Thursday, April 17, 2014

Review: The Faerie Guardian by Rachel Morgan

Title: The Faerie Guardian (Creepy Hollow #1)
Author: Rachel Morgan
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Release Date: October 27, 2012
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Enter a hidden world of magic, mystery, danger and romance in this YA fantasy from Amazon bestselling author, Rachel Morgan...

Protecting humans from dangerous magical creatures is all in a day’s work for a faerie training to be a guardian. Seventeen-year-old Violet Fairdale knows this better than anyone—she’s about to become the best guardian the Guild has seen in years. That is, until a cute human boy who can somehow see through her faerie glamor follows her into the Fae realm. Now she’s broken Guild Law, a crime that could lead to her expulsion.

The last thing Vi wants to do is spend any more time with the boy who got her into this mess, but the Guild requires that she return Nate to his home and make him forget everything he’s discovered of the Fae realm. Easy, right? Not when you factor in evil faeries, long-lost family members, and inconvenient feelings of the romantic kind. Vi is about to find herself tangled up in a dangerous plot—and it’ll take all her training to get out alive.

Creepy Hollow - what an awesome name for a creepy fairy tale forest - and yes it does get questioned on why it sounds like Sleepy Hollow.  The first time Nate enters the forest was a bit humorous.  I loved Nate's "I'm not sure what to say so I'll make a joke" attitude - even if many of the failed.  If anything that made me like him even more - which may not have been a good thing (ah ah ah ... can't say why). 

Vi is the purple haired fairy version of Lara Croft meets Wonder Woman.  Between her amazing fighting skills and ability to leap off a moving vine while performing a triple flip and thowing knives (ok slight exaggeration), and her powerful magic, I'm surprised she ever loses.  These two combined are a fantastic pair to read about.

Now Ryn, well he's definitely different than Nate - and even after finishing I'm not sure what I really think about him.  Part of the reason is I'm a little confused.  There are bits to his storyline that don't seem to add up all the way.  Or that I'm putting together too soon perhaps??  They are never resolved or explained that I saw.  It kind of left a whole in the story for me.

There is tons of action and lots of plot twists.  There is so much good stuff in The Faerie Guardian that I hope she had some left for book two.  There is still a lot for Vi to figure out once book one has ended, but it does try to wrap up some of the threads so we're not left with a complete cliffhanger.  This would have been a five star book if not for my confusion about Ryn (see my comments above).

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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