Faerie Blood (The Changeling Chronicles Book 1) by Emma L. Adams Review

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Title- Faerie Blood

Author- Emma L. Adams

Genre- Urban Fantasy

Purchase links- Amazon

synopsis

I’m Ivy Lane, and if I never see another faerie again, it’ll be too soon.

Twenty years after the faeries came and destroyed the world as we knew it, I use my specialist skills to keep rogue faeries in line and ensure humans and their magically gifted neighbours can coexist (relatively) peacefully.

Nobody knows those skills came from the darkest corner of Faerie itself.

When a human child disappears, replaced with a faerie changeling, I have to choose between taking the safe road or exposing my own history with the faeries to the seductively dangerous head of the Mage Lords. He’s the exact kind of distraction I don’t need, but it’s work with him or lose my chance to save the victims. It’ll take all my skills to catch the kidnappers and stop Faerie’s dark denizens overrunning the city — but if the faerie lords find out about the magic I stole last time I went into their realm, running won’t save me this time.

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Reviewed by Crystal H.

Ivy Lane is a survivor. She lost yrs or her life. She fought to come back to her family to find that her family is dead and apparently so is she. Now she is doing everything she can to survive. Being a hunter- she hunts things that go bump in the night and makes pennies for it. She is good at her job but when a client hires her, this case threatens to bring memories she has long tried to forget to the service and a past she has hidden from everyone she knows to the light.

I loved the authors unique spin on the Summer and Winter Fae courts and this dystopianish urban fantasy world. I am a super fan of everything Fae related and thought this would be jam packed with fae magic and I was not disappointed. The author weaves this story so beautifully with a fast and steady pace filled with action, magic and just  a pinch of romance.

The story and it’s plot were so seamlessly developed that I was not once confused or lost and for that matter bored! It was so easy to slip into the world of Ivy and flatmate Isabel who happens to be my favorite kind of paranormal- a witch that I found myself losing time! I can’t tell you how many times dinner was late or dare I say a tad crispy because I was so immersed in this book that one more page was just not enough.

I can honestly say that I can get used to the new norm of the lead character being a strong independent yet caring bad ass of a female! I myself grew up reading my moms old avon romances and V.C. Andrews books and DO NOT get me wrong I stll do read them and LOVE them but I grew up thinking woman were damsels in distress not storng ladies who kick ass now and take names later! Ivy is no short of that- she is a hero, she is a victim who survived and she is one tough cookie!

Speaking of cookies- Ivy loves her flatmates cinnamon cookies and though I may not have any witchy magic I can hold my own in the kitchen and decided to make my take on her yummy cinnamon cookies. They honest to goodness tast like cinnamon french toast and my boyfriend could not get enough of them.

I give this wonder read 5 out of 5 cupcakes or 5 out of 5 yummy cinnamon cookies!!

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Ok so I started off with your basic sugar recipe and than took it to a whole other level by adding some spices and of course booze! I then topped it with a yummy royal icing that subbed out praline liquor for water adding those same spices to taste. Let me know how your cookies turn out or if you have any questions email us at Eatingbetweenthelinesinc@gmail.com!

Basic Drop Sugar Cookie Recipe

Start off by preheating oven to 350 degrees.

Ingredients Needed

Icing–

2 cups of praline liquor (can be subbed out for Horchata liquor which would also be tasty!)

Spices needed for both cookie and icing- Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger and Nutmeg.

3 cups powdered sugar

Cookies-

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon pink himylean sea salt

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1 egg

1/3 cup of Praline Liquor (or Horchata)

2 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ginger

1/2 teaspoon of ground clove

Directions

Start your cookie batter by sifting together the flour, baking soda, spices and salt in one bowl then  set this to the side.  Then In your mixer or a medium bowl, cream butter with both the white sugar and the brown sugar.

Next mix your creamed butter, egg and booze of choice together before sifting in your bowl of dry ingredients  (I say the second sift is to make sure you dont get any huge chunks or pockets of floor which can happen sometime and isnt pleasant to bite into) Mix until the dough is well incorporated. Drop your cookies onto an ungreased cookie sheet making sure that they are well spaced as this cookie spreads as it bakes.

Bake for 10-17 minutes or until golden brown (personal Hack- I like to sprinkle the cookies with flavored turbinado sugar before baking. I found this yummy sugar at target for like 3 bucks either the chai or vanilla one works well for recipe)

While cookies get started on the icing- I like a thin layer of icing while my boyfriend is all for the think gooey layer.

Mix 2:1 ratios of booze of choice and powdered sugar along with spices to taste0- this is all subject to the bakers taste buds. I LOVE the cinnamony taste so I went heavy with the spices. Also side note if you want to ake this cookies kiddie safe you could also sub the booze for non alcoholic eggnog or cream. Don;t worry if your icing seems runny it does thicken and harden as it dries.

Once cookies are out ice to your hearts content and enjoy with a nice spiked cuppa coffee!

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Emma L. Adams is a NYT & USA Today bestselling author, book-hoarder, gamer, and restless dreamer. She writes edgy urban fantasy and young adult novels, including the Changeling Chronicles, the Darkworld series, the Alliance series and the Indestructible trilogy.

You can find her on social media-

Twitter  and Instagram- @ELAdams12.

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