This is the first book in a new young adult series by Aprilynne Pike.
Fifteen year old Laurel moves with her unconventional parents, from her secluded home in the forest to a new town and to a new school. Just like most teenagers, Laurel tries to understand her uniqueness and at the same time wants to blend in with everyone else. However, Laurel unlike most teenagers has a very strong relationship with nature, longs for the outdoors and eats only fruits and vegetables. Things become even more complicated, when a beautiful flower blooms from her back, and she discovers that she is a fairy. Luckily, she can rely on her friend David to help her accept her nature and learn more about her inheritance. The more she learns the more confused she becomes, as she gets torn between her human and supernatural life and between her feelings for the attractive, intelligent and dependable human David and the sexy and mysterious fairy Tamani. As if her life is not complicated enough, she discovers that her parents are in danger and that she has to defend the entire fairy realm from dangerous enemies.
The book is very well written, the characters well developed and likable, and the story is captivating, filled with magic, adventure and romance. What I loved most about it, is the way the author weaves into the story scientific explanations and literature in order to make her magical plot believable. Although the book is aimed to teenagers it can easily be enjoyed by older readers.