Many elements of the faeries’ lives mirror that of people today in the real world. In the book, for example, the faeries do not have cell phones, but they are able to essentially text message each other on slabs of amber. The young faeries also use social media sites, as displayed in one of the bonus scenes, “Ryn.” Additionally, the way the characters talk and relate to one another feels very colloquial, as they use familiar phrases and words. Consequently, the fantastical elements, though present and uniquely intriguing, do not overwhelm the story. As a result, Creepy Hollow, Violet’s home, seems like it could realistically coexist with ours.
The read on a whole is very light and quick. I was never bored and because I really cared about the lead character, it was impossible to put the book down. The plot twist that happens during the second half of the novel also completely switched the dynamic between everyone and took me by surprise. I am very curious to see the ripple effects of this twist in the next two books and to see how these characters continue to change and interact given the new circumstances.
Overall, THE FAERIE GUARDIAN by Rachel Morgan is very clever, entertaining, and simply put, a good read.