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Romantic fairy fantasy, milder than Twilight.
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Positive messages
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A bloody fight, trolls try to kill a boy and a fairy, necks are snapped, two characters are shot.


Several passionate kisses, a mention of "making out," discussions of periods and sex.


One use of "s--t."


Soda, snack food, shoe, candy, kitchen product, cold medication brands mentioned.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Morphine is used on a very sick man.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this book gets rather violent near the end, with fighting, shooting, neck-snapping, and attempted drowning. There's also some kissing, a brief discussion of sex, and one use of a four-letter word.

What's the story?

Homeschooled Laurel enters a public high school and feels a bit different. But she feels even more so when a large blossom starts growing out of her back. Soon she discovers that she is a fairy changeling, placed with a human family to keep one of the gateways to the fairy world of Avalon safe. Torn between a human boy and a fairy, she also discovers that trolls are after her land, and that her human parents are in danger.

Is it any good?


This is clearly aimed at the Twilight crowd: a bit of chaste romance, a bit of violence, and a supernatural gloss on the real world. Instead of vampires and werewolves we get fairies and trolls, and the heroine this time is one of the supernatural creatures and one of the two boys she likes is human. It's a bit milder than Twilight: the romance is a bit less passionate, as befits the slightly younger age of the heroine and target audience.

But unlike that earlier blockbuster, this series launch has something to offer those who aren't into mooning over hunky vampires, or even hunky fairies. There's a story here, with an intriguing variation on traditional fairy lore -- fairies, for instance, are actually plants, and what humans thought were wings are actually their blossoms. With the romance not so much in the reader's face, this should appeal to a wider audience than Twilight, though perhaps not as passionately.

From the Book:
She didn't even have to turn to see the new development. Long, bluish-white forms rose over both shoulders. For a moment Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful -- almost too beautiful for words.

She turned slowly so she could see them better. Petal-like strips sprouted from where the bump had been, making a gently curved four-pointed star on her back. The longest petals -- fanning out over each shoulder and peeking around her waist -- were more than a foot long and as wide as her hand. Smaller petals -- about eight or nine inches long -- spiraled around the center, filling in the leftover space. There were even a few small green leaves where the enormous flower connected to her skin.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about this new concept of fairies as plants. What do you think of the idea? How is it different from other versions of fairies you have seen? Is it compatible with them? Do you like the idea? Why or why not? Would you like to be one?

Book details

Author:Aprilynne Pike
Topics:Magic and fantasy
Book type:Fiction
Publication date:May 1, 2009
Number of pages:294

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Kid, 12 years old May 4, 2011

Pretty good

I love this book, but they refer to sex multiple times. i loved the story, but it said a curse word and used an inapripriate phrase a couple of times. overall the story was great. thanks for putting a twist on the fairy(faerie)!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written bySmoothie971 December 17, 2010

Good book for 11+. Like Twilight, a bit more appropriate.

This is a good book, and the common sense media review basically tells you everything :)
Teen, 14 years old Written byrebma97 June 14, 2011

I couldn't put it down

I loved this book. The writing is so beautiful and the story is enchanting. It's not too inappropriate, but it's got some PG-13 content that's probably not appropriate for kids under 12 (it's a bit iffy for 11 year olds). There is a lot of violence at the end, and it's kind of gruesome; necks are snapped, people are choked, someone tries to drown a faerie and a boy, etc. There isn't a lot of sexual stuff; there are some passionate kisses, and there were minor references to sex and periods. There are a few uses of "h-ll" and "d*mn", and one "s-t". They did mention some alcoholic beverages, like Brandy and Morphine, but it's used on a sick man.
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