Stolen Away by Alyxandra Harvey

Stolen Away

Hardcover
 288 pages
 Published  January 17th 2012
by Walker Childrens (first published 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 would like to thank Netgalley and Walker Childrens for allowing me to the chance to read and review this book.

This book contains:  Faries, Magic, Romance, Betrayal, Forbidden Love and Violence.

The Plot:

The plot is you basic Faery folklore.  There is a Faery King who won’t give up his power and of course is kinda of evil.   A human female that is trying to break his evil reign along with her family and friends.  You have human and Feary love interests thru out the story.   The story is told from different points of view which enhanced the plot and made the book  more enjoyable.

The Characters:

The lead character is Eloise who is the niece of the queen of Faery.  I liked Eloise but I didn’t feel that the story was about her.  I don’t think that her voice and story were very strong.  Jo who is one of Eloise’s best friend really takes the lead in this book.  She is the stronger of the two and it just seems that the story revolves more around her.   Then you have Eldric which is the Fae prince and love interest to Jo.  I liked him a lot he seemed to be a bad boy in the book but he turned out to be just very mistreat by his father.  Lucas is the love interest of  Eloise and her Fae protector.   He was a good guy but he just seemed to lack dialog so their romance just seemed thrown together at the end.  Lastly you have Eloise’s mother, aunt, the king and various other character that support and build this story.  Over all the characters where really good but I think Eloise and Lucas just didn’t have the story build up to back up their relationship.

My Thoughts:

Let me start by saying I did enjoy this book.  However, I just felt a little confused at times and I think that it was because the story jumped from scene to scene.   It was all a little rushed without a lot of lead into what was going on.   This story was good and worth the read but I feel that it could have been a lot better if not so rushed and more dialog.

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