Saturday, 7 May 2016

Reflection Pond by Kacey Vanderkarr 
Series: Reflection Pond: Book 1
Release Date: 1st April 2014
Publisher: Urban Fey Press
Genres: Young Adult Fantasy

Sometimes you find home, sometimes it comes looking for you.

Callie knows a lot more about pain than she does about family. She’s never belonged, at least, not until she falls through a portal into her true home. The beautiful faerie city of Eirensae doesn’t come free. Callie must find her amulet and bind herself to the city, and most importantly, avoid the Fallen fae who seek her life. Seems like a small price to pay for the family she’s always wanted.

Then she meets cynical and gorgeous Rowan, who reads the darkness of her past in her eyes. He becomes Callie’s part-time protector and full-time pain in the ass. He has secrets of his own for Callie to unravel. What they don’t know is that the future of Eirensae lies with them, and the once peaceful city is about to become a battleground for power.

Poison Tree – Book 2

The road to the City of War is dangerous.

With their home in ruins, Callie and Rowan are Eirensae’s last hope of stealing the cauldron back from Fraeburdh. They must travel into the human world where the Fallen hide. The banished fae wait for Callie, desperate to sacrifice her before she comes of age.

If Callie and Rowan survive the journey, something worse looms in Fraeburdh. Rowan is destined for a dark family legacy too horrifying to accept, and his father is anxious to welcome him home. Once the truth is revealed, will Callie ever look at Rowan the same way?

Trapped between feuding cities lost in a centuries-old war, Callie and Rowan will face their biggest rivals yet, and neither of them will make it out unscathed.

Torch Rock – Book 3

War is coming, and she takes no prisoners. Faced with an impending battle Eirensae cannot win alone, Rowan journeys to Mac├íntacht to seek allegiance from its leader. The City of Honor is beautiful, still untouched by conflict, and full of surprises that bring Callie’s darkest experiences to the surface.

With her friends’ lives at stake, Callie must confront her past, and accept help from a faerie whose face torments her memories. Reconciling the power beneath her skin has never been more painful.

Amid persistent threats from Fraeburdh, an old enemy reemerges with deadly force. Even with Mac├íntacht fighting beside her and Rowan at her back, the odds are insurmountable. Callie’s biggest trial will come not on a blood-soaked battlefield, but in the quiet moments when she must choose.



KACEY VANDERKARR has a penchant for fantasy and frequently listens to the voices in her head--most of whom are teenagers. Her favorite place to write is an old salon chair in her kitchen, with coffee in one hand and adoring cats sprawled across her arms. She prefers her music loud and her skeptics quiet. When she's not writing, Kacey coaches winterguard, works as a sonographer, and hangs out with other weirdos like her at the Flint Area Writer's club. In addition to her novels, The Reflection Pond Series, Antithesis, and The Stone Series, Kacey's short fiction is featured in Sucker Literary Vol III, Ember: A Journal of Luminous Things, and Out of the Green: Tales from Fairyland.


I generally don't read too many young adult books but when I do I and read something as great as Reflection Pond I remind myself to read more of this genre! Apart from really firing my imagination, Reflection Pond reeled me in from the very start with the amazing book cover. Who couldn't be tempted to read this book just by looking at the cover alone? I love it!

Reflection Pond immediately has something exciting happening. There's no dragging out the main event here that you get with some books. Kacey Vanderkarr wastes  no time providing excitement for the reader when Callie suddenly, while running away from her boyfriends advances finds herself under a pond and in a strange new world where she is met by Rowan and Ash. The pond is in fact a portal into a world of magic and faeries where Callie discovers that she is more than just plain old Callie, foster kid who just didn't seem to fit in anywhere. And, there are others in this magical new world who want to exploit her for what she is. Callie has a fight on her hands but does have a helping hand or two along the way.

I loved the character of Callie. She is complex and yet appealing. She has a vulnerability about her and also a strength that not even she really truly realises she possesses. Of course, having magical powers all of a sudden does help ones confidence a little and Callie evolves and matures but doesn't completely lose that innocence. She has some tough decisions to make in the book and sometimes its easy to forget she is still only a young person who has suddenly had a lot of responsibility thrown at her. Her world has been turned upside down but then it never really was that normal to begin with. I loved the relationship between Callie and Rowan, who himself is a mysterious character with an equally mysterious past. He is dark and brooding and a little bit exciting!
I loved Kacey Vanderkarr's writing style. The book paces along well and the characters are interesting. Lots of themes are touched upon in the book but done very well and sensitively. I love faeries and magic and mystery and this book appealed to me on so many levels. I got completely lost in it.  Looking forward to the next books in the series. This is the first book I have read by Kacey Vanderkarr and it definitely won't be the last!

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One Response so far.

  1. I love the book cover! It is very interesting and intriguing! Looking forward to checking out this book!

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