Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Early Review: Stolen Away by Alyxandra Harvey
Title: Stolen Away
Author: Alyxandra Harvey
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Walker-Imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing
My Copy: Review Copy Given to Me by Publisher in exchange for an honest review
Book Synopsis from The Inside Jacket of My Book:
For seventeen years, Eloise Hart had no idea the world of Faery existed-until she is abducted and trapped in the underground rath of Lord Strahan, king of Faery. Refusing to relinquish his crown after seven years of rule, as Fae tradition dictates, Strahan’s selfishness is wreaking havoc across Faery and bleeding into the human world. The only one who can break his power is Eloise’s aunt Antonia, who has been evading him for years-and Eloise is now Strahan’s bargaining chip.
Together with her best friends Jo and Devin, Eloise 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-before both worlds are thrust into other chaos.
I really adored this book. This book was just so much fun. I haven’t read a good written fairy book since Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series. This was one of the best written books I’ve read in a long time. Writing Faeries is a tricky business and it has to be done right, and Alyxandra Harvey did this with great success.
This being the first book that I’ve read by her, was a great joy to read. What I liked about this book, is the characters. Every character is written well and she structured every character to be someone that the reader can relate to. What I liked was even though this book had teenagers and one adult hero, I really like the jokes and wise cracking remarks in this books. They made me laugh and also were things that I would say.
Everything about this book was nicely timed and delivered some interesting surprises. Surprises that I really didn’t expect. Some of these things were things that really grabbed my attention and held me captive. I just also loved the relationship between Jo and Eldric. It was a very nice development for the both of the characters. What I liked about it was that it was not expected the attraction they had for each other, but it was nice surprise. Eldric is an ornery character who I deeply liked.
The twists and turns kept me coming back for more. I was just absorbed by the world that Harvey created. The Faery world was very pretty and detailed, plus the revelation that Eldric was related to Antonia was a great twist. Really liked that Eloise and Antonia were so much fun to read. They had some of the best one liners ever.
Strahan was a great villain to read. He was actually likeable. In some ways I kind of felt sorry for him. Because everyone seemed to gang up on him. Not to mention he did it to himself. Even his son doesn’t like him. Yet he was likeable because both Eloise and Antonia found themselves drawn to him. Yet Strahan was a great character. So many great things.
Overall one of the most enjoyable books that I’ve read this year. I loved it. Everyone should read this book. If you are fans of books with Fae, Faeries, Great Heroines, this is the book for you.