I have not read many young adult, fantasy books in recent months. For a while, I was reading a couple every week! The Faerie Song Trilogy by Michele Barrow-Belisle was both a new series for me as well as a new author. I was able to read the first two books of this series--what did I think of Fire & Ice and Bittersweet by Michele Barrow-Belisle?
I received complimentary copies of this book for use in my review. All opinions are my own. The giveaway at the end of this post is administered by the author and Promotional Book Tours.
Quick Summary of Fire & Ice. Faerie Song Trilogy Book 1. Adventure wasn’t something Lorelei was interested in. Gifted with two otherworldly talents for singing and healing, she’s always shied away from her gifts, preferring anonymity, over attention. But when she meets Adrius, with his dangerous mystique and eyes that peer into her soul, her uneventful life becomes irrevocably altered. Adrius knows more about her than any newcomer should, including the condition of her mother’s mysterious illness. Accepting his offer to help leads her into a terrifying world, where Elves are even hotter than Legolas, and Faeries.... are nothing like Tinkerbell. The two magical beings are fire and ice opposites. One Lorelei can’t help falling for, and the other she's compelled to be with. Now she’s trapped in their world, expected to prevent a war between witches and faeries, or forfeit her mother’s life. As secrets unravel, Lorelei must fight to save much more than her mother’s life. One mistake could put the fate of his world- and her soul, in jeopardy.
Fire & Ice sets the stage for Lorelei's world. The author creates quite a fast-paced, detailed, fantasy world in her trilogy opener. With so many characters and so much imagery--I can certainly see this book on the big screen as a movie. While the book is set in a fantasy world--and there are some of the usual, good vs. evil struggles, some mystery, action, adventure and fantasy creatures with various roles--this book develops into a teen love story.
Quick Summary of Bittersweet: Faerie Song Trilogy Book 2.
To save the Faery world and her mother’s life, seventeen year old Lorelei sacrificed everything, and the dangerous bargains she made in Nevermore had lasting repercussions. Now safely back in her own world, Lorelei seems the same to her high school friends and her supernatural boyfriend, despite the dark magic growing within her. Love across dimensions is complicated, especially when an invisible veil between the two worlds is sealing, threatening to separate Lorelei and Adrius forever.
Determined to find a solution, Lorelei resorts to exploring her new found powers. But when her friends fall ill, and her healing touch only makes things worse, Lorelei can’t help but wonder if she's responsible.
Nightmares from the Nevermore tighten their icy hold when someone arrives determined to destroy Lorelei’s world, starting with those closest to her. Once again she’s forced to choose between her family… her friends… and a love that was ill-fated from the start.
Bittersweet pulls readers deeper in Lorelei's World. Bittersweet continues in Barrow-Belisle's fast paced style with a lot of detail built into her storyline. As Lorelei's world becomes more complicated; the reader is pulled deeper toward hope for resolution in the final book. Would I recommend the Faerie Song Trilogy by Michele Barrow-Belisle? If you enjoy young adult fantasy stories with a strong teen romance element--this series is for you. The author introduces a lot of characters and writes fast paced scenes--so there may be times when readers will need to re-read a passage or recall a character or previous scene.I enjoyed the first two books--and do plan to read the third as the storyline still needs some closure. You will need to read the book as a series to fully appreciate the characters and the plot. I can certainly envision the Faerie Song world as a film--and look forward to it coming alive from the books' pages.
A dreamer at heart, Michele BarrowBelisle has always lived with one foot in this reality and one foot in another, one of her own imagining. So it follows that she would grow up to write about the characters from those enchanting worlds she knows and loves so well. A fan of all things romantic, her young adult novels are populated with scintillating witches, vampires and fey.
Her bestselling debut book series Fire and Ice (Faerie Song Trilogy) was optioned for a major motion picture this year. Michele resides in southern Canada with her hubby and son who indulge her neverending obsession with reading, writing and most importantly… chocolate.