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Publisher Description

The start of a swoony, high-energy duology that Emily Lloyd-Jones, author of The Bone Houses, calls “reminiscent of classic fairytales yet brimming with a charm all its own.”

“A world of glimmering fae that sparkles with mystery, adventure, and enchantment.” —Andrew Joseph White, New York Times bestselling author of Hell Followed with Us

Iselia “Seelie” Graygrove looks just like her twin, Isolde…but as an autistic changeling left in the human world by the fae as an infant, she has always known she is different. Seelie’s unpredictable magic makes it hard for her to fit in—and draws her and Isolde into the hunt for a fabled treasure. In a heist gone wrong, the sisters make some unexpected allies and find themselves unraveling a mystery that has its roots in the history of humans and fae alike.

Both sisters soon discover that the secrets of the faeries may be more valuable than any pile of gold and jewels. But can Seelie harness her magic in time to protect her sister and herself?

“Housman’s stunning debut is the sort of love letter only an autistic author could write. Fae canon has been waiting for this one.” —H.E. Edgmon, author of The Witch King


28 Reviews

Surprised Face with Open Mouth“I enjoyed this book! I like seeing autistic characters being the main character and the book isn’t necessarily about them being autistic, but rather them as a person. I’ll definitely check out the sequel when it comes out.”
Characters change and growEasy to readFast-pacedMagical settingObstacles overcome too easily
Slightly Smiling Face“I think this is the first book I’ve read by a neurodivergent author told from a neurodivergent character’s perspective. In the Author’s Note, Housman mentions the fascinating theory that “changeling mythology is an early description of autistic children”. Loved her descriptive writing. At times the story felt cozy (sisters travel in an enchanted caravan) and at times sinister (the Fae are chilling). The ending was rushed but sets up for a sequel. Sister bonds, found family, very light romance.”
Characters change and growCuteLikable charactersRelatable charactersBeautifully writtenWhimsicalWitty banterEnchantingComing of ageRushed ending
“An autistic main character that doesn't fit stereotypes? Count me in! Unseelie is the first book in a duology. The pacing is good and keeps your attention. Well done YA fantasy. I'm excited to see where book two goes.”
“Wow. 4.5 stars rounded up! This was a fun ride the whole way through - I'm counting this as a "finished in one sitting" because I binged 90% of it tonight. I may add to this review later, but my main comment is that this is something I wish my teenage self could have read, and it's healing to read this now at 22. It's so nice to see a part of myself represented so accurately. Super excited for the sequel!”

About Ivelisse Housman

Ivelisse Housman is a Puerto Rican-American author and illustrator. At all seven schools she attended throughout her childhood, she was infamously “that kid who gets in trouble for reading during class, but refuses to stop.” She was diagnosed with autism at 15, which made everything make a lot more sense. When she isn't writing, she can be found making soup or tending to her houseplants. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains with her high school sweetheart/archnemesis and their two rescue dogs.

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