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Length: 288 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Age Level: 12 - 17
Grade Level: 7 - 12

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Elaborately imagined and jam-packed with smouldering romance, it's a giddy read for fans of dark romance The Bookseller There is no denying that Alyxandra Harvey is a fantastic writer. She manages to blend just the right amount of adventure, danger, romance and humour into her books Totally Bookalicious Harvey had me hook, line and sinker, captivating me completely wit her tale of blossoming love amidst the world of fae. This is another brilliant book by my favourite YA queen A Dream of Books Jam-packed with action, excitement and romance Books Monthly

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Elaborately imagined and jam-packed with smouldering romance, it's a giddy read for fans of dark romance The Bookseller There is no denying that Alyxandra Harvey is a fantastic writer. She manages to blend just the right amount of adventure, danger, romance and humour into her books Totally Bookalicious Harvey had me hook, line and sinker, captivating me completely wit her tale of blossoming love amidst the world of fae. This is another brilliant book by my favourite YA queen A Dream of Books Jam-packed with action, excitement and romance Books Monthly

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  • File Size: 2360 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; 1 edition (January 17, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 17, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006MCS1UG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #674,797 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Alyxandra Harvey lives in a stone Victorian house in Ontario, Canada with a few resident ghosts who are allowed to stay as long as they keep company manners. She loves medieval dresses, used to be able to recite all of The Lady of Shalott by Tennyson, and has been accused, more than once, of being born in the wrong century. She believes this to be mostly true except for the fact that she really likes running water, women's rights, and ice cream.

Among her favourite books are 'The Wood Wife' by Terri Windling, 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Bronte, and of course, 'Pride and Prejudice' by Jane Austen. Elizabeth Bennet is her hero because she's smart and sassy, and Mr. Darcy is, well, yum.
Aside from the ghosts, she also lives with husband and their dogs. She likes cinnamon lattes, tattoos and books.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By AJ VINE VOICE on January 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Even though I haven't been technically a young adult for more than a decade, I read a lot of YA, like 100+ titles a year. To date, I've read everything that YA author Alyxandra Harvey has written. With one recent exception, I'm a big fan of her Drake Chronicles series, and I flat out loved her Victorian ghost story, HAUNTING VIOLET. When I heard she was writing a new stand alone about faeries, I jumped at the chance to read it. Unfortunately, STOLEN AWAY wasn't half the book I was hoping it would be.

First of all, it's short. Really short (288 pages) and it feels like it. All the character developments, romances, and major plot points are rushed. So instead of learning through action and dialog about, for example, Eloise's kitschy love for rockabilly, we just get told that she loves it. Ditto for Jo's obsession with all things British. It made both protagonists feel very two dimensional. The romances, specifically Jo's, happened so fast that I got whiplash. She meets a strange guy, invites him back to her house, and is sharing `heated kisses' with him and wondering why no guy has every made her feel that way before. The whole thing made Jo seem needy and desperate--not to mention incredibly stupid--not characteristics I enjoy in a heroine.

The main plot about Eloise getting trapped in Faery, escaping, and then mounting her own rescue operation felt tedious despite how quickly everything happened. Worse was how quickly Eloise accepted the Faery world. It was a bit like, "I can't believe Faeries exist, but I guess they do, so let's go!" Seriously, that's not much of an exaggeration.

I'm still a fan of Alyxandra Harvey, and will continue to keep an eye out for her books, but after two disappointments in a row, I'm going to have to start giving them the excerpt test before buying in the future.

Sexual Content:
Kissing
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brenna on February 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I have read some incredible faerie stories from YA authors in the past few years, so I couldn't wait to see what Alyxandra Harvey had written with Stolen Away (especially after hearing amazing things about her other books).

Unfortunately, I found Stolen Away to be rather unremarkable and lacking much of the charm I found in other novels. I was hoping for so much more, and perhaps my expectations were just set too high for this book.

Reason to REad:

1.Some neat, interesting plot twists:
There were a number of plot twists at the end of the novel which I honestly wasn't expecting, and I'm typically pleased with surprises I don't see coming; and the ones in Stolen Away were no exception to this. I really enjoyed that aspect of the book, and wished I had seen more of it throughout the rest of the fairly predictable storyline.
Ultimately, I had an incredibly difficult time connecting (or even liking) any of the characters in the story. As much as I wanted to, I couldn't enjoy them and they all came across as excruciatingly stereotypical and that was disappointing. The romance was bland and predictable- not much meat to it. And did I mention that it moved FAST? Way too fast. The best way to sum it up is with this line from the book:

"I barely knew him but it hardly mattered. We were connected somehow, something precious burned between us." I'm sorry, but no. It almost sounded as if this was supposed to be ironic when it comes to the insta!love common to YA, but I have a hard time wrapping my head around loving someone that way after meeting him 2 days earlier, making out once, and still not knowing his first name.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. B. Devourer on June 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I am actually a fan of Harvey but I sit on the fence with her. Sometime she hits the mark and sometimes she doesn't. This would be one of those times when she doesn't. She always has the ingredients but sometimes she just does not "cook it" long enough. I was just getting to know everyone and then I turn the page and everyone is falling in love. WHAT?!?!? Did they forget a few pages in my copy of the book? Uggg...I detest that! I do not want to miss anything! I want to read about every moment and know that they have fallen in love, then guess what you do not have to tell me because I will already know. The potential is there but it just did not hit the mark for me. Not all bad, but nothing to write home about either.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristi-The Book Faery on January 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
THE FAERYS VIEW

Stolen Away by Alyxandra Harvey was everything I thought it would be plus it had Faeries! BONUS! This is one book I couldn't wait to get my hands on and I'm so glad I did because this romp within the realm was fantastic. Ms. Harvey is one of my favorite authors and the reason behind that is her incredible narrative, intricate plots and fantastic descriptives. I am never disappointed when I finish one of Ms. Harvey's books and Stolen Away was no exception; the only disappointment for me is when I get to the last page and realize that the book has ended!

On to my review, Ms. Harvey wrote Stolen Away in two person POV, told by two best friends: Eloise and Jo. Eloise is the `Main Character' but Jo is just as much featured in this fun and thrilling fantasy full of mystery, intrigue, young love and of course, my favorite topic: the Fey. Eloise and Jo couldn't be more different; while Eloise chooses a more laid back style, Jo is into lace skirts and blouses but they are very much in sync with each other and truer friends are hard to find. Ms. Harvey does a wonderful job of showing the special friendship between the two girls showing both the snarky fun side and the loyal `to the end' side which really endeared the characters to me, making them my `friends', too.

Eloise has no idea that she has any tie with the Fae until she is abducted by the Unseelie King where she learns it is really about her favorite wacky aunt Antonia but has no idea why. Jo, ever the faithful friend is captured as well in an attempt to rescue Eloise. What ensues is love in the land of the Fey, war and I must admit some wacky hilarity.
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