Thursday, February 9, 2012

Review: Stolen Away by Alyxandra Harvey

Title: Stolen Away
Author: Alyxandra Harvey
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Publish Date: Jan 17 2012
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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. Courtesy of Goodreads
I always enjoy Alyxandra Harvey's books, she is one of my favorite authors, and Stolen Away was no exception. It was a quick, fun read with quirky heroines and swoon-worthy heroes. What's not to enjoy?

I usually don't like books that involve fairies. Something about them just turns me off. In fact, most times, I hate them. But I didn't really dislike the fairies in Stolen Away. Well, most of them at least. Lucas and Isadora were totally awesome. And Eldric... Oh, Eldric. I LOVED him. So much. Like, I want there to be a sequel starring Eldric, I loved him so much. He was distant and broody but he cared about Jo and was just the sweetest! I'll give you an example.

"Eldric didn't join the fray right away. He stayed on the dais and though he didn't look at Jo and she didn't look at him, every dagger he threw knocked a weapon out of its path toward her. Arrows and knives clattered around her, as if she had an invisible force field protecting her."
Okay. Fine. You win. Two examples.
"'Is there an us?' I whispered. 
'There'll always be an us,' he said, sliding his hand down to my lower back and pulling me against him."
Do you get it now? Sweet, broody, moody perfection.

I think my favorite part was Eldric's relationship with his parents. Or specifically his mom. I was practically jumping out of my skin waiting for him to have a confrontation with his mom. But I won't say anything more for fear of spoilers.

I always enjoy Harvey's ability to switch points-of-view and keep me interested in the story. A lot of times when the POV changes in a book, I'll put it down and take a break, but not in Stolen Away. I found myself going "Ooh! Oh, yeah. THAT was happening with Eloise!" and then "Yes! I get to see what Jo is up to!" I will say I enjoyed Jo's POV a little more than Eloise's, but that probably had something to do with Jo being a witty, sarcastic, big mouth that was constantly getting herself into trouble while trying to help her friends out of trouble. I found her very entertaining. Not to mention, wherever Jo was, Eldric wasn't far behind.

There were a few things I didn't like about Stolen Away. The characters just didn't have the same rapport as her characters did in The Drake Chronicles. Not that Stolen Away didn't have great characters. I mentioned Eldric, remember? But they were a little stiff. Their relationships, especially the relationship between Eloise, Jo and Devin, as cute as it was, came across as forced.

All in all, Stolen Away was a fast paced novel that will appeal to anyone looking for a fun read. If you're in the mood for something light, this is the book for you.


*All quotes are from an unfinished ARC. Any quotations may differ from finished copy.*

3 comments:

  1. Ive heard mixed reviews about thsi book, but its been on my list ever since, wouldnt mind to read it one day. Great review! x

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  2. I recently won this novel in a giveaway and I'm looking forward to reading it! It sounds really good :)

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  3. Great review..reviews are all over the place on this one..i think if I do decide to read it..it will be because i borrowed it from the library...thanks for sharing your thoughts

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