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About the book: Seventeen-year-old Adrielle doesn’t believe in magic; she merely possesses it, though no one has ever mentioned that her unusual gifts—exceptional speed, a flair for fire, and an intimate knowledge of flora—aren’t things she was born with. When Adrielle starts a fire that burns down the family home, she must deal with both her grief and her siblings’ hurtful rejection. 

While journeying to far away Tallinyne, in search of her older, estranged sister—the only relative who might take her in—Adrielle is separated from her escort when the carriage is beset by thieves. Alone, she is thrust into a dangerous and unfamiliar world where she encounters fairies and gypsies, a wild boar, a drunk cook, and an evil queen whose curse is sweeping death across the land. Adrielle also finds love, falling hard for a kind, funny, handsome—and completely unavailable prince.

From the glowing pearls tucked beneath her mattress and keeping her awake at night, to Queen Nadamaris’s curse that seems to thwart Adrielle’s every effort, Adrielle struggles to navigate a world of magic she never imagined, where people she knows and loves are not always what they appear to be. With the glowing pearls—and her fondest desire—within her grasp, she is forced to make a choice no girl should ever have to—satisfying her own heart or saving the kingdom.

My review: This book was really well-written and engaging. I loved the whole story line. It was kind of fun to see the bits of different fairy tales mixed together to come up with a new fairy tale. 

I loved Adrielle, she's a strong young woman. She had to go through quite a bit in the beginning of the story with both of her parents dying not very far apart. Yet she was stronger for it, and able to move on with her life even if she was all alone and not quite sure what she needed to do and how to go about doing it. I like that she has really no idea who she is, that makes this story and what she was able to do all the more like a fairy tale. So fun!

I thought it was fun how Adrielle falls in love with the prince, but she has no idea that's what he is for a really long time. I love that he treats her kindly, like a princess really, even when he has no idea who she is either. And true love...oh such a sweet and cute love story in this one!

This book is a cute fairy tale type book that the romantic in all of us will enjoy and I love that it's a book that I can hand to my teenage daughter with no worries of what she will find in it. A win-win all around!

I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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