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Moribund (Circuit Fae Book 1) by Genevieve Iseult Eldredge

High school sophomore Syl Skye is an ordinary girl. At least, she’s trying to be. School photographer and all-around geek, she introverts hard and keeps her crush on sexy-hot glam-Goth star Euphoria on the down-low. But when a freak accident Awakens her slumbering power, Syl is forced to accept a destiny she never wanted—as the last sleeper-princess of the fair Fae.

Suddenly hunted by the dark Fae, Syl’s pretty sure things can’t get any worse. Until she discovers her secret crush, Euphoria, is really a dark Circuit Fae able to harness the killing magic in technology. Even worse, she’s been sent to destroy Syl. With mean girls and magic and dark Fae trying to kill her, it’ll take more than just “clap if you believe in fairies” to save Syl’s bacon—not to mention, her heart.

Source: I received a free copy of this book with the option of posting a review.
Genre: YA, Fantasy, LGBTQIAPK
Format: eBook, Print
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Series: The Circuit Fae


I think I was expecting one of the protagonists to grapple with the concept of their homosexuality but they didn't and I was glad! In all honesty, I was hoping it would be an awesome YA novel in which the author combined Fae magic with technology because the premise is unique and it sounded pretty awesome. I got what I wished for and then some!

The author's perspective of homosexuality normalizes it and doesn't turn the novel into some kind of "after-school special." I'm on board with this philosophy and found it refreshing. The protagonists are on the receiving end of some snarky comments from a few jealous and unenlightened plebs, something that I'd expect to see in a YA novel with a bunch of high-school-age characters.

I found myself instantly liking Syl and Euphoria; both were witty, geeky, sarcastic, and kick-butt in their own way. The notion of combining technology and Fae magic was interesting; however, it was not really explained in any great detail and I would have liked to know more about it. Also, a glossary of the terms used in the book might have made it a bit easier to read and understand but I was able to get the gist of their meanings from the context the terms were used in. The romance between Syl and Euphoria was super-cute and the wholesome, "I believe in you" moments, while clich├ęd, suited the characters' personalities and I enjoyed them.

The bulk of the plot centered on the developing relationship between Syl and Euphoria, and the Awakening of Syl's powers as a sleeper-princess. The history of the antagonists wasn't explored in any great detail, but in great enough detail to understand that both of them were driven by jealousy and greed. Considering that Moribund is a YA fantasy novel and not an epic, I feel that the author provided enough information about the antagonists to pique my interest without stalling the plot by providing unnecessary information about two petty, hateful, and jealous antagonists.

The dialogue between the characters was an entertaining combination of endearing corniness, geekiness, and snark. The action scenes weren't epic in scale, but Syl is just beginning to figure out her powers. I found the premise unique and interesting, and I'm hoping that the author will explore this premise further in the next book. The next book on my TBR list is the sequel to Moribund and I am excited to see what Ms. Eldredge has in store for readers!

About Genevieve Iseult Eldredge

Genevieve Iseult Eldredge, author. Photo courtesy of Goodreads.
Raised by witches and dragons in the northern wilds, GIE writes angsty urban fantasy YA romance--where girls who are mortal enemies kick butt, take names, and fall in love against all odds.

She enjoys long hikes in the woods (where better to find the fair folk?), believing in fairies (in fact, she's clapping right now), dancing with dark elves (always wear your best shoes), being a self-rescuing princess (hello, black belt!), and writing diverse books about teenage girls finding love, romance, and their own inner power.

She might be planning high tea at the Fae Court right now.

GIE is multi-published, and in her role as an editor has helped hundreds of authors make their dream of being published a reality.

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