Title: Coal (Everleaf Series, Book 1)
Author: Constance Burris
Published: July 1, 2015
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Author Website: link
Coal has lived most of his life in the fey realm with his elven best friend, but when a human child he promised to protect unintentionally breaks a law in front of the fey elite, he will have to choose between betraying his best friend or saving the child’s life.
I do think it’s rare right now to find a young adult fantasy that stands out as unique, with an original story and perspective. Which is why I was excited the entire time I was reading Coal. The world that Constance Burris has created has some originality to it (though we don’t get a heavy dose of backstory, there’s enough to point a picture, and it drew me in), and the characters here are compelling, especially for a young adult novel. Spoiler: Romance doesn’t save the day. Spoiler: Coal isn’t just automatically superior to everything and everyone because he’s the protagonist. Spoiler: Tough choices must be made, and the consequences for those decisions are real. We can’t have everything, and sometimes we just have to understand what we value, do what’s right, and make the right decisions.
Recommended for fans of fantasy and young adult, especially those who are looking for something different than what’s out there…