connecting to a world of fae she never new existed. With the help of her new friend Liam, who becomes her most trusted ally along her grandmother with all too many secrets. She is soon confronted with fighting against powerful creatures and keeping her family safe. Ashyln was a complex character that has to go through a tough time dealing with a death in her family. I did however feel she recovered a little too quickly, as for me it would be very difficult. But what I did enjoy was her relationship with her grandmother, they had a rocky start but I can see the potential strength and bond gaining more and more in the future. Megan Curd did something that I felt was pretty different than other authors, she continuously kept me guessing on characters and always surprised me. MeMaw, grandmother and tough as nails, was a fantastic character and my favorite. She really knew how to keep Ashlyn on the right path and could definitely take care of herself. I don’t want to spoil much more on her, but I really enjoyed her spunk and get down to business attitude. Liam, is the son of MeMaw’s friend and someone whom Ashyln connects with when she visits Ireland. He is a typical guy with an interesting family secret. He also makes some good and bad decisions along the way. He is definitely challenged by Ashlyns long time friends Reese; I loved the tension between these two boys. Overall this was an exciting fast paced YA novel, with romance and magic that everyone will love. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series and highly recommend Bridger. RECOMMENDATION: This is a young adult novel that fans of Angeline Kace author of Descended by Blood and P.T. Michelle author of Brightest Kind of Darkness will love.

  26. 5 out of 5

    ILoveBooks

    http://livetoread-krystal.blogspot.co... Losing your father a week before Christmas would ruin any normal person's holiday. Ashlyn McVean decides to honor her father's memory by taking the trip her father always dreamed of taking with her, a tour of Ireland and a meet up with his extended family. On this trip, she finds out that she isn't human and neither is her Grandmother, Memaw. In addition to mythical creatures and adventure, a love interest adds spice to this story. The heroine, Ashlyn, has http://livetoread-krystal.blogspot.co... Losing your father a week before Christmas would ruin any normal person's holiday. Ashlyn McVean decides to honor her father's memory by taking the trip her father always dreamed of taking with her, a tour of Ireland and a meet up with his extended family. On this trip, she finds out that she isn't human and neither is her Grandmother, Memaw. In addition to mythical creatures and adventure, a love interest adds spice to this story. The heroine, Ashlyn, has a spicy, practical personality. She's loyal to her family and friends. Her willingness to protect them shows her loving heart, and is probably her best quality. Supporting characters, Liam, Reese, and Memaw are all admirable and brave. Liam is Ashlyn’s love interest, he is sworn to protect her. Any injuries she receives, he experiences as well. They are bound to each other by ancient magic. Reese is Ashlyn’s best friend, he always believes in her. He supports her and is able to lift her spirits no matter what. Memaw trains and aids Ashlyn, helping her learn her talents and skills. She saves Ashlyn from Jamie and Ankou. Jamie is a Changeling, a dark creature who kidnaps humans and makes them slaves. Ankou is her master who has a grudge against Memaw. This story is never dull. The events are unusual and fast-paced, the storyline is unique. The added quality of mythology adds much to the already interesting story. Bridger is meant for teen girls or young adult women. The romance and action in it is distinctly for females. The themes in it lend themselves toward a female audience.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Gem Blackthorn

    [Review from RadicalParenting.com:] Emotional wounds still fresh from her father’s death, Ashlyn McVean discovers that faeries exist. Not just that, but that she herself is a Bridger – one of two in existence. Add that to a plethora of secrets slowly seeping out of her family, being stuck between a friend who wants to be more than just a friend, a boyfriend she can’t be completely honest with, and a best friend who may or may not be psycho, and you have Ashlyn McVean’s life. What I love about Ashl [Review from RadicalParenting.com:] Emotional wounds still fresh from her father’s death, Ashlyn McVean discovers that faeries exist. Not just that, but that she herself is a Bridger – one of two in existence. Add that to a plethora of secrets slowly seeping out of her family, being stuck between a friend who wants to be more than just a friend, a boyfriend she can’t be completely honest with, and a best friend who may or may not be psycho, and you have Ashlyn McVean’s life. What I love about Ashlyn is that she is your average girl. She has a brother she loves to tease, a mother who cares deeply, and a grandmother she doesn’t always see eye-to-eye with. She’s not the most popular girl in school but she’s not completely invisible either. She’s just a funny, video-game-loving, down-to-earth girl, and that’s what makes her so lovable and relatable. The book’s settings, plural, are impressive. Moving characters half way around the world can be tricky if the story isn’t about traveling. Curd manages to split the story between Ireland and the US effortlessly, delivering both the feel of a vacation abroad and the drone of high school effortlessly. Faeries. Irish boys. Ninja grannies (okay, not really, but you’ll see what I mean,) this book is an entertaining read from one page to the next. The only downside is that it is currently only available as an ebook. It’ll be available on paperback at the end of the month through Amazon. But until then, get with the times! Download Bridger by Megan Curd and enjoy!

