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This is book seven of The Griffin Sanctuary and the main character is Charlotte Beaver, who is hoping to become a unicorn keeper at the end of her studies. She and all of her classmates are waiting to see if they have been accepted for an internship at any of the places they applied to, a necessary part of their course. Meanwhile, she and some classmates end up going to the annual fairy festival, where she hopes to see the fairies bloom from the fields in a small town they have to travel to. There is a festival atmosphere and two of her classmates, Julie and Larissa, decide to go and try out loads of the stalls first. Rashid and Charlotte try out the food stalls and then head to buy tickets for the enclosure with the best view of the field where the fairies will emerge and fly away from, but find it is already sold out! She has been looking forward to this for ages, loving mythical creatures as she does, and her girlfriend Tina didn’t want to come, not liking animals or mythical creatures like Charlotte does. Her classmates even ask her why they are together! They all meet up again at a prearranged spot and time, and hearing all the tickets are already sold out, the other two girls decide to sneak into the field where the fairies will bloom from, hoping for a close encounter. It is illegal and disturbing the fairies whilst still in their pods, could stop them from blooming successfully. Charlotte definitely doesn’t want to do anything to hurt a magical creature like that and refuses to go with them, no matter how much she wants to see the fairies bloom. Rashid stays with her, but with the weather taking a turn for the worse, the likehood of any bloom happening, decrease rapidly. The others get into trouble and Rashid has to go and collect them, leaving Charlotte there alone, with just a few of the stubborn spectators waiting it out for the rain to stop. Whether her persistence will be rewarded or not is for you to find out, as this young keeper in the making will appear in other stories. The story is a short prequel to the Griffin Sanctuary series and introduces Charlotte and some of the other characters you may find in the following series. I received an ARC copy of this book from BookSprout and I have freely given my own opinion of the book above.
This done in one prequel introduces us to a magical world where mythical creatures exist, where those who dream of caring for animals aren't limited to cats and dogs, or even lions and tigers, but could learn to care for Unicorns, or, at the annual fairy festival see them "bloom" as the newest fairies hopefully take flight for the first time.
She wants to see a real life fairy so she goes to try to see them before they become extinct. She will go with friends and they try to stop her looking. Will she find them? Will it make her happier? See just how she gets on
A delightful short story. Charlotte and several of her college friends visit a small town known for their fairy festival. It's time for the fairy bloom: a time when many fairies escape their cocoons. When her companions abandon her at the event, she stays hoping beyond hope that she'll see the bloom. Well done and the ending is nice.
I received this sequel as an Arc from the author and I’m writing a review because it’s wonderful! A group of students who are hoping to be interns at a fantasy position attend a festival for the birth of fairies. It’s a great opportunity since it’s been a long time since it’s happened. Highly recommend!