Disclaimer: A copy of the book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. This, however, did not influence my review in any way.
Okay, first off - the cover is beautiful. The model is very pretty and it does give me that fairy-ish vibe. I hope the next book will have the same model :)
I always have a soft spot for indie/self-published authors. I've once aspired to become a writer myself since I was in 6th grade, but alas, I've given up on that dream... that doesn't stop me though from supporting those who chase it and have reached it. If I'm not mistaken, this is C.E. Wilson's debut work (at least from what I can see in her Goodreads page), and I do have to say that I am impressed and was pleased to have read it.
I've read a lot of Paranormal books - werewolves, vampires, witches, angels, fairies, etc. - and not too long ago, I've come to the conclusion that it would be hard to find an original story in such a genre. Thankfully, C.E. Wilson has a creative imagination and was able to pull off a pleasurable story of a budding relationship between a rebellious pixie (Cailin) and a teenage boy who has met an untimely and tragic accident (Teague, which I think sounds pixie-like, too. Fufu.)
The novel isn't your ordinary, run-of-the-bill paranormal-girl-meet-boy kind of thing. It has a plot and a direction. From the very start, it already gives you a feeling that something big will happen. Yes, the escalation and chain of events started off slow, but it was steady, and I guess that's what I liked the most about it. The flow of the story didn't seem too fast and didn't feel forced upon the reader, making it an enjoyable ride. Characters were introduced well and had their own colorful personalities. Thankfully, nobody was dull and everyone was likeable (except for the antagonist, of course... although his obsession in... particular people... were quite amusing). In my opinion, the characters were the ones who made the novel delightful, as all their voices were distinct and were portrayed realistically, pixie or not.
There are two reasons why I didn't give this a 5 out of 5:
1.) I was disappointed that there was less exposure on Teague. I think he had the most interesting background out of all of the characters because he pretty much encompasses the fallen hero. He was at the prime of his youth, enjoying his life when one day it went all downhill and shit had hit the fan. I wished there was more narration on what he felt - I would have been interested to read what he was feeling and how he was coping with his handicap. He had the most room for character development, and I hope that we see more of this in the next book.
2.) The narration I felt was a bit scattered. It jumped all over the place. There have been several occasions where it would be talking about what the dad was feeling and reflecting and then would jump to what Cailin was feeling and reflecting. There is nothing bad about this - it is what you would call a style, but I'm someone who wants a more structured narration. If it's going to take about the dad's thoughts, it should stay that way throughout, not jump to another one's. It could talk about the other character's thoughts next in the succeeding part. That is just a detail, though, and not much of a deal.
All in all, it was an enjoyable read, and I thank the author for giving me a chance to read this. :)