Reflection Pond by Kacey Vanderkarr
'Sometimes you find home, sometimes it comes looking for you.
Callie knows a lot more about pain than she does about family. She’s never belonged, at least, not until she falls through a portal into her true home. The beautiful faerie city of Eirensae doesn’t come free. Callie must find her amulet and bind herself to the city, and most importantly, avoid the Fallen fae who seek her life. Seems like a small price to pay for the family she’s always wanted.
Then she meets cynical and gorgeous Rowan, who reads the darkness of her past in her eyes. He becomes Callie’s part-time protector and full-time pain in the ass. He has secrets of his own for Callie to unravel. What they don’t know is that the future of Eirensae lies with them, and the once peaceful city is about to become a battleground for power.'
Even though this book is aimed at the YA market like any good book its appeal will have a much broader scope.
The pace is fast and the characters are all well developed. Romance is not a large element in this first in the series as 'Reflection Pond' centres around the evolvement of Carrie from being a weak human teen to a member of the fae with powers to be discovered, explored and controlled. As Carrie strengthens emotionally and physically she will be a force to be reckoned with by the time the real battle begins.
There are many universal themes explored in the story- learning to trust others, identity, trying to belong and find your place in the world away from home, goodness and courage overcoming evil, sacrifice for the greater good.
Although I have a good idea of the direction it will go in further publications I find myself waiting impatiently for the next instalment of Callie's adventure.
I wasn't expecting the fae to speak Gaeilge! but it was nice to see the Irish language in modern popular fiction.