Thin Air

Rated 4.60/5 based on 5 reviews
Alice Ayre is no ordinary teenager. She took her first name from a statue in Central Park, pulled her last name out of the air (literally), got her clothing from a homeless woman who had once been a gnome, and she's actually almost a thousand years old.

In fact, the only "ordinary" thing about Alice is that she's hopelessly in love. More

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Words: 102,930
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465912398
About Lynn Seresin

Lynn Seresin worked as a children's book editor and freelance writer of middle-grade fiction before writing Thin Air, the first book in the Thin Air saga. She lives with her husband, daughter and son in Connecticut. A black Lab named Dudley, a teacup Chihuahua named Layla, and a black cat named Shadow share their household

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Review by: Tahlia Newland on Nov. 05, 2011 :
When I first started reading this, I thought it was very young, fluffy clouds stuff, but the further into the book I went the more mature it became and it turned into a very good book. The author's talent is in her characters and the way they interact. She introduces us to a wonderful bunch of friends and I loved every one of them. I did find the antagonist a little one sided though. It made me wonder why a great guy like Daniel would bother with a bitch like her. The other downside was how much the elemental already knew about the human realm, we needed to see that she had observed them at some stage for her to understand all the things she seemed to understand. Some things happened to easily for the protagonist too, but the ending was fabulous. Definitely worth a read and I encourage you all to support this great new indie author.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Megan The Book Addicted Girl on Oct. 29, 2011 :
Aeris is a sylphid, a spirit of the air. She is considered especially beautiful, even for her fair kind, and is desired by all the sylphs, even King Paralda himself. But none of them are of any interest to her. Until Aeris does the forbidden: she falls in love with a human called Daniel. All she longs for is to have the chance to be with him, but as a sylphid, that is impossible. So Aeries makes the only choice that seems bearable for her, even though it has been banned by Paralda. She chooses to be transmuted – transformed into a flesh-and-blood human. Changing her name to Alice Ayre, she sets out to find her love. The worst she was expecting was that she would have to compete with Daniel’s current girlfriend. Instead, her past catches up with her. And it will not let go, will not go away, until…
I expected an airy-fairy tale when I picked Thin Air up. That was not what I got. Sure, there were fairy beings. But there were also humans. There was the worst of humanity – assault, death – and the best – love, hope, friendship. Altogether, this combination of magic and realism was outstanding – above and beyond anything I expected. It had the beauty of faeries and a gritty realism that almost made everything one-hundred-per-cent believable.
Aeris was rather proud, although she loved her friend Tempesta, her home and her sister spirits. And she really did love what she was – being at one with the air. She was so full of life, of passion, so strong. Once human, Alice Ayre became less proud and more vulnerable. Some of her reactions to human things were really cute and funny! Although, some of them were totally cringe worthy. She was really naïve, yet really mature at the same time. I can’t wait to see where her character goes. The one thing I hope for? That she may be more sure in herself, more confident in her strength. She was just a little damsel-in-distress at times… Which was unnecessary, ‘cause she was stronger than she thought she was…
Daniel Field was a sweetie, artistic, a musician. He was really nice to Alice, even when she made big blunders. And he was the cutest! I mean, he had a collection of pigs. And he named them. How adorable? I love him. He was strong, sweet, accepting, darn adorable. The dream boyfriend. The only thing he may lack: witty sarcasm! Which is made up for by…
Dante Sinclair, who was wonderful. He was warm, fun, sweet and great. And he was in the theatre program at NYU, “studying to be a drama queen”. Plus: such a sweetie! He was hilarious, slightly snarky and eccentric. And my own personal favourite! Dante rocks!
The rest of the characters were wonderful, a wide variety of personalities. Shane, Dante’s wonderful boyfriend, who had a snake called Lady Gag-Gag (he and Dante were the cutest!). Wren, who was blind and got “feelings” that were never wrong. Her boyfriend, Nicky, who was a real sweetie. The rich Giovanni Accello, jolly, kind and an aspiring jeweller. Delilah, Daniel’s girlfriend, who was cold, evil, possessive and plain horrible (in my opinion). And another favourite of mine, who wasn’t in it much at all: Terra, an air spirit who helped Alice out at the beginning. I loved him, and would really, really like to see more of him in the next book… (hint, hint).
What was amazing about this book was the world Seresin created. All the different beings were intriguing. The sylphids and sylphs of the air. The undine of the water. The gnomes of the earth. The salamanders of the fire. Flower spirits. Forest spirits. For them, there was no death, no pain, no hunger. They were practically immortal. And, of course, the whole seeing-the-world-through-a-spirit’s-eyes was fascinating. Aeris had no idea what pain was, or hunger. She had no clue about anything. I mean, she didn’t know what a statue was.
This was a great read. It was addictive and new: wonderful. I may not have been a big fan of the violence, but – while it shocked me at times – it was needed in an odd way. Alice had to see the bad side to get the most from the good side, if that makes any sense. Horrible, yes. But Alice just had to know – how horrible humans can be, I mean.
As for the writing… it was beautiful, lyrical and so Alice. I was entranced by its style, actually stunned. From the way this lady writes, this book should be sitting on a shelf at Waterstones, if you ask me. She even made love-at-first-sight work! Which is, as many of us know, an impressive, impressive success. Still not 100% convinced by the sex scene... it didn't really seem to fit, in my opinion... And, while some twists were rather obvious, others took me completely by surprise. ‘Though, I gotta say, not entirely convinced by the justice in the book…
Even so, I can’t wait to see what Lynn brings out next – especially if it has Dante and Alice and Daniel in it! (And maybe Terra?) I loved the airy-fairy side to the story: the romance, the characters. The humanity was shown at its best, its worst. It was completely new and different. I can’t wait for Friendly Fire!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: thefairytalenerd on Oct. 28, 2011 :
LOCATION/SETTING:
The story is initially set on a mountaintop, a place where mountain-dwelling sylphs or air elementals live. Imagine living in a cloud. These air spirits make rain, throw clouds, breathe vapors, and form rainbows. Then the setting shifts to modern day New York City after the main character decides that she wants to be human.

