★ Tiny or tall, brave or small—it is the size of our hearts that matter at all … ★
Title: Fae Wish
Series: A Cambria Fairy Tale Book 1
Release Date: March 6, 2017
Publisher: Write More Publications
Categories: Young Adult Fantasy
Tiny or tall, brave or small—it is the size of our hearts that matter at all …
Legend tells that deep in the Land of Cambria, in the heart of the Magical Forest, a tiny race of enchanted beings, no bigger than a butterfly, still call the forest their home. Hidden away from the prying eyes of humans, these magical fairies keep their magic a secret from those who would use it for evil. Yet after thousands of years in hiding, the secret of the fairies is about to come out…
For young Raine, being a princess of the Magical Forest means duty before desire, and her fate to marry a fairy of her father’s choosing becomes a bit more complicated when she accidentally falls for Bryce—a human. In a desperate plea to be with the man she loves, Raine seeks the aid of Vitra, the Dragon Queen of the Dark Forest, in order to become a human and catch Bryce’s eye.
Blinded by true love and guided by destiny, Raine’s journey will jeopardize those she is sworn to protect and leave the fate of the Magical Forest to the evil forces at play. Can she save her kingdom from darkness? Or will she give up her heart’s true desire in order to realize her destiny?
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Fae Wish is the first book in the A Cambria Fairy Tale series. As the title says, it involves fairies and a lot of typical themes seen in fairy tales. Nevertheless, it makes them its own in a very special way. I kind of saw a little bit of the Little Mermaid in it. I wish I could elaborate more but I would be giving away huge details about the plot itself so, for now, I will just be leaving you wit that little hint.
Raine, our heroine, falls in love with a human at the worst possible time. Faries are hiding from humans and witches, afraid of being harmed by them. I must confess that I love this forbidden romance theme. Personally, I felt she was very likable and easy to relate too. She had a sense of responsibility, inner strength and determination is something I admired. She experienced a very deep character development even when the plot has a little touch of cliche all over.
The plot is fast paced and a little predictable at some points but it was enjoyable and most of the characters, especially the hero and heroine, were quite likable. Just a little warning, the way our main couple speaks to each other can be a little cheesy in some parts. I think it is cute but others might now like it so. Therefore, you had been warned.
Now, back to the themes of the novel. It deals with a very common relationship between humans and magical creatures but gives a light of hope for change, a change for the better. I loved the hidden messages on the novel, especially, the one that tells you that sometimes you need to move forward in order for the best.
“Well, hello there,” a voice bellowed from high above.
Raine froze. She had been so caught up in her own thoughts and the beauty of the forest that she hadn’t noticed anything—or anyone—else. To her horror, she looked up and the same human boy that she had seen in the forest the day before peered down at her.
“What is your name?” the boy asked with kind eyes.
Horrified, Raine was about to turn and fly away, but his voice stopped her.
“Please, do not leave,” he said. “I thought I saw you yesterday, but I wasn’t sure.”
Raine hovered in midair, ready to bolt, if needed. After all, he was a trillion times bigger than she and could squash her like a bug with little effort.
“Please,” he pleaded. “I won’t hurt you. I promise.”
“What good are the promises of human men?” Raine asked before she could stop herself.
The boy thought for a moment. “I guess you are right. From your point of view, humans are capable of nothing but destruction. But I assure you that I mean you no harm.” Then, he held out his hand. “Come. I won’t hurt you. Please.”
It was clear that the human wanted her to sit in the palm of his hand, but she settled onto a nearby tree branch instead.
The boy lowered his hand, unoffended. “There. That’s better,” he said. When he smiled, her heart fluttered. “Now, what is your name, little one?”
Raine laughed. “Little one?” she asked, her fear suddenly forgotten. “I’ll have you know that I am sixteen years, and I am not little.”
He laughed. “Really? I am also sixteen years old, as well. That is amazing!”
Raine slowly nodded, a bit uncomfortable having a conversation with a creature who could harm her without a thought. But there was something about him that told her she was safe.
“I am sorry,” he said. “I meant no offense. This is the first time that I have spoken with a fairy before.”
“And you are the first human that I have ever seen.”
