Crystal Bones by C. Aubrey Hall
Diello and Cynthe have always believed their parents are too cautious. The twins expect things to be different on their thirteenth birthday. Their mysterious Fae mother has promised them that today they’ll be given magical gifts, and they’re planning to sneak off to the village fair. But nothing goes right. The magic isn’t what they hoped. Their human father won’t let them out of their chores. They’re forbidden to attend the fair and are sent on an errand instead. Then the day turns deadly as Diello and Cynthe are plunged into a lethal game of cat and mouse with old enemies of their parents. Suddenly there are secrets upon secrets to unwind. Who is friend and who is foe? And what have their parents been hiding?
Diello is a cautious boy who thinks before he speaks or acts. Whereas, his sister Cynthe is all action, fearless and brave. While the two couldn’t be more different in personality, they have a nice relationship and put their family first. The twins are half fae, and with their mother’s heritage comes special abilities. Though, they don’t fully know what they’ll be yet.
I was pleasantly surprised by this sweet and fun fantasy. The characters are engaging and my favorite part about the book. Though the little sister got on my nerves, and seemed a bit too spoiled. With plenty of suspense, danger, intrigue, and vivid characters – Crystal Bones is a fantastic start to this young fantasy trilogy.