As many of my closest friends know, I’ve been infatuated with all things fairy this year. I’ve been building a little fairy garden, with fairy lights, a fairy door, and little fairy statues. I suppose it was only natural then that I’d jump at the chance to review books that feature them. Here’s the first of them:
“FAE, Book 1” will be released at the end of this month as an affordable eBook for $4.99. It’s a nice, pleasurable, long romp that took me several sittings to finish, and when I was done, I was ready for book 2. I hope that ‘Book 2′ is not long in coming. The book is complete in itself though, though it ends with a bit the resolution feeling not quite as resolved as it should have been.
It’s a book of fairy lore intermingled with myths and history to form an alternative history, and alternative mythology. For instance, Odin and Brigid feature as important characters that are intertwined with the Tuatha Dé Danann.
The two main characters are highly likable. It is written from alternative points of view from these two, and, while that is not typical in young adult books, it flows very well and helps give the characters depth and the reader a lot of extra insight. Caroline Ellis’ is our heroine, and on her sixteenth birthday her entire life is starting to change. She’s a descendant of Virginia Dare, of the lost colony of Roanoke. And yes, in the story we find that the colony wasn’t as much lost, as it was found by the Fae.
Devilyn is our handsome fairy hero, or is he? Fated to be the King of the Dark Fae, he has internal battles that rage between wanting to love Caroline, and being terrified to do so. He’s been raised by Odin, who has done his best to bring out the good side and love in him, but his heritage is dark, and he always has seductive, powerful magic at his disposal. He tries so hard not to use it, just as he tries so hard not to give in to the fated feelings he has for Caroline. The poor guy just can’t help himself.
The most physical our two young characters get is an embrace and a kiss, but the tension and romance are full force. The book is highly appropriate for young teens, especially young girls that enjoy romantic stories. The language is delightful and ‘clean.’ That said, I also believe that adults that have enjoyed books such as Twilight or The Faelin Chronicles might enjoy it as well. I certainly did.
I hope to see this book in print as well, as I think a lot of the young adult market it is targeted at might not have e-readers.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher to read with no obligation to review it positively.