From the publisher—
Rylie has it all – great friends, dream boy, loving family. But on the eve of her sixteenth birthday, her perfect little world shatters. A stranger claiming to be her real mother appears with a secret: Rylie is a faery whose powers will be unleashed on her birthday. Captured and forced into a new life, Rylie struggles to keep everything she loves and discovers a terrifying truth: some promises cannot be broken.
Faery stories hold a special appeal for me and, in particular, those that are in the dark faerie world. Better yet, Dark Promise offers a light faery who didn’t even know she was a faery until yesterday (and what teenager would fall for THAT line of claptrap?) and now she’s all alone up against the dark faeries who intend to see that a promise is kept. It’s bad enough to be told your entire existence has been a lie including your name (it turns out Oleander is her birth name) but Rylie doesn’t even have the comfort of those who have always loved her to buffer this news. What a way to ruin a perfectly good sweet sixteen birthday party!
Rylie soon learns how to mask her new appearance to the humans around her but, she must admit, the wings are pretty cool and so is not having to wear make-up. What will happen, though, when best friend Sierra and boyfriend Adam begin to realize that something about Rylie is just a little bit different? And Oleander? What kind of name is that?
Probably worst of all is the story behind this promise, who offered it and why, who traded for it, and what it means to Rylie. Must she accept her fate or is there a way to perhaps honor the promise on her own terms? Perhaps a certain dark faery named Kallan will save them both from the future that awaits them.
Dark Promise is a fun read, perhaps a little on the fluffy side, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I can’t say I ever felt any real sense of danger or fright and I could do without the YA-typical love triangle but, all in all, Julia Crane and Talia Jager have told a good story and have shown us that they can, indeed, write. That in itself is a pleasure and I’m looking forward to seeing what the authors have in store for Rylie/Oleander in the next book.
Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, February 2013.
Julia crane is the author of Coexist: Keegan’s Chronicles Book One. She has a bachelors degree in criminal justice. Julia has believed in magical creatures since the day her grandmother first told her an Irish tale. Growing up her mother greatly encouraged reading and using your imagination. Although she’s spent most of her life on the US east coast, she currently lives in Dubai with her husband and three children.
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