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After several long stressful months, things are looking up for seventeen-year-old Jocelyn Lennox. She’s almost finished with her first commission gig, her family has no idea she’s not in school, and she can say for a fact that her mother is about to wake up from a coma. But when Jocelyn meets and rescues the beautiful Rina Fischler from the depth of a seedy nightclub, thinAfter several long stressful months, things are looking up for seventeen-year-old Jocelyn Lennox. She’s almost finished with her first commission gig, her family has no idea she’s not in school, and she can say for a fact that her mother is about to wake up from a coma. But when Jocelyn meets and rescues the beautiful Rina Fischler from the depth of a seedy nightclub, things get complicated. For one thing, the nightclub is a favorite hangout for local faeries and not all of them are friendly. For another, their queen doesn’t like it when humans stick their noses in faerie business. For a third, the queen herself is Jocelyn’s commissioner and holds the key to her mother’s healing. Now Jocelyn must tread lightly on the thin ice she’s made for herself, finish the last of the queen’s portraits, and get as far from the Faerie Realm as possible by October 31st, for that is the night of the Hallowed Offering. On that night, the realm will renew their tie to magic and they will do so in blood. If Jocelyn isn’t careful, they just might use hers....

Title : Portraits of a Faerie Queen
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ISBN : 9781947139381
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Portraits of a Faerie Queen Reviews

  • Lex Kent
    2019-04-14 13:16

    3 1/2 Stars. I ended up enjoying this more than I expected. I’m not the biggest fan of YA books, but I love urban fantasy. I also liked that the supernatural creatures, in this book, were fae. While I love vamps and shifter books, I was actually just wishing that there were more books in the world of faerie. This book had a few bumps, but overall it was an enjoyable YA urban fantasy read.Jocelyn is a 17 year-old artist that has gotten mixed up in the faerie court. To save her mother from a coma, she must produce paintings for the Queen. But the court is in a bit of upheaval and Jocelyn isn’t sure she will live long enough to finish the paintings. When people she cares about start getting sucked into the world of faeries, Jocelyn must do everything she can to protect those she loves. This book starts out and Jocelyn is one of few humans that already know the fae exist. In some ways I liked that the main storyline started right away. No slow discovery and disbelief in the fae that we have to read about. So while I kind of like that concept, it also left us open for a bit of info dumping. Things have to be told more quickly instead of us slowly figuring it out along with Jocelyn. On the other hand, it was almost like LaRoi was consciences about info dumps so other things I thought actually weren’t explained enough. My whole point is, while I liked the attempt of the story just starting right off, I think it might have been better starting more at the beginning.When it came to the characters, I thought they were all well written. I liked the different types of fae and of course the main character of Jocelyn. However, this leads me to my biggest issue with the whole book. The characters are just not well enough described. This includes everyone, even the humans. Rina is a POC, and I didn’t even realize it to almost the end of the book. When it came to the fae, I was able to picture them in my mind because of all the urban fantasy books I have read. But newer readers might not know what a Red Cap is supposed to look like or other lesser known fae. Settings and places like the court were fine, but this book really needed more character descriptive words.Okay let me get to the good parts. This was a very quick read in that it was exciting and flowed well. This had a good mix of action and court intrigue, and even a little romance. Jocelyn and Rina’s romance was very PG, but sweet. I was happy LaRoi was able to give them quiet moments to connect with each other. She was also clear to make this a new, developing relationship with no insta-love, which I appreciate. There is a book 2 coming out this month, I definitely enjoyed this enough that I will read the next installment. From what I can tell, it looks like the next book might not be YA, so I might even enjoy it more. If you are a YA urban fantasy fan, I think you will enjoy this. It had a few issues, but it was entertaining and I’m happy I read it.An ARC was given to me by Netgalley, for a honest review.

  • Devann
    2019-04-24 12:27

    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewThis was really cute and I actually liked it a lot more than I was expecting to. I'm often a little bit wary of YA books because I feel like the characterization often suffers just to make room for more romance but that definitely wasn't the case here. I mean the romance aspect is there - and it's also adorable - but there's also a lot of emphasis placed on love of family and friends and I found all the characters to be likable and believable. Also there was so much going on! Which I mean as a positive thing but I can also see how it might throw some people off. You probably could have easily split this book up into 3 short stories so it's kind of like 'oh well she just solved her major problem but we're only halfway through the book BAM new problem alert!' but I still thought it flowed very well and I liked the things the author did with the faerie mythology. A really cute F/F urban fantasy story that I would definitely recommend!

