Modern Faerie Tales: Part 3

By Christina, age 17, Louisiana
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

"Human girls cry when they're sad and laugh when they're happy. They have a single fixed shape rather than shifting with their whims like windblown smoke. They have their very own parents, whom they love. They don't go around stealing other girls' mothers. At least that's what Kaye thought human girls were like. She wouldn't really know. After all, she wasn't human."

In the third installment of Holly Black's brilliant trilogy, she brings together her two previous novels in an amazing example of poignant literature. Personally my favorite and unfortunately the last, Ironside is a beautifully written novel that consists of everything from the beginning - the realm of terrifying, fantastical immortals mixed with the current backdrop of a modern New England. And as we all know, Black combines them marvelously well.

Bringing back Kaye, the changeling pixie from the first book, and soon adding in Luis, a human with the gift of sight from the second, the plot takes place a short time after the end of Valiant. Living in her grandmother's home, still under her human glamor, Kaye emerges on a journey that will bring the truth to them all. In doing so, Black carries out the plot in a timely manner as she adds in old characters on the way - Luis and Dave from Valiant, Corny from Tithe and of course, Roiben, the king of the Unseelie Court, from both. All of them play a much larger role in the third novel, moving together to face the force of an unlikely villain and to eventually combine the Courts as one - a heavy duty which seems next to an impossible task.

With unlikely romance and morbid reality, I find Ironside to perhaps be the most capturing in the trilogy. Holly Black uses her imagery and special select quotes like a queen, a tradition she had begun as far back as Tithe. As usual, I'm not going to explain the plot so that you will hopefully read it on your own. (If you already know the basis of the book, what's the joy in turning the next page?)

In short, this work is one worth your time and, as all of her fans are hoping, not the last to come.

"I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure in the landscape - the loneliness of it - the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it - the whole story doesn't show."
- Andrew Wyeth, opening of Chapter I, pg 9

Ages 14 and up
My Rating: 5 stars (of a possible 5)

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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