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Review: Stolen Away by Alyxandra Harvey

Wednesday, January 18, 2012
3 Stars: A Good Read 
Hardback: 288 Pages
Publication: January 17, 2012 by Walker Books for Young Readers

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.

Stolen Away is a quick read. Harvey's writing is to the point and without elaborate detail. I easily finished this book in a couple hours. Contrary to what the synopsis suggests, the story is told from the perspective of both Eloise and Jo, both in the first person. The bright side, this means there isn't a love triangle involving Elois, Lucas, and Eldric. Instead, we get two romances. Double plus.

I love the fantasy elements woven into the story. There are so many interesting kinds of fae, and I'm sorry that the story isn't longer so that we could spend more time with them. I did have some problems with the characters. Jo is a little boy-obsessed for my liking, but it tones down a bit once she really gets into Eldric. In addition, Jo and Eloise seem to fall in love a bit too quickly.

A lot of it has to do with the pacing of the story. As I mentioned earlier, it's a quick read with little elaboration, so it seems a bit rushed. On the bright side, the story is fantastical and magical, making a quick read for fantasy lovers. I recommend this as a read for when you don't want to take the time to go through a thick book and want to relax.

An ARC was provided by the publisher for review purposes

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2 comments on "Review: Stolen Away by Alyxandra Harvey"
  1. Great review Kris I've seen mixed reviews on this one and you're not the first to say it felt rushed. I plan to read it soon though so I'll know what to expect.

    Giselle
    Xpresso Reads

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