Imogen and her sister Marin have escaped their cruel mother to attend a prestigious artists’ retreat, but soon learn that living in a fairy tale requires sacrifices, be it art or love.
What would you sacrifice in the name of success? How much does an artist need to give up to create great art?
Imogen has grown up reading fairy tales about mothers who die and make way for cruel stepmothers. As a child, she used to lie in bed wishing that her life would become one of these tragic fairy tales because she couldn’t imagine how a stepmother could be worse than her mother now. As adults, Imogen and her sister Marin are accepted to an elite post-grad arts program—Imogen as a writer and Marin as a dancer. Soon enough, though, they realize that there’s more to the school than meets the eye. Imogen might be living in the fairy tale she’s dreamed about as a child, but it’s one that will pit her against Marin if she decides to escape her past to find her heart’s desire.
REVIEW: This is one of the best books I've read this year and to think it's been sitting on my bedside table for at least a year. I finally got around to reading it and wish that I had done it sooner. What first drew me to this book was the book title and also the cover, it's totally gorgeous. The imagery and descriptive details of Melete and the Fae are magical and exactly how you would picture a fairy tale to appear. Upon first glance, the summary reads like a so many other YA books, with two sisters going off to an enigmatic school where they find themselves in some kind of dark predicament. However, this story veers into a completely unique direction upon learning that Fae inhabit Melete and choose a human tithe every seven years from one of the students attending the school.
I would recommend this book to readers of fantasy, fairy tales, and YA.