Author: Aprilynne Pike
Published by: HarperTeen
From Goodreads: Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful—too beautiful for words. Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings. In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.
I loved how original the faeries were in this novel. The author gives an unexpected, but incredibly amazing twist on a mythical creature that has been so common in the YA world. I don't want to give away anything but let me tell you that you are going to be blown away by how different the faeries are and their history.
As for the characters, I liked how free spirited Laurel was. At first I thought she was a new-age, non-smelly, shower-every-day hippy, but as it turns out she is more connected to the earth than I ever realized.
There is a love triangle in this novel between Laurel, David (her human best friend) and Tamani (another faerie). As much as I love a good love triangle this one didn't do it for me. I liked Laurel and David's relationship, but Laurel and Tamani just felt forced to me.
Overall this is a refreshingly original novel to add to your YA faeries reading list.