MAIN CHARACTER:
Aeris is the main character of the story. She is basically an air elemental. Even among her kind, she is considered an exceptional beauty. The women envy her, and the men desire her, even their king. (So when she transformed into a human, you can probably guess how beautiful she became!) Aeris is not mated with anyone because she has not found the right one yet. Then one day, Aeris sees Daniel, a handsome twenty year old NYU student, who was camping with his girlfriend. And Aeris realizes she would risk everything to be with Daniel. Ah! Daniel… I love that you have that piggy collection. Daniel is basically everything a girl would need in a friend, and would want in a boyfriend. He is sweet, protective, and romantic. And he cooks too!

LOVE:
This book grabbed me from page one, and held me steady until I reached the last page! It didn't feel like I was reading an indie book! Smooth-flowing story line, vivid descriptions, well-formed characters. Amazing!(Although I am very intrigued by Terra, and I would love to read more about him! What can I say, I'm a sucker for supernatural boys!) The author beautifully described the place where air elementals live, how they form clouds and make rainbows for fun. It made me want to go there and be one myself! And I love that this book tackled diversity - in sexual orientation, in race, even in tastes in art and hobbies. The author did not hold back on some of the realities that today’s youth are facing.

NO LOVE:
I didn't like Alice. Don't get me wrong here, I love the book! It's just that I preferred Aeris over Alice. I like Alice better when she was still not human because at that time, she was independent and didn't need anyone to protect her. Now after her transformation, she became this damsel in distress, always in need of saving!

FAVORITE CHARACTERS:
I love love, love, love Dante and Shane (Daniel's gay friends). Dante helped Alice shop for clothes, and Shane taught Alice how to read. They are just so nice and accommodating and helpful with Alice that it is just so hard not to like them! Somehow, they made everything a little bit more bearable for Alice.

