Fae’s Deception (Queens of the Fae Book 1) by M. Lynn and Melissa A. Craven

I stumbled onto this series while searching my Kindle Unlimited plan for something new to read. Sometimes you just have to find something affordable! And what I found a relatively good book. While Fae’s Deception doesn’t necessarily offer anything new to its genre, it was still an entertaining read with well thought out characters, humorous interactions, and a good hook. Fae’s Deception doesn’t necessarily stand up to genre favorites like A Court of Thorns and Roses, but it doesn’t really need to. It was a great way to pass some time while I was waiting for someone to pick me up and I’m definitely going to check out other books in the series.

Back of the Book (Amazon.com)

Brea Robinson is a murderer.

That’s what everyone tells her when she’s accused of killing her best friend. 

Her mother always claimed she belonged in a straitjacket. Turns out, she was right. 

When the man with flashing violet eyes whisks her through a portal into a world beyond her imagination, a world vicious in its beauty and wicked in its lies, Brea begins to wonder if she was ever crazy at all. 

Every hallucination she’s ever had is real, but this new world has its own set of lies and questions.

Why are three royals prepared to battle over her? 

Who is Griffin O’Shea, and why did he abduct her? 

And does falling in love with a man trapping her in this deadly land mean she really has lost her mind after all? 

There is only one thing Brea knows: She can’t trust anything. 

Not her mind.

Not her heart. 

And certainly not the Fae who claims he’s trying to keep her safe.

Book one in Queens of the Fae series, click now to be transported into a world where lies abound, family can’t always be trusted, and falling in love is the most dangerous deed of all. 

Is it read-worth? Let’s start with this: Fae’s Deception is not a bad book. It is very readable, the characters are likable enough, and the scenery is absolutely breathtaking. Imagining living in these castles is almost dreamlike for me! The interactions the main character, Brea, has with the Fae are almost always funny. Her bond with Neeve came across as incredibly natural and realistic. I also love the fact that the authors prioritized including LGBTQ representation in their version of a Fae world. Love to see it. Overall, it was a really entertaining read.

But it wasn’t anything ground-breaking. Fae’s Deception didn’t add anything new to the genre and pulled too much from similar books. Its constant in text refrences to series like the Game of Thrones and A Court of Thorns and Roses were to its detriment. It just can’t compare to them. It is not as well-written or as interesting. I don’t want to read constant references to better books while I’m reading a book. It just doesn’t work.

Part of the reason why this series pales in comparison is the fact that it is so entirely predictable. Having read similar books, I knew what the story-line was going to look like by the second page of the first chapter. It was all very obvious and it doesn’t completely stand on its own.

Not that that’s a completely bad thing. I’m a big fan of Sarah J. Maas and I doubted that this series would be able to stand up to A Court of Thorns and Roses to begin with. It being predictable didn’t bother me because I knew I would enjoy the story I foresaw happening. I have before. Fae’s Deception was overall still an enjoyable book, just not the best book I’ve ever read. If I had to rate it out of five stars, I’d give it a three. I will definitely be reading the next couple of books in the series and I recommend that you do the same. Maybe the authors have some real plot twists up their sleeves.

If you’ve already read it… (spoiler alert!)

The only thing I couldn’t really figure out was who Brea’s love interest is going to be long-term. Currently rooting for Lochlan, but it seems like he is already in love with Alona. Griff bored me even after the plot twist. What do you think?

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