  • Jess
    2019-03-24 13:36

    I received this book free from NetGalley and NineStar Press in exchange for an honest review.This is the type of book I'd normally gloss over because the genre is a little tired these days. It bears a heavy resemblance to Cassandra Clare's City of Bones in that there is a young woman who is suddenly thrust into an urban paranormal world that she cannot seem to untangle herself from. But I was intrigued because it was a YA lesbian romance, and I'm always game to read more genre stories with lesbian characters.All in all, this story is pretty par for the course for the genre. There are few surprises, some shaky plot points, and some muddled world-building. But it's also a fast-paced read with a sweet romance at its heart.We start the story right in the thick of the conflict with teenage main character Jocelyn Lennox, who made a deal with the Seelie Queen (always a poor choice). Jocelyn has to use her art skills to create six portraits of the Queen, and then the Queen will wake Jocelyn's mother up from a coma she fell into after an accident. Jocelyn feels incredibly guilty about the accident and wants to make sure she can take care of her younger sister Anna, so she keeps her head down and does what the Queen asks, under the watchful eye of Dominic, a faerie knight.Jocelyn is happy to keep painting and pay her dues until she rescues the beautiful astronomy student Rina from an altercation at a faerie night club. As the two teenagers get close, Jocelyn finds it hard to keep her involvement with the faerie realm apart from her budding relationship with Rina. She's also finding out that there's been quite a bit of unrest in the always-volatile faerie world, and she definitely doesn't want to get involved in that.This story is definitely suited more towards teens than adults. Some YA is enjoyable for all, but this one skews younger, with a very PG romance and the type of fantasy plot that young readers will get wrapped up in. At the same time, it seemed like LaRoi wanted to make the characters older, but for some reason aged them down. Both girls are fully independent and attending college classes at age seventeen, and Jocelyn is a heavy smoker, which might throw some people off. Despite some of these clunky character decisions, the romance was light and fun and felt very natural, and Rina was a great romantic partner for Jocelyn. She's brave, bold, and not afraid to step in to save her girl--even if redcaps might be involved.I liked the romance and the relationship between Jocelyn and her family more than I liked the fantasy plots. In fact, I found them to be pretty boring and a little vague. I had zero interest in the politics of the faerie world or in the longstanding drama between the Seelie and Unseelie Courts. And the last quarter of the book moved very quickly and introduced too many fantasy tropes that sort of fell flat.I think there are a lot of young readers who will really enjoy this one, but it wasn't my favorite paranormal romance.

  • Starsandsun
    2019-04-02 13:28

    This is my first book from the author. Frankly, I kind of had a mixed emotions about this one. Actually, I’m torn but I settled with 3 after 3/4 of the book. Most of the time I’m lost on what was happening. I also couldn’t connect with the characters well, except with Dominic. He’s my favorite here.Jocelyn made a pact with the faerie queen in order to save her mother. She’s feisty and I think trouble is always looking for her (That’s what Rina said). She’s also got good soul. She’s very likable but also naive and reckless. She’s a fixer, that’s what always got her to mess.Rina - what stuck to me is when her friend called her Riri. I imagined her looking like Rhianna. She’s a geek who aced science. She’s also strong and feisty like Jocelyn.I don’t really have a solid background of her. Just like the other characters only Dominic stood out because of how he cares about Jocelyn. I will try again on the next book. :))3.5 close to 3 than 4.

  • Joyfully Jay
    2019-04-22 13:18

    A Joyfully Jay review. 4 starsEver since her father’s death when Jocelyn was 13, she’s felt responsible for her mother and sister. Since she caused the accident that nearly killed her mother, Jocelyn’s need to take care of things, to take the full weight of responsibility, has only gotten worse. She knows that if she can finish these last two paintings, everything will be all right. It has to be. It just has to be.Celebrating the acceptance of painting six, Jocelyn decides to go for a drink at “The Time Between,” a fae bar where nymphs and nixies and all manner of otherworldly creatures gather to drink and dance and delight in the novelties of the human world. Protected by the Queen’s Mark, Jocelyn feels more than able to handle herself in the rowdy crowd. The same can’t be said for the group of human girls who saunter through the doors in search of a night’s entertainment, blithely unaware of the dangers around them.While trying to save them from the handsy redcap Dominic, a faery whose hat must be constantly dipped in fresh — preferably human — blood, she meets Rina, who introduced Dominic to her own right hook. Jocelyn can’t deny her attraction to the striking girl, but she has a job to do and her mother to save. Not to mention it would be too dangerous to bring a human girl, even one with a strong right hook, to the attention of the faery court.Read Elizabeth’s review in its entirety here.

