Ever Shade (A Dark Faerie Tale #1)

Rated 4.11/5 based on 9 reviews
Magic and Malice abound in the Land of Faerie.

For Shade, a chance meeting with a powerful Teleen Faery warrior who wields electrical currents and blue fires along his skin, has her joining him on a treacherous mission for the good Seelie Faerie Court across the land of Faerie. Magic and malice abound and nothing is what it seems to be. More
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Alexia is a USA Today Bestselling author who currently lives in Las Vegas and loves spending every free moment writing or hanging out with her four rambunctious kids. Writing is the ultimate getaway for her since she's always lost in her head. She is best known for her award-winning Reign of Blood series, and A Dark Faerie Tale Series.

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About the Series: A Dark Faerie Tale
The Land of Faerie exists right alongside the human realm. Magic and Malice abound and nothing is what it seems...

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Fajriy Arunna reviewed on on Dec. 6, 2017

Two stars.
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Kelly Garza reviewed on on Aug. 6, 2013

Shade is part fey and part human. No one knows exactly what type if fey and powers she has. She is a 17 year old girl thrown into the Fairy world and sent on a quest thy only he can accomplish to give the seelie courts a chance against the unseelie courts plan for war that would spill over into the human world. She ends up with an entourage of warriors to help keep her safe on this quest. There is danger, attempted murder, and peril at every turn for Shade. She really comes to find out things about herself she never knew before. The characters have great personalities and even better sense if humors. You will be pulled into this world you can almost touch and yearning for the next book to see what happens next.
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Vamp Daisy reviewed on on May 21, 2013

Fantastic read! My first venture into Faerie (as an adult!), and it was great fun.
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Claire Taylor reviewed on on April 9, 2013

Alexia Purdy
Ever Shade
A Dark Faerie Tale #1

I loved reading this book and managed to finish it within a day and a half, whilst still managing to somehow work! Shade slowly becomes a strong character, and having read Evangeline before this, I kept wondering if she was going to find out the truth about her family. I have no idea what else is in store for Shade, but can’t wait to find out.

As mentioned in other reviews there are a few editing issues, but these in no way detract from the story.
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paige p reviewed on on March 29, 2013

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Think reviewed on on Dec. 17, 2012

Ok, here is the deal. I saw Ever Shade offered on the Basically Books! Group on Goodreads. I thought I should try it because I love stories of Faeries.

I thought, "Hey, I can't go wrong!"

And you know what?

I was right.

Ever Shade was a fantastic read, full of memorable moments and characters that were believable. Shade was forced into dire circumstances after finding out she is in fact, half fae. I think Shade definitely triumphed over the adversity that the author, Alexia Purdy threw her way. Of course, the majority of Shade's success depended upon the secondary characters scattered throughout the novel. No matter how small the role a character seems to be playing, they still have extreme purpose. Maybe that is why I like Purdy's writing style so much. The story flowed so perfectly. Here is an excerpt from Ever Shade that I also used in a Teaser Tuesday because I loved it so much!

"Brilliant green eyes shined in the dim light of the room piercing into her soul. She raked her eyes over his hair of vine and leaves. It was so long, it tumbled down his waste like tendrils of flowers. Would it hurt to pluck a leaf off the thin vines that draped him like a shroud and dangled over his shoulders?"

Alexia Purdy seriously rocked my reading socks off. I was kind of in a slump for some weird reason and this book got me excited about reading again. I will definitely be reading the second book, Ever Fire (A Dark Faerie Tale #2) very soon. I cannot wait to find out what happens next. I wonder what other perils await Shade. I am also looking forward to finding out what happens between her and all the other characters! And I want to find out more about Shade's father! So many questions!!

4 stars to Ever Shade.
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Victoria Zigler reviewed on on Dec. 8, 2012

This is a fantastic story, which I enjoyed reading. The characters are well rounded, the world building is excellent, and the plot is both well developed and imaginative. It's just a shame this had to be another book spoiled by poor editing. However, despite that I found it to be an enjoyable read, and would recommend it to lovers of YA Fantasy.
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Alana Rock reviewed on on Nov. 8, 2012

Thought I was going to 'fall' for one character, and ended up smitten with another. And boy, oh boy, was there eye candy to go around. This is the type of fae story I just love- getting swept up suddenly in fae (events, culture, people- anything and everything fae) involving equal amounts of good and bad. They may be all magical and powerful, but there is a dark edge even in some of the seemingly most innocent offers.

I really, really enjoyed it. Younger readers can pick this up without being exposed to overly adult themes. It's like a dark fae story mixed with some old school Tolkien. Almost a Labyrinth feel to it (and I LOVE Labyrinth.) It was witty, and easy to follow, and easy to keep the menagerie of characters separate.

"Illarial sure had a way with comforting others; she was like walking Xanax."

"I wouldn't trust her as far as I could throw her boney, pointy body."

"Nothing about Sylphi made her feel warm and fuzzy. The girl radiated cold like an open window."

"It already had been a long day for her. And it's only the butt crack of dawn."

I actually keep checking every few days since I finished wondering- if book two out yet? Sadly, it's not, at least the last time I checked. This is a YA book I would offer to my 12 year old son and read alongside him. If you like urban fantasy- but HEAVY on the fantasy, and enjoy YA I would most definitely recommend reading this book!
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Lissette E. Manning reviewed on on Nov. 1, 2012

Shade's life hasn't always been easy. Part of her feels as if she's an outsider looking in on it. She can hear voices in her head and she has powers she can't quite explain. Her best friend, Brisa, is the only one really knows Shade's secret, one she'll carry with her to the grave. Yet neither can deny that her powers are something they don't quite understand.

On the way home from school one day, she comes across a boy unlike anything she's ever known. He's cool, very different, and there's something about him that piques her interest, even if she won't admit it. Putting her trust within his hands, albeit reluctantly, Shade follows him into a world she never knew existed. A world where all sorts of Faerie's rule supreme.

Blown away by the fact that the people within this new realm know exactly who she is and have been expecting her arrival for a very long time, Shade isn't sure what's expected of her. Deep inside, she believes she's nothing special. The Seelie court, on the other hand, are quite sure of who she is and of what she's capable of. In their eyes, she just needs to unlock and learn the power she possesses inside.

Setting off on a mission that can save the Faerie realm from destruction, Shade begins to wonder just what she's gotten herself into. A slew of people are determined to make sure she doesn't complete the objectives that have been set out before her. Each disaster she and the group she's traveling with encounter along the way only succeeds to heighten her desire in achieving her every goal and Shade will stop at nothing until she's restored balance to a world she's slowly coming to love the longer she remains within its walls.

This was quite an intriguing story. Very different from most Faerie stories I've read thus far. Shade is the sort of character any one can relate to, although I must admit her crying got to me after awhile. It's a very good story and I found it very delightful in getting to know what the people traveling with her were like as well as watching the world Alexia has created for her beloved characters unfold. I look forward to what she has in store next for the series.
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