Loved this just as much as I did Fairy Keeper , if not more! It takes place four years later, and Phoebe is still dealing with the after effects of being kidnapped and imprisoned by Bentwood. Physically and emotionally, she's still scarred by it, and feels useless, as her older, magical sister and her friends are off saving the world while she's told to stay at home and stay safe and do exactly what Sierra tells her to do. But when something sinister washes up on the beach near the house, naturally all that begins to change.
I love how much Phoebe grows up over the course of the book, learning to be brave again, learning that she has worth and purpose, learning to fight in ways she never believed possible. I love the sweet love, friendship, and fierce loyalty she shares with her best friends Tristan and Mina. And I especially love her complicated relationship with Sierra. There's also lots of adventure, gorgeous descriptions of underwater wonderlands, and a couple of really great twists. And the ending! So, so good!
This is a great book for kids right at that border between middle grade and YA--action, light romance, a touch of darkness, but all with a fairy tale-like quality and a sense of innocence.
Full disclosure: Amy's my friend, and Curiosity Quills offered me a free e-book in exchange for an honest review. But here's the thing--I read this book a couple of times while still in progress, and certain parts many more times than that, and even so, I totally devoured the final version and then bought a copy of the paperback to read again. I love these characters, I love the journeys they go through, and I cannot WAIT for Dragon Redeemer--Nell's book, you guys!!! I love Nell!!!