Monday, April 11, 2011

Review: Fairy Flavor

Publisher submission in exchange for an honest review.

Fairy Flavor
Anna Keraleigh
Release Date:
March 2, 2011
Evernight Publishing
Word Count:
approx. 45,000
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The fairies are going extinct. The trolls are trying to take the land for their own nefarious purposes and King Carrick, ruler of the fairy kingdom, has found a human mate. Now he just has to convince her to stay amidst the chaos.

Brook finds herself in love with a fairy, as if that isn’t strange enough, she’s kidnapped by the trolls and asked to be queen of this fantasy kingdom. Her heart screams approval but a man named Valen and some deadly trolls stand between them.

Laura’s Review:

The first thing you should know if you decide to read Fairy Flavor, is that it is the first in a series.  I didn’t know that and was pretty confused when it ended rather abruptly.  I still think the story ended at a bizarre point, but it makes a little more sense to me now that I know there are more books to follow.

The second thing you should know is that this book is mainly sex.  There’s a plot in there somewhere, but it is buried beneath layers and layers of near constant sex.  Not a bad thing, if that’s what you’re looking for, but I tend to prefer lots of sex and a solid plot.  Maybe I’m just greedy.

The third thing you should know is that the sex involves everyone.  If orgy-ish scenes don’t do it for you, then you probably don’t want to pick this book up.

So what exactly happens, you ask?  Well.  Brook is a human woman who has just moved to Ireland, where she is seduced and basically kidnapped by Carrick, the fairy king.  It turns out that fairies can’t have babies with other fairies, so they need to invite a few human women into their realm.  Carrick needs a queen and a baby to keep the fairy race going, so he bonds with Brook.  Skip through 50 pages or so of non-stop sex to find the next plot point.  

The trolls are the arch enemies of the fairies, and they obviously would prefer that the fairies were wiped out.  They decide to really kidnap Brook so that all of the fairies will search for her and the trolls can kill them off.  Brook is rescued by a wingless fairy (intoxicating to touch, so they are banished from the fairy kingdom), and she almost decides to renege on her engagement to Carrick in favor of Mr. Wingless.  Thankfully Carrick gets there in time to rescue her and engage in another 40 pages or so of reunion sex.

And then Brook and Carrick get married.  And have sex.  Again.  And, despite her initial misgivings, Brook decides that she does, in fact, want to get pregnant and try to revive the fairies.  And then, after one more event that clearly sets up the second book in the series, the story ends.  If this had been a paperback and not an e-book, I would have kept trying to turn the page to see what else was going to happen.  It was a bizarre place to end, but I will admit that I’m a little anxious to see what happens next.

Here’s the thing.  I’m certainly in favor of lots of sex in a book.  I like it.  I don’t shy away from it.  But I don’t like repetitive sex.  And I really don’t like it when the sex is described in a way that is a combination of overly clinical and borderline campy.  It’s difficult to write a good sex scene—there are only so many words that work, and you don’t want to overuse them.  But, for example, nearly every scene in this book discussed holes and lower lips.  Not sexy, at least to me.  That said, the majority of the sex was good.  It was hot.  There was just so much of it, that I was pretty sure that I wasn’t going to be able to walk properly for days just from reading it. 

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