The Song of the Faerie Prince
by Tay LaRoi.
Six Word Summary: QUILTBAG* representation + fairies = an amazing read!
Blurb: Sixteen-year-old Gia Johnson is comfortable in the background, but when dark magic looms over her town, her beautiful voice will put her in a spotlight she never imagined: the Seelie Court. To get out alive and save her childhood friend, she’ll have to trust Oliver O’Brian, a trans classmate and a Prince of Faerie, especially when an ancient evil rears its ugly head from the depths of Lake Michigan. All the while, Gia finds herself drawn to Oliver, but what does that mean if she’s always liked girls?
Length: 222 pages.
Read as an: eBook.
My Thoughts: I really liked this book. I liked this book so much that I finished the 210 pages within a day and a half, despite working both days. I found myself just smiling and enjoying pretty much every moment of the book.
The Song of the Fairy Prince is the third book of The Faerie Court Chronicles, however I read the book completely out of order. I didn’t find any huge gaps in my knowledge and I easily read this as a stand alone. There were some allusions to and appearances of past events and characters but if anything, they made me want to read the two earlier books.
The characters of The Song of the Fairy Prince were a real highlight for me. The two characters Gia and Oliver were amazing. I found each to be so individual and so compelling and so cute and it’s my review I can use poor grammar if I want to.
I felt particularly close to Gia, she seemed so real with her insecurities and struggles to find a place for herself. While I’m not biracial, I found Gia’s inner conflict to find a space for herself incredibly compelling. Minor spoiler alerts ahead – My love for Gia was cemented when she discussed her desire to find a ‘square’ that she fit completely in, namely by identifying as a lesbian. The frank and open discussion of how she felt like an outsider within her two racial identities, coupled with how her feelings for Oliver challenged her idea of herself, was incredibly powerful. It was so great getting to see this struggle represented in a character.
Oliver was also an incredible character. I really enjoyed how, once again, there was this internal struggle for the character. Oliver had and still was, coming to terms with the idea of ‘burdening’ his parents with accepting his trans identity with deciding to then ‘burden’ them again with the reveal of his true Faerie parentage. It was also great to see his quiet confidence and his desire to prove himself. Coupled with Gia, these two were such a pleasure to read.
I know I haven’t talked about the plot of The Song of the Fairy Prince, but I cannot get over my love for Gia and Oliver. To see Gia recognise her feelings for Oliver, to see her come to grips with her sexuality and admit to herself that it’s okay to evolve as a person, was so amazing. To see the two characters think through and experience these issues in a young adult book was so refreshing and important. Where were these books when I was a teenager?!
Best Bits: I’m not going to lie, I got the warm fuzzies whenever Gia and Oliver had moments together. I think their relationship was so cute and honestly, I would love to see more of these two ❤
Another thing I loved,was when Gia and Oliver discus their previous dating history. I usually hate when characters talks about their past sexual/romantic relationships (no judgements 😛 ) but I really enjoyed seeing Oliver as a sexual being. That voice 😉
Recommendations: If you’re an avid young adult or fantasy reader then this book is a must. If you’re not an ‘avid’ reader but still like Young Adult and fantasy, I still think this book is a must!
Also if you’re someone who’s interested in reading more books with QUILTBAG* characters, definitely give this book a read.
Also also, if you’re a fan of Holly Black, you should really try reading this book!
*QUILTBAG = Acronym of Queer/Questioning, Undecided, Intersex, Lesbian, Trans, Bisexual, Asexual, and Gay/Genderqueer.
Please note: I received a copy of The Song of the Fairy Prince from NetGalley.