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With a pimply face and braces on his teeth, the perpetually clumsy Brendan is having a hard time at school. When he starts hearing voices and conversing with chipmunks, he thinks he can add losing his mind to his growing list of problems. Then he discovers that he’s a Faerie who was lost in the human world. Now that he knows his true identity, the human disguise that has bWith a pimply face and braces on his teeth, the perpetually clumsy Brendan is having a hard time at school. When he starts hearing voices and conversing with chipmunks, he thinks he can add losing his mind to his growing list of problems. Then he discovers that he’s a Faerie who was lost in the human world. Now that he knows his true identity, the human disguise that has been protecting him begins to fade and a whole host of wicked creatures tries to tempt him to use his Faerie power for evil intentions. It’s up to Brendan to protect the human world, and to make the ultimate choice between the family he has grown up with and his new Faerie roots....

Title : The Prince of Neither Here Nor There
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ISBN : 9780143171201
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Number of Pages : 392 Pages
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The Prince of Neither Here Nor There Reviews

  • Adela Bezemer-Cleverley
    2019-01-05 21:58

    Before I get into this at all, I need to warn you: if this book is special to you or you liked it in any way, do not read any further than this paragraph. I'm telling you bluntly: I am going to tear it apart. I'm not even going to try to be polite, because I'm just so glad I'm finally done and I want to get this over with. Good, now we've got that cleared up...My overall impression? The writing annoyed me so much; mainly, I think, because it reminded me of the way I used to write little stories when I was a child. The dialogue appears to be written by a twelve-year-old (the cleverest snippets), and the language of description is the same if not worse. Why did I pick up this book, considering even the title kind of makes me want to gag with its blandness? Well, I was browsing the shelves (YA) at my local library, and I read the back of this and saw that it was a modern fairy tale about a boy who finds out, after living in the human world for fourteen years, that he's really a Faerie. Now, I've read a lot of modern fairy tales in my life, believe me, and never once have I found one where the protagonist was male--so I was intrigued.The very first page, "An Introductory Note from the Narrator", was entertaining, and I actually had hopes that the book would follow a similar (if not better) line. But in the first few paragraphs of the first chapter I was already disappointed, and it kind of went downhill from there. Or, more accurately--it kind of nosedived off a cliff from there.First, the dialogue: as I said, it reminds me painfully of the way I wrote dialogue when I was a preteen--dramatic, random, and completely false. There might have been, say, five lines in the entire book that it could be plausible for someone to say if they were in that situation in real life. Other than that, everything is completely forced and not in the least bit thought through. There was nothing, nothing to draw me in or that anyone could possibly relate to--because every joke was lame, every threat was flat, and every exclamation was over flowery and seemingly placed at random. The way Orcadia talked, for example?? She was more like a five-year-old child than an millennia-old evil Faerie! "You dare to contradict me? Die!" that sort of thing. Over. And over. And over again. And Ariel, who's supposed to be this wise and ancient creature? I just... no matter how hard I tried, I could not respect him. And Brendan's father (spoilers!), when he first meets him?? "Brendan, I am your father." I actually snorted out loud and had to look away from the page for a minute; my whole brain was one big incredulous you can't be serious. Oh, I'm sorry, I didn't realize Darth Vadar was a part of this story.Second, the imagery/descriptions. Now, this may seem like a minor detail, but I found it incredibly annoying how difficult it was to conjure up mental images from some of the similes used. Some of them made no sense at all, whereas others were cliché or laughably obvious. Things that come to mind are things like saying, for example, that Borj's arms hang down like "thick tree branches"--how thick is thick, for one thing? And how do thick branches even hang down? It would have made sense if his arms were compared to, like, an ape's, or something. An image like that is just a complete distraction from the overall picture. Also, exclamation points in a description of an event--can you say "stop writing right now"?Third, the explanations for things that really should not have to be explained. Some of the things explained in footnotes--and some even within the text--were ridiculous. It felt like Cullen was treating the reader like an ignorant child; I was very confused as to why the book would be considered Young Adult. Fourth, and kind of tying into the third one; repetition. The repetition in this book was outrageous. How many villains have you ever read/heard of, for example, who give the hero like ten chances to come "over to the dark side"? I swear, every single time Brendan had an interaction with Orcadia, it would come down to her threatening, "This is your last chance! Join me, or you will regret it/die!" She must have said "I'm giving you one more chance" at least five times. There's a lot of repetition in Brendan's dialogue as well--first, who doesn't know what the word "glamour" means?? And who, after being told what it means, has to ask again like ten pages later? Seriously?This leads me right into my fifth problem with this book: the characters. There is not a single well-rounded, exciting, scary, funny, pitiful, or interesting character in the entire cast. Brendan, for starters, is an annoying little bratty idiot. How he got accepted into the "nerd school" I haven't the slightest idea. He has no intuition, no ability to think critically and work things out for himself, no foresight, nothing. If you know me, you know that underdog characters are my favourite of all time. I