January 5th 2012
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.
I really enjoyed Stolen Away. I've only read Haunting Violet by Alyxandra, and while this book didn't quite live up to that in my opinion, I still thought Stolen Away was great.
I've read quite a few faerie books, and while they aren't my favourite paranormal creature (thinking about it, I don't think I have a favourite paranormal... Unless zombies count?) I do enjoy reading books about them. It can get a little tiring sometimes, hearing the same old mythology, but I find that most authors write about faeries in different ways so they're not something I ever really tire of reading about. I enjoyed the faeries in this book, though (apart from Strahan) they weren't quite as trixy and riddly as they usually are. Most of them were pretty good faeries, actually. But I think my favourite was Isadora, if not simply because I love the idea of a poet believing her to be tiny actually made her tiny. I thought that was pretty cool.
I liked the dual narration, and I think it was interesting that it was told from 2 best friend's perspectives rather than a boy and a girl, though I didn't really like how the romance between Jo and Eldric completely overshadowed that of Eloise and Lucas. Though it did mean I only had to have one sappy romance type-thing, I did feel that it meant Eloise and Lucas's relationship was a little underdeveloped. I did like how we got to alternate between them, and the two different worlds, and their voices were pretty distinct. I just feel kind of sad that Devin didn't get anyone... I did like the romance between Jo and Eldric, mind, but it was a little insta-love at first. Their relationship did develop well though.
While reading this book, something just kind of felt a bit incomplete about it. You know how sometimes a book doesn't feel properly like a book? I don't know, just, it feels like something was missing from it, and I think that's what makes me feel that Haunting Violet was a bit better. It's not bad, it's just not really, really amazing. I did start enjoying it a lot more towards the end though. And her writing is really quick to read.
If you're looking for a quick, easy faerie book with a lot of romance and a bit of action, this is for you ;D