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Title: Faye and the Ether
Author: Nicole Bailey Genre: Young Adult | Mythology | Fairytale | LGBTQ+ Fiction Publication Date: October 27, 2020
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Faye and the Ether Summary
For as long as I can remember, the sea has called to me, luring me to explore the secrets hidden beneath its cresting waves.
Faye is tossed into a current of uncertainty as she deliberates over her college choices. More than anything she wants to study by the sea, forever chasing the line where the ocean meets the horizon. But she finds herself dragged down by the riptide of her and her mother’s financial restraints. How can she be true to herself when anchored by her world’s limitations?
As the leader of the deadliest group in the Ether, Daron is at the top of his game. Yet there is one thing he’s failed at time and again—finding the human-raised Ether. It’s a known fact amongst his team that success on that particular mission would change their lives in unimaginable ways. Yet Daron couldn’t comprehend how true that was… until he saw Faye.
Guided by Daron, Faye enters a world she never knew existed. One filled with mythical creatures, struggling to coexist. As Faye wrestles with where she fits in this magical realm, secrets are revealed that turn the tide once more.
Inky darkness is seeping ever closer. Can Faye and Daron work together to save Ether and themselves? Or will the world be crushed under a wave of evil?
From author Nicole Bailey comes a young adult adventure filled with magic, intrigue, and the inner well of strength that flows through us all.
Faye and the Ether Review
Faye and the Ether. Where to start.
While reading this book, it pulled all my emotions from me. Anger. Sadness. Love. Happiness. Following along with Faye and Daron while trying to prevent a war was enthralling. I do wish that there was a little more time spent explaining the Ether world and how it connects to the human world. But the story telling was amazing. The mix of mythologies and histories was well thought out and executed through a way you would expect these mythological groups to interact. The twists and turns of the story you never really saw what was coming and reminded me of other stories that I cherish that are currently on my bookshelf.
The representation of people of colour throughout the book was a pleasant surprise since most of the mythological was routed through predominantly white mythology. Also the representation of the LGBTQ+ community in the book was quite nice. As many YA fantasy novels in this category, this community is often overlooked or misrepresented.
All in all, I cannot wait to get my hands on a physical copy of this book for my collection, or wait to read the sequel to see what becomes of Daron and Faye.
I would like to thank Nicole Bailey for sending me a free copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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More About Nicole Bailey
Nicole Bailey is a writer and reader who loves young adult, magical realism, and the occasional rom-com. She writes YA fantasy and published her debut novel (FAYE AND THE ETHER) in Fall 2020. When she isn’t writing she loves to hike, kayak, bike, or garden. She lives with her three children and her husband in South Carolina.
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