Saturday, May 12, 2012

Review: Stolen Away by Alyxandra Harvey


Overall Impression:

Source: Netgalley and library

Publication Date: January 2012

Short Synopsis (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.

My Review: I enjoy books about the Fey and Fairies quite a bit so was excited to give this one a try. I had attempted to read Alyxandra Harvey's vampire series but ended up quitting after 1.5 (for the same reasons, though the first one was descent enough) of them but wanted to see if this one was better.....no such luck.

What I liked about this book is that it tried. There were times where the details almost, almost made it more believable, but then it just annoyed me.

I am going to keep things short for this review because honestly, I just didn't like the book. It wasn't my cup of tea and I don't want to belabor that point unnecessarily. The characters tried to have depth but it was fake, the storyline is not original in how it portrays the fey, I did not feel transported to another world or another time, and there was a TON of insta-love.

In the end I just lightly skimmed the last 100 pages because it just was not keeping my attention at all and totally knew how it was going to end. I was getting frustrated reading it and just don't like forcing myself to read that kind of thing when there are simply oodles of other great books that I could move onto.

Overall, not a recommendation. You might like it if you liked her vampire series the Drake Chronicles, but I'm glad I moved on to other books.

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