Date Published: June 3, 2016
Claire Arden has a lot on her plate. In addition to surviving life as a high school sophomore, while avoiding the pitfalls that come with growing up on the wrong side of the tracks, she takes care of her aging grandmother, does her best to keep her flighty best friend out of trouble, and even holds down a part-time gig at The Burger Shack. Oh! And she recently discovered that she's a princess, but not just any princess. Claire is the half- blood princess of a race of creatures she'd always assumed didn't exist outside of the bedtime stories her gran used to tell her. Forced out of our world by humans of old, the fae, gifted with dominion over the four elements, created Faega, a world behind our own where they govern beings long believed to be mythic. Under the protection of her human mother's closest friend, Claire was spirited away from Faega as an infant because of an uprising of those who opposed her birth simply because she was only half fae. Sixteen years later, with members of the dark fae searching for her, she's reacquainted with the magical realm from her bedtime stories, and all the treachery, danger, and adventure that comes along with it.
An explosive start to a new Fantasyseries. Jessica Lane manages to draw readers into her world and captivate us with her writing and characters. I think my main praise for Lane would be her ability to use vivid descriptions to make the reader feel like they are in the world with the characters.
Being that this is the first in the series, there is a lot to wrap your head around. I loved the way that she is able to introduce us to all of the new places and things without us feeling bogged down with detail.
A smooth plot that keeps readers engaged throughout really rounds out the writing for me.
This is the first in a series and we have a bit of an abrupt ending, but I'm definitely looking forward to what comes next.