Monday, December 19, 2011

Review of Stolen Away by Alyxandra Harvey

 Book Title - Stolen Away
Author - Alyxandra Harvey
Publisher - Walker Childrens
Release date - January 17th, 2012

Synopsis from Goodreads - For seventeen years, Eloise Hart had no idea the world of Faery even existed. Now she has been abducted and trapped in the Rath of Lord Strahan, King of Faery. Strahan was only meant to rule for seven years, as Faery tradition dictates, and then give up his crown to another. But he won't comply, and now chaos threatens both worlds.

The only one who can break his stranglehold on the Faery court is his wife. . . Eloise's aunt Antonia. Using Eloise to lure Antonia, Strahan captures his wife, desperate to end the only threat to his reign. Now Eloise must become the rescuer. Together with her best friends Jo and Devin, she must forge alliances with other Fae, including a gorgeous protector named Lucas, and Strahan's mysterious son, Eldric—who may or may not betray them.

My Review - I just finished this book and I really liked it a lot. Eloise is kidnapped by Strahan, the Fae king because he wants to use her as leverage to get his estranged wife – Eloise’s Aunt – to come to Eloise’s rescue. His plan is to use Eloise to entrap her into giving him complete power over the Unseelie court once again after he was forced to share power.

Eloise is helped by her best friends Jo and Devin, both of which I really loved. Eloise meets the handsome Lucas, and the boy whom becomes Jo’s love interest Eldric. Eldric is Strahan’s son, and although his interest in Jo seems genuine, Eloise isn’t sure if he should be trusted.

Stolen Away was a quick read, I finished it in a few hours, and it kept me interested in the story throughout the book. Full of excitement, action and romance, it was perfect. My only complaint is that the book seemed to focus a lot about the relationship between Jo and Eldric, and I really wanted more of Eloise and Lucas. Where Jo and Eldric get their fill of stolen kisses, I wanted the same for Eloise and Lucas too. I really liked their characters and just plain wanted more.

Bottom line Stolen Away is a fairy tale that stole my complete attention for a few hours, and I was completely mesmerized by the faerie world Harvey created. I really like Alyxandra’s writing style, and although this was the first novel of hers I’ve read, it will not be the last.

*Thank you NetGalley and Bloomsbury for the ARC to review!


LoriStrongin said...

Might just be me, but all those characters thrown at me all at once in the blurb confused me more than anything.

Not sure I'm totally decided on wanting to pick this one up, mostly because I've read a lot of "stolen by faeries" plotlines and some were really good, and some were epically bad. So I might just sit on the fence with this one for a little while.


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