Archive | July 2015

The Faerie War (Creepy Hollow, #3) Book Review

Title: The Faerie War

Author: Rachel Morgan

Type: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Blurb:
Having woken up with no memory of who she is or where she comes from, Vi finds herself trying to aid new and unexpected friends while looking for clues as to who she is following the destruction of Creepy Hollow as it was prior to the take over by the evil and powerful Lord Draven. With new alliances being formed and those from her past resurfacing to help her, Vi knows that she must do all that is possible to regain her memory and defeat Lord Draven before he destroys the rest of the fae world and eventually the human world along with it.

Thoughts:
Thank you to eBooks for Review for the free copy in exchange for the honest review. The final chapter in the Creepy Hollow trilogy finally culminates in the war that had been slowly building from the very first pages of the first book when Violet saved Nate and the fight does not disappoint. Unlike with the previous two books, this book did move a little bit slower for me and I’m sure that was due in large part to the fact that Vi had lost her memories and wasn’t as much of a kick-butt faerie as she had been in the previous two books. Due to her lack of knowing, Vi does come off as being more vulnerable which is good because for so long the Violet of the previous two books made a point to keep her feelings bottle up out of fear of appearing weak. Upon learning what it was exactly that caused Vi to take the potion that wiped out her entire memory, I was disappointed in her for having allowed her emotions of guilt to convince her that the best thing was to run from her problems and responsibility. Luckily, Vi restored herself in my eyes by finally facing up to all that had happened and recognizing that she was the only one who could bring together all the elements necessary to defeat Draven once and for all.

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The Faeire Prince (Creepy Hollow, #2) Book Review

Title: The Faerie Prince

Author: Rachel Morgan

Type: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Blurb:
In the second book into he Creepy Hollow trilogy, Violet returns with just weeks remaining before graduation and being a full-fledged guardian. Having messed up her assignment in the last book by introducing a human to the faerie world, then falling in love with said human only to have him betray her, Violet is determined to put Nate behind her and concentrate on graduating as top guarding for her year. Unfortunately for Vi, her goal is made all the more difficult when she is paired with Ryn, her ex-friend, turned ex-enemy and now sort of friend again who she is also having new feelings stirring for. As if passing her final assignment while trying not to fall in love again weren’t enough, Vi also finds herself having to stay hidden from the Unseelie Prince who wants nothing more than to acquire her and use her special gifts of finding people and other faeries with special gifts for himself.

Thoughts:
As with the previous book, I received a free copy of the second book in the Creepy Hollow series from eBooks for Review in exchange for an honest review.

Immediately after finishing The Faerie Guardian I started the second book as I was still enthralled with the ending of the first book and needed to know what happened next. Just as with the first book, I devoured The Faerie Prince as quickly as I could because my interest and love of the story and characters continued to grow. As with Vi, I found myself beginning to like Ryn more and more as a character and potential love interest. With the continued escalation of dangers to Vi and her world, I found myself wanting to read as quickly as I could while also not wanting to read too fast as that would mean the story would eventually come to an end. One of the biggest things I loved about this book is that the reader learns more, not only about Vi as a young orphaned girl determined to prove herself, but also about Ryn and their intricately woven past.

Many times sequels fall short of the original and are a huge let down to the point that the reader doesn’t care to even finish the series, luckily this was not the case. The drama just continued to build and grow in it’s intensity. Ms. Morgan proved yet again that she is a masterful storyteller.

The Faerie Guardian (Creepy Hollow #1) Book Review

Title: The Faerie Guardian

Author: Rachel Morgan

Type: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Blurb:
Part of the job a faerie training to be a guardian, is to protect humans from the many magical creatures humanity believes to be nothing more than myth. For trainee Violet Fairdale, she is well on her way to graduating top of her class and being the best guardian the Fae realm has seen in years; unfortunately for Violet, that all falls apart when she saves the one teenage human boy who can see through her glamour and follows her back into the Fae realm, something that is expressly prohibited and could get Violet expelled.

Despite having been told by the elders to return him to his world with his memory wiped of what he has learned about faerie and demons, Violet finds herself unable to do so and finds herself agreeing to help him find his long lost mother. Caught up in the emotions of her first love, Violet finds herself tumbling father down a hole of trouble and danger from members of the Unseelie court. As tensions escalate, Violet finds herself being faced with the ultimate betrayal.

Thoughts:
I received a free copy of this as part of the eBooks for review program and I am so excited that I did. The description of the book was one that made me want to read it as soon as possible and once I got the book in my hands, I had a hard time putting it down. This was one of those books that were it not for friends and family reminding me to eat and sleep, I would’ve read it straight through without any thoughts outside of the book itself. From the very first page my attention was not only grabbed, but it was completely consumed by the fast pace of the writing and more importantly by the kick-butt heroine and main character, Violet. Violet quickly made her way to the top of my list of favorite young adult literary heroines for she was strong and intelligent, but still fallible which made her highly repayable.

Reading books about faeries can be hit or miss with me, in large part because many times faeries can be portrayed as nuisances and mischief makers. It was nice that the faeries in this book are not only protectors of the innocent, such as humans, but that they aren’t the typical annoying faeries of other books. Rachel Morgan’s faeries are human like and have the kind of problems that mere mortals can relate to, such as ones first love and first heartbreak.

Needless to say, this book is now a favorite, as is the author Rachel Morgan. I look forward to reading more from Ms. Morgan. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a strong female lead and a book about the fae that veers away from traditional thoughts of what a fairy is and what they care about.