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Crystal Bones

(The Faelin Chronicles #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  96 ratings  ·  23 reviews
The first book in a trilogy that features a twin sister and brother who are half-Fae and half-human.

When they discover their younger sister is missing, their home burned, and their parents murdered, they seek revenge on their goblin enemies…. Their father's last words lead them to Eirian, a powerful sword that will take them to their missing sister, if they can keep it out
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Marshall Cavendish Children's Books (first published April 1st 2011)
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Kat Heckenbach
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books that sits smack on the border between MG and YA. It's got places where it's all adventure and fun, and places where things get much deeper. I liked the unique story world, one in which the Fae are feared and misunderstood. The close relationship between the twins, Diello and Cynthe, came across as realistic and genuine. The goblins are very gobliny :). And the plot's got some really good plant-and-payoffs.

Overall, I very much enjoyed the book, but it didn't completely
Kyle Ames
Apr 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Kyle Ames

Modern Fantasy

The story takes places in a fantastic world where Fairy like people called Faelin and humans live togethor and interbreed at times. A young set of twins, Diello and Cynthe are half breeds Faelin. The story begins with the two recieving their fairy Gifts upon a certain birthday. One day as they return home from town their home has burned and destoryed by golbins because apparently their parents housed countless secrets that through a series of events the two Faelin children
Anika Kumari
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was a great book, hard to put down. It is well narrated and written to show the plot line and what problems the twins faced adn what they had and could do with the magic they are given on their thirteenth birthday.
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Like the twins dynamic. Just enough secrecy and intrigue to keep you engaged. Ready to read the next one.
Mar 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, arc
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**This Review is based on an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy). The final text may be different!**

Crystal Bones is a faerie book unlike any I've ever read or heard about, I'll tell you that.

Now, I know, I HATE saying this, but most faerie books I've read have been Female lead character, romance and cute guys, long-lost faerie princesses etc. etc. But THIS book, the main character's a guy AND it's about, eh
Apr 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Crystal Bones by C. Aubrey Hall is the second of the Marshall Cavendish books I was sent to review. It is the first of a trilogy of teen fantasy novels featuring the half fae twins Diello and Cynthe. It is also, again, aimed at a younger audience.

It all starts the night before the twins’ thirteenth birthday when Diello hears a voice in the storm calling his mother. This is, of course, foreshadowing into their parents’ deep dark past, as mentioned in the blurb. Diello is then disappointed when hi
Feb 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Set in a time when barons, serfs and castles were present, Hall introduced Fae and Faelin into this traditional society. Because of a great war between Fae and Goblins in the past, Antrasin held a grudge against them – including half-breeds. But Diello and Cynthe, twins of a farmer and a Fae woman, had never been exposed to this kind of cruelty and hatred. As Faelin, they were treated with no fairness. They were despised, feared and perceived as people who do not belong in Antrasin.

They venture
Feb 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
Crystal Bones is the exciting beginning to what I hope spans out to be a fantastic series. The tale centers around Diello and Cynthe, faelin twins, whose lives are turned upside down upon their thirteen birthday. On a day that should be nothing but celebration, the twins lose everything and must come to terms with all they thought they knew.

First things first, the plot. Loved it... simple as that. Faelin twins who may or may not have certain powers in the future are forced to grow up over night
Jul 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Diello and Cynthe are twins who also happen to be half breeds (human AND fae). They were expecting a super celebration for their 13th birthdays but things do not go in their favor. Things continue to move sourly, especially given the sheltered lives they've lead throughout their first 12 years in the world. They are forced to accept that the world as they knew it is no longer. They must care for themselves while taking on an adventure that will ultimately influence who they become.

If you're int
May 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Diello and Cynthe are turning 13. This is the birthday when the fae's powers are supposed to start showing in the mixed (part human, part fae) twins. The faelin twins are disappointed when they receive practical gifts and then tossed out to run some chores. On an errand for their mother, they run into the local fair. This begins the majority of the danger, but also the farm is attacked, the parents are killed, the baby sister is murdered, and every single human they come into contact wit
Apr 12, 2011 rated it liked it
…”Stay out of sight. Avoid strangers. Don’t tell anyone who we are or where we came from”… (Excerpt from book jacket)

As Diello and Cynthe near their thirteenth birthday, the half-breed twins are thrown head over heels into the dangerous world of the Fae. One thing is for sure; this is definitely a birthday adventure that they will not soon forget.

As far as adventures go, Hall really took us on an action-packed ride with plenty of otherworldly creatures to tune into. The fight scenes were intense
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Apr 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
What I liked most about this book was the fae action in it. While most fae books I've read always have a half-breed that is rare and wanted, these half-breeds were hated and were to be killed. Diello and Cynthe lived a very sheltered life. After receiving a warning, they return home to fine there parents killed and their sister missing. Diello and Cynthe go on an adventure of a lifetime searching out the secrets their parents held.

Let me tell you that there was lots of Fae action going on. They
Mar 09, 2011 rated it liked it
First Installment of the trilogy The Faelin Chronicles has promises of an interesting fantasy adventure. Diello and Cynthe are twins half breeds, born to a human and fae, that were expecting a special celebration for their thirteenth birthday. Their expectation for their magical gifts goes sour when forced to learn that their parents had strict rules for very good reasons. Things go from bad to worse, when they are exposed to a lot of hatred and unfairness, which they had been sheltered from. Th ...more
This YA fantasy series opens up on fraternal Faeilin twins’, Diello and Cynthe’s, thirteenth birthday and unfolds into virtually non-stop action. From birthday celebrations to disasters, events overcome the pair with a lot of magic, fighting and new friends at every turn. The book features a lot of fantasy “traditional” type characters - from talking animals, magic swords, to elves, goblins and wizards. With the young age of the main characters (the story comes through Diello’s eyes), this falls ...more
Sep 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
Keeping in mind this is the first novel out of a trilogy, it was extremely fast, confusing, and honestly hard to get through. The story line was too big for the author, and that made it difficult to agree that the book was organized and clean. And for the main characters, even though it was intended for them to be amazing and powerful, unfortunately reality revealed them to be annoyingly immature and basically useless without the aid of others. Not to be harsh, but if your characters were depict ...more
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Oct 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: series
Argh, the prejudice and unfair treatment because of their age and mixed heritage really ticked me off. And Cynthe really annoyed me in the beginning because of her pride and indignation was too much most of the time. Also, I think that they should have had younger models used for the book's cover. They don't look anywhere near the age of 13, which is how old Diello and Cynthe are. ...more
Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
Just didn't pick up my interest. Although premise started out ok, magic rules seemed to change, the children seemed inept and inconsistent in character, and the emergence of their magic made things more confusing, not enlightening. Don't think I will be able to read the rest of this series. ...more
Niki Weaver
Amazing. I like that it wasn't like every other Fae book in the world. ...more
May 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-lit, 2011
Solid middle-grade fantasy.
Adrianne Rosal
Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Awesome and about fairies...what more can you ask for?? Loved it and cant wait for the second one!!
Apr 25, 2014 rated it liked it
I thought this book was very creative and I really enjoyed reading it, although it started to irritate me around the end because they kept running into trouble.
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C. Aubrey Hall is a pseudonym of Deborah Chester.

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