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Faye and the Ether – Nicole Bailey Book Review

Faye and the Ether – Nicole Bailey
For as long as I can remember, the sea has called to me, luring me to explore the secrets hidden beneath its cresting waves.
Faye is tossed into a current of uncertainty as she deliberates over her college choices. More than anything she wants to study by the sea, forever chasing the line where the ocean meets the horizon. But she finds herself dragged down by the riptide of her and her mother’s financial restraints. How can she be true to herself when anchored by her world’s limitations?
As the leader of the deadliest group in the Ether, Daron is at the top of his game. Yet there is one thing he’s failed at time and again–finding the human-raised Ether. It’s a known fact amongst his team that success on that particular mission would change their lives in unimaginable ways. Yet Daron couldn’t comprehend how true that was… until he saw Faye.
Guided by Daron, Faye enters a world she never knew existed. One filled with mythical creatures, struggling to coexist. As Faye wrestles with where she fits in this magical realm, secrets are revealed that turn the tide once more.
Inky darkness is seeping ever closer. Can Faye and Daron work together to save Ether and themselves? Or will the world be crushed under a wave of evil?
From author Nicole Bailey comes a young adult adventure filled with magic, intrigue, and the inner well of strength that flows through us all.

Magic and mythology… but humans don’t always get the myths right!

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STORY ★★★★☆ – As soon as I read the blurb for this book I thought it seemed interesting and I was confident that I would enjoy it. I love anything magical, mythical and otherworldly so it definitely seemed like it would be right up my street and it did not disappoint! Faye and the Ether is the story of a girl called Faye who has always been drawn to the water (the ocean in particular but a swimming pool will do in a pinch!) who meets an Ether named Daron and her world is turned upside down.  Faye needs to find her place in this new world, master her powers and decide whether or not she wants to be part of the war that she is fated to turn the tide of.
CHARACTERS ★★★☆☆ This is a pretty short book and I feel like because of that there really isn’t a huge amount of development so this was a bit of a failure for me as I really do love a well fleshed-out character. What I do really like though is the variety of different types of characters, particularly types not usually seen in these types of books. You’ll meet Centaurs and Griffins and various other races. There is also lots of magic, who doesn’t love magic? Every race masters a different type of magic. There is air, water, fire and earth 
WORLD ★★★☆☆ Another interesting concept in this book is the worlds. So obviously you have the human world, dull and boring and very much the world we all know. Then you have The Ether, which is where the creatures, races and legends of myth live. The Ether is vibrant, colourful and peaceful. The Ether will provide anyone with basic essentials like food and clothing. It simply just appears, you pull it from The Ether as it were. This I found to be an interesting concept but I would have really liked more information about how this worked as it just seemed to be something that was like, “okay so this is how it is, and that’s that”. You can’t pull just anything from The Ether though so no pulling out weapons or other “non-essentials”.
ENDING ★★★★★ The ending was the best part of this book (and that doesn’t mean the book was so bad that I was glad to finish it!) At about 70% the book really found its feet and the pace was brilliant right through to the end with quite a lot of tense and dangerous moments for the characters. It was a bit of a rollercoaster and then when it was done I just thought wow, I really need to get my hands on the next book to see how this all works out. I wouldn’t say it ends on a cliffhanger or anything but there is definitely more to see in the Ether and I am looking forward to reading it.
OVERALL ★★★★☆ I think I have summed up my thoughts and pretty much covered everything in the previous sections.
The only other thing I would like to mention is the romantic relationships in this book.
I will not go into detail and spoil this for potential readers but it was a surprise and it was a very refreshing change of pace for the book heroine not to fall immediately and crazily in love with the male lead.

 

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