By: Cait Marie
*I received a free copy of this book to proofread, but I loved the book so much I had to review!
Goodreads blurb (because it’s way better than the summary I was failing to write):
Brea Robinson is a murderer.
That’s what everyone tells her when she’s accused of killing her best friend.
Her mother always claimed she belonged in a straitjacket. Turns out, she was right.
When the man with flashing violet eyes whisks her through a portal into a world beyond her imagination, a world vicious in its beauty and wicked in its lies, Brea begins to wonder if she was ever crazy at all.
Every hallucination she’s ever had is real, but this new world has its own set of lies and questions.
Why are three royals prepared to battle over her? Who is Griffin O’Shea, and why did he abduct her?
And does falling in love with a man trapping her in this deadly land mean she really has lost her mind after all?
There is only one thing Brea knows: She can’t trust anything.
Not her mind.
Not her heart.
And certainly not the Fae who claims he’s trying to keep her safe.
When two of my favorite authors/bookish friends said they were writing a fae series, I was beyond excited. I was also kind of nervous because I have pretty high standards for fae books, and I didn’t really know what to expect. But it was unwarranted. Like all the other books they’ve written, I loved this one!
The world building is absolutely beautiful. There are three different kingdoms warring for power, each with unique qualities: Fargelsi, with its lush forests, Eldur, the fire realm, and Iskalt, the icy kingdom. There are also the Vatlands between them–a swampy, creepy area full of creatures. Everything is so vivid and well described; they really paint a picture.
The characters are fantastic. Brea’s growth just in this first book is amazing, making me wonder what’s in store for book 2. Griff and Loch are… I love them both for different reasons. I had a feeling early on I’d love Loch, even though he’s not liked by the main characters. Because I’m super anti-spoilers, I will not tell you whether those feelings lasted… Oh, also, I adore Finn. He’s not in very much of the story, but I am pretty sure he’s going to be my series favorite.
The story overall is well written and intriguing. The authors did a great job of pulling me right in from the beginning. I loved seeing Brea explore this new world and find out all these hidden twists and truths. It was a fun read, while still holding a certain amount of intensity and emotion I’d expect from these two.
If you like YA fantasy, I highly recommend checking out Fae’s Deception. I cannot wait for book 2, Fae’s Defiance, which I have the ARC of already. All three books are rapid releasing! Here’s the schedule:
– Fae’s Deception — April 22
– Fae’s Defiance — May 1
– Fae’s Destruction — May 11
Yep, that’s right, Fae’s Deception releases tomorrow! Check it out here!