Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Review: Stolen Away by Alyxandra Harvey

Title: Stolen Away 
Author: Alyxandra Harvey 
Release Date: January 17, 2012
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Source: Netgalley/Publisher
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.
Review: I love Alyxandra Harvey. There is no doubt about it. When I first heard about this book, I knew that it was going to be funny, smart, cute, and an overall enjoyable quick read. And oh, boy was it!

Alyxandra Harvey has done vampires and ghosts and now she’s making her debut into the world of the fairies! The plot, though predictable at times wasn't completely unoriginal. Our main character wasn’t the long lost daughter of a king or anything but rather just a pawn, as it says in the summary. Eloise, Jo, and Devin were totally awesome. They had a good friendship and were funny and awkward and so loyal to each other. Jo wasn't my favorite character and I found myself annoyed at her during a lot of the book. Her relationship in the book with a certain boy made her seem...desperate to have a boyfriend at all times and it was really the main focus with her story line.

The story was told though Alyxandra Harvey’s trademark duel POVs and it worked so well to create the atmosphere and help move the story forward. While I didn’t care for Eldric as much as I cared for Lucas (such a sweet, swoon worthy guy who fulfilled his purpose) and I have to give mad props to Alyxandra Harvey for not making the romance between Eloise and Lucas the main point in the story, but rather a side plot.

I will admit that this book felt extremely rushed. At 288 pages, though it seems long, the story had to be progressed very quickly and often without much background. Character development wasn't as prominent as I had hoped it would be leaving many unanswered questions. It also made it hard for me to connect with Eloise, who wasn't that bad and I flat out didn't like Jo very much. The romance between Eloise and Lucas had a lot of potential to grow but again, felt rushed. Jo and her guy pretty much had a bad insta love relationship.

Overall, it was a cute, quick read that takes you into a world that you thought you knew. Alyxandra Harvey makes fairies and the characters all her own in her own special way but you might be left unsatisfied due to the lack of character (and really, plot) development. I encourage you to read this book for yourself and make a decision!

Overall: 3/5
Cover Comments: 5/5—So striking and colorful and pretty. Love it!

1 comment:

  1. I am very excited for this one - I love the sound of it.