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Faye and the Ether
Faye and the Ether

Faye and the Ether


4.30 (60 ratings)
For as long as I can remember, the sea has called to me, luring me to explore the secrets hidden beneath its cresting waves.

Faye is tossed into a current of uncertainty as she deliberates over her college choices. More than anything she wants to study by the sea, forever chasing the line where the ocean meets the horizon. But she finds herself dragged down by the riptide of her and her mother’s financial restraints. How can she be true to herself when anchored by her world’s limitations?

As the leader of the deadliest group in the Ether, Daron is at the top of his game. Yet there is one thing he’s failed at time and again—finding the human-raised Ether. It’s a known fact amongst his team that success on that particular mission would change their lives in unimaginable ways. Yet Daron couldn’t comprehend how true that was... until he saw Faye.

Guided by Daron, Faye enters a world she never knew existed. One filled with mythical creatures, struggling to coexist. As Faye wrestles with where she fits in this magical realm, secrets are revealed that turn the tide once more. Inky darkness is seeping ever closer. Can Faye and Daron work together to save Ether and themselves? Or will the world be crushed under a wave of evil?

From author Nicole Bailey comes a young adult adventure filled with magic, intrigue, and the inner well of strength that flows through us all.


Kasey at Story Sanctuary
Reminded me of Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

One of the things I liked about this book was that it doesn't follow a traditional romance arc. I liked Faye's character-- she's strong and powerful, and I enjoyed her journey as a character.

I struggled with some scenes, though. Sometimes the story moved really fast and I felt like some important details got left out-- things describing the movements of the characters or details about the setting. For instance, there's a scene where two ships are approaching each other and there's a battle. I had a hard time keeping track of where everyone was and what was happening-- it felt a bit choppy.

I liked that Faye learns a lot about becoming a powerful woman through mentorship with another woman. It was really cool to see that kind of relationship represented, and added some enjoyment to the story for me.

Matt & Kelly Brown
Finished in 3 days. Couldn’t put it down!!

Finished this in 3 days. I couldn’t put it down. What a world this story creates. I can’t wait to start the next one. Hoping for even more of Faye’s story. It is about Faye. But you also get a lot from a second main character Daron as well as his first person experience. I loved being able to get both perspectives. Especially since he was ether raised and she wasn’t. Going to start the next one now…

Kelsey C
mythology in the Ether

What a fun read! I loved the interesting concept of the Ether, the "other" world. Poor Faye has no idea what she is being dropped into, or who she really is. I liked the unique twist of the love story I wasn't expecting. The characters are all very intriguing and I was too interested in the story to go back and brush up on my mythology or look up anything. If this is your sort of thing, you may enjoy it even more. I will say, I wish I was a selkie! Eagerly awaiting the adventures in book two!

Kristin U.
An interesting world and characters

Faye and the Ether was an interesting read! There’s so much depth to the Ether… with so many different beings with their own ideals, traditions, and rules, it’s a fascinating place! Centaurs, selkies, sirens, bird folk, and dragons… myths and folklore come to life in the Ether and it’s fantastic. I really enjoyed Faye and Daron as characters, though Alec is probably my favorite. My one dislike was that some of the scenes and endings of chapters felt a bit choppy to me. It may very well be the author’s writing style, but at times it brought me out of the story. Anyway, this was an enjoyable fantasy book and I’m interested to see what’s next for these characters!

Erin Rohler
Unique YA Fantasy

I found this book while looking for indie authors on goodreads. I thought this was a really unique, well written story that progressed quickly enough to keep my interest throughout. It would be really cool to see this as a movie because there are a lot of interesting characters and world building. I will probably grab the second book as well to see where the story goes.

An interesting folklore fantasy

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

Faye and the Ether is a fun ride through a unique fantasy setting. It builds on mythology and folklore to create the world of Ether, full of different magical creatures (centaurs, selkies, sirens, and griffons to name a few).

The magic was probably my favorite part of the story. I love the idea of how the Ether provides for its people and how all the creatures can 'pull' the essentials from the Ether and 'store' their items inside it as well.

I felt like there was a lot of time with Faye and Daron just 'getting ready' for the big things to happen, which really made my interest in the plot wane. But the world more than enough made up for the 'boring' spots in the story. I am interested to see how this series continues though.

A lovely read

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to review this book.

Faye loves the ocean more than anything. In her senior year of high school, she is looking to the future and the possibility of college. When she meets Daron, a new student, she doesn't know the world as she knows it will be turned upside down.

I quite enjoyed this book. The setting is lovely the characters are good, and I loved that there is a gay romance. Representation is important, and in a novel about groups of different creatures coming together, this lesson plays heavily. I enjoyed a new twist on mythology, and found the retellings interesting.

This book blends mythology and humanity together well. the flow is good and it reads easily and quickly. Before the reader knows it, he or she is absorbed into the story, which is always a good thing. This seems to be the first in a series, and I can't wait to see what happens next as the story unfolds.

M. lebron
Awesome mythology story

This is the first book I read from this Author and I loved the book. I love greek mythology stories and the adventures that go with it.I loved the characters in the story and how everything wrapped up. I felt Daron and Faye in the story and what Adventures they went through. I like the writing in this story and I felt I was in the story as I read. I definitely will be reading more from this Author. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.