Title: Crystal Bones
Author: C. Aubrey Hall
Released Date: April 1, 2011
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books
Series: The Faelin Chronicles 1
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Source: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!)
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Summary from publisher’s site:
Diello and Cynthe have always believed their parents are too cautious. The twins expect things to be different on their thirteenth birthday. Their mysterious Fae mother has promised them that today they’ll be given magical gifts, and they’re planning to sneak off to the village fair. But nothing goes right. The magic isn’t what they hoped. Their human father won’t let them out of their chores. They’re forbidden to attend the fair and are sent on an errand instead. Then the day turns deadly as Diello and Cynthe are plunged into a lethal game of cat and mouse with old enemies of their parents. Suddenly there are secrets upon secrets to unwind. Who is friend and who is foe? And what have their parents been hiding?
Crystal Bones is the first installment from the C. Aubrey Hall’s The Faelin Chronicles Trilogy. C. Aubrey is, no doubt, one of the imaginative and fantastic story-teller. The story appeared to be so vivid and it was crafted in a brilliantly wonderful writing. The plot has a great blend of intense and gripping suspense and action with tangible emotions and characters.
The protagonists are the twins Diello and Cynthe, who are half-human, half-fae. Despite the fact that they are twins, they are both the complete opposite of each other. Even though Diello is my favorite twin, I think he is nothing without Cynthe because they are one. Their relationship with each other is my most favorite part of story. Like I said, they’re both different from each other but not in a bad way. In fact, their personalities complement each other which makes the story much more likeable and believable. Diello is the reserved one, he thinks first before acting or saying anything unlike Cynthe who is the impulsive one. Their common denominator, though, is that they are both brave and they are willing to do anything for the sake of their family.
In my opinion, the downside of this book was that some parts of the story felt a bit dragged and lagging at times. I felt a little bit lost as well on the first few chapters due to mild lack of informations about some certain aspects or elements of the book and characters. Probably because, like I said, I’m new to all goblins and fae stuffs. But as the story goes on, everything is progressing all too good.
I’m giving Crystal Bones a solid 4 of 5 stars because it’s a wonderful jumpstart for a new fantasy series and I recommend this to all fantasy books readers or lovers especially to those who loves faes and goblins, y’all enjoy this one for sure.
*I received this book free of charge from publisher, Marshall Cavendish in exchange for an honest review.
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