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. Fairy nectar can heal people, but it is also a key ingredient in synthesizing Flight, an illegal elixir that produces dreaminess, apathy and hallucinations. She’s forced to care for a whole hive of the bee-like beasties by her Flight-dealing, dark alchemist father.
Then one day, Sierra discovers the fairies of her hatch are mysteriously dead. The fairy queen is missing. Her father’s Flight operation is halted, and he plans to make up for the lost income by trading her little sister to be an elixir runner for another dark alchemist, a dangerous thug. Desperate to protect her sister, Sierra convinces her father she can retrieve the lost queen and get his operation up and running.
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. There are secrets in the Skyclad Mountains where the last wild fairies were seen. The magic Sierra finds there has the power to transform their world, but only if she can first embrace her calling as a fairy keeper.
I'm not a fairy fan, to be honest, but this sounded very interesting and original at the same time; plus, can we take a look at the oh, so simple but amazing and beautiful cover? Yes, thank you. Now, move on with the review.
Because I'm not a fairy fan, I wasn't expecting to enjoy this too much but I did. The writing style is simplistic but engaging, description and narration both flow so well, and the characters are developed very well for such a short book. And even if it was a short book anything wasn't rushed. Maybe at the end I would have wanted at least a chapter more so I could see a bit how things started to change, but it's ok.
At the beginning Sierra seemed to me very irritating because she was every second angry and like she wanted to punch someone; and I really understood why, but it's not so nice to have a character so nervous, because it give you the same mood. But when the story started to move and action and suspense came in, everything became better and even if she was tense, she wasn't so cranky.
The other characters were nice and interesting too, but I won't talk about them because spoilers.
I think this could be a very awesome, fast, summery read, because it's very short, very action packed and you'll like even if you're a fairy lover or you don't like them so much. Because the story it's about fairies, but not just them are important. They are a part of something bigger.
Thanks to Netgalley ant the publisher for the opportunity to read this and sorry for the late review!