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Stolen Away [Kindle Edition]

Alyxandra Harvey
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When a cute guy dressed like a Victorian pirate kneels in front of Eloise the day after her seventeenth birthday, she knows that something strange is going on-and that's before he vows to be her champion and mentions her flaky aunt, Antonia, who's gone incommunicado once again. But this appearance isn't a coincidence, and when Eloise is attacked and pushed into an alternate world called Faery, she becomes embroiled in the underground politics of this world. Her captor is Lord Strahan, the ruler of Faery who is desperately clinging to his throne and will do anything to keep it. The only one who can break his power is his wife, Eloise's aunt Antonia-and Eloise has become his bargaining chip. Now Eloise must find a way to save her aunt from Lord Strahan, and she'll need the help of her best friends Jo and Devin, along with the other Fae captives of Strahan's hall, including his son, Eldric. With a whole world of Faeries out to get her, Eloise must stop Strahan both worlds are thrust into complete chaos.


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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

Product Details

  • File Size: 1858 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0802721893
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; Reprint edition (January 17, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006MCS1UG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #511,374 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing to write home about 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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1.0 out of 5 stars Review from Esther's Ever After February 29, 2012
By Brenna
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A quick, magical read June 10, 2012
Format:Hardcover
Stolen Away is a quick read. Harvey's writing is to the point and without elaborate detail. I easily finished this book in a couple hours. Contrary to what the synopsis suggests, the story is told from the perspective of both Eloise and Jo, both in the first person. The bright side, this means there isn't a love triangle involving Elois, Lucas, and Eldric. Instead, we get two romances. Double plus.

I love the fantasy elements woven into the story. There are so many interesting kinds of fae, and I'm sorry that the story isn't longer so that we could spend more time with them. I did have some problems with the characters. Jo is a little boy-obsessed for my liking, but it tones down a bit once she really gets into Eldric. In addition, Jo and Eloise seem to fall in love a bit too quickly.

A lot of it has to do with the pacing of the story. As I mentioned earlier, it's a quick read with little elaboration, so it seems a bit rushed. On the bright side, the story is fantastical and magical, making a quick read for fantasy lovers. I recommend this as a read for when you don't want to take the time to go through a thick book and want to relax.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars This novel has a bit of a dark storyline with some humor
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

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
Published 4 months ago by Dark Faerie Tales
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible:(!!!
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 more
Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Stolen Away
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
Published 11 months ago by sarah brown
5.0 out of 5 stars recommended
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 more
Published 13 months ago by Kimmiesalovex3
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but not great
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 more
Published 13 months ago by Karate Chick
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute love stories
If the author left out the cussing the book would be perfect. Good storyline. Similar to other books of this genre. Fast read.
Published 14 months ago by Melissa
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
I read this for a book club. It was easy to get into and never boring. I really enjoyed it.
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Storyline was unoriginal and character details seemed forced
I enjoy books about the Fey and Fairies quite a bit so was excited to give this one a try. I had attempted to read Alyxandra Harvey's vampire series but ended up quitting after 1. Read more
Published on May 12, 2012 by Books Before Bed
4.0 out of 5 stars I was caught up in the pace of the story but I felt like a lot was...
My thoughts:
I don't know if this will make any sense but reading Stolen Away, for me, was like reading a really long short story. Read more
Published on May 6, 2012 by Emily WilowRaven from Red House Books
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining - would recommend to those who love fae stories...
First, a big Thank You to Bloomsbury and Netgalley for allowing me the chance to read and review this book!

Fae stories just don't seem to be my thing. Read more
Published on April 21, 2012 by Kary
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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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