Clouded by Envy by Candace Robinson
Brenik has always been envious of his twin sister, Bray. Growing up as fairy-like creatures, known as bats, everything came easier to Bray. While Brenik spent his time in her shadows, never feeling he was enough. After escaping their world of Laith, and living on Earth for ten years, Brenik attempts to strike a deal with the Stone of Desire to become human. Though true humanity is not an option, he will accept the curse that will alter him to get as close as he can.
Living in a tree trunk for the past year hasn’t been easy for Bray, more so after her brother disappears again. When a human boy and his brother, Wes, find her, a new friendship is struck. Through Wes, Bray learns there can be more to life than waiting within a tree. But worrying over where Brenik has vanished to always remains in the back of her mind.
When Bray reunites with Brenik, she realizes she must help him break the curse after she discovers the need for blood is beginning to overpower him. The curse not only damages those who get close to Brenik, but it could also destroy whatever is blooming between Bray and Wes.
What drew me in straight away was the cover, look at that! It's gorgeous and macabre all at the same time. I would classify this is a a YA coming of age story but one that adults will love too. There's lots of really cool elements of fairy tales tropes and fantasy which I love. This is a book unlike anything I've ever read before and as a result it was one I couldn't put down.
There's some really cool characters in this book which makes it so addictive, I loved the opposing natures of Bray and Brenik which the story centres around. They are twins but life is much easier for Bray and her brother finding it harder to adapt after being abandoned by their parents soon becomes clouded by envy. This is a really original tale that whisks you away into another world!
Clouded by Envy by Candace Robinson will be out February 2019!