FAVORITE LINE:
I’m forty-four cycles of the moon.
** Referring to Alice’s age. What does this even mean?! Haha! So cool! **

MUSINGS:
This book is much like The Little Mermaid, and is a complete opposite of what YA books are all about. Instead of wanting to be a supernatural, the main character wants to be human. And that transition from being an air elemental to being human is definitely my favorite part of the book. It’s so funny, I found myself laughing from time to time! However, this book is definitely not for very young teens as it deals with rape, unprotected sex, some drinking, and a mention of marijuana. The characters of the book are college students living in New York, and are very much independent.

DOODLES:
Watch out for the book trailer! They are still filming it!

AUTHOR'S WEBSITE:
Author is still in the process of setting up a website. So for now, you can find her in Twitter!

SIMILAR READS:
Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel
The Little Mermaid

CONTENT REVIEW:
profanity: moderate
violence: moderate
sexual content: heavy
mature themes: moderate
age recommendation: 15+
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: thefairytalenerd on Oct. 28, 2011 :
LOCATION/SETTING:
The story is initially set on a mountaintop, a place where mountain-dwelling sylphs or air elementals live. Imagine living in a cloud. These air spirits make rain, throw clouds, breathe vapors, and form rainbows. Then the setting shifts to modern day New York City after the main character decides that she wants to be human.

MAIN CHARACTER:
Aeris is the main character of the story. She is basically an air elemental. Even among her kind, she is considered an exceptional beauty. The women envy her, and the men desire her, even their king. (So when she transformed into a human, you can probably guess how beautiful she became!) Aeris is not mated with anyone because she has not found the right one yet. Then one day, Aeris sees Daniel, a handsome twenty year old NYU student, who was camping with his girlfriend. And Aeris realizes she would risk everything to be with Daniel. Ah! Daniel… I love that you have that piggy collection. Daniel is basically everything a girl would need in a friend, and would want in a boyfriend. He is sweet, protective, and romantic. And he cooks too!

LOVE:
This book grabbed me from page one, and held me steady until I reached the last page! It didn't feel like I was reading an indie book! Smooth-flowing story line, vivid descriptions, well-formed characters. Amazing!(Although I am very intrigued by Terra, and I would love to read more about him! What can I say, I'm a sucker for supernatural boys!) The author beautifully described the place where air elementals live, how they form clouds and make rainbows for fun. It made me want to go there and be one myself! And I love that this book tackled diversity - in sexual orientation, in race, even in tastes in art and hobbies. The author did not hold back on some of the realities that today’s youth are facing.

NO LOVE:
I didn't like Alice. Don't get me wrong here, I love the book! It's just that I preferred Aeris over Alice. I like Alice better when she was still not human because at that time, she was independent and didn't need anyone to protect her. Now after her transformation, she became this damsel in distress, always in need of saving!

FAVORITE CHARACTERS:
I love love, love, love Dante and Shane (Daniel's gay friends). Dante helped Alice shop for clothes, and Shane taught Alice how to read. They are just so nice and accommodating and helpful with Alice that it is just so hard not to like them! Somehow, they made everything a little bit more bearable for Alice.

MUSINGS:
This book is much like The Little Mermaid, and is a complete opposite of what YA books are all about. Instead of wanting to be a supernatural, the main character wants to be human. And that transition from being an air elemental to being human is definitely my favorite part of the book. It’s so funny, I found myself laughing from time to time! However, this book is definitely not for very young teens as it deals with rape, unprotected sex, some drinking, and a mention of marijuana. The characters of the book are college students living in New York, and are very much independent.

DOODLES:
Watch out for the book trailer! They are still filming it!

AUTHOR'S WEBSITE:
Author is still in the process of setting up a website. So for now, you can find her in Twitter!

