Sunday, June 1, 2014

Golden Girl by Sarah Zettel

Genre:  YA Historical Fantasy
The American Fairy, Book 2

Description (taken from Sarah Zettel's website):
Callie LeRoux has put her grimy, harrowing trip from the depths of the Dust Bowl behind her. Her life is a different kind of exciting now: she works at a major motion picture studio among powerful studio executives and stylish stars. Still nothing can distract her from her true goal. With help from her friend Jack and guidance from the great singer Paul Robeson, she will find her missing mother. But as a child of prophecy and daughter of the legitimate heir to the Unseelie throne, Callie poses a huge threat to the warring fae factions who’ve attached themselves to the most powerful people in Hollywood . . . and they are all too aware that she’s within their reach.

This book dives right into where Callie's life left off with the last book.  Callie, the Unseelie Court heir, is on a mission to find her parents.  And while the fae will stop at nothing to control Callie due that pesky prophecy surrounding her, she's not going to let them stop her.

Callie and Jack have landed themselves in California trying to locate the entrance to the Seelie Court.  They have her parents, and she wants them back.  While merging into the movie star spotlight, they meet some interesting characters.  One is a girl named Ivy who is a little spoiled starlet, but all she wants is a friend.  As things are revealed and Callie finds her way into the fairy world again, she finds there's a lot more to these people than she first thought.

Again, I enjoyed the story-telling and the world building set in the 1930s.  We're in the world of old Hollywood (or early Hollywood, whatever).  And we get to see a lot of behind-the-scenes scenes that are used for those movies.  In addition, there's a lot of fairy magic involved.  Every time I think I've got the magic figured out, something new pops up and I can't quite comprehend how it works.  Regardless, it's fun to try to follow.  The only complaint I have about this book is it seems slightly childish to me, but that just means I'd recommend this one for tweens in addition to young adults.

An American Fairy series that I'd recommend for anyone looking for a good fantasy set in the past.  It's fun to follow, and before you know it, you're at the end asking for more.

Thanks goes to Random House Children's Publishing for providing me a review copy.

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