I mean, c'mon. They're fairies. It makes me think about Tinker Bell and wings and magic dust--your basic cliche!
However, Gossamer by Renita Pizzitola was a nice surprise. The fairies in it are not exactly created in the Disney image (thank goodness) and manage to have well rounded back stories that hook the reader and want to keep you knowing more. This was a fast paced, fun read that I not only enjoyed, but would recommend to YA fans looking for a different spin in this genre.
Here is the publisher's blurb for Gossamer:
Kyla is definitely the type of teenage girl that many of us identify with. She's a bit shy, has an awesome best friend who pulls her into new situations, and she feels like a lot of teenage girls--awkward! When she meets the new boy, Grant, she experiences that surge of hormonal attraction guaranteed to lead her on the path of self discovery and romantic fantasies. However, for Kyla, self discovery turns out to be more than just the thrill of falling in love. Kyla learns that she is part Fae and due to her eighteenth birthday, her whole world is turned upside down. It seems that deals were made, lies were told, and babies exchanged eighteen years ago and now the time has come to for Kyla to join a new family and let destiny take her in a direction she'd never known about it.
It's enough to make any teenage girl's head spin.
Of course, it doesn't hurt that the boy she's been crushing on is a Fae himself and that he's been assigned to take her back to their world.
But any good romance has conflict and Gossamer is no exception...I wouldn't say that this story leaves every character with a happy ending, and I'll be curious to know how some story lines get resolved in the next book.
Renita Pizzitola has done an excellent job of weaving a tale that is captivating and filled with romance and adventure. While there are no R rated scenes in this book, there is one sexual scene that I thought was very age appropriate and well written. Pizzitola's novel captures the reality of teenage nerves when it comes to sex without going too far.
I liked that Kyla is a strong character with good values. Her family unit is a strong one and I love seeing that in YA since the trend is to kill off Mom and Dad as soon as you can in most books. My favorite character is Lexie, the best friend. Fun and flirty, she comes off as the "go to" girl who will always help out her best friend and maybe find a boyfriend or two a long the way.
Overall, I loved the book! Check it out by following the links below.