Friday 20 January 2012

Stolen Away by Alyxandra Harvey

Pages - 278
Published by Bloomsbury Books

' I hate this town,' Jo complained. 'There isn't a single hot guy anywhere.'
'Hey,' Devlin protested mildly, out of habit. We weren't really listening; we'd heard Jo give this same speech about a hundred times, and frankly, my mint choc chip ice cream was more interesting. It was too hot  to worry about guys. Only Jo could muster the energy to multitask a tantrum whilst sweating  through her T-shrit and eyeing the carful of perfectly droolworthy guys currently ignoring her. Mind you, I'd seen her flirt with a photograph of Ian Somerhalder in a magazine once. A little drought wouldn't stop her. 

Goodreads Summary
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 had no intention of staying up until the wee hours of the morning to read, but as soon as I picked up this book, I just couldn't put it down. I was completely gripped from start to finish and like with all of Harvey's books, I was completely lost in the story. The story just flows with ease, captivating my imagination and losing me in a world of faeries.  I seriously had forgotten how much I love a faery book. 

The book was written in first person, but alternating to between two viewpoints: Eloise and Jo, who are best friends. Jo was without a doubt, my favourite character in this book. She was just like any other modern day teenager who finds herself falling head over heels with a dark,handsome stranger,who actually sweeps her off her feet. Eldric, is the dark handsome stranger in question and he definitely ticks all the right  boxes required for a leading love interest. Lucas was rather dashing and constantly reminded me of the Prince from  the film Enchanted; you know the one declaring his love in the middle of a busy Manhatten street. 

The book is rather fast paced, and a lot is packed into its small frame. It was a thrilling journey, which I couldn't get enough of. I was so disappointed to discover that this book is a standalone, as I felt there were many questions about the future left answered. I desperately want to know how the romances within the book turn out.  So I may start a petition for a sequel!

Alyxandra Harvey astounds me. Is there any paranormal creature that she can't write about? From vampires and ghosts to faeries, she gives her own unique stamp to each. She is fast becoming one of my favourite paranormal authors. 

If you have enjoyed the books by Michelle Harrison, Holly Black and R.J. Anderson, you will love this one to. 


  1. I love Alyxandra Harvey's style. Always fast paced and she does split narrative SOOO well. I must get to this one very soon.

  2. Sounds like a great read. I still haven't read anything by Alyxandra Harvey, she's definitely on my list of authors to try this year.

  3. Yes, I think I'd enjoy this one though I confess I'd love a novel in which the hero wasn't the typical handsome hero but something a little bit different.

  4. I love it when a book makes me stay up later than I'd planned. And I can't remember the last time that happened for me. I'm glad the author came through for you again!

  5. I love when a book makes me stay up late too because it's so good. This one sounds fantastic. I really need to read more of these kinds of books because I really do like them. Love the cover too- very pretty.

  6. I love books that keep you up all night :D Even if I sadly can't do that anymore in this tiny one bedroom flat I share with bf

  7. I struggled with this one, I dont do faery though so thats probably why, I didnt love it but I didnt hate it. It as just average. I am looking forward to more from Harvey though as I think it was her writing that spurred me on through this book!


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