Blog Tour: Fae by CJ Abedi [Book Thoughts]

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Summary:

Caroline Ellis’ sixteenth birthday sets into motion a series of events that have been fated for centuries. A descendant of Virginia Dare, the first child born in the lost colony of Roanoke, and unaware of her birthright as the heir to the throne of the Light Fae, it isn’t until Caroline begins a tumultuous relationship with Devilyn Reilly that the truth of her heritage is revealed.

Devilyn is the only Fae who is both of the Light and of the Dark, and struggles to maintain that precarious balance to avoid succumbing to the power of the Dark within him. He is the only one who can save Caroline from those who would destroy her and destroy all hope for unity among the Fae. He promises Caroline that he will protect her at all costs, even when it means protecting her from himself.

Told from the alternating perspectives of Caroline and Devilyn, FAE draws on mysteries, myths and legends to create a world, and a romance, dangerously poised between Light and Dark.

My Thoughts:

I’m going to admit that my favorite types of fantasy novels are the ones that involve fae or fairies; I’m glad to say that Fae didn’t let me down!

Although I originally found the writing to be elementary, the details and plot ultimately engrossed me. I connected with Caroline, sometimes laughing aloud at her thoughts and nodding in agreement because I realized I had thought the same when I was her age. On the other hand, it took me some time to warm up to Devilyn. Even though he had good intentions, he played the asshole role well and my mind was going crazy imagining a girl having to deal with a guy like him.

Furthermore, the authors writes the high school scene decently. Although the story is a little cliché at times, it also does not follow some clichés most YA books have. At times, the characters hinted at certain clichés and I honestly thought they were going to happen. [I won’t name any because I don’t want to include spoilers.] It makes me really happy to see authors stray away from the overused clichés!

I am also going to admit that I got caught up in the romance of the story. Caroline and Devilyn are made for each other; Devilyn knows it, and the reader knows it, but Caroline does not. Every time I read the interactions between Caroline and Devilyn, I had feels. Their relationship built upon each of their previous encounters, which created a suspense that kept me hooked.

Still, there is a part of the book that bothered me. Throughout the book, Devilyn is referred to as a ‘man.’ Caroline has just turned 16 and is never once referred to as a woman, and yet the person she is in love with is a man. Not only that, but to me, Devilyn’s point of view is more mature and adult-like, setting his thoughts apart from Caroline’s. Maybe the story is supposed to be more ‘old-fashioned’ but since I’m being honest, it weirded me out picturing this man with someone who essentially is still a girl.

Overall, Fae is a fast paced read, with a really frustrating ending. I enjoyed this book, and if you love a fae/fairy stories like I do, I’m sure you will too!

About the Authors:

7155061Colet Abedi ran development for ITV Studios and is currently Executive Producer on three shows that run in syndication called Unsealed: Conspiracy Files, Unsealed: Alien Files and Now Eat This with Rocco DiSpirito. She was also an Executive Producer on Posh Tots on HGTV. Prior to that, she was a Head Writer for 20th Television, a division of Fox, for two telenovelas, American Heiress starring Annalyn McCord and Robert Buckley and Fashion House, starring Bo Derek and Taylor Kinney.

Jasmine Abedi is an entertainment attorney, and has worked with entertainment powerhouses such as Fox, NBCUniversal, ABC, MTV and E! for the past 14 years. She has also worn many different hats in the entertainment industry, with Executive Producer credits for the television programs Posh Tots and the pilots Club Bounce (TruTV), Divas (VH-1), and Life With The Clarks (CMT). In addition to writing, she has also partnered with a law school friend to create the natural cosmetic company Generation Klean, Inc. Their products can be found online at www.generationklean.com and at major retailers (Whole Foods, Fred Segal etc.) nationwide.

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