Author: Jennifer Safrey
Publisher: Night Shade Books
Publication Date: February 7, 2012
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SUMMARY: Gemma Fae Cross, a tough-girl amateur boxer whose fiance is running for congress, has just made a startling discovery about herself. She is half faerie - and not just any faerie, but a tooth faerie A hybrid of fae and human, Gemma is destined to defend the Olde Way and protect the fae - who are incapable of committing violence - from threats to their peaceful and idyllic way of life, which must be maintained by distilling innocence collected from children''s baby teeth. But when a threat to the fae mission emerges, Gemma is called upon to protect her heritage, and become a legendary fae warrior... even if it means sacrificing everything she knows about being human
Tooth and Nail by Jennifer Safrey is the story of Gemma Cross, an amateur boxer, who learns a life-altering secret. She is not completely human she is actually part fae. This is not your normal fairy tale, because Gemma comes from the collecting branch. This means she is part of a specific group of fae that collects the innocence from the teeth of children. Yes, as in she is a tooth fairy. Tooth collecting is not easy, and requires a large team to make sure they get as many teeth as possible.
Tooth collecting is not the only reason they have called on Gemma. When there is a threat, the fae have not way to actually fight it. Fae are incapable of fighting, which means they have to rely on rare half-human, half-fae warriors to fight their battles for them. Without Gemma, the fae have no way to protect their lifestyle, or achieve their ultimate goal of returning to the Olde Way.
I will admit that Tooth and Nail took me a little bit to get into the story, but once I did, I was hooked. I like hearing a different version of the tooth fairy story, especially when the tooth fairy can kick some serious butt. Gemma stands by her man, Avery, by quitting her job to support his run for senator. Avery is a great love interest for Gemma. Gemma and Avery balance each other emotionally and they are supportive of each other. Gemma’s fae mentor, Svein sort of plays a love interest, but it just did not feel right. It felt more like the need to have the popular love triangle element in the story.
The love triangle aside, I really loved the story as it unfolded. Without giving spoilers, the multiple parts of the story fit together nicely. While Gemma is a main character in her 30s, the story still has many elements common in the young adult genre. I would say that older young adult fans would enjoy Tooth and Nail.
**Unabridged Bookshelf received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**