Friday, 9 March 2012

Stolen Away - Book Review

Stolen Away – Book Review
Alyxandra Harvey
YA Paranormal
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.

I’ll confess, this is one of those books that I picked and straight away put high expectations on – something that I honestly try not to do but couldn’t help as I really loved Alyxandra Harvey’s other works. Therefore, maybe it was because my expectations were too high, but ‘Stolen Away’ just didn’t grab me the same way her other books did and I was left a little disappointed. 
However that is not to say that the story wasn’t enjoyable because it was – it just wasn’t as unique as I thought it would be, and I also had a hard time connecting to the main character Eloise. Her best friend Jo however, I absolutely adored! And I felt that it was through Jo that the humour, wit and emotion that I like about Alyxandra Harvey’s writing really shone through.
The plot itself was fairly simple and held just enough intrigue and twists to keep me turning the pages. Yet I really liked how the story was told through the dual points of view of Eloise and Jo – both of whom were prone to bad decisions and trouble, which made them very relatable teenagers.  
Both of their love interests, Lucas and Eldric were also very swoon worthy. I felt it was a shame that the book ended when it did, as although all the loose ends were tied up, the romance between the characters was lovely and I wanted to see more of it!
 So a little fast paced but overall, ‘Stolen Away’ was a quick, light-hearted read with an original story line and great writing. Although I would argue that it’s more for younger teens, it was still an ok read. And also I have to mention – the cover is absolutely gorgeous and does look very pretty on a bookshelf. J

1 comment:

  1. I completely agree with you I was a bit disappointed with this too. I felt it was really good but definitely could've been fleshed out more. Great review

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