Tuesday 10 April 2012

Review: Stolen Away by Alyxandra Harvey

Stolen Away by Alyxandra Harvey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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. 

This was a sweet fun and fluffy read with a cute romance. I enjoyed it. I liked the magic and the self-discovery and the whole mystery/ danger aspect to it.

I love the Drake Chronicles series by this author, and Stolen Away has Harvey's typically beautiful way of weaving a story, and I like how the focus keeps shifting between Eloise and Jo, telling different parts of the tale. The description fired up my imagination of this strange faery world, and I thought the was faery realm was a scary and beautiful place.

The characters are all quirky and lovable and there is always an underlying element of humour in the funny banter or a sassy remark about their predicament. I really enjoyed the friendship between them, even though their personalities are so different. I loved extrovert Jo especially- as she is very quick-witted, a little flirty, and very spunky.

Eloise is just a typical teenager when she is abruptly swept up into this world of faery kidnappings, court politics and an ongoing conflict, along with her friends Jo and Devin. Eloise finds out that her aunt might not be who she claims to be. The stroy moves at a good pace, with Eloise quickly needing to accept her new reality, adapt, and start planning a daring rescue mission.

If I had to say anything negative about it I have to admit that it is a little predictable and ultimately rather forgettable. But I did enjoy reading it. This an engaging book, with a sweet romance and a fun supernatural plotline. Recommended if you want a nice, quick light read.

Thanks to Bloomsbury and Netgalley for the review copy.

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Colourful! I like it!

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