Author: Jennifer Martinez
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: July 5, 2013
My name is Maia. I'm a princess, a fae princess to be exact. But I don't want to be. See, my whole life, I've always been the center of attention, and I've never understood why. Give me boring, ordinary, and simple any day. It's hard enough trying to work my way through high school. Add running a kingdom to that? Yea, not so much.
Magic, mystery, fairies. I just want to pass driver’s ed.
One day while slaving away at her monotonous day job, Jennifer Martinez found her true calling. Like a firefly in the night, the pages called to her. Once she caught the bug there was no stopping it. Her fingers flew furiously across the keyboard winding tales of love, mystery and anger. She snapped out of her reverie to find herself still behind the desk but at least she knew who she was… Author Jennifer Martinez.
I like to think of myself as a beautiful conundrum. When I am not writing, I can be found surrounded by my amazing family and 4 dogs or volunteering at a local animal rescue. I love who I am and don’t mind at all when I get strange looks from people. I am a tattoo covered, child and animal lover who looks forward to destroying peoples preconceived notions of what “someone like me” would be interested in. You only live life once… you may as well make it interesting.
I love to get lost in a good book and hope that everyone will get lost in mine.
First off, isn't this cover just adorable? I love it! I'm not going to lie, the cover was the main thing that really made me want to read this book, but still, I was very pleased by how fun this book is!
Maia is just an average but highly popular girl due to the fact that she is overwhelmingly friendly and thoughtful. The relationship that she has with her best friend is adorable and I couldn't help myself at first, I desperately hoped for a love connection between them, that is until Heaton came into the picture. Heaton is a sweet boy sent to protect Maia from those in the Fae world that wish her harm. Their connection is completely undeniable and absolutely sweet.
My favourite part of this book is the descriptions of Ranym. It sounds like such a beautiful place, especially the elaborate treehouse. I've always loved treehouses, so I couldn't help but sit around with a dopey grin while I was reading all about Ranym. It's a beautiful place of magic and wonder.
The only thing that could have made this book a little better for me is a bit more dialogue to break up the narrative. There were several conversations that were written into the narrative which could have been better (at least for me) to read out as an actual conversation to break up the narrative and help more fully develop the characters and their different quirks and nuances.
Either way, this is a fun and quick summer read that would be great for any fairy lover!
Mike wasn’t kidding his mom went all out redecorating the house for the perfect pictures. She had laid out a red velvet carpet coming down the stairs, had fake snow perfectly set on the mantle. The house looked like a Better Homes and Gardens photo shoot. I didn’t see Mr. Carlisle around but knew he would be here eventually. We took pictures everywhere. Both moms snapping photos like it was the last chance to see their kids. Mike and I couldn’t stop laughing at them all flustered at how fast we were growing up. We set up for a particularly fun shot with him behind me looking over my shoulder. He leaned in close and whispered, “By the way, you look absolutely radiant tonight.”
I turn, shocked at his comment. Mike was always kind but he rarely complimented me like that. A devious grin creeps onto his face and he leans forward and kisses me on the forehead. The moms are now practically sobbing and I’m sure the photo will go down in infamy as our first kiss. I snort out loud at the thought and the moment is now ruined. A flash of disappointment spreads across gray eyes and I realize what that looked like. I turn to face my best friend and straighten his tie before placing my hands on his shoulders and standing on my toes.
“And you Mike, look absolutely dapper.”
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