Published by Bloomsbury Spark on May 7, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: Kissing
Reviewed by: Kate
From the moment Alina touches London's hottest fae superstar, breaking one of the laws founded to protect all of her kind, her fate – and the fae – close in.
Below ground, the fae High Queen plots to claim the city as her own and places her pawns, ready for the battle to come. A battle she cannot lose, but for one small problem – Alina. There are four ancient keepers powerful enough to keep the queen in her prison. Three are dead. One remains … And to fight back, Alina risks sacrificing everything she has come to love.
This New Adult urban fantasy is packed with action and suspense and will have you yearning for more forbidden fae romance.
CITY OF FAE is both a predictable and unpredictable new adult urban fantasy. Predictable, because it uses typical UF tropes-like the girl who is more than she knows and the mysterious, protective, hot love interest. But unpredictable because it takes those tropes and uses them in a completely unexpected way.
Dark and devious, CITY OF FAE features Alina, your typical UF heroine who believes she's normal until she finds out she's not. The best part about Alina is the mystery surrounding who she is, and how DaCosta teases the reader until the big reveal. Otherwise, she's a bit dull, and like most other heroines, immediately starts to fall for Reign, the over-protective fae she meets in the subway. Reign is clever and interesting, and I wish there had been more about his background.
The mythology of CITY OF FAE is really interesting, and I liked the idea of the fae getting kicked out of their world, only to live underground (literally, for some of them) in ours, until they come out to humans. These fae are dangerous and a little evil, thinking of humans only as food. I liked how they're drawn as superstars, because that makes sense - these beautiful creatures suddenly appear among us, and what would humans do? They'd definitely send the paparazzi after them and turn them into tabloid fodder. It's a brilliant twist on many other UF "reveals" where the creatures are sometimes just feared and humans don't seem to display any kind of fascination.
All in all, CITY OF FAE was an interesting read, and I liked how it was able to surprise me at points. Though it has a definitive ending, I could see it becoming a series, and I'd read it to see what happens to Alina next, after the events in the climax of the book. Check this one out if you're looking for some new adult urban fantasy with a side of creepy fae creatures and magic.Series Titles: