Friday, March 10, 2017

ARC Review: Sparkwood by Daria Defore

From the blurb:

Finn has never trusted fairies, so it's no surprise to him when his twin brother turns up dead, probably by magical means. What he doesn't expect is an invitation to the funeral—in the fairy realm—and a chance to find out who killed him.

Investigating Luke's death is probably the stupidest thing Finn has ever done, and soon he's up to his neck in fairy trouble. In the midst of it all is Robin, the fairy who's supposed to be watching out for him—but who just might have had something to do with Luke's death.

Heather's rating:

Surprisingly enjoyable book from new-to-me author, Daria Defore.

I'm a big paranormal and urban fantasy fan, and some of my favorite books are fairy/fae stories (The Fever Series: Darkfever, Bloodfever, Faefever, Dreamfever, Shadowfever). However, I don't have a great track record with trying new authors, and novella-length stories can be tricky business. I was really impressed with what Daria Defore did with this one.

Sparkwood combines a mystery, an enemies-to-lovers romance, and some paranormal goodness into one story. I'm not a big mystery fan, but the mystery here wasn't too... mysterious, if I may say so myself. It was enough to keep me entertained, but I had a feeling what was going on for a good part of the story. That didn't bother me much, and the great enemies-to-lovers element kept my excitement level up.

It's hard to pull off slow burn in a shorter story, but this book did it. I'm a sucker for a slow burn, and so I loved waiting for the romance to get going. Make me wait, authors! This book is also low on the heat, but I didn't miss it (much). We get a little something towards the end, but smut-lovers should know that this isn't a fairy sex-fest story.

I thought that the fairy world was pretty cool, even if I could have used a LOT more world-building. I had a ton of questions about the fairy-world that weren't answered. I think with some more finesse, the author could get a ton out of this world. It reminded me vaguely of On the Edge and that type of world-idea.

I also love a bi-guy and we get that here. The MC has to come to terms with his own sexuality, but he doesn't deny it in his head. I'm always #teambisexualpride, so I was excited about that.

A pretty great little story from Daria Defore, I think fairy fans won't be disappointed.

*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

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