  • A. Fae
    2019-03-28 09:30

    I have to say that I'm not a fantasy fan typically, but I really, truly enjoyed Portraits. Tay's writing is awesome, giving me a visual of virtually every word. I'm looking forward to seeing a series come from this first piece of remarkable fantasy.

  • Laura ~Passion flower
    2019-04-02 12:24

    Portraits of a Faerie Queen (ARC) was graciously provided to me by IndiGo for an honest review. Review to follow.

  • Logan LeDuc
    2019-04-09 15:18

    I wasn't sure what to expect when I opened this book on my kindle for the first time.  I was really looking forward to reading a fantasy (as I haven't in the last weeks), but I was immediately intrigued by the world that Jocelyn had allowed herself to get caught up in.Jocelyn is a typical seventeen-year-old who experiences immense guilt on a daily basis for the situation her family has been thrust into.  She takes this burden on her own shoulders and begins to fight for her mothers' health by getting involved with the Faerie Queen and striking up a deal (pretty bold for a seventeen year old).As I read, I was impressed with Jocelyn's growth, but often annoyed at how independent she felt she had to be in all the situations that were presented to her.  I understand this was part of her character and she didn't want anyone else affected by her actions, however the constant wave of support she received from those around her should have implied she was not facing any of this alone.Reading the summary of this book (which was all I did), I was not aware this was a diverse read but upon reading it, I definitely felt that the relationships were authentic and it didn't take away from the story at all.  This was a really empowering book for lesbian relationships and I was really happy to see such diversity in a fantasy novel.As far as the other characters go, I almost felt more connected with them than I did with Jocelyn.  I felt as though she allowed her weaknesses to show quite often, but almost as often she was incredibly strong (no spoilers, there was a moment where she produced an entire plan at a moments notice that she should have had no knowledge how - at least not to the level she dictated).  I still felt she was a stranger at the end of it, but perhaps that's because we were able to see all the other characters in their own worlds (Rina at school, Anna at home, Mr. Hob at the bookshop, etc), whereas Jocelyn was never able to be herself the entire book.  She was always trying to be something to somebody and never had a moment to breathe.  So I can see why - I just wanted a few moments with Jocelyn to learn more about her.The descriptions throughout the story were absolutely stunning and I was so impressed with the dialogue as well - authentic with hardly any awkward phrases, even some jokes thrown in that made me crack a smile.  I was truly pleasantly surprised by the character interactions and how lifelike it made them appear.I'll be honest, I'm not big on fairys (or faeries) and I never have been but this is the best 'faerie'tale I've ever read.  This was full of action and love and family but more than that, it was something that was hard to put down.  I consistently wanted to keep reading to find out what was going to happen to the characters and what the big plan was all along.I was really really pleased with this story and I'm very excited for the sequel to be released sometime in the near future.

  • J.S. Fields
    2019-04-24 14:24

    An easy, light, contemporary fantasy with a sweet romance.Jocelyn is a seventeen year old painter with dreams of community college and maybe, someday, not drowning in her own guilt for the car accident that put her mother in a coma. So what is a young high school dropout to do when, month after month, her mother just refuses to wake up? Clearly the answer is to strike a bargain with the faerie queen. Seven paintings and the queen will heal Jocelyn's mother. Totes easy, except the faerie queen is pretty unbalanced, faerie politics prove troublesome, and a feisty sister and love interest keep getting in the way of self-deprecation and sacrifice. CharactersCharacters are generally well rounded. Jocelyn is a little thick sometimes, but seems to be the driving theme of the novel, so I'll leave it be. The sister is perfectly voiced for a fourteen year old, and plays a perfect role in the book. The love interest is neither victim nor passive, which I adore. The remaining side characters have reasonable arcs, and there weren't any real 'throwaways. Pacing and plotThe pacing was fine, and the book moved at a good clip, however, as other reviewers have stated, I grumbled at how the book started. The accident with Jocelyn's mother and the finding of the faerie realm was just memory, not even described backstory, and that made this book feel like book two in a series, not book one. I really want to know how Jocelyn found Faerie. I want to feel her emotions after the car crash. I want to see the scene where she strikes the deal with this volatile queen. The book could have started at any of these events (the one with her striking a deal with the queen being the clear winner), and would have been a much more solid hook than Jocelyn delivering her sixth painting. I did feel a little let down that I never got to read any of the 'good parts' of the backstory. The book was fine as it was, I just... it's like someone dangled candy in front of my face and then said I couldn't have it. That makes me grumbly.Age rangeI decided to rate this book as if it were YA, instead of adult. I'm pretty sure it's part of Ninestar's adult line, but it really and truly read like a YA. If you're looking for more adult themes, or a heavier romance, this isn't the book. But as a YA it stands well, in terms of romance, plot, and pacing. Jocelyn herself would be a tiring adult protagonist, but works very well as an unsure, yet full of agency, YA protag. OverallOverall, I really enjoyed the story. It moved quickly, but not so quickly as to overwhelm, the characters were strong and generally likable, and it had a sweet little romance. Now just, someone write the darn backstory out so I can delight in Jocelyn finding Faerie and making a deal with the queen!

