About Jennifer Gooch Hummer
Jennifer Gooch Hummer is the award-winning author and screenwriter for her debut novel, Girl Unmoored, which has been optioned for film. Her middle grade fantasy series, Operation Tenley; Book 1 of The Fair City Files, is forthcoming September 2016. Jennifer has worked as a script analyst for various talent agencies and major film studios. Jennifer lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their three daughters.
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Review by Suze
Pennie is a Fair One with a difficult job, she needs to keep an eye on Tenley, a girl on Earth with elemental powers. Tenley can control weather. Pennie is a rookie, she hasn't got much experience with watching Elemental Teens yet and she makes the mistake to let Tenley use her powers too much without reporting this. Mother Nature is against elementals and the Fair Ones have come up with a destiny for them that will keep them out of her claws, it's more humane, but still terrible. This is what threatens to happen to Tenley and Pennie wants to prevent it from taking place.
There are sanctions because Pennie hasn't reported Tenley's weather controlling and as a result Pennie and Tenley might both lose everything. Pennie does what she can to change their fates. She's even willing to travel to Earth, which isn't something Fair Ones like to do. Earth is a difficult place for them to be. When Pennie arrives her problems have only just started. Will she be able to save her future and Tenley's life?
Operation Tenley is a fun and original story. I loved Jennifer Gooch Hummer's creative world building. She put a lot of thought into the foundation of her story and that shows. The Fair Ones are descendants of fairies and they have certain tasks. Some of them watch humans with elemental powers. I liked that idea and the execution is great. Pennie is strong and resilient and fortunately she isn't all alone. When she's being sent to Earth her life becomes much more exciting all of a sudden and she only has a very short time to complete her mission. This results into a fast-paced and gripping story.
Pennie is a caring and sweet girl. Her gentle nature gets her in trouble, but she also proves to be capable and resourceful. Tenley is superficial and she does anything for a little bit of fame. She's still young and there is plenty she still has to learn. She isn't supposed to use her powers, but has no idea of the consequences. Her character is a bit annoying in a funny way. Her actions often made me laugh. I liked the interaction between the two, especially because some of Tenley's behavior is completely unexpected and I always love to be surprised.
Jennifer Gooch Hummer's writing style flows easily. I like her sense of humor and she has created a unique world for her story. I love it when I get the chance to see such a great piece of someone's imagination. Operation Tenley is fabulously strange. It's the first book in a series and I can't wait to read more.
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