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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Only took a few pages to get me hooked. Once I was, I just flew threw the pages. I love Harveys books. I haven't read one that was less than perfect, from her. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Serenity
I almost DNF this one. The story was too slow paced most of the time, and the relationships were WAY too fast! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jennie2911
I got Stolen Away as a Kindle daily deal – I was so intrigued by the blurb that I had to have it. Eloise Hart is just a normal girl who likes to fly under the radar. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Kiersten Kozbial
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Quick & Dirty: This novel has a bit of a dark storyline with some humor, but with the dueling POV’s, I kept having to double check... Read more
I was so disappointed in this book that I did not even want to Finnish it.to be honest I don't know if it is just the fact that this isn't my type of book or if it the book was... Read morePublished on January 21, 2014 by Kindle Customer
I really liked this book, the only problem? I want more!
I wish either the book was a bit longer or it was a series so we can further delve into this world where being born... Read more
i really like this story. it seems lie the type of stoy you would read when you want a sort of adventures and romance. it is a sweet story. Read morePublished on August 22, 2013 by Kimmiesalovex3
I loved Haunting Violet, really liked the Drake Chronicles but was meh about this book. It was pretty good, I just think it left out a lot that could have made the story richer. Read morePublished on July 24, 2013 by Karate Chick
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