Tuesday, November 10, 2015

#Tuesday Review - The Last Faerie Queen by Chelsea Pitcher (Young Adult, Fantasy)

Series: The Last Changeling # 2
Format: E-Galley, 410 pages
Release Date: November 8, 2015
Publisher: Flux
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

A FAERIE REVOLUTION . . .After risking her life in the mortal world, the faerie princess Elora returns home to incite a revolution. Allied with the Bright Queen, Elora rallies her people for a battle aimed at overthrowing her mother, the Dark Queen.
While some question their ability to win, Elora senses victory, knowing she has a secret weapon: Taylor, the human boy she loves, and a motley crew of his school friends, each armed with a skill that can turn the tide of the coming battle. 
A MORTAL SACRIFICE . . .But then Elora's supporters in the Dark Court turn on her, believing she has forsaken them in favor of humans. When the Dark Queen kidnaps two of her human friends, Elora must mount a daring rescue mission to free them before her mother offers them up as a sacrifice.

Chelsea Pitcher's The Last Faerie Queen is the final installment in The Last Changeling duology. The story alternatives narratives between Elora, a princess of the Dark Faeries, and Taylor Adler, a human who has become her willing partner and romantic interest. The story picks up right where the first novel left off. Elora's mission, from the start, has been to gather up as many pieces as she can and lead a rebellion against her own mother who is the Dark Faery Queen, and bring more equality to both Faery Courts.

The Bright Queen offered to help Elora, but only if she could find a young leader of men and solve her riddle. Elora thought she had found that men in the arrogant, and loathsome Ben. One of the biggest questions of this series has been the reason behind Elora's coming to be and why she was called the Untouchable Princess by an entire court. She is the last Faery born to either court, but we've been waiting patiently for an explanation that finally is revealed in this book. If you've read the first book, and are curious as to why she survived against Naeve, this book will finally lay it all out for you.

Taylor, along with Kylie, Alexia, and Keegan, find themselves in the Bright Queen's Kingdom after they helped save Elora's life. Taylor has become my favorite character, by far, but Kylie and Alexia have their moments as well. I love that Taylor doesn't become jaded by what has happened to him, but he still remembers the awful things that have happened to him in the past. He doesn't dwell on them, they just make him a stronger person. I loved that he stood by Elora even when SHE made some really interesting choices. 

What I enjoyed about this story, is that each character has to face the realities of their situation and make their own choices. The humans are now in the middle of something bigger than anything they could have imagined. They are pulled into a war, they are treated as though they are toys by the faeries, but not one of them runs away with their tails between their legs They each have to make up their own minds whether or not they want to say in Faery or return home to a place that hasn't exactly been fair to any of them.
I am definitely not going to complain about this being a duology. I am happy that the story goes full throttle in Faerie, and we get a mix of human/faerie interactions that build up to a final crescendo. I am happy with both Elora and Taylor's choices. I am happy that there was a moment of clarity between mother and daughter. Just wished that it didn't take a rebellion, and a whole lot of incidents lives in the process. 

**I received this book for free from (Publisher) via (NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

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