AUTHOR: Chelsea Pitcher
PUBLICATION: Expected publication: November 8th 2014 by Flux
GENRE: YA > Fantasy | Paranormal | Romance
PAGES: 360 pages (paperback)
SOURCE: e-arc via publisher (netgalley)
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A Kingdom at War . . .
Elora, the young princess of the Dark Faeries, plans to overthrow her tyrannical mother, the Dark Queen, and bring equality to faeriekind. All she has to do is convince her mother’s loathed enemy, the Bright Queen, to join her cause. But the Bright Queen demands an offering first: a human boy who is a “young leader of men.”
A Dark Princess In Disguise . . .
To steal a mortal, Elora must become a mortal—at least, by all appearances. And infiltrating a high school is surprisingly easy. When Elora meets Taylor, the seventeen-year-old who’s plotting to overthrow a ruthless bully, she thinks she’s found her offering . . . until she starts to fall in love.
You know why this is awesome? Because it’s a Fantasy book with a message that needs to be heard. And that is hard to come by these days. Okay, let me explain.
Lora is the daughter of the Dark Queen but unlike her Mother, she actually care for their people and kingdom. Now she’s planning to overthrow her own mother, the Dark Queen with the help of the Bright Queen. But the Bright Queen has one demand, and that is to get a mortal offering. Now, that should be easy for Lora.. but when she met Taylor, she didn’t expect to like him.. or fall in love with him.
First of all, the writing is just plain lovely. This is my first from Chelsea Pitcher and I have to say that I loved her writing. I will be checking out her other books. She did a wonderful job voicing out Lora. It was humorous and enchanting. And Taylor is such a sweetie pie. I just want o pick him up and put him in my pocket or just hug him all day.
There’s a lot going on in this book, and that can be a good or bad thing. I’m pretty much in the middle. Though, yes, I love the whole equality part and having diverse characters, but I felt that it was too focused in that aspect. I just want to hear more of the Faerie World and not just from Lora’s story telling. But I want to experience it too. Though I agree with Taylor, every time Lora tells the story, you can’t help but be enchanted and feel tranced. Maybe the whole LGBT theme should’ve been mentioned in the blurb so that readers will know. Anyway, it was handled well.
“Equality doesn’t work if it’s only for some people”
The Romance in my opinion is pretty tame and I really loved it. It’s the kind of romance that you keep anticipating every chapter TO FINALLY HAPPEN and when it finally did, you just cry out of joy. It was slow burn and it was sweet and beautiful.
The ending was great. It wasn’t that cliffy but it will really leave you wanting more. The scenes near the end was heart pumping and totally written well (the whole book, really) It also gave me the Faerie world that I really want to see. Hopefully, it will be more explored in the upcoming books. The Last Changeling is perfect for you if you’re looking for a fantasy read with diverse characters, sweet romance and brilliant writing.
Chelsea Pitcher is a native of Portland, OR where she received her BA in English Literature. Fascinated by all things literary, she began gobbling up stories as soon as she could read, and especially enjoys delving into the darker places to see if she can draw out some light.