have nothing against a character who isn't the ideal hero (in fact, I prefer them not to be--why do you think I love all of John Green's male protagonists, for example? And why is Peregrin Took my favourite literary character of all time?). But Brendan, and I'm sorry to say this but it's necessary: Brendan is downright stupid. There are things pointed out to him early on in the book (extremely obvious things) that he completely misses and then it like, blows his mind when he finds out later. And he obviously doesn't listen when other people talk, because I'm absolutely certain that at least two of his real relatives reveal themselves as such about 50 pages before he does his whole "Whoa! Holy cow! You're my aunt?" or whatnot. The other characters aren't really as bad, but it could just be that Brendan stands out because one expects the protagonist to be the most well-rounded character in the story. Orcadia, as I said, acts like a jealous Kindergartener. Ariel is boring and forgettable. Delia is unbelievably immature for a fifteen year old supposedly brought up by good parents. BLT is obviously supposed to provide comic relief, or be cute, or something, but honestly she doesn't seem to serve any real purpose at all. Also--and I don't know if this connects more to characters or to language but--the exaggerated accents on some of the characters are really irritating and can probably even be offensive to some people. One of the two I'm thinking of is Finbar, who slips in random "fer"s and "ye"s and loses random g's and s's, which, if you read it out loud, sounds nothing like an Irish accent--it would be far more effective to just say he has a thick Irish accent and leave it at that (I think it's especially irritating because there's no consistency). The other is Leonard, who the reader can easily assume from his description is supposed to be a very stereotypical Jamaican man. And if he were described as having a Jamaican accent, the reader could easily imagine that. But instead his speech is littered with random "mon"s and "ya"s and again, minus a lot of s's. It's just distracting.This last part may seem a bit strange to anyone who knows my taste in books, especially if you've read any of the Redwall books and/or my reviews on them. Yes, I absolutely adore the mole, shrew, sparrow, and (especially) hare dialects in those books. And you know I love Harry Potter, and I love Hagrid, and everyone knows he uses "yer" and misses g's all the time. But the thing with these characters is that their dialects (or their accents, whatever you want to call it) feel completely genuine to who they are, in the context of the story. Whereas the accents of Finbar and Leonard (and Borj, though to a lesser extent) come across as forced and entirely fake (this also may be partially attributed to the dialogue problem mentioned earlier).Sixth, and most important of all: the complete lack of creativity in every single aspect of this entire book. Everyone knows that the most essential thing that fiction requires of its creator is creativity--heck, it's not called "creative writing" for nothing! There was nothing new presented in this story. Apparent human being turns out to be a fairy. How many hundreds of times has this been done before? Has a friend who is really a fairy in disguise and has been assigned as his protector--same deal. Substitute teacher is another fairy/mythical creature--same deal. Villain wants to destroy humanity--same deal. Hero has to go on a quest before he can discover his true self. A quest to find an object. An amulet, to be specific. Again, how many times?? Obviously I'm not saying that it's bad for a book to have archetypal aspects--it's impossible not to. But there has to be something unique, something that makes that book different. Besides the dullness of the plot, the creativity is lacking in pretty much every other element of the story as well. Character names? Blah. Creature names? Blah. New, unheard of fantasy creatures? None to be found--yes the Silkies don't look like your usual Silkie, but they're still called that, aren't they? Yes, "Kobold" is a made-up word, but the reader can tell they're essentially a weak play on werewolves. Fantastically mysterious and/or beautiful and/or dangerous other realm? A pub behind a wall. Way too much overuse of terms like "Fair Folk" and "People of Metal" (which isn't very creative in itself) and way too many capitalized words that probably would have made more of an impact left alone.Needless to say, I will never read the other books in this series (how many are there? I don't even know). As I read, all I could think about was every little thing that annoyed me, and how much I couldn't wait to put it down forever.Wow, I've definitely never written a review this long for a book I didn't like--I guess I never found so many problems in one book--or I didn't feel like critiquing all that much. Or I gave up on those books before finishing them (like The Iron King). So, all in all? This book could easily have been written by a child, and I wouldn't know the difference, except perhaps in the grammar and spelling. I feel like I'm insulting children when I say that, actually--in fact children are far more clever and creative than anyone imagines--which is why I originally likened this writing to that of an ignorant child. And they are very rare indeed.I'm not going to tell you not to read this book. I'm not going to argue with you if you disagree with anything (or everything) that I've said about it. Feel free to complain--I've certainly complained enough, haven't I?The one good thing I can glean from this experience is that this is one more book that proves that publishers do not require quality. And I feel a good deal better about my own writing when I read something like this and realize that this is something that has been chosen by a publisher and that some people, somehow, must enjoy.I'm not going to apologize for being critical, however, I will say sorry if I have appeared rude or superior in any way. I honestly am not trying to, and I honestly am not a rude or egotistical person (in fact I have terrible self-esteem, fun fact). I'm not going to make excuses either, however. This review tells you my exact thoughts about the book. You don't have to agree with me. This may be entirely subjective. Thank you.

