Thistle Down [NOOK Book]


Dusty Carrick lived in the small town of Skene Falls, Oregon, her entire life. And, like many of the local children, she played with "imaginary" Pixie friends in Ten Acre Woods.

But the Pixies are not imaginary at all, and Ten Acre Woods is their home. Now, the woods are in danger, and if it falls, the ...
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Thistle Down

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Dusty Carrick lived in the small town of Skene Falls, Oregon, her entire life. And, like many of the local children, she played with "imaginary" Pixie friends in Ten Acre Woods.

But the Pixies are not imaginary at all, and Ten Acre Woods is their home. Now, the woods are in danger, and if it falls, the Pixies too will die. Only Thistle Down, exiled from her tribe and trapped inside a mortal woman's body, can save her people-as long as she can convince Dusty Carrick to help her before it's too late.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this flimsy paranormal romance, Thistle Down, a pixie exiled into a human body, rejoins her onetime playmate, Dusty Carrick, now in her mid-20s. Thistle inflicts pixie chaos on Dusty, her older brother, and their friend Chase, making them face their long-buried feelings and dreams. Adding in a former bully turned real estate developer, a vengeful faery/pixie hybrid, an overprotective mother, and a climactic fund-raising Masque Ball makes for a frantic week for Dusty, who finds love and learns to trust after a lifetime of avoidance. Radford (the Dragon Nimbus novels) strives to provide smalltown charm dusted with pixie sparkles, but the locals alternate between knowing everything and nothing about each other, and the 20-somethings seem less mature than the teenagers they supposedly mentor. At the end, Thistle is left stranded, and so is the reader. (June)
VOYA - Heather Christensen
The city of Skene Falls is in danger of losing its Ten Acre Wood, an enchanted section of the county inhabited by a tribe of Pixies. Although most children grow up and forget their childhood games with the Pixies, a few—like Desdemona "Dusty" Carrick and her brother Dick—can never forget those magical days. So when their former Pixie companion, Thistle, is banished from her forest tribe, they take her in and try to help her adapt to her new life as a human. The three friends, joined by Dick's best friend, Police Sergeant Chase Norton, must work together to uncover the truth behind a plan to clear-cut the forest and destroy the Patriarch Oak, an ancient tree that plays a critical role in Pixie mating rituals. The third-person narrative alternates between five views: the four friends and a businesswoman involved in the plot to destroy the forest. The mystery lacks the tension and feeling of apprehension that should move the story forward. Thistle frequently alerts the other characters about the ancient rivalry between the Pixies and Faery, and about the dangers of Faery magic, but the only Faery involvement turns out to be an antagonist with both Faery and Pixie blood. Since his motives are due to a Pixie rivalry, the Faery component feels unnecessary and pointless. Romantic interests between the main characters abound, with Dusty trying to decide between three potential suitors. Readers hoping for a Jacob vs. Edward dilemma will be disappointed, as it is obvious from the beginning who she should and will choose. The result is a mystery/paranormal romance that neither thrills nor sizzles. Reviewer: Heather Christensen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101515938
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/7/2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 621,788
  • File size: 411 KB

Meet the Author

Irene Radford, author of the Dragon Nimbus (The Glass Dragon, The Perfect Princess, The Loneliest Magician, The Wizard's Treasure) and the Dragon Nimbus History (The Dragon's Touchstone, The Last Battlemage, The Renegade Dragon) series, often appears at conventions in the Oregon-California area. She is the author of the Stargods and Merlin's Descendants series as well, and is also one of the founder of the Book View Cafe. She can be contacted via her website,
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2014

    ThornClan territory


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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2013

    To Thistlefang

    You are my hero. Thank you for aleays being there for me and hping me through tough times. You are an amazing leader and I really hope you stay the way you are for many, many moons to come. Good luck getting Striking to see what you want him to. Stealthshadow.

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  • Posted May 6, 2011

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    enjoyable romantic urban fantasy

    Now in her twenties, Dusty Carrick remains wary and reticent with an obsession for safety after battling childhood leukemia. She believes she survived her ordeal due to her best friend Thistle Down the Pixie who no one else ever saw.

    The Pixie exile Thistle Down is in the mortal realm in human form. She needs help to survive so she seeks the girl who she comforted when she was an ailing child. Thistle brings her chaotic charm with her though it lacks her magic as she nukes Dusty's safe world. She hopes to get the young adult to embrace not run from life. A bullying developer threatens Thistle's home and Dusty's museum so the Carrick family and friends fight back though they need money to succeed.

    This enjoyable romantic urban fantasy is an entertaining tale mostly because of the havoc caused by Thistle as she and her Pixies are experts on disrupting human life. Her adjustment issues and antics in mortal form make the tale fun to read. Although the ending lacks closure as there are too many major subplots going forward into apparent sequels and scene changes too abruptly, readers will root for the two BFFs.

    Harriet Klausner

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    Posted August 21, 2011

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