Never Date a Siren, book #1 in the College Fae series.
College Life: Friends, Finals, and the Fae trying to kill you.
Brigit, a fae runaway, didn’t plan on getting a human roommate her first year at college. Or that she would be placed under a fairy debt. Will the dryad be able to save Logan from a siren’s love spell or fail the semester?
An enchanting university fantasy world where both humans and those from the fairy land attend classes.
Beware though, the administration doesn’t guarantee your safety.
Suitable for 12+, a coming of age, contemporary YA fantasy with mythical creatures from legend and folklore.
Byrd Nash has effortlessly woven these two worlds together without dropping a stitch; leaving a beautifully intricate tapestry with the turning of the very last page. This is a fast paced story that will keep you captivated.
The world building here is top-notch – imaginative twists that keep this adventure feeling very fresh and new.
The ancient world of the fae gets a modern University setting reminiscent of the clash of creatures in Harry Potter.
– little touches add a lot of humor and detail – raise this above your average YA fantasy.
– once I started (I) couldn’t put down until I had finished the final page.
Nash’s characters are what drive this tale. Brigit is a feisty, clever girl, hellbent on doing what’s right. Jib the puca – a cat who speaks only as I imagine cats would, given the chance – along with Logan, who has an absolutely fascinating background. – lovable characters.
Packed with imagery, wit and a storyline that skips along at a great pace – clever worldbuilding and authentic characters.
A story for those who love magical beings living among humans and the things that could go wrong. Boy, can I assure you things go wrong -.
I was pulled in right from the first page. – a well written with characters that are connectable and made me feel part of the story.
Nash is a master of revenge – revenge that takes on multiple layers is a skill so often lacking in modern literature.
(Nash) excels in world-building and creating a vibrant reality for her characters. I loved the small touches – characters that have flaws and quirks like all of us.
At its heart, the story is the start of a coming of age tale that promises growth and change –
Fast-paced and entertaining
Did I also mention Jib a witty shapeshifting puka cat? What’s not to love!
– the fae characters are captivating, and the setting in Germany provides an exotic old-world feel. I will read this one again.
– different and fun.
The author does an amazing job in world-building. You are fully immersed in the world of the fae –
Nash has a fantastic imagination and it shines through in this first book of the series.
– a dramatic close and a satisfying resolution – without – a cliffhanger.
– you will be sad to see it end and be left wondering how the characters don’t exist.
I cannot wait to read the next book!
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Read a sample from the Never Date a Siren, book #1 in the College Fae series.
Brigit lost her apartment a week after midterms in the spring semester. It didn’t help her grades or her mood.
“Look on the bright side,” said Celia, “at least you won’t have to deal with Sam’s messes anymore.”
“I’ll be glad not to live with a pig, but he had no right to throw me out.” At her angry statement, Celia reminded Brigit of her warning about getting involved with the temperamental Sam in the first place.
“I told you when you refused to sign that lease you’d have no recourse if things went poorly. And with Sam, they were bound to go poorly.”
Brigit didn’t tell Celia the reason she hadn’t signed the lease was it required a background check. As it was, the freshman had already lied about several things on the college application she had submitted last fall to the Leopold Otto University in Geheimetür.
Leopold Otto was the only higher learning institution in the human lands even willing to admit the troublesome fae to their program. Indeed, the country of Bewachterberg was friendly to her kind because of the Treaty of Sigismund. But Brigit, with the suspicious and skeptical traits native to the fae, knew welcomes could be withdrawn.
Not willing to discuss the apartment lease any further, Brigit dipped a spoon into some of the cheesy Spätzle from Celia’s plate and ate it while looking about the hall. The two students were seated in the university’s main cafeteria, a building over 400 years old which once had been the infirmary of the original monastery building complex.
Brigit loved the soaring ceilings, the exposed ancient wooden beams, and the floor-to-ceiling coffered wall paneling. The aged wood gave the dryad pleasant shivers.
“You’ll just have to find another roommate,” scolded Celia. “Before you ask, you can’t sleep on my couch. I already have three squatting in a two-bed apartment with only one bathroom. As it is I’m about ready to kick out Katey’s free-loading boyfriend.”
Brigit sighed and ran a hand over her forehead, causing tight black curls to briefly pull back from her face, revealing deep brown, almost black eyes. Like many of the fae, she was thin. It gave her a deceptive appearance of frailty; in reality, she was twice as strong as a human of the same outward appearance.
“I can’t sleep in the library one more night with those ghosts. I guess after you die, you give up any sort of decency.”
Celia pursed her lips, leaning back into her chair, as she considered Brigit’s problem. She was a curvy woman with long, curly chestnut hair, a friendly countenance that held sea-green-blue eyes, and a mild smile.
The two fae had met during the last semester and had bonded over several things: they were both of the fae Sept, or clan, of Naturals as Brigit was a dryad and Celia a naiad; and they both despised the biology professor teaching the class they shared.
The dining tables in the hall were filling up with students. Celia’s eyes found a target, and she leaned over to tell Brigit, “What about that guy? Stop. Don’t look yet. Yeah, he’s seated now.”
The nursing student dropped a napkin off the side of the table and gave an expressive sideways glance to where it fell to her friend. Brigit pushed her seat back and bent to pick it up, taking a casual look under her arm in the direction where her companion had indicated.
A male human with dark hair was seated two tables over by himself. He was looking through a textbook while ignoring the Gulasch before him.
“Him? What about him?”
“I hear he has a two-bed apartment. Very nice. One of those new downtown lofts. Roomy. I bet it has lots of windows, unlike Sam’s cave dwelling.”
“How would you know about it? Been inside?”
“He visited the dispensary during my rotation, and we chatted. He’s here as an exchange student. The university is so desperate for money they let him bend the rules and room off-campus. The grapevine says he’s from a stinking rich American family, so I bet there’s no week’s worth of instant noodles in his pantry cabinet.”
“But he’s a human, Ceel,” protested Brigit. Last fall was the first time she had been around humans since leaving the Perilous Realm. They still disconcerted her; their energy fields weren’t exactly unpleasant, just strange. Brigit had not struck up any relationships with them yet and wasn’t sure she would.
“It’d be weird. I’ve never shared with a human before.”
“At least go look it over. Never hurts to know what’s out there.”
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