Shimmerspell by Kimberly Spencer
Sixteen-year-old Jensen Meadows hands out tall tales like a vending machine. After all, with a con-artist for a big sister, she knows the value of a well executed lie. But when she overhears a murder confession at school and is abandoned by her sister, Jensen learns three new things:
Drinking Red Bull isn't the only way to get wings: The faerie realm is real, and it still hasn't gotten over King Arthur's death.
Shimmerspell, the power to move between the mortal and faerie realms, is lost.
And somehow, her sister is tied to it all.
With the help of a few teenage light-elves, Jensen searches for the truth in a sea of lies and begins to suspect that her whole life has been the tallest tale of them all
I found this novella a breath of fresh air. I picked it up after a week of reading some depressing contemporary books (that I did enjoy) but really needed a break from.
It was around 73 pages long and with all the action and adventure going on felt like it flew by. I really enjoyed Jensen and her reaction to this new world. She was fantastically funny and courageous.
The world building was well built and very descriptive. A lot of great characters and intense situations that kept my heart beating fast. And before you know it the story is over leaving you wanting more.
Jensen of course has more to her than a normal human, one day while at school (breaking into someone's locker) her ability to see others for what they really are is triggered unexpectedly and before she knows it she's on her own having to explore a whole new world. Of course Liam has to witness this transformation in her and all crazyness breaks out.
A very thrilling ride.
authors website: http://kimberlyspencer.blogspot.com/