Monday, January 9, 2012

REVIEW: STOLEN AWAY by Alyxandra Harvey

Title:Stolen Away
Publisher:Bloomsbury Children's Books
Imprint:Walker Books for Young Readers
Pub Date:January 17, 2012

Source:       NetGalley for review

Synopsis provided by NetGalley:
Alyxandra Harvey brings her trademark romance and adventure to the world of Faery

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.

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I'm a big fan of THE DRAKE CHRONICLES (I mean, come on, all those sexy vampire boys!) anyway, I digress, so when I heard Alyx Harvey was writing a faery novel I was certainly intrigued. Her creative take on vampires captured me, so I was very excited to see what she would do with faeries. And I was very pleased with the book. To me, it wasn't quite as different as TDC, but it was just as enthralling. A sexy protector, fae that can shapeshift, a sexy, dark, mysterious boy, a kidnapping, a pint sized faery with an attitude, a sexy protector, a family secret, a sexy, dark, mysterious boy, a big battle, a sexy... well, you get the idea! What's not to love?!
STOLEN AWAY is written in what I think of as Alyx Harvey's preferred POV. The chapters alternate between Eloise and Jo's POV. I'm a huge fan of this method! You get a first person POV but from different characters so you get to see what's going on in multiple places through multiple characters. And multiple character views means, in this case anyway, MULTIPLE SEXY BOYS! Yes, you know I can't let you forget that!
My favorite character is Jo, and I'm also quite fond of her sexy, dark, mysterious boy. Jo is one of the narrators, and she is kick butt. She likes poetry, and Victorian type clothing, pretty much anything male, and British slang. I adore her! Eloise is a little more quiet, although still spunky, and she rocks the rockabilly look (No pun intended. Ok, maybe a little one). She is fierce, and loyal, and totally into her knight-like protector (who is also sexy, in case I hadn't made that clear earlier). I also really love Devin and Jasmine (Eloise's spunky mother). This book is full of really great characters!
Overall, I really adored STOLEN AWAY, and I can't wait for more! 4 stars all the way!


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