Page Count: 294
Publisher: Harper Teen
Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful—too beautiful for words. Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings. In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.
I didn’t expect too much from this series to begin with, mainly because I haven’t heard really anything about it. The description was kind of okay but didn’t really make me want to buy it, so I suppose it was a bit of luck when it popped up for free briefly for the Kindle.
The story isn’t terribly difficult to understand and there isn’t much in the way of true plot depth either, however it is an interesting and relatively short, story that’s worth reading if you get the chance to or have some down time. I suppose it’s what can be considered a ‘fluff’ story, but it’s not so fluffy as to be one note. The introduction to the Fae was different in a somewhat refreshing way, it wasn’t the typical ‘bad experience’ lead in so that way nice. Overall the Fae seem fairly pleasant in this novel, aside from the bad guys, and they are pretty unique when it comes to their characteristics. There are certain aspects that are common to the young adult genre but it didn’t seem too forced. Like the inevitable love triangle, or the main character trying to balance an overly odd personal life and their school life. The characters are pretty likable as well but I can’t say they are hugely relate-able because they can be fully described with a few words; Laurel is sweet, David is caring and loyal, and Tamani is suave and humorous.
I can say that the main plot was a little divided. On one hand you have Laurel dealing with her appearance change and identity and on the other you have the bad faeries who are trying to get to the good faeries. The first half of the book seems like nothing but a fantastical coming of age kind of story and then suddenly you are given that fact that this particular person is sort of creepy and then that part starts to unravel.
Overall I gave this 3 out of 5. I don’t think I’d recommend buying it unless you just have to own it, but it is good enough to check out. I’ll try to check out the sequel (Spells) when I can.