I am a relative newcomer to YA. When I was considered a young adult I had already been reading heavily since age 9 and had jumped into hard Sci Fi and Bodice Rippers. There just wasn’t many books marketed for girls my age.
As I began to read Alexis Donkin’s YA story, I decided I was going to come at it from who I was at 16 and I had so much fun reading The Brother’s!
Here is the book summary: Khloe Alwell is about to turn sixteen, find her first real friends, fall in love, learn every legend is true, discover her parents are living a lie, and one more thing. She’s not human.
Moving from town to town with her mother who is absent six months out of the year and an mousy academic stepfather, Khloe Alwell never had time to make friends or fit in. Everything changes the September before her sixteenth birthday, when Khloe finds herself in a small New England town starting yet another new school. There she befriends three strange brothers who introduce her to a world where human myth and legend are fictionalized histories of an older more powerful race divided. Drawn to Khloe, the brothers and their childhood friends will help her uncover her parents’ complicated past, come to terms with ugly truths that plague all people, as well as discover Khloe’s true identity, abilities, and her importance in the world under the veil.
Dive into the first installment of Khloe’s adventures in a hidden world where things are more than what they appear, and people are the same, no matter who they are.
Khloe is mature for a 15 year old. She has to be givin the lifestyle of her parents. She is smart and light hearted and attuned to nature. She is also very believable.
When Khloe is warmly welcomed to her new school and new town by the Grech brothers, she is both scared and excited. Moving around so much all of her life has taught her that fostering friendships can be painful. However, the Grechs won’t let her stay a loner.
It’s wonderful to watch Khloe blossom under the attention of the whole Grech family. Her once very small world is expanded and becomes fantasy-like.
This was a pleasure to read. The lore of Seelie and Unseelie was interesting.
I highly recommend this story, it will be a hit in the YA world!