FAIRY KEEPER, by Amy Bearce
Genre: middle-grade fantasy
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Re-Release: March 5, 2015
Cover Artist: Amalia Chitulescu
Forget cute fairies in pretty dresses. In the world of Aluvia, most fairies are more like irritable, moody insects.
Almost everyone in the world of Aluvia views the fairy keeper mark as a gift, but not fourteen-year-old Sierra. She hates being a fairy keeper, but the birthmark is right there on the back of her neck. It shows everyone she was born with the natural ability to communicate, attract, and even control the tiny fairies whose nectar is amazingly powerful.
Fairy nectar can heal people, but it is also a key ingredient in synthesizing Flight, an illegal elixir that produces dreaminess, apathy and hallucinations. She’s forced to care for a whole hive of the bee-like beasties by her Flight-dealing, dark alchemist father.
Then one day, Sierra discovers the fairies of her hatch are mysteriously dead. The fairy queen is missing. Her father’s Flight operation is halted, and he plans to make up for the lost income by trading her little sister to be an elixir runner for another dark alchemist, a dangerous thug. Desperate to protect her sister, Sierra convinces her father she can retrieve the lost queen and get his operation up and running.
The problem? Sierra’s queen wasn’t the only queen to disappear. They’re all gone, every single one, and getting them back will be deadly dangerous.
Sierra journeys with her best friend and her worst enemy — assigned by her father to dog her every step — to find the missing queens. Along the way, they learn that more than just her sister’s life is at stake if they fail.
There are secrets in the Skyclad Mountains where the last wild fairies were seen. The magic Sierra finds there has the power to transform their world, but only if she can first embrace her calling as a fairy keeper.
About The Author:
Amy Bearce was an Army kid who moved 8 times before she graduated high school.
The one constant in her life was books-particularly fantasy and science fiction-and that hasn’t changed. Despite all the moves, Amy married her high school sweetheart. They met in their junior English class in an American school in Germany in 1991. They have two wonderful daughters and are carefully teaching them to love fantasy and science fiction, too.
A former English and reading elementary and middle school teacher, Amy has recently completed her Masters of Library Science and is excited about a career field with kids, teens, books and technology.
Amy is a homebody with a serious addiction to personality tests, which is not uncommon for an INFP (Myers-Briggs) such as herself. According to the DISC personality test, she is also a perfectionist, a title she hated. She immediately retook the test, changing some answers. When the results came up as Perfectionist again, she took it a third time, changing more answers to get a better result…not even seeing the irony until later.
And yes, the result still came back as “Perfectionist.”
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My Review:I think I have a thing for Amy Bearce's Fairies and her fairy keepers. Let me explain her fairies are not like the cutesy fairies and neither are her fairy keepers, but Sierra (protagonist/Fairy Keeper) and the creatures Amy created in her debut novel are truly one of a kind! Sierra is a typical teenager girl except the fact that everyone in her family are fairy keepers and have to guard fairies and harvest their nectar, which should only be used for good. However Sierras father along with many other Fairy Keeper Alchemists use the nectar for selfish and dark purposes. This is why Sierra does not want to be a fairy keeper. When the fairies die and the fairy queens are kidnapped Sierra has to find them quick to save her sister and that is when the story really takes off. Sierra is sent on a hunt with her guy best friend to find the fairy queens and save them all. I enjoyed the world building in this story and like I said before the mythos created is one of a kind. I liked the characters and enjoyed the relationship between Sierra and her best friend, who she finds annoy and then gets jealous of later on in the story. I do not want to give too much away there but I liked the relationship development between those two. The plot is well paced for middle school level readers some advanced young adult readers or adults who enjoy YA books might find the book a little slow paced for their liking. The plot is still good and will keep you reading. The book wraps up nicely so if you do not like series then this book is for you. If you do like series then write the author and ask her for more! :)