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The Nixie's Song by Holly Black
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Jun 13, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy

Nicholas Vargas resents his new stepsister. He had to give his bedroom up to Laurie and move in with his older, cooler brother Julian. Nick is also annoyed with Laurie's obsession with faeries and other mythological creatures. That all changes after he picks up a four-leaf clover and sees a figure lying unconscious in the yard of the development his father is building. Nick and Laurie haul the figure to the closest lake. This nixie, named Taloa, has been separated from her sisters. Taloa charges Nick with finding them after she gives him the Sight, the ability to see fairies without the aid of four-leaf clover.

Nick is increasingly in trouble with his father and stepmother for his behavior, which he doesn't explain. When a giant is disturbed, Taloa holds him off by singing. Nick and Laurie need to find help before the giant destroys the entire development. They convince Jules to take them to Orlando to an author visit by the creators of the Field Guide. At the visit, the two stumble upon Jared Grace from the earlier Spiderwick books. Nick's drawn further and further into a world he doesn't want, and one that Laurie doesn't want either. They have to find the expert giant correspondent that wrote Jared's ancestor if they are going to defeat the giant in time.

This book is the first one in the Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles set. It's a fast, fun fantasy read. I had a little trouble adjusting to the authors showing up in the book and Jared Grace's appearance, but I enjoyed the overall book.

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