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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Book Review: Stolen Away by Alyxandra Harvey

Published by: Bloomsbury Teen
Released on: January 17th, 2012
Source: Book from publisher to review
4 stars: I Really Enjoyed It
Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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. - quoted from Goodreads

Stolen Away is a great, fast paced read with magic, romance, action, fantasy and an intriguing fey lore. This book has been on my radar for awhile now, and it definitely does not disappoint. I really enjoyed jumping back into the fey world and I liked what Alyxandra does with her fey mythology. She's does a beautiful job at mixing in fey lore with that of the human world, and the ties they have to each other. I thought she had the perfect amount of fantasy and magical elements to keep her story feeling unique and fun. This was one of those books I sat down to read thinking I'd read a few chapters and get back to cleaning the house, but I ended up reading this in one setting.

I really like that Alyxandra's writing is to the point, well paced, and candidly descriptive. She includes just enough detail to keep me invested in her story, without over saturating it. I loved her fey world. It's beautiful, enchanting and her characters are well written. She does such a great job with the different character's and their interactions whether they're from the fey world, human world, Seelie court or Unseelie court. I found some of her characters, along with their paranormal abilities to be just as fascinating as the story's world building is.

The one thing that did surprise me was the fact the story is actually told from two different points of views. The first from the main character, Eloise and the second from her best friend Jo. I liked that it was done in first person and being from two different points of views worked great for the story, and really allowed Alyxandra to explore two different love interests for each girl. I adored these two girls and being able to get a peek into their close friendship. The romances are great!! I loved the way they were developed and I'm really hoping I get to see more of these two couples in another book.

If you're looking for an enjoyable fey book to read, I highly recommend picking this one up!

Waiting on Wednesday: Above by Leah Bobet

By: Leah Bobet
Published by: Arthur A. Levine Books
To Be Released on: April 1st, 2012

Matthew has loved Ariel from the moment he found her in the tunnels, her bee's wings falling away. They live in Safe, an underground refuge for those fleeing the city Above—like Whisper, who speaks to ghosts, and Jack Flash, who can shoot lightning from his fingers.

But one terrifying night, an old enemy invades Safe with an army of shadows, and only Matthew, Ariel, and a few friends escape Above. As Matthew unravels the mystery of Safe's history and the shadows' attack, he realizes he must find a way to remake his home—not just for himself, but for Ariel, who needs him more than ever before quoted from GoodReads

I am totally intrigued with this book. It sounds like it's going to be one of those really unique reads that will make it stand out among a lot of the YA books being released this year. I'm looking forward to sitting down to read it when it's out. What book are you waiting to get your hands on?