  • Jennifer Thompson
    2019-01-16 01:52

    A fun teen readI've wanted to read this novel since I found out that the author was the hilarious Sean Cullen. It is a fun romp through the underbelly of Toronto and a glimpse into the world of Faerie. You can tell as you're reading that Cullen has preserved some traditional elements of Faerie lore, while totally updating others, making it modern with a hint of timeless charm. It is a great book for pre-teens and teenagers and while there could be more character development and more "humanity" added to the protagonist, it was definitely worth the read!

  • Evonne
    2019-01-18 03:41

    Such good fun! All the classics: an abandoned baby, a mistaken identity, a prophecy of questionable origin, well-intentioned but ill-fitted parents (two sets of them, for the same kid!), the best friends ever, an evil and powerful opponent, and dozens of very creative and energetic members of the minor cast. Very suitable for middle years students. Would make a fantastic class study - the very reliable narrator's footnotes are a boon to the instruction of inference.Good fun, in every imaginable way.

  • MythologyGirl (Kim)
    2018-12-28 06:01

    The Prince of Neither Here Nor ThereRating: 3.5 out of 5I’m going to be honest here: I bought this book solely because one of the characters shared my name. Or an abbreviated version of it anyway. Luckily, my slightly narcissistic attitude did not fail me completely in this instance. (Though I probably shouldn't go into the fact that the character I share a name with ended up being my least favorite.)Sure, this book was predictable, slightly generic, and felt like an extremely long prologue with a quick ending attached to set the stage for book two, but it was still a fun, entertaining read. Once things started going, roughly halfway through, it was fast-paced and almost always comedic, (The author is a comedian too, I think?) even though at times I felt it may have been slightly better to relax a bit on the jokes. I was never on the edge of my seat, yet I did always find myself wondering how the adventure would end. (I loved that we got a bit more background on one of the initially less likable characters too. Made him seem more human, other than just a needed foil.)A rather magical book about self discovery and finding out and dealing with secrets that may be hard to accept with a dash of environmental concerns, though nothing too in your face.I will be reading the next book to see how this journey wraps up. Or at least, I think it wraps up in book two. Not 100% sure if this is a duology or if there will be more?

