Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: July 30, 2013 by Diversion Books
Length: 471 pages
Source: Diversion Books (ARC)
“The battle between Light and Dark is about to begin.
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 she begins a tumultuous relationship with Devilyn Reilly that the truth is revealed.
Devilyn is the only one of the 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.”
I didn’t enjoy reading this book at all. I found myself bored a lot of times and I forced myself to finish it. One thing was on my mind when I finished it.. “YES! I’M DONE!” There was A LOT of redundancy with words, descriptions, and scenes. From start to finish, it was 90% about romance. It was romance, romance, romance! I lost count on how many times our male protagonist, Devilyn, told us how much he cared about Caroline, how much he loved her, how much he wanted to touch her, how much he wanted to see her, how much he wanted to protect her, how much he cared about Caroline, how much he loved her, how much he wanted to touch her.. YEAH I know I said things twice because this book is like that! Devilyn was so redundant and I didn’t care what he felt anymore. Um, when is the Fae & magik part going to come, you ask? Well there’s about 18 pages per chapter and there was only 3 pages about magik per chapter and the rest of the chapter about Devilyn saying “I have to protect Caroline, but I have to stay away from her.” Um WHAT? How can you protect her if you keep pushing her away and instead hurt her feelings by being in a relationship with a snobby cheerleader?
I didn’t like Caroline either. I did at first, but everything that she said became redundant like Devilyn which made her an annoying character. I thought it was weird how she thought Devilyn spoke like he wasn’t a high school student because he used big words, but all of a sudden at the end, Caroline started speaking like she wasn’t a high school student either. For example “as you wish” and there were other phrases that Caroline wouldn’t say but said it anyways. That was definitely an inconsistency with her character.
There was also instalove and some of the things Devilyn would say was so cheesy and corny. Yeah, the romance… is like Lady Gaga’s song.. Bad Romance (because the romance was really bad, you get it?) *badum tsss*. It could’ve been so much better! I like the concept of having Devilyn as a king and wanting to save the future Fae queen which is Caroline, but the romance took over the plot. If there was less romance and more action (there wasn’t any action, guys) then I would’ve liked this book. There was also a lot of info-dumping and I thought those information could’ve been given to us readers in a better way. I do like some of the supporting characters though. I liked Teddy (Caroline’s best friend) and her dog Famous. Overall I didn’t enjoy this book and there’s a lot of room for improvement.