by: Aprilynne Pike
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.
Laurel discovers she is a faerie, sent among humans to protect the gateway to Avalon. Thrust into the midst of a centuries-old battle between faeries and trolls, she's torn between a human and a faerie love, as well as her loyalties to each world. In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever. (from aprilynnepike.com).
I picked this book up as part of the Book of the Month club and I was pleasantly surprised by the story. I had an inkling (based solely on the title) that this would be a story about faeries, and I was correct on that front, but I enjoyed all of Pike's twists on the standard mythology.
Our main charecter is Laurel who up until this point thought she was a fairly normal teenager, albiet one who eats very little and never bleeds. When she starts the local high school after years of being home schooled she struggles to fit in. When she suddenly sprouts a flower off her back, she begins to see exactly how different she is. With the help of her friend David, and the guidance of fellow faerie Tamani, Laurel begins to find her place in the world of humans and faeries.
This is book one in a series, and I'm excited to see where the story goes in the sequel Spells now that Laurel knows why she left Avalon to live amongst the humans and how she will handle her new responsibilities. Of course, it will also be interesting to see where her relationships with David and Tamani go as well.
Spells comes out of May 4th. You can order it from Amazon here.