Guardian trainee Violet Fairdale is just weeks away from one of the most important occasions of her life: graduation. After messing up big time by bringing a human into the fae realm, Vi needs to step up her game and forget about Nate if she hopes to graduate as the top guardian of her year. Everything would be fine if she wasn’t forced to partner with Ryn, her ex-friend, ex-enemy, current ‘sort of friend’. They might be trying to patch up their relationship, but does she really want to spend a week undercover with him for their final assignment? On top of that, the possibly insane Unseelie Prince is still on the loose, free to ‘collect’ as many specially talented faeries as he can find—and Vi is still at the top of his list. Add in faerie queens, enchanted storms, complicated not-just-friends feelings, and a murder within the Guild itself, and graduation is about to become the least of Vi’s problems.
This is probably the hardest review I have ever had to write. Not because I can't think of things to say. But because no words I can put together will do this book justice.
But I have to try. So let me start with the emotion. Oh the feels! I am going to warn you now, you're going to need tissues. You will also want to set aside a few hours (however long it takes you to read a book) that people know you are not to be interrupted for any reason whatsoever!
At some points during the book you may want a punching bag, a shoulder to cry on, and something to hug. I found that a pillow works wonderfully for all of these functions.
By the time you have reached the last page of this book, you may feel the need to hunt down the author and have words with her. I know how you feel, I promise. However I must ask you to refrain from doing/saying anything that may affect the next book being written, edited, and published.
If I had to tell you how I feel about this book in one word, I would begin with laughing. Because there is no one word that can fully describe the awesomeness of this book. But laughter aside, if I really had to try, I would say magical. This book is magical.
It is haunting, it is beautiful, it is magical.
The setting . . . Creep Hollows is home away from home and somewhere I cannot wait to visit again. Book three in this series CANNOT come soon enough.
The characters . . . . oh the characters!!! This is where that pillow and tissues will be helpful. But seriously, the characters are real, amazing, awesome, fantastic, believable, relate-able, they have become part of my family! And yes I am in love with Ryn. He is undoubtedly one of my favorite book crushes!
And then there is the writing. Which is fantastic! Quite honestly I hope that this series hits the big screen! It deserves it! Those who love The Iron Fey series will be blown away by The Faerie Guardian and The Faerie Prince. And if you haven't read either one, I advise you to drop what you are doing immediately and go read these books. No worries, you can thank me later.
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Rachel Morgan was born in South Africa and spent a large portion of her childhood living in a fantasy land of her own making. After completing a degree in genetics, she decided science wasn’t for her—after all, they didn’t approve of made-up facts. These days she spends much of her time immersed in fantasy land once more, writing fiction for young adults.
Konstanz: Hello, Nate! So I am dying to know, what was your first thought when you saw Violet in your room the very first time you met?
Nate: I was obviously pretty shocked, as I’m sure you can imagine! Part of me thought I must still
be dreaming, but the rest of me knew it felt real. After the shock, I think my first coherent thought was something about a computer game coming to life and happening right in front of my eyes. You know—super hot girl in tight clothing fighting an otherworldly creature. [Pause] You don’t get what I’m saying? Okay, well, yeah.
Konstanz: Okaaaaay. Moving on. Second question . . . do you love her? I mean, truly love her? Or do you think maybe it's just a crush that will eventually fade?
Nate: This isn’t just a crush—I love her. I know, I know, you’ll probably say I haven’t known her
long enough, but I feel like we’ve gone through a lot together. And if I’m going to be sticking around in this faerie world, then she’s the one I want by my side.
Konstanz: Alright. Now, what are your thoughts when it comes to Ryn?
Nate: Well, Vi hasn’t said much about him, but I gather they REALLY don’t get along. He seems
like kind of a jerk, actually. Not the kind of guy I’d be friends with.
Konstanz: What were your first thoughts once you found out that you aren't quite 100% human?
Nate: Something along the lines of, This is not happening to me. It really threw me and made me
question who I actually am. I mean, my whole life I’d assumed I was just a regular human— obviously. Then I find out that I’m actually not? That one of my parents is a faerie from another realm? Come on, that’s a LOT to deal with!
Konstanz: I can imagine. Well, thanks for stopping by the blog, Nate.
Nate: You’re welcome. It’s only my second time on a blog. Pretty fun!
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