Monday, 23 January 2012

Review: Stolen Away by Alyxandra Harvey

Stolen Away by Alyxandra Harvey
Release date: January 5th 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Rating: 4/5

Goodreads 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:

When Alyxandra Harvey mentioned Ian Somerhalder twice in her prologue I thought "this is going to be good" and to a certain extent, it was. Stolen Away is  written in the style I've come to expect from Ms Harvey, snappy and precise with not an excess word in sight. Her main characters Jo and Eloise have instant personalities, traits and mannerisms--something I think Harvey is very good at. I also really liked Devin, he played his part as the long suffering male friend well. The rest of the characters I could kinda take or leave. There wasn't much development there and they were pretty cookie cutter. I was pretty disappointed by this as usually Harvey's characters are very three-dimensional. The two love interests in particular were fairly bland; stereotypes rather than characters in their own right. Isadora was one of the best characters and it's not surprising that she was the one with a fully developed and interesting backstory.  

The plot was interesting and didn't dwell too long on describing ALL the different types of fairies and all their different kingdoms and allegiances etc, the details of which I always feel bog a story down. However, at the same time, the plot felt a bit sparse. As though some over-zealous editor had cut out too much of it. This meant the whole story felt a bit rushed, and of course added to the under-developed character dilemma. 

It's a shame really because I feel this story had a lot of potential and can't help feeling like, at just 227 pages, there was some room left for embellishment. If you're a fan of fae stories, or of Alyxandra Harvey in general, this is a quick and enjoyable read--perfect for an afternoon. 


  1. When Cait mentioned Ian Somerhalder one in her first sentence, I thought "this book is going to be GOOD!" :D

    Shame about the characters being so... stereotypical. I love when you come across a quirky, unique, LAYERED character that bursts from the pages. Unfortunate some of this was a disappointment, but I'm glad you still enjoyed it. I need me a new faery fix (because apparently we have to WAIT for a new Julie Kagawa book??? Pfffft.) Great review!!

  2. I've loved the snappy precise style of Alyxandra Harvey in the past...sounds like this time it could have done with a bit...more. I'll still give it a go, I'm a fan :D

  3. Ian Somerhalder is MENTIONED in this book?? I am definitely getting this now. Haha, I agree with Brodie! "When Cait mentioned Ian Somerhalder one in her first sentence, I thought "this book is going to be GOOD!" :D" I really love fae stories so I'm really interested in reading this book! Awesome review, Cait! ♥ So glad you enjoyed it!

    A new follower too! Just found your blog and looking forward to read more reviews! :)

    Celine @ Forget-me-not

  4. I'm a big Fae fan so looking forward to this one. I've seen a few reviews where the reader feels a little torn.

    Thanks for your thoughts :)

  5. I love Alyxandra Harvey but this is what I've been seeing over and over. That this one is just TOO short, too much was cut out. So that's a bit of disappointment. I guess I'll just watch for this one at the library instead of buying like I normally would.


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