Scarlett is sixteen. She’s glad to be finishing high school because she feels unpopular and not especially attractive. Following the mysterious disappearance of her father, and then an attempted date-rape by her best friend’s older brother, Scarlett is confused, friendless and lonely.
Then strange things begin to happen. Scarlett discovers a beautiful and mystical world that exists in parallel to the real world, the Fae (Fairy) World, and is happy to escape to this amazing place which is inhabited by some beautiful, friendly and sexy, winged Fae people.
REVIEWS & ENDORSEMENTS
Bird Without Wings is one of the most imaginative stories I have read for some time. It may be the story of a sixteen year old girl, with all the troubles that that age brings, but the Fae world to which Scarlett is drawn will appeal to young and old alike. We first meet Scarlett at a time of very gritty reality - her supposed best friend has turned against her, and the best friend's brother has turned very nasty after she fended off his advances. Add to this the fact that Scarlett knows something very unusual is in the air, and the scene is set for an exciting and magical tale.
I have only one niggle with Bird Without Wings, and it's purely down to personal preference - I dislike reading books written in the first person, present tense. First person is fine and I like to see events unfold from the main character's viewpoint. Add in the present tense, though, and it becomes more like a list of actions and I find that annoying. But as I say, this is only a matter of my own taste.
Cally Pepper writes at a good pace and the story moves along in such a way as to keep the reader interested and engaged. I really wanted to know what was coming next and what would happen to Scarlett. A very enjoyable read.
(I was provided with a copy of Bird Without Wings by the author in return for a fair and honest review.) ~ Grace Rostoker, Amazon.com
I enjoyed this book. It reminded me a lot of the Twilight trilogy but a fairy version of it. Loved how the girls won at the end of the day! It was like they learned about their own strength and were able to appreciate their struggles to get where they got to because of it.
~ Lisa, Goodreads
Faebles...how can I ever leave a review about this book. I am so conflicted. It was freaking amazing. I just might have to read it again.
~ Kali Pintor, Goodreads
(I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways). My opinion of this story and any other book I may review (free or otherwise) is 100% truthful and honest.
That being said I never would have imagined how perfect this book was for me to read in the first place much less winning an advanced copy on my first try in a Goodreads giveaway. It was hard to put the book down and when I did it was only because I REALLY didn't want it to end. This is a Fae (fairy) story that is a little more "adult" than others I have read and I do love and collect fairy stories. I really felt that Cally Pepper was writing specifically for me because even though it was a fairy story I could relate to the main character and put myself into her feelings and desires. The main character even shares my love for the same drink that is mentioned several times throughout the book, which I got a good smile at every time. I also liked a lot of the new ideas about fairy's and their world that the author added. It definitely wasn't one of those books where you knew what was going to happen next, especially at the end which I actually had to re-read again to make sure I read it correctly! As for the cover I was afraid a white book would get very dirty and ruin the lovely cover image but it was rarely put down so that wasn't even an issue. This book is a great one to have if you love stories about fairies like I do and like to see a new take on them. I am SUPER excited that there will be a second book in the Faebles trilogy for YA/NA!!! I'm hungrily awaiting the next one!!!!! ~ Eli Ippolito, Goodreads
I recieved this book for free from the Goodreads first reads program. I loved it! When does the next book in the series come out? A coming of age novel with a girl who is just finding out she is fae and that she has to save the fae from destruction. Well written and easily read. Definitely a book I will recommend to friends. ~ Rachel, Goodreads
(I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways).
(This review may contain spoilers).
So... I found this book to be a quick, easy read. I really liked this book - as is probably obvious from the rating I've given it.
Scarlett was a really interesting, well-rounded character. I did feel that she had realistic strengths and weaknesses. She was really naive at times, but it seemed to fit really well with her character. (She did seem a bit obsessive about her appearance, though, and very contradictory at times).
I really liked the way the Fae world was different to the everyday world. How it was described came across really well - and I liked the different fairies and how they varied to each other.
I really liked Luke - and I have to say that, although I was surprised by what happened at the end, it was much better than the trend I've grown completely sick of. I hope to see more of that relationship forming throughout the next book.
I liked most of the other characters as well. It was nice that Scarlett wasn't incredibly popular, talented, etc. I could really get into her head at times in the story and relate really well with her over certain things - like her need to control what she could in the world. Again, they were things that made her a well-rounded, interesting character.
I really hated Sasha at first, but she eventually grew on me. I would have liked to know more about Jasper's and Ethan's motivations - the best villains are those who think they have good reasons for what they're doing, whether they are or not.
Generally speaking, the writing was really good and made it easy for me to read. Unfortunately, I did notice several errors - missing quotation marks, for one, but Jasper's gender also changed at one point in the story. And the wrong name was used at another point. Also, there were a few sentence fragments that didn't seem to go anywhere.
I'd definitely be interested in reading more books by this same author and in this same series. If it's available on Kindle with text-to-speech enabled, I'll recommend it to a friend of mine who really likes books about fairies... or the Fae. ~ Sarah, Goodreads
An engaging and imaginative read, with a great style, pace and plenty of energy. The author whips you off into the Fae world, where reside a number of colourful winged characters. A world which we'd all like to escape to, a world parallel to our own where the winged ones have cut themselves off from the pollution of our own world, to live in a purer atmosphere. Set with a background of growing sexual awareness and the battle of good against evil, with the addition of a strong female central character, there is enough tension and excitement to keep not just the young reader reading, but older readers too. A real page turner, and I would highly recommend it! ~ Maria Moloney, Author of The Changeling Quest
A charming, quirky novel for young adults; entertaining and well written with humour, evocative descriptions and plenty of conflict.
There are several memorable characters as well as an engaging central heroine who readers will identify with. The novel deals with those first, tentative explorations into the world of romantic and sexual relationships, as well as a number of key themes one would expect to find in Young Adult fiction: good against evil, freedom, friendship, confusion and internal conflict, all with the sense of ‘who am I?’
The pace is rapid with a flowing, energetic style and plenty of incentive to keep turning the page. The world-building is appealing and original with strong imagery lending the fantasy world an exciting, interesting and vibrant feel.
Faebles: Bird Without Wings was a pleasure to read and I look forward to the second book in the trilogy. ~ Fiction Feedback, www.fictionfeedback.co.uk
Catchy, jumps off the page at you, a great read. ~ Fiona Roberts, Author , www.spanglefish.com/fionaroberts