Review of Faery Marked + Mary Waibel's Top Five Fantasy Books - The Faery Marked Blog Tour

Saturday, 13 December 2014
Hello Fellow Book Lovers!

Today I have the pleasure of hosting Mary Waibel for her Faery Marked blog tour! To start off, here is my review of the novel!

Book: Faery Marked
Author: Mary Waibel
Publisher: BookFish Books
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fae

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Summary: When Callie Rycroft wakes to find purple flames flickering on the ceiling, she believes she’s still dreaming. But soon she’s forced to accept that she has magic―a special magic that grants her entrance into the Faery Realm.

For centuries humans have been banned from Faery, but dangerous times call for dangerous measures. Declared Champion by the Faery Queen, Callie is assigned a Guardian, and tasked with finding the Cordial―a magical elixir needed to keep the portal to the Faery realm a secret from humans.

The upside? Reece Michaels, the boy she's been crushing on for years, is her Guardian. Callie hopes that, by spending time with Reece, he'll start to see her as more than just his best friend's sister.

The downside? She's in a race not only against time, but against another Champion, and a rogue Guardian―a Guardian who stands to threaten her developing relationship with Reece.

Magic, mistaken identities, and hidden agendas are the least of Callie's worries when she learns that the Cordial requires a sacrifice. Will Callie be willing to risk everything―even Reece―to complete her task as Champion? Or will she let the portal open, and doom both realms?

Review: This book is a solid four stars. Seriously though, it starts off by introducing the plot and diving the reader into a bunch of exciting scenes which under some circumstances would be confusing, but this book was easy to get into. 

One thing that I did notice though from the very beginning were the similarities to The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (which I found okay) so I was initially worried that I wouldn't like the book, but that wasn't the case (even though the similarities were apparent at times and I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed The Iron Fey series)!

Though short, Waibel delivers a thrilling adventure filled with everything fae-related you've ever wanted in a book (including Reece) which is why I recommend you fae lovers pick up this book as soon as possible! 

***Disclaimer: An ARC copy was provided in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way affected my thoughts and opinions.

Now, here is Mary's Top Five Fantasy Books! Enjoy!


I love to read, and read across a variety of genres. But, for today, I’m focusing on my top 5 fantasy series:

  1. The Looking Glass Wars series by Frank Beddor. This is an amazing twist on Alice in Wonderland. Hatter Maddigan is AWESOME! And so is Alice. If you haven’t read them, I highly recommend adding them to your TBR list.
  2. The Sary Society series by Meradeth Houston. She takes guardian angels to a whole new level. Smexy and helpful! And the stories are filled with feels. I’m looking forward more amazing work from this author!
  3. Graceling (Graceling series) by Kristin Cashore. Katsa is the definition of strong, female character. And, she has great growth in the novel. Of course, every strong lead needs a strong counterpart, and Po is perfect in his role. I haven’t read the rest of the series, but I look forward to finishing it up one day.
  4. Surfacing (Swan’s Landing series) by Shana Norris. Mermaids. Mermen. What’s not to like? This is a great story about discovering who you are and accepting your differences. This is another one that I look forward to reading more in the series.
  5. Darkness of Light (Darkness series) by Stacie Marie Brown. I loved this book, and the use of the more traditional Seelie and Unseelie fairies. I haven’t read the rest of the series (Hmm. I’m sensing a trend here :-)), but it’s for lack of time, not desire.

What are your favorite fantasy books to read? Share in the comments!

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YA author Mary Waibel’s love for fairytales and happy-ever fill the pages of her works. Whether penning stories in a medieval setting or a modern day school, magic and romance weave their way inside every tale.

Strong female characters use both brain and brawn to save the day and win the heart of their men. Mary enjoys connecting with her readers through her website:

Be sure to pick up your copy of Faery Marked on December 16, 2014!

See you all soon!

- Hearts And Crowns


  1. Thanks so much for the lovely review and for hosting me today!

    1. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to do so! 😀


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