Age: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy, Romance,
Alice Ayre is no ordinary teenager. She took her first name from a statue in Central Park, pulled her last name out of the air (literally), and she’s actually almost a thousand years old. In fact, the only “ordinary” thing about Alice is that she’s in love. Alice was a sylphid—a winged air spirit—when she spotted Daniel Field camping in the Adirondacks and lost her heart to the handsome NYU student. Intangible to the human senses, her only hope of winning his heart resides in becoming mortal, even though transmutation is forbidden by Paralda, ruler of the air. Risking punishment, however, seems a small price to pay for a chance at true happiness. Tracking down Daniel in New York City ends up being surprisingly easy. Getting noticed by him for all the right reasons is another story, especially when the human world keeps tossing challenges in Alice’s path. Just when she’s mastered zippers and buttons, she catches herself dropping a sugar packet into her coffee and mistaking a photo of John Lennon for one of Daniel’s relatives. Her eccentricities raise the occasional eyebrow with Daniel and his friends, but her quirky charm, sweetness, and sincerity win out. Before long, she lands a job, begins a relationship with Daniel, and starts settling into her new life—until her past comes after her. Enraged over Alice’s departure, Paralda has sent transmuted assassins to pursue her into the human world. A near-fatal fire on a camping trip and the murder of a look-alike employee at the club where Alice works convince her they are closing in fast. Alone with her secret–who would believe her?—Alice must elude a nameless, faceless enemy sworn to destroy the happy, new life she’s risked so much to achieve.Thin Air is a wonderfully poetic kind of book. The story begins when Alice or Aeris, is an Air Spirit with blue hair, blue eyes, and transparent skin. She cannot find love in her realm of cloud making and peaceful existence and deep down seems to fear she never will. When she sees Daniel, a normal "En Why You" student everything changes for her. She finds herself thinking about him all the time and makes up her mind to become human to meet him, but once she does this she can never come back to her world.
The beginning, much like many fantasy books, has a lot of information to get a hold of. The elemental plane that Lynn describes is nothing like anything I've read in other books. It's original and very interesting to think about and at the same I could see it being a little confusing, so if you do decide to check it out (which I highly recommend) take your time reading it. The story has so many different things going on, it's a real page turner.
Alice's experiences when she becomes human and winds up in New York City are very cute and comical. Simple things are foreign to her and with some help she finds him, Daniel, but there's a catch and her name is Delilah. Delilah is kind of crazy, and I appreciated that about her, she's not going down without a fight, definitely respectable.
Alice reminded me a lot of Giselle from the Disney film Enchanted. I actually started picturing Alice as Amy Adams (with blonde hair). She has a light, carefree, sweet natured kind of personality that was so adorable to read about. Delilah was her stark opposite and that made things very interesting.
Throughout the book as Alice learns pain and drama her demeanor reflects that she becomes more well rounded but keeps her child like nature. Lynn Seresin does a wonderful job creating these two very different settings that Alice ventures through, the one she was born into and the one she chooses to be part of.
Lynn is a very talented author who has character making down to an art. In addition to Daniel and Alice we are introduced to all of Daniel's close friends. There is no shortage of funny one liners and adorable scenes featuring all of them. Normally I can pick a favorite background cast member, if you will, but in this book I loved them all so much. They are all very different and hilarious.
Thin Air by Lynn Seresin is a book I'm eager for more to read. I loved it and I think others will too. It has serious star potential. To get your hands on a free copy enter to win an e-book version.
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