Freak. That's what her classmates call seventeen-year-old Donna Underwood. When she was seven, a horrific fey attack killed her father and drove her mother mad. Donna's own nearly fatal injuries from the assault were fixed by magic—the iron tattoos branding her hands and arms. The child of alchemists, Donna feels cursed by the magical heritage that destroyed her parents and any chance she had for a normal life. The only thing that keeps her sane and grounded is her relationship with her best friend, Navin Sharma.
When the darkest outcasts of Faerie—the vicious wood elves—abduct Navin, Donna finally has to accept her role in the centuries old war between the humans and the fey. Assisted by Xan, a gorgeous half-fey dropout with secrets of his own, Donna races to save her friend—even if it means betraying everything her parents and the alchemist community fought to the death to protect.
Okay, I've been wondering this from the first time I saw this book cover. WHAT IS SHE HOLDING IN HER HAND?? I read the book and I still have no idea. Okay, yeah, a little random, but I can't help wondering. So, yeah, the book: I enjoyed reading this. It was a quick and fun read, and I enjoyed the alchemist twist on things. Certainly something I haven't read a lot about, and it has a ton of fun possibilities to work with. The thing I came away with, however, was the fact that I had more questions at the end than what I started with. I needed there to be Some kind of information, solution, etc. I know there are more books (the Wood Witch is out now), but I just felt like I needed there to be some kind of explanation in some small way of the world, the things going on, well, anything really so that I wasn't left going "huh?" Ah, okay, rant over. I did enjoy reading this, and will probably grab the next one from the library when I'm home.
Have you read this one? Did you enjoy it? Can you tell me what she's holding on the front cover??