  • Alex
    2019-04-16 14:38

    This review also appears on my blog alexreadsboooks________Jocelyn is an artist, and she's close to wrapping up her first commission work and wake her mother from a coma. But when she rescues Rina at a nightclub, she gets into a predicament. Because she is painting for the queen of the faeries, who holds the key to healing her mother, and the nightclub she saved Rina from is a popular spot for faeries. The queen doesn't like humans sticking their nose into faerie business.  For Jocelyn it turns into  a race against time. She's got to finish her last painting in time for the Hollow Offering, and she has to tread carefully or she might just end up being the Offering herself.Thanks a lot to Tay LaRoi for sending me a free ebook copy in exchange for an honest review!While this was an enjoyable read, I liked it a little less than the second book in the series The Tale of a Faerie Knight. It's hard to put my finger on why though.I liked Jocelyn well enough. I can't help but feel for her and root for her  to succeed in saving her mother. And Rina was lovely. I could really connect to her struggle with her sexuality and not only coming to terms with liking girls, but also with actually dating them. I do think though that this aspect of the story would have profited from getting to see more than Jocelyn's point of view.Since I already knew the basic world building, it was interesting to see the view of a character who isn't as deeply involved with the Faerie realm as DJ is in The Tale of a Faerie Knight. At the same time I think for me personally it would have been easier to actually read them in the order they were published in, because I wanted to know more about this world, but compared to the second book I felt that there was very little new information in this.Most of these points are thanks to my own personal views though, and I think objectively Portraits of a Faerie Queen is just as good as The Tale of a Faerie Knight is. There's a compelling love story, and solid world building with great characters. It doesn't quite make my list of favourites, but it is not too far off. If you're into urban fantasy and F/F romances I absolutely recommend Portraits of a Faerie Queen.

  • Bobby
    2019-03-28 11:13

    I received a free copy of this ebook in exchange for my honest review.I'd like to start this off with a rant about something not terribly relevant to my actual rating. It's about the book, but not technically in it: the synopsis. From the description, you'd expect the book to start around the time of the accident, right? It doesn't. The "synopsis" is more of a backstory, and the story actually opens with Jocelyn finishing the second-to-last painting. Why do I dislike this so much? First, it's obviously misleading. I came in expecting the thrill of discovering the world of faeries for the first time; I got a world where life with faeries is already normalized to the protagonist. I came in expecting a fantasy story with very little romance; Jocelyn’s love interest, Rina, isn’t mentioned in the synopsis, but half the book is about their relationship. It’s not that I disliked the direction the story went, it was just disconcerting to start a book with the feeling of “wait, did I miss something?” Not a good first impression to make.Second, and perhaps more relevant to the quality of the actual book, it leaves no room for the backstory to be revealed in an actually interesting way. Have you ever read a book where the backstory starts out a mystery, but the author slowly unlocks it and you get to piece it together little by little? This is not that book. Every relevant aspect of Jocelyn’s life story is info-dumped in the first chapter. Not only is this a brainless and uninteresting approach to storytelling, but it also makes her motivations a bit too transparent for my taste. Unexpected as it was, the romance was actually one of my favorite parts of the book. It was well-paced, and Rina’s characterization rang true in a lot of ways. On the other hand, the whole faerie world felt like a knock-off of Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series, and even if you haven’t read those, most of it’s straight out of folklore anyways. The plot was like a lesson in Chekhov’s gun principle; I liked how everything fit together, but it was also rather predictable. Overall, my impression of this book was similar to that of Lunaside-- the lesbian romance was nicely done, and the main character got some interesting examination and growth, but it definitely had its share of flaws. 3 stars

