Jones, Frewin. 2007. The Faerie Path.
Anita thinks she is an average teenage girl. She's fifteen-almost-sixteen, and she's fallen in love for the first time. Her boyfriend, Evan, is amazing. They fell for each other because they were cast as Romeo and Juliet in the school play. But on the eve of her sixteenth birthday, something big happens that changes everything. It all starts with a boat accident. It ends with several missing teenagers that disappeared from the hospital. In between, there are some fairly odd incidents. Anita wakes up to find her boyfriend, Evan, is in a 'deep sleep' but is perfectly fine physically. Her 'mysterious' birthday present is an antique-looking blank book whose pages suddenly beginning filling with text. Not just any text, poetry. Poetry that tells the story of a a literal faerie princess, Tania. Then the 'dreams' start. It's normal to dream your flying now and then, but how many teens dream that they are sprouting wings from their back that are tearing through their hospital gowns before taking off in flight? Yet, Anita can't get rid of the feeling that this particular dream was true. And this is just the beginning of Anita's madness, and Tania's rebirth.
Tania is the daughter of Oberon and Titania (from Shakespeare's A Midsummer's Night Dream). She mysteriously disappeared on the eve of her wedding. Now, five hundred years later...she's back. She doesn't have her memory. But she's back. The very image of her mother, she is back in faerie land...and very confused.
Can this young sixteen year old girl find her real identity? Who does she want to be? Does she want to be an immortal faerie living in a magical kingdom? Or does she wish to go back to high school and be a 'normal' teen with lots of angst?
Full of love, deceit, betrayal, confusion, miscommunication, uncertainty, and hope, The Faerie Path is an exciting read. There will be a sequel, The Lost Queen.
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