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Initiate by Tara Maya
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bookshelves: fantasy, fey, ebook
Read from March 02 to 06, 2011

Dindi is of The Lost Swan clan, one of three human clans who defeated the high fae ~ the Aelfae. Dindi is considered a little strange by her clan members. Her chores are always mixed up, if they are completed, as she rather dance with the pixies than work and then they help her finish her chores which are done wrong. Dindi loves to dance and when the Tavaedi Dancers are in town performing she is on her way to sneak in and watch. Dindi has a plan, not only to enjoy the dances she sees but to memorize them as she wants to be a Tavaedi Dancer, and she's waiting for her initiation to come. The only thing... none from her clan has ever passed the initiation to become a magical dancer of the Tavaedi. On day while traveling on her initiate journey, the girls were teasing her and in the end she became in a dire situation. A young exiled man who is taken by Dindi's aura earlier that day, saves her. But he might be in more trouble than he expected or maybe he'll find a place he could be welcomed.

The world weaved here if full of fae in which many humans can not see them. There are a few who can but people seem to look down upon that. I enjoyed the idea of humans having magical colorful auras and magical abilities in which dancing is how it is brought to life and used. I enjoyed the magical world when it started to iron out for me.

The story read as a young adult book. With the young characters and innocents here among them. And the fae playing with the young that can see them. With this being the beginning of the book, I could suggest it to be a read that Young Adults could read as well.

I did have just a few small hang-ups. As I enjoyed the second half of the book more than the first half, I realized I was caught up in trying to differentiate the clans and magical uses and the fae world. And by the second half I seemed to understand the set up more. The other part that distracted me slightly was at one point towards the end the view point changed. We went from Dindi's view point being described as 'she' or 'Dindi' and her voice of talk to the view point of 'you'. I'm sure with the part it was at was meant to enunciate the part, but caught me off guard at first. Then it was switched back to normal view point afterward.

Other than these small things to me, I enjoyed the story idea. I like the magic being in colors and viewed by those who have the abilities in them, and the dance being the way to draw the abilities to surface and work ~ almost reminds me of Native Americans dances or tribal dances.

After finishing the book I'm left with questions as to what will happen with the characters along with the puzzles that they know of. A cliffhanging ending to have you jump into the next book, which should be out now.
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03/03/2011
31.0% "I'm starting to figure out whos human and whos fae. And that there is magic in dancing. :) But I really like the she-bear."

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