Book Review: First Light by Michele Paige Holmes

First LightTitle: First Light
Author: Michele Paige Holmes
Series: Forever After #1
Publisher: Mirror Press
Release Date: February 25, 2016

Book Summary:

Seventeen-year-old Adrielle doesn’t believe in magic; she merely possesses it, though no one has ever mentioned that her unusual gifts—exceptional speed, a flair for fire, and an intimate knowledge of flora—aren’t things she was born with. When Adrielle starts a fire that burns down the family home, she must deal with both her grief and her siblings’ hurtful rejection.

While journeying to far away Tallinyne, in search of her older, estranged sister—the only relative who might take her in—Adrielle is separated from her escort when the carriage is beset by thieves. Alone, she is thrust into a dangerous and unfamiliar world where she encounters fairies and gypsies, a wild boar, a drunk cook, and an evil queen whose curse is sweeping death across the land. Adrielle also finds love, falling hard for a kind, funny, handsome—and completely unavailable prince.

From the glowing pearls tucked beneath her mattress and keeping her awake at night, to Queen Nadamaris’s curse that seems to thwart Adrielle’s every effort, Adrielle struggles to navigate a world of magic she never imagined, where people she knows and loves are not always what they appear to be. With the glowing pearls—and her fondest desire—within her grasp, she is forced to make a choice no girl should ever have to—satisfying her own heart or saving the kingdom.


I loved this book! It was a story all its own, yet it had quite a few fairy tales woven throughout the story. I found the magic in it interesting and intriguing. I loved seeing Adrielle’s relationship with her parents, seeing how she endured the trials she faced, and seeing how she cared about others. This story had lots of other wonderful characters—Christian, Merry Anne and her sisters, Cecillia, and more. This is a rich, full story, and it had many twists and turns I did not expect. I look forward to reading more stories in this series. And I am impressed with the author’s ability to write books in various genres.
Rating: 5 stars – I loved it!!!
Content: clean – some violence
Source: Review copy
This book can be purchased from Amazon.



  1. jsamuelsen says:

    Thanks for the review. I am buying it right now! I love fairy tale stories!