Date Published: 10/31/2013
Blurb:Experience THE BALLAD OF TAM LIN like you’ve never read it before…
It has been seven years since Jeanette Sauderheim followed her best friend into Carver Hall Park...and came out alone. Jeanette has never gotten over his mysterious disappearance nor has she gone back into the park. While that traumatic night still haunts her, Jeanette distracts herself by balancing her time between trying to pass Spanish, hanging out with her friends, and reading the latest manga.
But, when a promise to a friend drives her back into the park, she's forced to re-live the memories of that night. Lost and confused, Jeanette crosses paths with Tamrin, whose violent reaction to her provides yet another reason to avoid the park.
Tamrin, a knight of the Summer Court, has been sent to Earth to guard a garden of roses that hold special meaning to the queen of the Summer faeries. When his distraction at meeting Jeanette leads to her picking one of the Summer Queen’s roses, Tamrin vows to right his failure to do his duty.
However, the equivalent of one of the queen’s roses is a human heart and Tamrin’s reluctance to readily exact the sum from Jeanette sets in motion a spiral of love, betrayal, and magic that could mean damnation for them both.
*This is an Upper YA paranormal romance novel with NA and contemporary fantasy appeal.
Fairy Queens are a bitch to deal with! Jeannette Sauderheim is just trying to be happy, but that doesn't seem to be working. After going back to the same park her best friend mysteriously disappeared from seven years earlier she finds herself mixed up in some really dangerous situations. Picking one rose from a garden that is special to the Summer Faerie Queen and meeting the knight that is suppose to be guarding them changes her life forever.
For me, Jeannette was a little naive. She is religious and a sort of goody-goody in a modern world where a teenager is probably not going to be as clueless about things that aren't quite innocent. However, it works for this story. She is a pure soul and because of that things like her friend disappearing take its' toll on her in a hard way. That initial introduction of her is what fuels such a change in character as the book progresses. She becomes what I wanted her to be all along and at the end of the day, that's what matters. Jeannette has to break the rules to survive and earn what she really wants out of all of this. That ignorance also is a great prelude to her romance with Tamrin, the knight of the summer queen. It was quite funny watching him figure out the human world that he clearly knows nothing about. The two of them stumble along the away figuring everything new out and it really bonds them. Their romance seems natural, which is always enjoyable to read and develops throughout the story instead of all at once.
This is a retelling of an old Scottish folklore but it doesn't read like one. What I mean by that is the story flows nicely and it never feels like a part of it or a character is forced into becoming the original tale. That is hard to do because of the story you are trying to tell but this author succeeds in making this book original and fresh, rather than just a copy of the old story with new names or places. Plus it was awesome to see all sorts of nerdy references in a book that enjoyed, it is always nice to see a character let their geek show and love the same things they do. If you've never heard of the myth I think you will enjoy this story regardless and if you have then you'll really love this new take on it. -My opinion- Buy it!
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About the author:
A.L. Davroe writes both YA and adult speculative fiction. Her debut YA paranormal romance novel, FOR YOUR HEART, releases October 31, 2013. By day, she lives in Connecticut her two feline hench-creatures. She’s a terrible blusher, has a weak spot for cuddly animals, loves Laffy Taffy and Cadbury MiniEggs, and she’s a huge advocate of alternative healing methods. She also wears Vibram five-finger toe shoes and corsets...Though not always in the same ensemble. She’s a Capricorn, a Hufflepuff, and a few nuggets short of a Happy Meal.
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