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Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Get ready to discover a thrilling new series! In her debut, Lazear seamlessly blends fantastical steampunk elements into a magical world. The heroine has the special "Spark" that makes her a vivacious, compelling character, so it is no surprise that she attracts several love interests as well as the attention of the faeries in the Otherworld. Readers will love spending time with this amazing girl and all of the delightful secondary characters that add depth and richness to the tale. Here's hoping for many, many more Aether Chronicle tales!
Magnolia “Noli” Braddock just doesn’t fit in. She’s a teenager in an alternate 1901 Los Angeles who refuses to follow society’s dictates. Instead, Noli’s interests include studying plants, fixing steampunk contraptions and spending lots of time with her next-door neighbor, Steven aka "V". But when Noli breaks one too many rules, she is sent to a strict reform school in San Francisco where the girls are punished severely. Longing for escape, Noli unknowingly attracts the attention of Kevighn, a huntsman from the Otherworld. He knows exactly where Noli fits in – as a mortal sacrifice to ensure the longevity of the Faerie world. Kevighn tricks Noli into visiting his magical land, but V isn’t far behind. He races to rescue her from the evil queen who plots to drain Noli of her unique life force, but it leaves her wondering just who – and what – V is? And will she ever be able to return to the home she misses? (FLUX, Aug., 408pp., $9.95, ISBN: 9780738732480, PB, 12 & Up)
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Reviewed By: Eve Polak
Published: August 2012