Raine tried to get comfortable, but failed miserably. How could she relax sitting that close to him? But inside, she knew that it wasn’t just because he was so much bigger and powerful than she; it was his blond hair, muscled chest, and blue eyes that held her.
“Really?” he asked. “I see humans all the time, but never fairies.”
“The same with me.”
“So you see humans all the time?”
Raine laughed, forgetting her discomfort. “No, silly. I see fairies all the time. Not humans.”
The boy laughed. A wonderful sound. “The name is Bryce, Knight of Cambria. What is your name?”
“What is a knight?”
“Well, a knight is a warrior; a guard of the castle,” Bryce replied. “Knights fight wars to protect the kingdom.”
“And you are a knight?” Raine asked, intrigued.
Bryce took a deep breath. “Well, almost. I am in training now, but I will be a Knight of Cambria soon.” He smiled in self-satisfaction. Raine could tell that he was very proud of his status.
“And what will you do when you are a knight?” Raine asked, fearing that he may be taken away from her already.
“I am sworn to protect the queen,” Bryce said proudly.
Raine’s heart sank. “So, you will be going away.”
Bryce shook his head. “No. I am sworn to protect the rightful queen, Briana.”
Raine sensed that there was more. “And you are in love with this queen?” She held her breath, fearing his answer.
Bryce laughed. “No. She is like a sister to me. ‘Tis a long story. She is too young to rule now. Only fourteen. But in a few more years, she will be old enough.”
“Why can she not rule now?” Raine asked, clearly enthralled. “In my kingdom, if you are the rightful heir to the throne, you rule at any age … with advisors and possibly a regent, of course.”
“‘Tis a long story, but a man killed her father and took over the rule of Cambria,” Bryce replied. “His name is Dracon. Perhaps you have heard of him?”
Raine shook her head as her eyebrows pulled together in concern. “Nay. I have not. I know nothing of the human world. My father insists that we keep hidden away from man.”
“That is a real shame,” Bryce said. “You are really quite beautiful.”
Raine blushed at the unexpected compliment.
“But I can understand why you must stay hidden,” Bryce said with a sigh. “Worry not. I will keep your secret and no harm will come to you or to your people because of me.”
“Thank you,” she said.
They chatted the afternoon away, laughing and enjoying their time together, until, finally, the rays of afternoon sunlight began to fade from the sky. Soon, Raine hovered over the branch that she had been perched on.
“Well, ‘twas nice to meet you, but I really must go,” Raine said, and started to fly away toward home.
“Wait!” Bryce yelled, rising to his feet. “You haven’t told me your name!”
She stopped in midair, turned and hovered, her wings flapping quickly with little effort, holding her in place. “Raine,” she said, smiling. “My name is Raine.”
“Will I see you tomorrow?” Bryce asked, hopeful.
She gave him a mischievous smile. “We shall see.” With that, she flew quickly away, back to the castle in the trees, away from the prying eyes of man.
Top 10 Snacks I Like:
Here are my top 10 favorite snacks I like to enjoy.
- Trail mix
- Three Musketeers
- Milky Ways. especially the Milky Way bunnies at Easter
- Chips and salsa
- Raw carrots
- Chili Con Queso and tortilla chips
- Chex mix
- Salt vinegar potato chips
- French onion dip with potato chips
What are your favorite snacks?
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An educator, writer, mother, and free spirit, Theresa Oliver’s love affair with the written word has spanned decades. An Indiana native, Theresa began the foundation of her writing career as a child. Her love of reading, writing, and creative expression guided her to seek a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, News Editorial sequence, from the University of Tennessee at Martin; and then continued on to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching degree, Early Childhood Education sequence, from Armstrong Atlantic State University. Her foundational experiences in childhood led her to want to create meaningful, positive experiences with reading and writing for future generations, and inspire the same love of creative expression that has been such a rewarding force behind her career and life. A full-time teacher, author, and owner of both Write More Publications and TNT Author Services, Theresa has dedicated her life to the world of writing and the creation of novels that span all levels and genres. First and foremost a mother, her greatest loves are her three beautiful boys, to whom she dedicates the success and longevity of her prolific career. Theresa currently resides in Kissimmee, Florida with her beloved husband and children.
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