Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful--too beautiful for words. Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings. In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.
This book was quite engrossing. I really enjoyed the unique take Pike had on faeries and how they worked scientifically. She did a great job of using science and biology in a way that furthered the plot and yet wasn't too technical. The interactions of their world with the human world was a good idea as well. This plot, though, was the best part of the book. Pike knows how to lay in a good story with enough foreshadowing that things don't appear to come out of nowhere, but its also not laid on so thick that you can see every twist coming. That is not to say the story is without flaws, though. I didn't like how clinical Pike's writing seemed. She does not do very well at descriptions, and her prose seems a little strained for teenagers. She also had a lot of difficulty with the beginning of her story. It seemed as if she had a great idea but couldn't quite handle the exposition. I think the plot and unique take on the mythology is worth pushing through, though, so tough it out to get to a really good read.