  28. 5 out of 5

    L_manning

    Ashlyn is excited to visit her grandmother's home country of Ireland. Things get even more exciting when she meets a super cute guy. When her best friend and travel companion seems to turn on her though, Ashlyn realizes that something is very strange. She learns that all the Irish fairy tales she grew up hearing are actually real, and she is a vital part of them. Ashlyn now has to deal with secrets, supernatural surprises, and danger around every corner. Can she manage to stay alive and keep a b Ashlyn is excited to visit her grandmother's home country of Ireland. Things get even more exciting when she meets a super cute guy. When her best friend and travel companion seems to turn on her though, Ashlyn realizes that something is very strange. She learns that all the Irish fairy tales she grew up hearing are actually real, and she is a vital part of them. Ashlyn now has to deal with secrets, supernatural surprises, and danger around every corner. Can she manage to stay alive and keep a boyfriend? This book was very charming. Things took some very interesting twists that I was not expecting. I loved the use of Irish folk lore and fairy tales. This was a fun and original aspect of the book. Liam was definitely swoon-worthy, and I felt really bad for him at times. He had a lot of interesting conflict going on. The only problem I had was that one particular plot point felt a little rushed (I won't say what to avoid spoilers), but it wasn't a big deal. It certainly didn't take away from my enjoyment. This book will leave you wanting more. There are a lot of unanswered questions and problems in the end, and this proves to be a perfect set-up for a sequel. I was sad to see the book end. It has fun romance (with bits of romantic conflict) and some very awesome action scenes. I loved that the girls were getting to be a major part of the action. Memaw was perhaps my favorite character. She was tough and had a history I was wanting to know more about. Overall, this is a great book that will leave you ready to read more. Book provided for review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Bridger by Megan Curd is the story of Ashlyn McVean who seems like a normal teenage girl with two great friends Jamie and Reese. On the very first pages of the book the action starts with Ashlyn and her brother trying desperately to save their father's life. During this Ashlyn displays physical strength that no normal human would possess. A week or so later Ashlyn continues on the trip to Ireland that she was to be taking with her father to meet family that lives there and find out about her her Bridger by Megan Curd is the story of Ashlyn McVean who seems like a normal teenage girl with two great friends Jamie and Reese. On the very first pages of the book the action starts with Ashlyn and her brother trying desperately to save their father's life. During this Ashlyn displays physical strength that no normal human would possess. A week or so later Ashlyn continues on the trip to Ireland that she was to be taking with her father to meet family that lives there and find out about her heritage. Since he died she decides to take her best friend Jamie with her. While there Jamie begins to act strange. Ashlyn really gets along well with everyone there especially Liam. She has an instant connection with him and begins to get feelings for him. As she spends her time there Ashlyn learns many things about herself that she can hardly believe. She discovers there are many things in the Irish folklore that her grandmother always told her about that are true. Faeries, changelings, and many dangers are waiting for her. This book was excellent at keeping my attention and leaving me wanting to know more. I could hardly put it down. I think the author did a wonderful job of giving the characters depth. The relationship that develops between Ashlyn and Liam you can't help but root for. I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for the sequel Traitor. Well done Megan Curd. I will be checking out your other books as well! Thanks so much for the opportunity to read and review this!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lisa (Bookworm Lisa)

    Bridger is well thought out. Megan Curd has created a unique twist to fairy legends. She delves into they myth of the changeling. The story begins with a tragedy. Ashlyn and her brother, Chris, are struggling through the shock of loosing their father to drowning. The circumstances surrounding the death are bizarre and not easily understood. Ash and her father had planned a trip to Ireland to visit the land of their heritage. Ash decides to continue on the trip and take her best friend along with Bridger is well thought out. Megan Curd has created a unique twist to fairy legends. She delves into they myth of the changeling. The story begins with a tragedy. Ashlyn and her brother, Chris, are struggling through the shock of loosing their father to drowning. The circumstances surrounding the death are bizarre and not easily understood. Ash and her father had planned a trip to Ireland to visit the land of their heritage. Ash decides to continue on the trip and take her best friend along with her. In Ireland she meets some wonderful extended family and new friends, one who becomes her romantic interest, Liam. Unfortunately, her time in Ireland is not spent on catching up and site seeing. The twist comes in Ireland and she begins to learn more of her fairy heritage than she could have ever imagined. This book is great at capturing your imagination. I loved the take on the fairy realm and nature of the fay that were in the book. I did have a problem with how quickly Ash forgave Liam at one point in the story. You will just have to read it, see what it's about and decide for yourself. I think I would have made him suffer a bit longer. He definitely deserved it. This book has a great cast of characters. I loved the interaction amongst everyone. The betrayal is unexpected and sudden, but makes sense. I will be reading the next installment.

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