Friday 4 March 2016

Reviewed: A Faerie Wedding (The Star Child #4.5) by Stephanie Keyes

A Faerie Wedding was published by Inkspell Publishing on February 12, 2016.

Genre: New Adult. Designer: Naj Qamber

Thanks to Jenny at Neverland Blog Tours for sending me a copy of this book to review.

*A Faerie Wedding is a companion novella--intended to be read after the other books in the series. It is a New Adult novella and features adult language and situations.

I don’t even know where to start my review with this one.

Ok. I’ve read the Star Child series in its entirety now – each full-length book and the novellas that have come with. I’ve adored this series. Stephanie Keyes’ writing is truly fantastic and I think I crowned her my “go-to fantasy author” and that is still very much the case. In truth, she’s one of very few authors that make me turn to fantasy novels these days.

When I heard that Stephanie had written another companion novella to the series a little while after we’d possibly seen it end, I was thrilled at the chance to be back with Kellen, Cali and Gabe again (well actually mostly Gabe *swoons*) and I didn’t even realise just how much I’d missed these characters and that’s after a good few months of mourning the series’ end! I know companion novellas aren’t everyone’s cup of tea – to be honest, they’re not mine either – but A Faerie Wedding was wonderfully written and did huge justice to a fantastic series. I think Stephanie’s next work in progress needs to be a how-to guide on writing the perfect companion novella because she has hit the nail on the head here.

It’s hard to talk about the actual book because it is very short. Really you need to have read the series for this companion novella to make complete sense, and just in case you’ve not read it, I don’t want to spoil that for you. Having said that, Stephanie’s writing is really accessible and if you had somehow started with A Faerie Wedding, you’d fall in love with her writing too I’m sure of that. I do really really really recommend reading the series though. Each book is engaging, cleverly plotted and faultlessly entertaining.

Briefly talking about A Faerie Wedding’s story though, it is told from Gabe’s perspective. Gabe is in my opinion the star of the whole series. He has so much character and personality and you can believe in him and root for him whilst at the same time he throws in one-liners that have you giggling away. You get to the stage where you think Gabe doesn’t have it in him to take anything seriously and then he’s back to his protective, thoughtful self and, if you’re me, you fall in love with him all over again! Gabe’s one of my favourite bookish characters and it was just so brilliant to have this book told from his POV as his voice really stands out above all others.

Stephanie drew me right back into this fantasy world from page one of A Faerie Wedding and it felt like I’d never left. Each character is so vivid that I remember them and I remember so much about their stories so I was allowed to reconnect straight away. This novella is all about the character development and Stephanie manages to squeeze in ups and downs, humour and emotion and those moments that place a huge smile on your face in just less than 70 pages, which is some feat.

I could ramble on some more but then I’ll end up ruining what happens for you. I just want to recommend this series again and again because it’s impossible not to enjoy it I promise you that. A Faerie Wedding was simply the icing on the cake.


Keep the Magick going!

Love The Star Child series, but want to hold a book in your hand? Want them all in one e-book? Pick up your copy of Into Faerie: The Star Child Novellas today! 


About the author!

Stephanie Keyes is the author of the YA Fantasy series, The Star Child, which includes The Star Child, After Faerie, The Fallen Stars, The Star Catcher, and The Last Protector. The Boy In The Trees, part of the Blood In The Shadows anthology, released in November 2015.

The Star Catcher won first place in the 2014 Dante Rossetti Young Adult Novel Awards—Mythological Category. The Star Child was a finalist in the 2015 BTS Magazine Reader's Choice Awards. Keyes was also selected as a 2015 Rutgers University One-On-One Plus Conference mentee. She's an active member of SCBWI.

Steph lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with Mr. Keyes, her boys, Hip-Hop and Bam-Bam, and dogs Duncan MacLeod and Princess Riley. Steph is a hopeless romantic and Whovian who's shamelessly addicted to Nutella and spontaneous singing.

*Author photos courtesy of Kristina Serafini Photo

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