  • Canadian Children's Book Centre
    2019-01-04 05:56

    Reviewed by Rachel SeigelIn the first book of the new Chronicles of the Misplaced Prince series, Brendan, a slightly geeky and awkward 14-year-old, discovers that he is really a Faerie who was lost in the human world. Now he must come to grips with the fact that his family isn’t really his family at all, and find a way to survive in the face of otherworldly villains who are determined to destroy him before he can fully understand the scope of his lineage. Seán Cullen’s latest novel for kids is funny, outlandish and at times ridiculous, but kids will enjoy this unusual story. Telling the story is a comical narrator, who begins the narrative with a short introduction that will make readers laugh out loud. Footnotes are interspersed throughout the story, defining words and expanding on story points, but they are tongue-in-cheek, and shouldn’t be taken too seriously. The use of footnotes may seem disruptive and distracting to weaker readers, but kids who have enjoyed works such as the Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud will appreciate this unusual technique.The plot is full of humour and adventure, and despite his unusual background, Brendan is a likeable character, and easy to identify with. Like most adolescents, he is in full-blown ugly duckling mode – he fights with his sister, and deals with the usual problems that come with the first year of high school. The novel is also chock-full of other fantastical creatures, all of whom test his ingenuity, courage and integrity. Particularly entertaining is the Lesser-Faerie sugar-junkie sidekick, who is either in a sugar-induced state of hyperactivity, or crashing hard.Cullen also successfully imparts some gentle lessons about friendship and trust. Brendan discovers that he doesn’t have to fight his battles alone, and that sometimes you just have to trust your friends to be there when you need them. The novel’s length – 392 pages – should not deter readers. Those who pick it up will be rewarded for the effort.Canadian Children's Book News (Winter 2010, Vol. 33, No. 1)

  • Ashley D--
    2019-01-04 01:43

    Brendan is your typical awkward teen. He gets pimples and has to wear braces... and he hears animals speaking to each other. That last detail is the newest one to cloud his life, and he believes it is a sign that he is going crazy. Until he learns that he is of course a faerie prince with immense power. The spell that has been protecting him all his life is starting to fade, and some evil faeries are trying to hunt him down so that they can recruit him to the dark side.The book flows well enough and is a pretty good supernatural adventure. Some funny stuff about faeries vs fairies, plus a lot of Toronto-ness (if you're into that sort of thing). I read it because the cover is cool, and I won't be reading the second one because the cover isn't cool and the story wasn't as addictive as other supernatural orphan stories. Still, a good recommendation for those who are coming down off of the latest Harry Potter / Percy Jackson high.Full review here: http://respectablecollection.wordpress.com/2012/03/20/the-prince-of-neither-here-nor-there/

  • Alicia
    2018-12-29 02:36

    I found that I liked this book a lot more than I thought I would. I had originally picked it out of a sale bin for the cover alone, but Sean Cullen created such a playful narrative, adventuring through a world of his own, that I found myself sinking deeper into it than I thought I would.At first I rolled my eyes at the subtitles, but Cullen uses them to give us glimpses into his world of insanity and mirth.Thanks to its unique narrative and characters, this book traveled from a 99 cent bin and made a home for itself on my shelf of well-loved favourites.I'm not sure if I'll read the second book, it just works so well as a stand-alone that I must admit I'm a little apprehensive to reading it.

  • Charlotte
    2019-01-08 02:38

    This book earned 3 stars from me. It was alright, but not great. Sure, it was a nice way to spend an afternoon, but it's definitely not a masterpiece. Honestly, I could have written a book of similar quality when I was 12 years old. The reason that it earned 3 stars is because it had an original and creative plot, and interesting characters. When I first took the book off the shelf, I read the title and thought: Oh God. Not another one of these books. I then read the back, and considered reading it. I opened the book, and was amused by the authors creative "introduction", so I ended up reading it. I must say though, the footnotes throughout the novel did bother me.

  • Lucy June Whitefords
    2019-01-02 00:54

    I started reading this book for school, and at first I thought it seemed okay. The general summary on the back got my attention, especially since I love books about Fairies, and better still, Fairies with an "e". The introduction by the narrator got me laughing, but the story went downhill from there. The Prolouge, which was about forty pages, was unbelievably dull and slow moving. The story got a bit better after that, but not much. I think the book's weak point is that the author goes into too much unnecessary detail. I don't know who edited the book, but it sure could do with a big rewrite. Two stars.

  • Katie
    2019-01-11 23:32

    I was very disappointed by the book. It started off interesting. I liked the narrator but he wasn't really in it save for the start of sections or footnotes. I was hoping for a more Lemony Snicket style narration I suppose. I didn't like that the nuns were only in the start and then we never heard from them again. The footnotes were neat at first but then they started to state stuff we learned later on, and it just got repetitive. So yeah, not impressed and I don't think I'll be reading the other books after this.

