by Malinda Lo
So far the most important event has been the Aisling's mother dying. This happened shortly before the events of the book began, and it has caused Aisling's entire life to change. After her mother's death, her father left and remarried, leaving Aisling with a stepmother and two new stepsisters, all of whom are cruel to her. She is alone without her mother's company, and visits her grave at night often, which causes the fairy hunt to watch her from a distrance, which the community finds dangerous.