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If you don’t like pixies, then don’t read this diary.
Also, if you don’t like pixies who become Queen of the Summer Fae and stay their sassy selves, then definitely don’t read this. I’ll never genuflect, suck up, or tone down.
And I’m totally kicking it as queen. That is, until an evil sorcerer named the Usurper schemes to kill every last thing in Faerie. Whoa. To defeat this deadly mage, I team up with my elf crush, Dare. He’s a Prince of the Winter Realm and just awesome in general. Together, we’ll totally stop this deadly mage. It's a dangerous quest, but things get worse when the unthinkable happens.
Dare is kidnapped.
Will I give up? Hell, no. But I will crash an ice polo pony tournament in a bikini.
***A 40,000-word diary written by Calla the pixie***
This morning, I wake up with a plan. Brace for the drumroll…
Ba ba ba ba ba BAAAAAAA!
And here it is…
Now that I’m Queen of the Summer Fae, I shall flush some seriously crappy stuff out of my realm. And because this diary will surely become a major historical document, I will list the two poopy things in question.
My Massive, Idealistic, And Yet Totally Achievable Goals As Queen
One. Free the human changelings who are trapped in Faerie.
Two. Make the Elven High Council accept all fae as co-rulers, not just those of the snooty and pointy-eared variety.
Together, I call this my Changeling-Council Plan. These two things have been my main obsession for years, so long as you don’t count Prince Dare.
Which brings me to the present moment. I lie curled under the covers in my royal bedroom (which is totally pink and cute) and consider my next move. There are lots of folks I should consult about my Changeling-Council Plan. But there’s only one person who never-not-once questioned that I’d eventually kick the council’s butt and redefine changeling-hood.
Keeping a diary means being brutally honest. Here goes. There’s a secret goal on my previous list of queenly stuff.
I don’t have anything more specific at this point. What can I say? I’m only sixteen.
But I do know what I need from Dare in terms of my Changeling-Council Plan. After all, the guy grew up in the winter court. Talk about knowing how to get stuff done. And the fact that Dare lives half-way across Faerie isn’t a problem, either. The prince and I have a secret way of contacting each other that’s worked since we were kids: we appear to one another as ghosts.
So it should be easy to talk to Dare and chat about my Changeling-Council Plan.
It isn’t, though.
There are two big issues in my way this morning. To begin with, I’ve got a supernatural and tickly feeling crawling up my back. And when I say ethereal tickles, you think impending doom. The last time I got this sensation, the Fartburger Trolls launched a surprise attack on Pixieland. I stopped them with a prank, but it was still a close call.
The second issue is far more serious. I cannot, not, NOT be the first one to ghost-call the prince. Why? Last night, Dare and I went on a sleigh ride and totally smooched. Although it was my first kiss, I know the rules. Dare must begin contact with moi, not the other way around.
So instead of getting ghosty, I shall spend my morning drawing something that is completely unrelated to Dare.
Like a tree.
4 out of 5 (very good)
Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
I'll be honest, I've not read the first two books... I know I've missed a treat having read Dare. It's a nice easy read, perfect for a lazy afternoon in the garden.
It's well written fun with twists and surprises. Although short you still get to know the characters and form your own relationships with them. I love the optimism and closeness of Calla and Dare, the way they think along similar lines and have a bit of a mischievous streak. It was fun seeing each of them grow and discover things about themselves. They definitely fit well together.
There are characters that I don't like, with good reason, and ones that I just generally don't care for.
Christina Bauer never disappoints with her writing but always amazes me with her imagination.
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Christina Bauer thinks that fantasy books are like bacon: they just make life better. All of which is why she writes romance novels that feature demons, dragons, wizards, witches, elves, elementals, and a bunch of random stuff that she brainstorms while riding the Boston T. Oh, and she includes lots of humor and kick-ass chicks, too.
Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.
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