Author: Rachel Morgan
Type: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Part of the job a faerie training to be a guardian, is to protect humans from the many magical creatures humanity believes to be nothing more than myth. For trainee Violet Fairdale, she is well on her way to graduating top of her class and being the best guardian the Fae realm has seen in years; unfortunately for Violet, that all falls apart when she saves the one teenage human boy who can see through her glamour and follows her back into the Fae realm, something that is expressly prohibited and could get Violet expelled.
Despite having been told by the elders to return him to his world with his memory wiped of what he has learned about faerie and demons, Violet finds herself unable to do so and finds herself agreeing to help him find his long lost mother. Caught up in the emotions of her first love, Violet finds herself tumbling father down a hole of trouble and danger from members of the Unseelie court. As tensions escalate, Violet finds herself being faced with the ultimate betrayal.
I received a free copy of this as part of the eBooks for review program and I am so excited that I did. The description of the book was one that made me want to read it as soon as possible and once I got the book in my hands, I had a hard time putting it down. This was one of those books that were it not for friends and family reminding me to eat and sleep, I would’ve read it straight through without any thoughts outside of the book itself. From the very first page my attention was not only grabbed, but it was completely consumed by the fast pace of the writing and more importantly by the kick-butt heroine and main character, Violet. Violet quickly made her way to the top of my list of favorite young adult literary heroines for she was strong and intelligent, but still fallible which made her highly repayable.
Reading books about faeries can be hit or miss with me, in large part because many times faeries can be portrayed as nuisances and mischief makers. It was nice that the faeries in this book are not only protectors of the innocent, such as humans, but that they aren’t the typical annoying faeries of other books. Rachel Morgan’s faeries are human like and have the kind of problems that mere mortals can relate to, such as ones first love and first heartbreak.
Needless to say, this book is now a favorite, as is the author Rachel Morgan. I look forward to reading more from Ms. Morgan. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a strong female lead and a book about the fae that veers away from traditional thoughts of what a fairy is and what they care about.