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From the moment I opened the first page, I was blown away by Rose’s unique storytelling.

Fairies, magic and chaos. What more could a book possibly need? Incredible storytelling, of course. Luckily, Outcast by Allison Rose delivers on all of the above in a deliciously magical tale. From the moment I opened the first page, I was blown away by Rose’s unique storytelling.  The author manages to take an old plot and retell it in a modern, unique and epic way. It’s rare in the fictional world of witches and vampires that other creatures ever get recognition, but this inclusion added extra uniqueness to this fantastical tale.

The characters are fully formed. I loved Kelty’s wit and sarcasm, and easily connected to the town and the cast of characters. Everyone was so vastly different that it was easy to follow along and fun to keep up with.

The plot was very detailed and echoed the theme of Day and Night. The themes were obviously cliched, but the writing breathed unique life into them. Rose brought the entire story to life and presented a wonderfully fresh take on an old tale. I was hooked from the very first page to the last, and was never lost throughout the story.

The writing was well done and it is clear that Rose spent quite a bit of time on editing. I didn’t notice one grammatical mistake. I also didn’t have any questions about the world building. Rose was clear and particular with everything, including the villains and their backstories. The details of The Glorious and The Destroyers were clearly explained, and the way they were each described was incredibly well written.

I can definitely see this book doing extremely well in a bookstore. Readers of Melissa de la Cruz-style books like Witches of East End and Blue Bloods will enjoy this book – especially the unique take on the legend of the fairies and their battle to find balance.

The only thing bad I can truly say about this book is that I wish there was more of it! I wanted to delve deeper into the world and see what would happen next. I really hope there is more to the story and that the author continues to write. This book should definitely be on the top of every fantasy lover’s reading list.

For everything mentioned above – from the well planned plots to the detailed characters – I have to give the book a 5 out of 5 stars. This is definitely the next fantasy novel we’ve all been waiting for and it deserves its proper recognition.

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About the author

Driven by a lifelong passion for words and reading fantasy novels, Allison Rose writes YA fantasy stories featuring faeries, magic, and strong heroines. She has a BA in psychology and is fascinated by how other people think. Allison lives with her fiancé and collie mix in Buffalo, New York. view profile

Published on May 26, 2019

20000 words

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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

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