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Enter a hidden world of magic, mystery, danger and romance in this YA fantasy from 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 glamour ...
Enter a hidden world of magic, mystery, danger and romance in this YA fantasy from 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 glamour 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.
Posted July 7, 2013
Wow! There are few books that I would recommend with such enthusiasm (almost to the point of harassment ;) ) as I would this one. The Faerie Guardian by Rachel Morgan had me completely enchanted and I couldn't wait to read the next chapter!
Rachel Morgan has created a world filled with magic, love and betrayal, monsters and faeries, humans and halflings, along with plenty of adventure to captivate any audience. Her characters are very well thought out and relatable. Her main character, Violet, is a 17 year old Faerie Guardian trainee. She must overcome many trials, both physical and emotional, to get to where she wants to be in life.
I love that this book has love and romance in it, but that the romance isn't what the whole book is based upon. This book is full of plot twists and unexpected turns that will keep you turning pages to find out what happens next.
Overall, this book is fabulous! I will highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading, no matter what genre they prefer, because this could cover many
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Posted April 30, 2014
It has been three days since I started this book, and in those three days I have read two thirds of this trilogy. I was so ensnared by the story that when I finished this first book I waited all of five minutes before buying the second one. After I finished the second one it took a good half hour of arguing with myself (and one Facebook post) about not having the time to continue with this story right now before I bought the third book. Which I have already started and am now exerting vast amounts of willpower to write this review instead of reading.
I guess you could say I am enjoying the story.
It would be more accurate to say that I am completely consumed by this story. It has magic, action, adventure, intrigue, friendship, and romance - everything I could ever want in a book.
The protagonist, Violet, is a teenaged fairie in her final term of training to be a guardian, which is a sort of fae version of the FBI. While on a trainee assignment in the human realm she gets unwittingly involved in a multi-leveled political plot that is decades in the making. There is spying and spies, combat and battles, recon missions and rescue missions, all while Violet is living the life of the teenager that she is with school, boys, and a home life.
The Fairie Guardian - and the other two in the same series - is very well written. Violet is extremely likable and while I cannot see myself in her, she is the kind of person I wished to be while in high school. She is a fierce fighter, incredibly intelligent, and completely disregards the shallowness of the school social scene.
Explaining the many differences between the fae realm and our own human realm could be a daunting task for an author but Rachel Morgan handles this task with admirable skill. Even explaining Violet’s home life, her lack of parents, her unidentified pet, and all of the little things that are unique to fae life are done without obvious explanation to the reader. It is this cleverness in writing, along with the personable characters and an intriguing storyline that have me raving so much about this book.
I generally steer clear of YA books because they can be silly and simple, but other than the age of the main characters and the lack of explicit sex, I wouldn’t pigeonhole The Fairie Guardian in the YA section. It could easily hold its own in the fantasy and paranormal sections.
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Posted June 29, 2014
Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite
Being a faerie guardian has dominated Violet Fairdale’s thoughts and graduating from training at the top of her class is the most important part. All of that begins to fall apart the moment she lays eyes on the human, Nate, that for some reason has the ability to see her. Rachel Morgan unravels this intriguing tale of fantasy in The Faerie Guardian. Humans are not meant to be able to enter the world of the fae and the fact that Nate latched onto her and followed her through has threatened to end her run to finish at the top of her class. But once he kisses her and she begins to feel what’s like to have someone, finishing at the top begins to dim a little bit. Once she discovers that Nate is actually a Halfling, things begin to make more sense, but she has little time to ponder over it as a wicked faerie is trying to capture her and use her because of a special skill that she has. The same special skill can be used to help Nate find his faerie mother. Against her better judgment and ignoring the rules concerning guardians being underground, Violet sets in motion a series of events that begin to spin out of control. She suddenly finds herself facing a sinister plot that even her faerie magic and guardian training might not be able to handle.
