Summary: A dark faerie fantasy: 16yo musical prodigy Dierdre falls for Luke. At the same time, she begins to get the “sight” and is able to glimpse the faerie realm – only, the faeries aren’t nice. The Queen of the Faeries have sent Luke to kill her, and if he won’t do it then there are several other characters waiting around to take the job.
Personal Reaction: Though typical teenage romance-ish, things get passionate but there’s only one use of the F-word. I think the author meant it to come as a shock (and it DOES) to show how not-nice the faeries can be. Violence ensues, but I appreciated the mob ending. This book wasn’t necessarily my style, but I think it’ll find a YA following.
Connections to other books: books on faerie lore or Irish/Celtic folklore, Thomas Rhymer, Daoine Sidhe (see primary and secondary sources here); Faerie Wars by Brennan, Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale by Black, The Faerie Path by Jones, Wicked Lovely by Marr, A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare
Items to display with book: sheet music, flute, harp (if your school has one); white dove in a gold cage, stuffed valentine heart, illustration of The Hunter or a hound figurine (as many as you can find;, things made of iron: nails, rings, etc.; green slime in a jar (use food coloring and Crisco?), photo of a fairy ring
Food items connected to story: anything BBQ, esp. pulled pork sandwiches, fries and sweet tea; perfect ice cream sundaes
Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Flux Books in a Twitter contest, but was not asked for anything in return.