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.
“Fate leads the willing, and drags along the reluctant.”- Seneca
Caroline Ellis is a normal high school student. She gets exceptional grades, writes for the school paper, and gets along with mostly everyone. Until HE comes along. Devilyn Reilly. These two clash and it’s ultimately a battle of the wits between them. She thinks he is a pompous jock and he wants her to believe it. Although, Caroline has no clue why, we learn what exactly is happening. Caroline is the one left in the dark until fate forces Devilyn’s hand.
Devilyn is the dark prince and heir to the throne. The prophecy warns of a terrible tragedy that will befall the light Queen, Caroline. (Like she could even attempt to figure that one out) Devilyn fighting against fate tries to protect her but he wrestles with how he is supposed to do that. Pushing her away and pulling her back. He fights with his heart and mind. This creates tension and confusion between the two of them. The one situation that Devilyn can’t fight is the fact that they are true matches. Two perfect halves. Fated.
“Not fleeting love, but true, perfect love. The kind that makes your stomach churn, your whole body flush with an inner peace knowing that you’ve found you one true soul mate. The kind of love that’s worth dying for. Or living for. If you are lucky enough to find it.”
Devilyn’s father who leads the Dark Fae is making a move to capture and kill Caroline. He seems to be a very evil man who will stop at nothing to gain power over all the fae. He also wants his son to fight the light in him and embrace the dark. Yes, that’s right on top of it all, Devilyn must fight to stay balanced. He is a child of the both sides. Keeping Caroline safe and alive is his top priority. In order for that to happen, Devilyn will risk it all for her and to see that the light and dark are united.
“No matter how much light lives within me, it cannot encompass the darkness that consumes my soul.”
This book was a pleasant surprise for me. I rarely read YA books anymore, but the fact that it was a paranormal drew me to in. I am so glad that I decided to read this one. Not only is the tale an intriguing one, but it’s also an epic love story. The attraction between the two is apparent and you can feel the chemistry in the words. The danger and suspense come in behind that towards the end of the book to really hook you in for the next installment. Which, of course, I am so looking forward too. Devilyn and Caroline are great characters and I enjoyed being in the moment with them. I will admit that it felt like the action was being held back and was slow to develop. However, I don’t feel that it would change my rating for the book. It would have bothered me more, if I hadn’t bonded with the characters. I rate this installment in the Fae trilogy; 4 stars. Keep your eyes out for the next one: The Dark King.
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CJ Abedi Bio:
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 www.generationklean.com and at major retailers (Whole Foods, Fred Segal etc.) nationwide.