March 23, 2014

Fae Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Fae blog tour! Today I have my review of the book to share and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post! To follow the rest of the tour, click on the banner above.

Fae (Fae Trilogy #1)
Author: CJ Abedi
Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy
Release Date: July 30, 2013
Publisher: Diversion Books


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.
Fae is the first book in a young adult fantasy trilogy that tells the story of our two main characterrs - Caroline Ellis and Devilyn. Devilyn is a full Fae, but is the only one ever created of both Light and Dark. Caroline is half Fae - a descendent of Virginia Dare, one of the settlers from the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island - but she has no idea. There's a prophecy that tells of Caroline and Devilyn being soulmates and creating a new kingdom together - one that will unity the Fae and banish the Dark. The prophecy doesn't end well, for it states that Caroline will die in the end. Devilyn has been tasked with protecting her at all costs - but he refuses to acknowledge the part of the prophecy that says he and Caroline are soulmates and will fall in love. He's convinced that he'll keep her safe and keep his distance - that it's best that way. Or is it?

I'm not quite sure where to even start on this book. The plot itself intertwines so many awesome things - faeries, Norse mythology, the legend/myth of The Lost Colony of Roanoke Island - along with tons of action and romance, to create one incredibly enchanting and wholly unique book. I was immediately drawn into the story and found myself devouring each page to see what would happen next. The story is told from alternating viewpoints - those of Devilyn and Caroline. I loved that it was done in this way because the reader gets a peek inside the hearts and minds of the main characters that we wouldn't ordinarily get to see. Caroline and Devilyn are well written main characters whom I found to be realistic and easy to identify with. They both have their strengths along with their flaws, and I have to admit that I'm a huge romantic at heart, so I loved watching them grow closer and seeing how things developed between them. Even though it seems like the characters experience what some call "instalove," I didn't mind it because of the background we were given - the prophecy and the history behind it all. It made it feel all the more destined to me and not so much "lust at first sight" than an actual soulmate connection. As I mentioned, the plot encompasses so many amazing concepts that it had me hooked from the first paragraph. I literally couldn't stop reading until I finished the book. The way the author took all the different mythology, folklore, myths and legends and blended them seamlessly together into a fresh, original story is downright epic. I honestly can't say enough about it all that would do the story justice, so I'll stop my feeble attempts there. I'm definitely going to be reading the next book in the trilogy to see where the story will go next. Very highly recommended for fans of lots of genres including fantasy, paranormal, action, and romance.

Colet 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 and at major retailers (Whole Foods, Fred Segal etc.) nationwide.

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