  • Laura
    2019-03-26 13:33

    (Disclaimer: I requested a copy from Netgalley, this does not affect my review in anyway)Review: This has to be my second lesbian book I have read. Which is just stupid considering I am bi-sexual. Oh man did it not disappoint. The romance was on point, the story was on point, the fighting was… Okay I think you get it. This was a very solid story, solid idea. Just everything flowed right.The romance wasn’t unrealistic or over the top, or hide under a cover. It happened naturally up until the point faeries gone involved. Meddling little buggers. Both the women are kick-ass don’t take any shit type of people. Just my kind of people. Jocelyn sure does like her puns though. They were done to the point of being cheesy, but that was the whole idea behind them. I just really liked her character overall. She is stubborn, having the weight of the world on her shoulders. Trying to right the ‘wrongs’ she had done. But I also liked how the other characters saw straight through that.It was good vs evil kind of story line but there was a lot of grey areas. Not everyone is all good, not everyone is all bad. The past made them who they are. Some let that define them, some didn’t. I just liked that all the characters were multi-layered. Be surprising to see how the second book plays out.The tenses did throw me off a few times, I think that was just a issue with me personally and my weird brain.

  • Reanna
    2019-04-21 14:37

    I'm not very good at writing reviews but I really enjoyed this book. I thought the characters were well developed and I like how the author gives enough detail so you can build the picture in your head without going over board and allowing your imagination to take over. There were just a few parts in the dialog that felt a little over the top for my liking, but I felt the same way about some parts of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child so I don't think it has anything to do with the authors writing, more in regards to my taste. This was a really fun read and the first time I read a same sex love interest. It was so cute when she was hoping her crush would also be into girls. I think the author did a wonderful job creating her fairy world.

  • Maria Siopis
    2019-04-05 09:14

    The only genre that I avoid is paranormal, because I get easily bored with the creatures and their abilities. Yet, Portraits of a Faerie Queen by Tay LaRoi, captured my imagination. The main character Jocelyn Lennox, a seventeen year old gets involved with strange creatures and they become essential part of the story. The author demonstrates her ability with words when she describes her characters or an action scene. It is a bit epic with monumental battles, romantic as the relationship between Jocelyn and Rina unfolds, and so very sweet.

  • Lauren
    2019-04-15 13:19

    A teenager discovering that Irish mythology exists within the realms of the real world? Awesome. Cunning faeries looking to cause mischief on anyone they meet? Awesome. A fantasy YA author who actually gets what it's like to be a teenager and reflects it in her writing? Awesome.Perhaps the book's strongest point is in the characters, both human and faerie. The interactions all feel genuine, as though they say the kinds of things you'd actually hear from people ( know, excluding the magic and "crap, we're in danger" and whatnot). Even the faeries are fleshed out. In recent years we've portrayed them as Disney princesses on crack. Here, they're exactly as they originated in mythology: crafty pixies on crack.Overall, this book is an awesome start to what will hopefully be an awesome series.

  • Jason Bradley
    2019-04-06 15:33

    well done YA fantasy.

  • Blow Pop
    2019-04-18 12:26

    Content warnings: lesbian relationships, body horror, magic usage, magical coercion, death, magical insanity, kidnappingReview can be found here at Blow Pop's Book Reviews.

  • Andrea
    2019-03-30 09:37

    I liked the story and the main character Jocelyn but some parts of the book were a bit confusing and hard to follow. It a fun fantasy YA novel and everything a reader would expect from that. I liked it but I can’t say that I absolutely loved it.

  • J.D. Thompson
    2019-04-08 09:40

    I’m not sure what I was expecting, but it certainly wasn’t this. I’ve somewhat distanced myself from the fantasy genre over the years because it often felt tired and unoriginal. Thankfully, Portraits of a Faerie Queen was anything but that.What drew me in most was how real the relationships felt between the characters. The romance develops naturally and is well paced. It was also nice to see diversity considering many books of this genre don’t feature LBGTQ protagonists. It was refreshing to say the least and the book felt much more with the times because of it.I will admit that the plot was predictable, however it didn’t take away from the novel being a fun read.Overall, it was an easy, enjoyable read. I look forward to the sequel!

  • Rachel McKitterick
    2019-04-04 11:14

    *thank you to Netgalley and NineStar Press, LLC for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*2.5 stars.Firstly, this was not bad. I feel I needed to make that clear. It just simply wasnt for me. It sounded good and interesting enough and as though it was my type of book as I really enjoy YA novels and this one was lesbian themed which made me want to read it. While it was good mostly, I just felt uninterested in parts and I struggled through some of it. I hope others enjoy it more. It's worth giving a go.