Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (January 26, 2010)
It has been 20 years since the war between faeries and humans destroyed everything. Liza, a teenager living in what was once the Midwest, has always been taught that magic kills. When Lizas mother gives birth to a faerie baby with hair clear as glass, her father abandons the infant on a hillside to die; Lizas mother then runs away, and Liza begins to have magical visions of her own. Petrified that her powers might cause death, Liza flees into the woods with her friend Matthew, only to be attacked by deadly trees and rescued by a woman with magic. The plot quickens as Liza realizes that the woman is connected to her mothers past, knowledge that propels Liza into a dangerous journey into the land of Faerie, in search of her mother.
Honestly, I loved this book from page one. It's terribly sad and gruesome about her sister, but....well, you'll see. Her Dad terrifies me, mostly because he's a watered down Hitler without the mustache. He beats Liza, and what man could leave a baby to die? The plot picks up really quickly and moves along astonishingly fast. I read this book in a total of four hours.While I did read this book quickly, though, it has left a lasting mark on me.
The forest is fascinating, and I so want a thorny dandelion. The trees try to kill you, flowers and bushes eat you instead of the other way around, and the animals scare the crap out of me.The Faeries are stunning characters, bringing a whole new level of intensity and beauty to this book. The ruins left over from the old-world give you a strange sense of foreboding, too, just like they are meant to. Wonderfully written world.