{Book Review} Stolen Away by Alyxandra Harvey

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{Book Review} Stolen Away by Alyxandra HarveyStolen Away by Alyxandra Harvey
(Website, Twitter, Goodreads)Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on January 29th 2013
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 304
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For seventeen years, Eloise Heart had no idea the world of Faery even existed. Now she has been abducted by Lord Strahan, King of Faery who refuses to give up his crown. The only one who can break his hold on the Faery court is his wife . . . Eloise's aunt Antonia. Using Eloise to lure Antonia, Strahan captures his wife, and it's now up to Eloise to save her. With the aide of her two best friends, Eloise must forge alliances with other Fae, before both worlds are thrust into utter chaos.

At seventeen, Eloise starts to see a world that she never knew existed. For as long as she can remember, she has always been working to hide her hazardous anger so that she doesn’t hurt the ones around her. When a stranger, who acts like he has known her for her entire life, walks up to her while she’s having ice cream, things start to change rapidly for the girl with the ivy tattoo snaking up her arm. She ignores the stranger’s pleas that she is in trouble and finds herself held captive by the king of Faery, Lord Strahan. While Eloise is stuck in the foreign land, Jo remains in the outside world and begins to try and save her best friend from remaining a faery pawn. But while Jo rapidly searches for ways to get Eloise back, a mysterious man walks into her life. Without even knowing his name, Jo is thrown by “Hot Guy’s” alluring nature and his ability to help her find Eloise. When the girls both discover the only way to stop Lord Strahan’s stronghold on all of Faery is Eloise’s Aunt Antonia, they have to begin looking in places far deeper than their capabilities.

 

The novel is told from the dual perspective of Eloise and Jo, the novel goes through the hierarchy and land of Faery to uproot the powers that hold mortals and immortals prisoner. In a sense, Eloise and Jo are foils for one another, even in their relationships. Eloise is the one who is more timid, partly from her fear of not being able to control her anger, and Jo is bolder in her relationship approach. The differing attitude and views allow for an inconsistency in the story, which keeps the story interesting and varying.

 

Instead of being a series like Harvey’s riveting Drake Chronicles, this book is a standalone and a lot of story is pressed into one novel. For fans of typical paranormal YA, this is a great read. It was a great book for me to be able to pick up when I really didn’t have too much time to read but needed to escape to a different world. Although, if I had to choose a novel by Harvey to reread, it would most definitely be a story involving the Drakes. The book had high points, which I had trouble putting the book down after reading, and low points, which were easy to stop reading.

 

I’ve always been a fan of books involving the fae because of the differing styles, and this is one that any faery fan would enjoy.

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About Alyxandra Harvey

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Alyxandra Harvey lives in a stone Victorian house in Ontario, Canada with a few resident ghosts who are allowed to stay as long they keep company manners. She loves medieval dresses, used to be able to recite all of The Lady of Shalott by Tennyson, and has been accused, more than once, of being born in the wrong century. She believes this to be mostly true except for the fact that she really likes running water, women’s rights, and ice cream.

Aside from the ghosts, she also lives with three dogs and her husband. She likes chai lattes, tattoos, and books.

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