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Ever Shade (A Dark Faerie Tale #1) Paperback – April 25, 2013
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"This book has everything that a good book should..." ~ Well Read Red Head Reviews "J. W. E"
"This story has a certain brilliance and mystery that will keep you turning the page to get to the end." ~Brian and Erin Gilliam - Amazon Reviewer
"Amazing and chock full of intrigue, suspense, and mystery." ~ Lovetiggi's Book Reviews "LBR"
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (April 25, 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 282 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1483959279
- ISBN-13 : 978-1483959276
- Item Weight : 14.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.71 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,397,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I think girls might like this because it is a quest book with a girl as the heroine. And although she doesn't want to be doing many of the actions she takes (and complains about it), she does what she has to. She gets the job done, like it or not. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series, "Ever Fire." I suspect a few of the situations left open will be finished up, and even if they aren't, I'm sure there will be another great adventure to follow.. Alexia seems to open up a portal that places you directly into the world she has built, so you are there beside the characters, feeling the heat of their sun or the misty coolness of their fog as they rouse an early camp to continue their journey.. This was a very good read and I strongly recommend it.
Ms. Purdy's style is smooth and flows easily. I was very caught up in the characters and their trials, tribulations, beliefs, and abilities. I could so easily imagine what the characters looked like, especially enjoyed imagining the teleens with their blue fire and electricity. I first read this book in a collection of six different authors and immediately after finishing Ever Shade, purchased it and all sequels available so that I could continue reading Shade's story. I broke my own rule of when to purchase books and how many to purchase because I so enthralled with this book and was so anxious to continue reading other books by Ms. Purdy. I plan on purchasing her other series when I once again follow my self imposed purchasing structure.
Way to go, Alexia. Absolutely love this series!!!
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At the start I felt that some of the plot did not make sense. Getting drawn into a magical battle and then being introduced to a lightening faerie, most girls would have freaked but Shade took it all in her stride and followed him to the Faerie world. However once I got past that I did enjoy the story. Shade at times showed her vulnerable side which proved that she was not completely comfortable with the task at hand and the news about her heritage. Going on a quest enables the author to introduce us to all different type of faerie folk and I liked that each clan had different powers. It also helps you learn more about Shade and the speculation of her ancestry.
The story is like a rollercoaster and at times it was a good job that Shade was not 100% human as she would have been dead as soon as she walked out the cave. Soap and Jack add some fun and whilst they are older they sometimes act like proper teenage boys. With the addition of Dylan, there is a hint of a love interest and I cannot wait how she explains his appearance to her mom
Whilst this is a good introduction to the series there is still a lot of questions unanswered and I hope that some off them will be in answered in future books. This is ideal for teenagers and anyone who likes the faerie folk
Shade is the eldest child of 4 who helps her single mom wrangle the family together. Occasionally she may be forgotten about but she loves her family completely. You'd think she would never get privacy but she's kept one big secret from everyone but her best friend, that she can hear voices.
On her way home from school the voices lead her to handsome man in an abandoned warehouse who tells her she has to follow him if she wants answers to why they led her there. Knowing that it's probably insane but her only hope she follows Jack through an amazing forest to a large Oak tree and her destiny.
What Shade never knew was that she's half Fae and is the only hope to prevent a War between the Fae that may spill into the Human Realm. With a band of Warriors she treks across Faery to obtain an artifact to save them but with good there's always bad and the opposing forces will stop at nothing to get her.
Really enjoyed this story and glad I started it with my days off so I could read it right through as it was so compelling.
The characters were a great mixture of fun, flirty, moody and mysterious. Some of the warriors you didn't learn much of but there's always room to grow with the sequels.
Shade herself is very funny. She's obviously scared and confused with not only learning she's Fae but that she's got some fairytale quest to go on. Her moody teenage tantrums were very amusing and relate-able. Great leading lady in my opinion.
Her sort of love interest i'll leave as a surprise as I thought it could possibly be between 3 of the Fae men during the story.
There were a few editing errors but nothing major. Glad I got the novelette aswell so I had something else to read when this ended. Suitable for all ages and very enjoyable. Will read the rest!
The voices have guided Shade to Jack for a reason and he duly accompanies her through the forest, underground to the faerie realms. Shade learns the truth about her family history and the ongoing war between the faeries and agrees to help. A number of characters are introduced to accompany Shade on her quest to the Fountains of Santiran (too many beginning with 'S' for my old brain to picture them all and hold them in my head!) and her journey as a halfling on a mission begins.
I enjoyed this story very much. A few times, I found the descriptions a little long and found myself skipping to get on with the story and other times, I felt there was rather a lot of 'tell' rather than 'show' but, overall, this is a well conceived and compelling tale.
The book starts out slowly, easing you into it, then before you know it your hooked and there's no escape. And i guess that's pretty much how Shade feels.
Shade is just a normal girl who hears voices in her head, voices that go quiet when she does as they say. Its these voices that lead her into a building where she finds Jack, who Shade soon discovers is not human. Jack leads her into the woods to find someone who might help her with the voices, before she knows it Shade has discovered that is in in fact part Fey, and is soon recruited into a quest for the good of the Seelie faerie court.
I have read a few Faerie books before and while they all seem to stick fairly close to the same rules, they are essentially different. One can argue that there are only so many ways to tell a Fairy story, but Alexia Purdy has managed to pull off something unique.