Monday, June 25, 2018

Book Review: Stolen Away by Alexandra Harvey

Stolen Away
Author: Alexandra Harvey
Publication: Walker Childrens; 1 edition (January 17, 2012)

Description: 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.

My Thoughts: STOLEN AWAY was an engaging contemporary fantasy with well-developed and interesting characters. It begins with Eloise and her best friends Jo and Devin. Eloise is the quiet one. She's not shy but prefers to watch what's going on. Jo is a flamboyant flirt. Devin is the fantasy geek who helps keep the girls out of trouble.

Both Eloise and Jo meet mysterious boys. Lucas tells Eloise that he is there to protect her but her first opinion is that she mostly needs protection from him. Jo's boy is more mysterious as he shows up occasionally, helps her, and disappears again.

Their town is suffering from a long-lasting drought that threatens Jo's grandparents' farm. It is like summer won't let go this year. Which it won't. Unknown to the kids is that the faery king didn't willingly give up his crown after his seven year term and his actions are causing the weather.

When Eloise is kidnapped and taken to faery, she learns that her mother's twin, her Aunt Antonia, is involved. She fell in love and married the faery king when she was only sixteen. When he refused to give up his throne, more powerful fae managed to make it that Antonia shared the reign for half the year. During the other half of the year she has to hide from the king to preserve her life.

Antonia rescues Eloise but is trapped herself. Eloise gather allies including her friends and fae who want the king gone in order to rescue her aunt.

This was a fun paranormal, alternately told from Eloise and Jo's points of view. I liked the action. I liked the way the world of faery intruded on the normal world. I liked the romance between Eloise and Lucas and Jo and Eldric.

Favorite Quote:
I was remembering things. Little things that didn't seem important at first glance, but felt important nonetheless. It was disorienting. And usually I'd talk to Mom about it, but she was the one trying to keep all the stones in place with the sheer force of her stubborn will. I didn't know what was going on. I just knew there were secrets shaking loose. 
I bought this one Jan. 2, 2012. You can buy your copy here.

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