Forget cute fairies in pretty dresses. In the world of Aluvia, most fairies are more like irritable, moody insects. Almost everyone in the world of Aluvia views the fairy keeper mark as a gift, but not fourteen-year-old Sierra. She hates being a fairy keeper, but the birthmark is right there on the back of her neck. It shows everyone she was born with the natural ability to communicate, attract, and even control the tiny fairies whose nectar is amazingly powerful. She’s forced to care for a whole hive of the bee-like beasties by her dark alchemist father. Then one day, Sierra discovers the fairies of her hatch are mysteriously dead. The fairy queen is missing. Sierra convinces her father she can retrieve the lost queen. The problem? Sierra’s queen wasn’t the only queen to disappear. They’re all gone, every single one, and getting them back will be deadly dangerous. Sierra journeys with her best friend and her worst enemy — assigned by her father to dog her every step — to find the missing queens. Along the way, they learn that more than just her sister’s life is at stake if they fail.
Sissy: Well. Let’s just get this out of the way. I liked this book way better than Bubby did. I liked the different twist on all the fairies and magical creatures, I liked the spunk of Sierra, I liked how the relationships between Sierra, Corbin and Nell develop and I applaud and admire Sierra’s dedication to saving her sister Phoebe. Bubby is stuck in a close-minded rut about how she wants her magical creatures to be and couldn’t get past that.
Bubby: Oh, how you twist my words, Sissy! I said that INITIALLY I had some issues with Fairy Keeper, in part because the magical folk were different than those I am used to. But I also said that the story grew on me and by the end I quite enjoyed the whole thing. I just wasn’t sucked in immediately like you were. So there! I loved the sisterly bond between Sierra and Phoebe. I would totally throw over my safety and endanger my very life to save you from a dark alchemist!
Sissy: I appreciate the lovely sentiment, Bubby, but our readers should know that just a minute ago you called me a poop-head. I guess if you’re willing to give your life to save me then you can call me poop-head every once in a while.
Bubby: You deserved it. But back to the book…you know how Sierra has the tattoo-like fairy keeper’s mark on the back of her neck? I wonder what kind of mark we’d have on our necks if our world worked like Aluvia? Maybe a book or a chocolate bar or a tiny little cake for me?
Sissy: Ooo, yes. And for me, a music note!
Bubby: Perfect! I’d suggest we go get that done asap, except I don’t know that we’re the tattoo-getting type.
Sissy: If it was going to be three dimensional and all glittery and sparkly like Sierra’s I might be interested! Now the characters in this story were young-ish to be having romances but apparently in the land of Aluvia, people start courting at age 14. So there’s a sweet romance in store for Sierra (with a completely unpredictable character). Corbin and Nell also evolve in ways you might not imagine and following their journey is very satisfying. The only thing I didn’t like was the open ending, which means I have to wait for book two! Is there going to be a book two, Bubby?
Bubby: I will answer in Amy Bearce’s own words: “While Sierra’s story has been told, Phoebe is a character we meet and hear a lot about, but don’t spend much time with. So, I am writing a book about her, a companion novel, that is set a few years after Fairy Keeper ends. Hopefully, one day you’ll get to see how Sierra and the others are doing, and then go on an adventure with Phoebe and the merfolk!” Amy Bearce is an author that I’ll be keeping my eye on for sure!
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