Tag: Fairy

  • Evelyn Reads Uncovered

    Rating: 5 out of 5.

    Uncovered is a dark fantasy novel written by independent author Luna Fiore. This is the second book in the Underhill Saga, which is centred on a magical realm that borders our own.

    Featured image for Uncovered by Luna Fiore.
    Uncovered by Luna Fiore

    The events of Uncovered take place near the end of its predecessor, Unbound. However, Fiore focuses on a new protagonist Makenna, a fire witch that was encountered earlier as Alannah struggled to break away from her cursed existence. 

    While this may disappoint some readers, it opens up the world to those inhabiting Underhill itself. Characters from its progenitor also make an appearance, giving this work a familiar vibe, even as we look past the shiny veneer of legends to expose a dark truth.

    Uncovered is a sequel that breaks away from its Unbound and contributes to the lore of this rich realm. This novel shines a light on the shadowy elements of this world’s past and rewards repeat readers with a satisfying conclusion with the promise of much more. Highly recommended!

  • Evelyn Reads Unbound

    Rating: 5 out of 5.

    Unbound is a dark fantasy novel written by independent author Luna Fiore. This is the first book in the Underhill Saga, featuring a realm that borders our world, and is the home of witches and fae.

    Cover for Unbound by Luna Fiore
    Unbound by Luna Fiore

    This story focuses primarily on Alannah, a young woman trapped on a small property that straddles both worlds. Alone and isolated, she has grown to accept her solitary existence. She has been tasked with providing food and shelter to humans before they venture out into the dark woods of Underhill, never to be seen again. 

    All of that changes when a member of the last group to pass through returns. Left with a choice, she can either carry on with her duties or break a vow and take action. The choice she makes on that day, unleashes a chain of events that will push her into the unknown, where friends and foes are not so easily distinguished.

    The author uses multiple points of view to grant us insights on other characters. This effectively gives us a glimpse at their motivations, brings to the forefront the harshness of life, and humanises those who interact with Alannah.

    Fiore paints a stunning portrait of a world that is as dangerous as it is beautiful. While Unbound offers a satisfying ending, it also blows open the doors to a new adventure on the horizon! Worth a read!

  • Evelyn Reads Dark Flowers

    Rating: 5 out of 5.

    Dark Flowers is a supernatural fantasy novel written by independent author Caytlyn Brooke. This story focuses on a teenaged girl named Eliza who ends up at an orphanage after bouncing around the system for years. 

    Cover for Dark Flowers by Caytlyn Brooke
    Dark Flowers by Caytlyn Brooke

    During an escape attempt, Eliza and her only friend Millie, encounter something supernatural in the surrounding swamps. That’s where this work really begins to shine.

    Brooke weaves a dark tale that leaves you questioning fact from fiction. Both of the girls will be pushed to their limits when faced with a world that not only refuses to believe in the fantastical, but actively suppresses it. 

    Dark Flowers is a quick read that uses dark prose to describe what appears to be a slow descent into madness. In the end, you may not know how to feel about what happened, but you’ll be desperate to find out more!

  • Pulling a Fast One on the Tooth Fairy

    My child tried to pull a fast one on the Tooth Fairy!

    Earlier this week my child woke up to discover she lost a tooth overnight.  This tooth had been bothering her for a couple of days, so one would think she was relieved.

    Shot which includes the suspect tooth

    However, that secondary when compared to a visit from the Tooth Fairy.  Since my child was supposed to switch parents after school, I placed the tooth in a plastic baggie so she could keep track of it.

    My child then asked to switch nights so the Tooth Fairy could see her room here.   So when I picked her up after school, she was in good spirits and looking forward to her payout.

    On the way home she spoke children who lost their teeth while showing them off and could not complete their transactions with the Tooth Fairy.  She described how heart striken they were and how lucky she was.

    Since she successfully transitioned from one household to the next without incident before, I paid no need.  She went about her day and let her stay up a bit later so she could brush the tooth.  She seemed insistent that the Tooth Fairy get pristine and shiny booty that night!

    Later in the evening, I pulled out the baggie from under her pillow then noticed the bag was different.  This caught my attention, latet my suspicions were confirmed when I switched out the contents.

    Upon closer inspection, I discovered that it was a white rock.  Small enough and similar in shape to a tooth to pass muster at a glance.  So yes, my child tried to pull a fast one on the Tooth Fairy!

    Curious, I left a note with the money.  The following was inscribed:

    Payment of one rock accepted in lieu of tooth.  — Molar Mae

    The message was purposefully cryptic she would ask me what the note written in cursive script said.  When I read out what the note, she shrugged her shoulders then acted convincingly confused.

    Eventually she came clean on the switch.   Unfortunately for her, I now have a story that can be brought up at family gatherings and whatnot.  To think that my child is an incarnation of Moriarty!

    Is blackmail at the tender age of seven lucrative?