  • Taylor
    2019-01-09 05:01

    This was hilarious! I loved the Faeries, and how Brendan (or Breandan) was one, but was basically like WTF through most of the book. The witty writing made me laugh like no tomorrow, and the narriation parts were very entertaining (he got a trophy for footnotes don't ya know? LOL) I'm just waiting for the library to open so I cna sneek in and take out the second book in the lovely series. It was a random book that I picked up off the shelves of the public library, but I don't regret doing so at all, and suggest that any of y'all do the same (or maybe buy the book if that's your style)!

  • Jem
    2019-01-05 21:35

    i don't normally read fantasy books, i prefer to watch them on screen. but this book is different, the story got me to keep reading until the end in just like 3 hours. while the book has lots of action, it also has hilarious and emotional moments. This book was worth my time and worth it's place on my eReader!

  • Kat
    2019-01-17 04:58

    A fairly enjoyable fantasy book about a Torontonian boy who discovers that he is actually faerie. I would have enjoyed it more if the language was a bit more sparse and if there was less place-dropping (lots of streets in Toronto were mentioned, which I guess was cool but also annoying). Recommended for fans of Percy Jackson & Harry Potter (though not as good as either)

  • Felicity
    2019-01-21 01:31

    Originally, I just picked this up because I was looking for something other than the usual, and sounded interesting; it was that time when anything in young adult section was some kind of paranormal romance. EVERYTHING.Anyways, I liked it a lot. I was surprised, because I didn't really think I would.

  • Melissa
    2019-01-10 21:40

    A fantastic adventure/fantasy that I feared would be predictable but had a lot of original twists. The story was very well developed with great depth (but not too much to make it drag) and fun details that make the fantasy aspect interesting. Better suited for a young adult or 12 + child than younger children (unlike his Hamish X series which was targeted at a slightly younger age group)

  • Rachel
    2018-12-28 23:57

    A YA novel I read because it was nominated for the Toronto Book Awards. A young teen in Toronto is actually a Faerie, which he discovers when his Faerie relatives, good and bad, come for him. It was fun, but never quite got the level of Christopher-Moore-for-teens that I felt it was going for.

  • Debb
    2018-12-28 00:31

    My nephew recommended this book and I really enjoyed it! Very entertaining, well written fast paced story line and likeable characters. Geared towards youth fantasy readers, but not so "out there" that the average person can not enjoy it as well.

  • Jenn
    2019-01-23 02:44

    Fun read - have to wonder if students living outside of Toronto would enjoy it half as much as I found myself chuckling about local references as much as I was the narrator's running commentary. I'm looking forward to the next in the series to see how Brendan manages his new realities.

  • Tammy Terrace
    2019-01-09 00:46

    I started out with high expectations that I felt were never met. It was an interesting enough book to finish over a few weeks, but not the kind of read to make me laugh, or weep. Certainly not so spellbinding that I didn't want to put it down !

  • Becx
    2018-12-28 02:36

    This book is an AMAZING book! the story is well written with believable characters and a great story about finding one-self. Throughout the book there are helpful and witty footnotes that the 'narrator' has added, making this a wonderful book to read.

  • Stephanie Fysh
    2019-01-13 03:39

    A lightweight fantastical frolic through the city of Toronto. Particularly for a local, the joy is in the details. I just might never look at the seagulls and the squirrels and the ACC in quite the same way.

  • Elaine
    2019-01-22 22:47

    Love the Canadian places. Believable and great characters both human and faerie. Sugarrrrrrr! Look forward to the next one.

  • Colleen Hillerup
    2018-12-28 02:43

    Come for the story, stay for the footnotes.

  • Leann Spence
    2019-01-05 22:40

    A Canadian author story based in Toronto. A two book set fast read a little more meaty than Harry Potter but just as well written IMHO

  • Sophie
    2019-01-02 02:38

    Just to clarify... this is 3.5 stars!!!

  • Cindy
    2019-01-13 02:34

    pretty cute..

  • Amal I-L
    2019-01-11 03:46

    3.75

  • Karen Chong
    2019-01-06 00:37

    I iiked the plot. However, I was really annoyed with the footnotes and the narrator chapters.

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    2019-01-03 01:41

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  • Amethyst Travis
    2019-01-09 04:58

    Funny. I liked the footnotes. The subway Troll who loves Hockey is just too sweet.