I think the question is really now why wouldn’t I choose this? I was sent an email by Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources and accepted after reading the synopsis. Come one it’s Fairy’s, elves and chocolate.
What it’s about
Zäria and Avery, two teenage faeries seeking adventure, get more than they bargained for when they start spying on the elves of Eerie Hollow. They discover why the elves are making delectable chocolates in the forest only to be captured by their adversary, Thordon who threatens them into taking on a quest. They run into more trouble while crossing through The Perilous Forest when they meet a witch with her own agenda. Their only hope is to locate an ancient faerie sanctuary they’ve only heard of in legend. Secrets are revealed about Zäria’s parents, which leaves her conflicted and forced to make some tough choices. Just when the fae think their troubles are over, the kingdom of Saizia is in danger of being destroyed. Will Zäria and Avery be able to get help on time? How will they defeat the evil Thordon? Inspired by the author’s children, Faeries of Saizia is a unique story that will instill a love for reading, love for nature, and belief in life’s endless possibilities.
Tonya is from a small town in the Central Valley of California. She studied early childhood education and worked in daycare and preschool for a few years until having children of her own. During a brief time of being a stay at home mom, she picked up the hobby of quilting which she still enjoys today. For the past fourteen years, Tonya has been working in the insurance industry as a licensed agent. While juggling a full-time job, being a wife and mother of three, quilting, and crafting, she somehow managed to write a book; adding author to her collection of titles. Faeries of Saizia is her first published work.
First it’s my honest opinion that this book is aimed at MG and the younger scale of YA.
That being said this was a really sweet story. If I was just a little bit younger this story would have been one I recommended to my friends. It’s something they would have loved just by mentioning Faeries, dragons, witches and elves.
Two young faeries Avery and Zäria get a job to help Sazia thrive and this job comes to them on their 100th birthday. Now I sympathise with them because if I’d have been given Avery’s job I’d want to go on an adventure too. One little trip into Eerie Hollow completely changes their lives and Zäria finds out more about herself than she bargained for.
The world building in this story is great and you get a sense of just how big the world is to these Faeries. I also think it would teach the target audience of the ripple effect. One little thing you do might start of a whole chain of events that are way outside of your control. So think before you act.
The main characters are quite realistic and reminded me of people I know. One being a bit reckless and the other being a bit more conservative.
I would recommend this story to MG fantasy lovers.