Author: Lynn Seresin
Published: August 2, 2011
Rating: 4 Birds
Alice Ayre is no ordinary teenager. She took her first name from a statue in Central Park, pulled her last name out of the air (literally), and she’s actually almost a thousand years old. In fact, the only “ordinary” thing about Alice is that she’s in love.
Alice was a sylphid—a winged air spirit—when she spotted Daniel Field camping in the Adirondacks and lost her heart to the handsome NYU student. Intangible to the human senses, her only hope of winning his heart resides in becoming mortal, even though transmutation is forbidden by Paralda, ruler of the air. Risking punishment, however, seems a small price to pay for a chance at true happiness.
Tracking down Daniel in New York City ends up being surprisingly easy. Getting noticed by him for all the right reasons is another story, especially when the human world keeps tossing challenges in Alice’s path. Just when she’s mastered zippers and buttons, she catches herself dropping a sugar packet into her coffee and mistaking a photo of John Lennon for one of Daniel’s relatives.
Her eccentricities raise the occasional eyebrow with Daniel and his friends, but her quirky charm, sweetness, and sincerity win out. Before long, she lands a job, begins a relationship with Daniel, and starts settling into her new life—until her past comes after her.
Welcome to part two of our blog on Thin Air! This was not a part of the Magic Attic Tour, but I figured it went well, plus, stick around to see what part two of the giveaway is!
Wind, fire, earth and water – as spirits? Well that was enough reason for me to say yes when we were asked to take on the challenge of this book.
Though the beginning was a bit slow moving, and very much the background of our dear Alice, also known as Aeris in the spirit world, when it took off into her learning how to become human, it really took off. I not only got to see her challenges of basic human needs and functions, but the struggles that so many face now. It was nice being able to get a sense of not knowing how to handle all things at all times from the point of view of Alice.
There are so many characters intertwined in Alice’s life – and it made me wonder later on what happened to those of her air life of the past. The ones in her present though are fantastic, and I’d like to know more about certain characters – like Wren. She’s a very intuitive character, plus Lynn introduces us to someone who’s blind – which I feel isn’t often portrayed in writing now.
The way Alice has to handle herself so delicately and carefully throughout the book is in a way enchanting. Knowing she has to hide her true self and be cautious around all the humans now surrounding her life…it was sometimes frustrating as the reader, but also great to be able to see her hold so much self restraint.
Honestly all in all, I really loved the book. The only reason I didn’t give it a 5 is because in certain areas, I felt things could have been left out and it could have been a little more direct and to the point – so that was my only real problem with the book. Otherwise, it was fantastic! And yes, there is a titling of realistic fiction in there because a LOT of what happened, could be completely real.
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Don’t forget, you can enter to win an eCopy of the book HERE. But get this, not only can you use that link to try and win an eCopy, but a physical copy of the book AND a tarot reading from the author! Lynn has so graciously allowed us to give away a tarot reading as a prize to go alone with her book! This giveaway will end on Halloween, so it fits in perfectly right?