SIMILAR READS:
Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel
The Little Mermaid

CONTENT REVIEW:
profanity: moderate
violence: moderate
sexual content: heavy
mature themes: moderate
age recommendation: 15+
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Kristin Aragon on Oct. 28, 2011 :
I cannot tell you how much I adored this book, especially Lynn’s characters. They are an amazing group of individuals that are bound by friendship and comradery. As you know, I always like to tell you a little about the characters so you know who you are reading about, so here they are…


Aeris – (AKA…Alice Ayre) is a sylphid who chooses to risk everything she has ever known for the one she loves. She is beautiful, talented, and…well, lonely as a sylphid. She must leave the only life, the only home, she knows to complete her life.
Terra – is a good friend to Aeris; although, they have little interaction in this book, I truly enjoyed the small role he played in Thin Air and hope to see more of him in Friendly Fire.
Tempesta – is Aeris’s well-meaning sister who fears for her safety and happiness when it comes to love.
Paralda – is the demanding and vengeful king of the Air Elementals.
Gob – is the king of the Earth Elementals. He is the only one that can give Aeris what she needs to become human.
Daniel – is a young man of the human breed that Aeris gives her heart to.
Delilah – is, well, a bitch! I just can’t describe her in any other way. Even Daniel, her boyfriend, knows she is a terrible example of a human being.
Rose Quartz – is a lovely woman who helps Aeris, now Alice, find her way into the human world.
Ignid – is a great help to Alice – assisting her in finding her one true love, Daniel.
Dante – is my favorite character ever. He is extraordinarily fabulous. He is charming, witty, funny, and a true friend to Alice. Actually, Dante is a true friend to everyone he cares about.
Shane – is Dante’s other half. They appear to be inseparable. He is loving and supportive of Dante’s singing career and his studies. Shane also helps Alice with some much needed guidance in her new world.
Wren – is a blind young woman – dating Nicki – who befriends Alice. Wren has a certain “sixth” sense about trouble and is quick to warn Alice when trouble arises.
Nicki – is Wren’s boyfriend.
Giovoni – owns the “palace” that is home to Daniel, Shane, Wren, Nicki, and eventually, Alice.
Ray – is a friend of Dante and Daniel. Ray is the owner of a bar that the gang frequents. He has plenty of his own secrets to hide. Could he be friend or foe? One can only guess.


Now, here are a couple of my favorite passages:


“With Gob having narrowed their search to New York City, Paralda’s assassins will kill every woman who resembles you in the hopes that they’ll eventually find and destroy you. Humans have a special name for murderers of this sort – serial killers, they’re called.” – Ray


“I slid my leg over his and frowned at the rough feel of denim against my naked thigh. “I liked it better when you weren’t wearing any pants.”…Laughing softly, he kissed my forehead. “That can easily be arranged.” Without another word, her reached down and began to wriggle out of his jeans, thrashing against the confines of the sleeping bag as he did so…”


(Sorry, am a sap for a good love scene, and nope…I’m not telling you who said that quote! You will just have to read the book.)


So now that you know something about the characters, I suppose we should talk a little about the story.
I have read plenty of books about Fae and even a couple that mention Elementals; but, Thin Air is enticingly different from any other novel I have read.


The beginning of the book felt more plot driven and seemed a little sluggish to me; however, by the time Aire meets Terra and starts her voyage to find Gob, I was completely consumed. At this point the book shifts to a character driven adventure and things really come to life. Alice begins to meet all these wonderful characters who create a loving and sometimes turbulent world.


Lynn does an excellent job of bringing her characters to life. I had premonitions of how I should feel about the characters, and for the most part, my feelings were dead on. However, the jury is still out on a few of these “well-meaning” or is it “menacing” works of art.


Thin Air is filled with love, heart-ache, drama, and danger. The pace of the book was perfect to keep me flipping the pages well past bedtime. If you are a lover of mythology or tales of fae…I believe you will more than love this book – you will covet this book.


Recently, I have read several books that include characters that enjoy an alternative lifestyle and I truly appreciate authors who embrace this element. Lynn made Dante’s and Shane’s relationship seem so effortless and surrounded them with people who truly appreciate them as the wonderful people they are.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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