Tuesday 15 May 2012

***Review*** Stolen Away by Alyxandra Harvey

Stolen Away by Alyxandra Harvey

Released: January 17th 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books/ Walker Books
Series: No
Format: Kindle
Source: From Netgalley, for review purposes
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Author Website: Alyxandra Harvey

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

My Review:

I’m beginning to read more and more books based on the Fae. I have to say I am really getting into these kind of books. Anyway back to Stolen Away, it was a fairly good book and the story was certainly exciting in places. It has certainly made me want to read more books on fairies and also I would like to try more books by this author. I don’t like to write authors off after one book.

One of my concerns was that I was a little confused at times with the dual narrative, I kept getting the two female characters mixed up and had to keep going back to see who the character was. The two main characters are Eloise and Jo, they both have different experiences of the Fae but both of them have a love interest. Also at times the story seemed to fall a bit flat. A couple of times I really had to pick the book back up otherwise it was in danger of staying unread. Although not gripping read, it did have moments of glory. I felt there was no one character that stood out for me, they all seemed to lack depth. I love a good complex character, and I certainly like to see character development throughout, this did not happen for me in Stolen Away. The British slang used by Jo is a little annoying too, I’m from England and it had me cringing.

However this book does have some good points, I liked the setting both in this world and the Fae world. The description of the surroundings was certainly a plus for me. The style of writing is also good, it is an easy reading style and one I certainly felt comfortable with.

 I wish this book was not a stand alone; there was certainly room for another one as there were questions left unanswered. Shame really.

Thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.


Story Rating: 3/5 -  Even though it didn't grip me I still feel it is one to check out.
Cover Rating: 4/5 - It is pretty, but it doesn't in my opinion relate to the book.


Anonymous said...

I found it a bit confusing in places with the characters. Great review BTW.

Amber @ Read More, Read More

serendipity_viv said...

I loved this book! But then I love Alyxandra Harvey. Though you are right, the dual narrative was a tad annoying.

Christina K. said...

Alyxandra Harvey is an awesome author and I'd love to see her version of faerie lore.

I love dual perspectives, so it's something that would appeal:)

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