Tuesday 13 May 2014

Review ~ What the Faeries Left Behind by Amber Michelle Cook.

Title: What the Faeries Left Behind.
Author: Amber Michelle Cook.
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy.
Release Date: January 1, 2013.
Source: Review copy.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Purchase: Amazon UK | Amazon

After coming home from a monotonous office job to the apartment where she lives alone, thirty-something Abigail Watson is having a tough day in a hard week in a rotten month, and don’t even get her started on the year. Until that night when something wonderfully impossible shows up at her door and rings the bell insistently.

You’re not supposed to answer the door late at night to strangers who come knocking unannounced, right?

Right. But Abigail does,

Because how can you be scared of someone with translucent wings like those of a dragonfly?

WHAT THE FAERIES LEFT BEHIND is an urban fairy tale ‘antidote’ to those times when the dullness and drudgery of grown-up life seems inescapable, and to the misconception that wonder and play are just for children.

I’m sure lots of people have at times wished their life could be a little less mundane and a little more exciting. I know I definitely have. What the Faeries Left Behind explores this fantasy and Amber Michelle Cook has written a quirky, entertaining, magical little novella.

When this book started, I wasn’t sure what to expect but humour laced every page and made this a really fun, easy read. Abigail, in her thirties, is bored of her life and so when the opportunity arises to live a little, she’s eager to do so. I thought Abigail was a really likeable character. Being 36 didn’t have to be an excuse for her to be serious and sensible and it was amusing seeing how she responded to the new twists in her life.

I was a tiny bit confused at the beginning when Abigail discovered she was a Fae Changeling but soon became captivated with the story. I liked all the colours and imagery and the stranger Abigail meets at the beginning was a fun character that helped make this book really enjoyable.

What the Faeries Left Behind was a little eccentric and really fascinating story, really original and fun. I loved the ending and felt it was a fitting way to end what is a great little book to escape into. What the Faeries Left Behind was a joy to read.

Review also posted on Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon


  1. I'm glad you liked it :) Although that's one ugly cover!! I don't think I'd even give it a second glance in a book store... I'm such a book snob!

    The YA's Nightstand

    1. Thanks :) The cover doesn't really make sense until you've read the book!

    2. Ah okay. Although I think pretty book covers should be mandatory... that could be the designer in me though. :P

  2. I liked this story as well. There were plenty times when I was working in a dreary job that I wished I was going to a magical world instead!

    1. Definitely. Better than a boring routine! Glad you liked it.

  3. Oh, this sounds interesting! <3


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