Saturday, April 21, 2012

Review - Stolen Away by Alyxandra Harvey

Publisher: Walker Children's (Bloomsbury)
Release Date: January 17th, 2012
Number of Pages: 288
Where I got this book: eARC from Netgalley
My rating: 3/5

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."


First, a big Thank You to Bloomsbury and Netgalley for allowing me the chance to read and review this book!

Fae stories just don't seem to be my thing. I want to like them - really bad. I feel like I should. I don't know why I don't. But, I can't seem to get into them. I seem to be one of the rare individuals who do not salivate over The Iron King series by Julie Kagawa, for example. As a kid, I went through a phase where all I read were fairy tales, and I even wrote a series of fairy "books" for awhile. Anyway, what I'm trying to get at, is this book was a fae book, and I had a hard time getting into it. I did find it very similar to The Iron King in many ways, so if you are a Kagawa fan, you will probably love this book as well.

I do have to say that I really liked the characters that Harvey created. Eloise was a fun main character. She was a self-declared "rockabilly" chick - kind of tough, but with a touch of dorkiness at the same time. Her best friend is a very interesting personality too. She is boy-crazy, obsessed with literature and medieval history and a very loyal friend. Devin is their friend who is always there for them. All of the fae characters are described well, and have very vibrant personalities as well in particular, Lucas (Eloise's love interest) and Eldric (Jo's love interest).

What really stood out to me about Harvey's writing, however, was her sense of humor. She is very funny, and it kind of sneaks up on you sometimes. I love that kind of humor! Here is an example - I literally snorted out loud when I read this. This passage is where Jo is trying to describe Isadora the faery to Devin, who can't yet see her: '"She looks like a flower fairy from a book of nursery rhymes." Isadora, in her delicate flower petal skirt, gave me the finger." Just the picture of this little Tinkerbell like creature in a cute little petal skirt flipping Jo off just caught me off guard and was hilarious to me...I don't know, maybe I'm easily amused, :) Anyway, this kind of humor is sprinkled throughout the book and just makes it a much lighter, more fun read. The ending is very satisfying, and the action is pretty fast paced. Very little bad language, and very minor sexuality. (I think I will recommend it to my 11 year old, so I consider it to be quite tame.)

So, while this wasn't personally my favorite read - I would have to say it is because I'm not crazy for fae stories, not because Harvey is not a great writer. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes a good fantasy tale with a dash of humor! 

Sunday, April 15, 2012

In My Mailbox #15

Has it really been a whole week since my last post? Yikes! Sorry about's been one of those weeks. I've been sick, and I've been bogged down by homework (we're winding up the semester, so it's probably going to get worse before it gets better). Just been a little bit stressed. I'll try to do better this week, but I know that I have some huge projects due for school coming up, so let's just say I'll do what I can! Once summer arrives, I'll have so much time to work on the blog, you all will be so sick of me, lol!

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren where bloggers get a chance to show off the goodies they got over the past week.  My kids' school had a book fair, so that meant some goodies for me!

First, here's what I got in my mailbox for review:

The Last Seer and the Tomb of Enoch by Ashland Menshouse (sent by the author who signed it and included the little postcard on the bottom)
Facing the Hunchback of Notre Dame (The Enchanted Attic #1) by L.L. Samson (sent by Zondervan)

Next are the books that I purchased:

Cherub: The Recruit by Robert Muchamore (bookstore had bargain books buy 2, get 1 free)
The Fortunes of Indigo Skye by Deb Caletti (buy 2, get 1 free)
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (buy 2, get 1 free, and I needed it for my YA Lit class)
Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone by J.K. Rowling (yes, it is true - I have never read it! But, that will change this summer!)
The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman
As Simple as It Seems by Sarah Weeks
Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood

This is what I got from Netgalley:
January First: A Child's Descent Into Madness And Her Father's Struggle To Save Her

I saw the story of this little girl on a TLC special awhile back, and so I am very interested in reading this book. I love reading anything psychological in nature, and I know this will be a heartbreaking read, but insightful all the same.

Well, that concludes another week of what was In My Mailbox...have you read any of these, and if so what did you think?

Saturday, April 7, 2012

In My Mailbox #14

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren where we get to show off all the awesome books we get from different sources throughout the week. I didn't post one last week because I was drowning in homework and I was watching my daughter perform at her winter guard state competition, so it was a busy weekend. So, this is going to be 2 week's worth of books for me!!

These are books I received in the mail for review:

Interrupted by Rachel Coker (received for review from Zondervan)
Shaman Healer Heretic by M. Terry Green (received from author)
Shaman Friend Enemy by M. Terry Green (received from author)

The following are all from Netgalley - I got quite a few good ones in the last couple weeks!

Exiled (The Never Chronicles, #1)The Opposite of HallelujahThe Little WoodsVelveteen (Velveteen, #1)
That's Not a FeelingIntentionsUnspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)Kissing Shakespeare
FlutterFlirting in ItalianTouched

Then I won an ebook over at Totally Booked Solid!
Caller ID

I received this e-book from the author for review as well:
News on the Home Front

And then I had a weak moment at the library (I went to a branch I don't go to very often, so it was a whole new inventory of books!), so even though I needed them like a hole in the head, I came out with quite a stash...

Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
Paper Towns by John Green
Fury by Elizabeth Miles
Ruby Red by Kerstin Geir
Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton

I THINK that's all...I don't think there's enough time to read them all though! How bout you? What did you get this week?