ABOUT THE BOOK
by Kacey Vanderkarr
Release Date: 04/01/14
Urban Fey Press
Sometimes you find home, sometimes it comes looking for you.
Callie knows a lot more about pain than she does about family. She’s never belonged, at least, not until she falls through a portal into her true home. The beautiful faerie city of Eirensae doesn’t come free. Callie must find her amulet and bind herself to the city, and most importantly, avoid the Fallen fae who seek her life. Seems like a small price to pay for the family she’s always wanted.
Then she meets cynical and gorgeous Rowan, who reads the darkness of her past in her eyes. He becomes Callie’s part-time protector and full-time pain in the ass. He has secrets of his own for Callie to unravel. What they don’t know is that the future of Eirensae lies with them, and the once peaceful city is about to become a battleground for power.
Poison Tree (Reflection Pond, #2)
by Kacey Vanderkarr
Release Date: 02/12/14
Urban Fey Press
The road to the City of War is dangerous.
With their home in ruins, Callie and Rowan are Eirensae’s last hope of stealing the cauldron back from Fraeburdh. They must travel into the human world where the Fallen hide. The banished fae wait for Callie, desperate to sacrifice her before she comes of age.
If Callie and Rowan survive the journey, something worse looms in Fraeburdh. Rowan is destined for a dark family legacy too horrifying to accept, and his father is anxious to welcome him home. Once the truth is revealed, will Callie ever look at Rowan the same way?
Trapped between feuding cities lost in a centuries-old war, Callie and Rowan will face their biggest rivals yet, and neither of them will make it out unscathed.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kacey Vanderkarr is a young adult author. She dabbles in fantasy, romance, and sci-fi, complete with faeries, alternate realities, and the occasional plasma gun. She’s known to be annoyingly optimistic and listen to music at the highest decibel. When she’s not writing, she coaches winterguard and works as a sonographer. Kacey lives in Michigan, with her husband, son, and crazy cats. Along with her novels, Reflection Pond and Antithesis, Kacey’s short fiction can be found in Sucker Literary Vol 3, and the upcoming Spark Vol 7, Ember: A Journal of Luminous Things, and Out of the Green: Tales from Fairyland.
This book was a short and enjoyable read. I don’t read many paranormal faerie books but this one pulled me in. The heroine, Callie can be repetitive many times but other than that, she can be a very likeable character (if you squint). The romance is small and not too overwhelming but can somewhat be annoying. The plot is entertaining and this book is generally a good read.
Callie is an odd teenager who jumps from one foster family to another until she runs away from her hormonal boyfriend one night and falls into a pond (clumsy, it seems). Honestly, this wasn’t a great start to the novel. Those first few lines when Callie pulls away from her boyfriends creeping, pervy hand and refuses his advances, she talks about how much he revolts her. This was pretty much the part where I was mentally yelling at her. Why the hell do you stay with this creep and let him kiss you?! Why do you have to degrade yourself by staying with him and letting him use you and then to pull away to refuse. That’s not holding your dignity, that’s teasing! So there was no reason for her to stay with him, at all! Obviously, Callie is not the best YA role model. I guess after that when she falls into the faerie world and discovers all these wonders, secrets and dangers that then, I started to tolerate her.
The lesson in every faerie paranormal is, “NEVER EVER TRUST A FAERIE.”. According to this book; unless if they’re the hot, silent, protective, brooding, hostile type AKA the main love interest, Rowan. This was pretty much the jist I got. The romance was like running in circles. She would let herself kiss one guy which would give Rowan the message to stay away. In conclusion, Callie likes to tease guys.
So of course in the book, the faeries have a hidden agenda. And that’s pretty much to use Callie’s immense power (of course) to rule the world. It’s always about world domination with faeries. The book ended rather abruptly with a killing cliffhanger which means there is a second book…..
This review probably sounds like this book as bad but it really wasn’t. It was entertaining and a drawing ride full of drama, action and YA cliches. I certainly kept on reading to see what would happen and was rewarded with a cliffhanger. Yay.
I recommend this book to any fans of Twilight and any YA paranormal lover out there.
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