Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries.My Thoughts: Oh, hello, wonderful, dark, creepy, fantastic world! You're all shiny and pretty and then you go all cold and gloomy on me and that's kinda awesome! I absolutely adore when I can't see a way for a book to have any sort of satisfactory ending and then it goes and kicks me in the head and gives one to me anyway. Way to go, book!
Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty—especially if they learn of her Sight—and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.
Rule #2: Don't speak to invisible faeries.
Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.
Rule #1: Don't ever attract their attention.
But it's too late. Keenan is the Summer King who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost—regardless of her plans or desires.
Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything.
First and foremost, I really do love when Fae are shown as dark, cruel creatures who thrive on tormenting others. It's such an opposite picture of what I grew up with that it draws me in and holds me tight. The Dark Fae and Winter Fae are wicked. They revel in pain and cold and inflicting little hurts on mortals and each other. And then there's the other side of the coin, the Fae who are light and happy and full of sunshine. Yet, they're not immune to that darkness either. The Winter Queen's rule is so far spread that even the Summer Fae are affected.
I loved Aislinn. I loved Seth. (Have I ever mentioned my fascination with tattoos and body piercing on men? No? Consider it said.) I loved that Aislinn was torn between what she wanted and what she needed to do. Was I thrilled that she ultimately had no choice in what was done to her? No. But I liked that she took her circumstances and molded them into something that worked for her.
This world is dark and hard and cruel. The Summer King himself is bound by chains that nearly break him. Metaphorically speaking. All in all, this is a fabulous book with characters that I'll be happy to dive into again.
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