I had absolutely no idea what to expect from this book, but after a really positive experience with another fairy series I decided to give it a go… & as usual, when I “give things a go” I was not disappointed! Fairy Keeper has wonderful world-building, clever character development & an exciting plot.
I was sent this book by the author & publisher in return for an honest review.
⚠️ This book contains death, mild violence & child abuse
(father/daughter violence; mainly off-page) ⚠️
Fairy Keeper tells the story of Sierra, a young girl with a lot of love for her sister & a lot of hate for her abusive, drug dealing father, Jack. The story follows Sierra through the adventure of trying to find out what happened to her fairy queen, & all the others in Aluvia. But her quest has a dark side, because if she doesn’t bring a fairy back to her father, her sister will be sent to serve one of his thuggish associates & Sierra will never see her again. This is a story full of magic, with heartbreaking scenes & a sisterly bond that saturates the pages; I loved it, & I think you will too.
I’m going to start my review with the world-building, because we all know that the world of a book makes or breaks it for me… From the start of this book it wasn’t obvious how much magic was trapped in its pages, but as I explored the story I learnt that the world of Aluvia is overflowing with magical creatures – including unicorns (there are some others too but I don’t want to spoil it for you)! Old Sam the unicorn isn’t a main player in the book but he’s the first unicorn I’ve met on the pages of a story so I was really excited about the little twist Amy has put onto his “breed” & their famous horns.
Amy also put a twist on the fairies in the book, & I loved the concept she went with. You see, in Aluvia fairies are like bees! They live in hives, with their queen & fairy keepers tend to the fairies, protecting them from predators & taking their nectar like we do with bees… but Amy has been really clever because she’s managed to sew the underlying message that we need to look after our bees more into her story of fairies, & it’s not until the end that you start to realise that Save Our Bees really is the underlying message of the book.
The character development in the story was also done really well & I enjoyed watching main character Sierra morph throughout her experience in the book. I’m not sure how I feel about the love interest in the book as I feel we didn’t really get to know him very well, but I enjoyed his presence in the story (you’ll understand what I mean when you read the book). Our other main female is thug Nell; her development in the story was really smooth & it was great to see a “bad-guy” shown as not actually being a “bad-guy”.
I loved the story & it definitely kept me on my toes – it was one of those books that you can easily predict in places, but in others it surprises you beyond belief. I’m so excited that this is a series where there’s lots of stories based in the same world, but that are indirectly connected – I think the books are more linked to one another than I initially realised (plus they’re all already out, which I didn’t know going into the story) but I love it when authors really delve deep into their imaginary worlds & make the most of having such an incredible imagination.
Fairy Keeper was such a good read for me – I was excited every night to get into bed & read it before sleeping, & I loathed how fast time flew when I was reading it – grab your own copy using the links below:
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