Hardcover: 278 pages
Publisher: Walker Books For Young Readers (Bloomsbury Childrens)
Source: Hardcover from the Sacramento/San Francisco Book review and a galley from Netgalley
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.
Stolen Away was a cute short read! In my opinion it doesn't come close to some of the other amazing fey novels out there like the Wicked Lovely, Iron Fey, of Wondrous Strange series but it was a good story.
It’s told in two POV’s the main POV is Eloise and honestly I didn’t care for her parts that much. The POV that I liked and that kept me interested was her best friend Jo’s. Jo had me cracking up with her attempts at using British slang and her arguing with a faery the size of a flower. I also loved that she was fiercely protective of her friends and didn’t care if she looked like an idiot or got dirty defending them. There’s a fair share of swoon worthy guys in this the main 3 being Lucas, Eldric, and Devin but I really didn’t feel an intense attraction to any of them. I guess if I had to choose I’d pick Eldric because he reminded me the most of my fey crushes Ash, Irial, Niall, and Sonny.
The story itself played out pretty well there wasn’t much originality to it there were parts of faery lore that we have seen in other books but like I said it was cute and funny. I also liked that it read fast and it’s a stand alone novel.
Here’s a quick passage and a glimpse into Jo’s mind.
Isadora gave a long-suffering sigh, folded her arms over her chest, and refused to elaborate. Fortunately, Lucas didn’t have any such compunctions.
“Isadora was lady of her ancestral rath,” he explained. “Until she was transformed and could hold it no longer.”
“She was shrunk,” I explained for the others. She glared at me and I shrugged. “Well you were. You said so yourself.”
“By who?” Devin asked. “Evil sorcerer? Troll king? Man, this is just like D&D.”
I snorted “Not quite.”
I nodded. “Apparently he ‘believed’ her into being wee.”
Devin wiped cookie crumbs off his shirt and sprawled back into his chair. “I told you English class was bad for my health.”
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