Title: Stolen Away
Author: Alyxandra Harvey
Publication Date: Jan 2012
Classification: YA Novel
Challenge: 2012 YA/MG Fantasy Challenge
Summary from Goodreads:
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 will admit that I have always been drawn to faery/fairy/faerie books. So I was really excited to try Harvey’s novel, plus most people seem to really enjoy her other books so I couldn’t wait to dive into this one.
The story started off a little odd for me because I wasn’t connecting well with one of the main characters. Jo just really got on my nerves in the beginning 50ish pages of the book and I really didn’t think I was going to like her at all. I was sad because I didn’t want this to make the story suffer since Jo is only half of the storyline. I really did like Eloise from the beginning and of course what is not to like about Lucas. So in the beginning I was torn.
As the story progressed I began to like Jo a little more. This happened because she has to grow a little and help Eloise since she has been taken by the fae. She is being held captive in the hopes that her Aunt, who is the fae queen, will come to save her and get trapped down in the fae’s world. This part of the story was fun to read about, it was even a little bit dark since creatures are prisoners and are locked away in cells until the festival. I loved learning about the fae world and this love continued for the rest of the novel.
Overall, I did like the majority of the characters by the end of the novel. I also liked that in the beginning of the book I really had no clue what was going on and it was a fun mystery to learn bits and pieces of the fae world along the way. Nothing was just handed over all at once. I also enjoyed that the faeries in this book were a bit different than how they are normally portrayed. You see the faeries in this novel could shape shift to the animal form that lead their court. My only complaint with this novel was that I wished there had been more detail and description to the story. There is so much to learn about the faeries and how they came to the place they are at but I didn’t get all of the background on this that I would have liked. So for the first time in history, I would actually say that I would have appreciated this novel being part of a series or that the book had a higher page count. I liked the world, I just wanted more of it. This story gets 4 hearts from me for being a cute and quick read about the faerie courts. I will have to go back and read some of Harvey’s other books.