Monday, January 30, 2012

Review: Stolen Away by Alyxandra Harvey

Stolen Away
by Alyxandra Harvey
Publication Date: January 17th, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780802721891

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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. (Goodreads)
Stolen Away is the second book I’ve read by Alyxandra Harvey. I adored this book just as much as I did Haunting Violet. Mrs. Harvey has a wonderful way of weaving together story that will grab your attention and keep you hooked to the pages. I love her books, and am looking forward to reading a lot more of her work!

Eloise Hart is your average teenage girl. Her world is pretty normal, until the day she discovers the existence of Fae after being kidnapped and held captive by Strahan, King of the Faery. Eloise’s Aunt Antonia, who is also Strahan’s long lost wife, comes to the rescue, but is then taken captive herself. It is up to Eloise, and her two best friends, Jo and Devin, to save Antonia, and possibly the Fae world and their own world.

The story is told in alternating viewpoints between Eloise and her best friend Jo. I really loved both of these girls. While Eloise comes off as quiet and shy at the beginning of the book, she definitely grows and finds her voice throughout the book. Jo is the exact opposite of Eloise; she is extremely confident, strong-willed, and a little bit snarky as well. I really loved this about her. Their other best friend, Devin, was great as well. I wish we had seen a little bit more of him in the book.

The love interests in the book were great. I loved both of the boys, Lucas (Eloise), and Eldric (Jo). The relationship between Eldric and Jo was a bit intense, and it was right on the borderline for insta-love for me. It just happened really quickly. The relationship between Lucas and Eloise was sweet, and grew over a much longer period of time. I did enjoy both couples!

I didn’t think I was going to like the storyline for the book; Fae has been a little overused. But I ended up really enjoying the storyline. It was very mysterious, and that and the pacing of the book kept me hooked to the pages. I finished this book in one day, it was that good. The ending of the book was very satisfying, and is definitely left open if Mrs. Harvey ever wanted to do a series.

Overall, I thought this book was so great. I am officially an Alyxandra Harvey fan, and can’t wait to read more of her work!


12 comments:

  1. Yay! I loved this book too! Simply fabulous.

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  2. This book sounds so lovely! I can't wait to read it :)

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  3. I thought maybe I was just bias or something *lol* I totally liked this book a lot and that's a given. Anything Harvey writes I will like. Any other route is impossible. She just has this flair to her books that's so addictive.

    Anyway, YOU NEED TO READ THE DRAKE CHRONICLES. They are some of my favorite vampire books! I didn't enjoy book one as much as the rest, but they are just plain addictive and enticing and I LOVE. READ, READ, READ.

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  4. Oooo double romances and neither one involves a triangle? WIN! I've heard such good things about Alyxandra Harvey books but I have yet to read one. I really need to fix that. Thanks for the wonderful review Christy!

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  5. I loved Haunting Violet! Such a way with words, just draws you right into the story. Can't wait to read this one.

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  6. Don't you just love it when you find an author you can't get enough of. i'll look out for her too. Thanks for a great review.

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  7. I can't wait to read this one!!
    Nice review

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  8. I'm really glad you enjoyed this book .. I've only heard positive things about it so far so I really can't wait to get my hands on a copy !!
    Great review !!

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  9. I haven't actually heard too much about this before, even though I've seen it around, but you've managed to make me super curious about it already! I'll so have to take a closer look at it. ;o

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  10. Haunting Violet was a definite favorite of mine. This one looks great, too! I'm loving that Lucas and Eloise has a nice slow romance! Those are the best. Thanks for the review, Christy. I'll have to pick this one up soon!

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