Sunday, February 5, 2012

Review - Stolen Away by Alyxandra Harvey

By: Alyxandra Harvey
hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 17th 2012 by Walker Childrens

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, Eldrice - who may or may not betray them.

Why I wanted this book: It's no secret that I am obsessed with fairies so that pretty much explains it! 

Why I Did-Not-Finish this book: The first sentence of the book is Jo, main character Eloise's best friend, complaining that there are no hot guys in town. This is pretty much how Jo's character continues - oh! but she talks in British terms but doesn't use them in the correct context. Uh huh. The book is dual-first person narrative alternating between Jo and Eloise - but the two are completely indistinguishable. 

Being as I love fairies, I like to consider myself well-versed on the topic. So when I read a book where everything needs to be explained (i.e. - Seelie and Unseelie Courts, etc) this bothers me. This book just felt very rushed, not well planned or thought out, and ultimately I wasn't able to finish. The writing was not captivating either, and the dialogue was atrocious. I chose not to finish the book when I found myself continually checking what page number I was on and groaning about how much further till the end. That's when I know it's time to move on to bigger and better things.

I had no interest whatsoever in what happened to any of the characters at all. While I found most of the book (what I read of it, anyway. I made it to page 100) poorly composed, I did enjoy the description of some of the Unseelie characters like the Grey Ladies and the Crows. Other than that it was very difficult to visualize the characters and settings.

You might like this book if you liked: The Faeriewalker Series by Jenna Black

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