Darklight by Lesley Livingstone

Darklight

Darklight

The only thing that I found off putting about this book, was the fact that I hadn’t managed to work out which book was the first in the series, and ended up buying the second. Bugger!

Kelley Winslow used to think she was an ordinary girl with aspirations to be on the stage… then she discovered who her real parents are (not human) and met the love of her life, Sonny, who was sort of human but had spent most of his life in the court of her father, the fairy king Auberon… of course there are the bad guys; leprechauns, secrets; just who is Sonny really

I enjoyed this book, the sometimes opposing views of what is good and what is evil, how magic should or shouldn’t work and the sacrfices we make for those we love.

I wish I had read the first book inn the series though!

Ash by Malinda Lo

Ash by Malinda Lo

Ash by Malinda Lo

A very unusual take on the age old Cinderella fairy tale, Ash looks at tradition, family, magic and fairies from a very different view point. Ash’s mother is a village wise woman, who dies and leaves her daughter behind in a time when wise women have fallen into disrepute in favour of university learning and science.

When her father remarries and then dies deeply in debt, Ash’s new family (Stepmother and two Stepsisters) expect her to pay his debts through hard labour in the ashes of the kitchen and as their personal maid / housekeeper / cook.

In this world the fairies still live in the woods, and the King’s Huntress holds a special place in society, steeped in tradition and esteem.

I was enthralled with this book, but sometimes found it hard to follow some of the social and historical references.