Iantheby Cathlin Shahriary
But her nightmares aren't all that follow Lola to her aunt's house. Lola soon finds herself drawn to
Ianthe Lola Grayson hasn't always made the best decisions, but one night at a party changes everything. Haunted by the nightmares of that night and fresh out of rehab, Lola is forced to spend the summer with her great aunt, whom she hasn't seen in over ten years.
But her nightmares aren't all that follow Lola to her aunt's house. Lola soon finds herself drawn to Conall, a mysterious Fae who appears at the edge of the woods and invades her dreams. Although she knows better, she just can't seem to stay away from him.
With Conall's help, Lola starts to unravel the secrets left by her long dead mother, but what happens when those secrets change everything Lola has ever known?
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*Warning* this book is hard to put down. Do not begin reading this if you should be studying for a test or going to work. This book has a compelling story and a pace that will keep you glued. The main character deals with both the challenges of being a modern teen and having a non-traditional family. Fortunately, Ianthe is no wimp and works her way through the story line with cunning and courage. The ending is satisfying without being corny or completely unrealistic. I think most people will be able to relate to the characters and at the very least be entertained by this fantasy realm.
Ianthe, the debut novel in the Fae Realm series by new author Cathlin Shahriary, marks a few milestones for me as a reader. It’s the first YA book I’ve dared to read since The Fault in our Stars (which I read over a year ago), as well as my first fantasy novel. I wondered if I had recovered enough from the emotional trauma suffered at the hands of Augustus Waters to be able to venture back into YA waters. I questioned whether or not fantasy would be a genre I would enjoy. As I was swept into the first few chapters, however, I quickly realized these concerns were unfounded. Seventeen and being raised by a single father with whom she has a strained relationship at best, Ianthe is sent to her great aunt’s house for the summer following a stint in rehab. Shortly after her arrival, she befriends Conall, a mysterious boy who appears to her both in real life and her dreams. A series of dramatic events necessitates that they escape to the Fae world and Ianthe’s life is soon turned upside down when she discovers the truth about her heritage. Part of my hesitation to read fantasy novels in the past stemmed from worry that the mythology would be so detailed and have so many moving parts that it would ultimately distract instead of engage me. Cathlin does a skillful job of avoiding this potential pitfall by infusing her Fae world with intricacies that serve to further the action and support the plot, rather than confuse the reader. The story has a broad range of appeal and is executed in such a way that it can be easily followed by any reader on the YA demographic spectrum. The novel’s fast pace, well-rounded character development and balance of dialogue with description make for a strong start to the Fae Realm series. Ianthe is a heroine who proves to be truly relatable and I found myself completely invested in her journey. The twists and turns taken in this book held my interest and kept me on my toes. I’m eagerly awaiting the next installment of the series!
Wonderfully well written!! Can't wait for the next book in the series!!!