Rachel Morgan has done an excellent job of luring the reader into the fantasy realms of Creepy Hollow in The Faerie Guardian. Drawing upon the deep emotions that motivate individuals to reach beyond themselves and to do things that are against the rules, Violet sets out on a dangerous path in pursuit of a deep love that she thinks will finally dispel her loneliness. The drive and tumult of her emotions are extremely realistic for a seventeen-year-old and the depth with which they are portrayed makes it impossible to put this book down. The action and intrigue keep the story moving and keep the pages turning. The exciting twists and mysterious turns make this a must-read. With plenty of magic to make it a fantasy and plenty of action to be a thriller, you won’t be able to put The Faerie Guardian down until you reach the very unexpected end.
Posted June 27, 2014
Posted May 16, 2014
This was a fun, pretty quick read and I definitely want to continue on in the series. Even though in the book, Vi doesn't have a lot of friends, she is a very sympathetic character. Especially as you get into the book and learn more about her. There is a lot of action and it was fun to visit this fantastical world of faeries, trolls, pixies, half-lings, etc. The author does a good job of describing the magic that they have. It is always interesting to see what an author will come up with to make her characters special in the magical sense.
Vi's life ends up pretty messy by the end of the book, friends become enemies, enemies become friends and you can't really trust what you know. This book continues on with The Faerie Prince and book 3 is The Faerie War.
Posted May 15, 2014
This book was enchanting, exciting and kicked ass!
Vi was brilliant. I love strong female protagonists and she took it to a whole new level. Her determination may have landed her in hot water on more than one occasion, but it was that determination that saw her unravel a master plot by some particularly vile creatures. Although the final end to their evil plans is still to be uncovered, Zell and his minions were definitely up to no good, and I'm excited to see where that will lead.
This story was action-packed from start to finish, with a great sense of mystery surrounding Nate. It was also romantic, with a bit of forbidden love thrown into the mix. There were quite a few twists and turns, and some very heartbreaking surprises, which kept me enthralled. My heart went out to Vi when she was betrayed by the one person she actually felt something for, but I was also happy that she was able to gain back a bit of the friendship she had lost so many years before.
Morgan's world building and descriptive prose brought this book to life and I felt like I was actually stepping into Creepy Hollow, walking alongside the characters as this story played like a movie in my head. It was a spectacular read and I cannot wait to continue with this series.
Posted May 14, 2014
The Faerie Guardian (Creepy Hollow #1) by Rachel Morgan
Violet Fairdale is a seventeen-year-old fairy guardian in training. It is Vi’s job to protect humans and innocent Fae from the evil things that hunt them. While on a mission, Nate, a human boy who should not be able to see her kind, followed Vi to faerie. Having broken Guild Law, she is required to return the boy to the mortal realm and spell him to forget. It sounds easy, nope far from it.
Violet is a wonderful heroine. She is a hardworking dedicated student, at the top of her class. I love her strong sprit. Both her parents have died, and she doesn’t have many people she can rely on. Despite that she is a good person, with strong values.
I enjoyed the storyline of Violet’s once friend, now nemesis, Ryn. They share a thought-provoking past. He keeps you guessing. I am curious where that relationship will go in future books.
I enjoyed the world that Rachel Morgan created. She does an excellent job describing environments in a stimulating manner.
The Faerie Guardian is an action pact thrilling novel. The story is intriguing. It is mysterious, you never know who Vi can trust. I can easily see me getting hooked on this series and look forward to reading, The Faerie Prince (Creepy Hollow, #2).
Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.
Posted May 13, 2014
Violet’s biggest goal is to be the best guardian, what she didn’t count on was the cute human boy who followed her home. Yes, she was in trouble, and in more ways than one. Considering humans couldn’t follow faeries into their paths, something was a bit different about Nate. She was supposed to make him forget, but just couldn’t do it. So we enter a world filled with fantastic creatures good and bad as they go on their journey of discovery.
I found this to be an engaging tale, different from the other faerie stories I have read so I was completely immersed in the book. I would really love to follow this story through to its conclusion as I need to know what happened. The author did a wonderful job of pulling me into the story and making me care what was coming next. Many thanks to Rachel Morgan and Xpresso Books for making this available to read and review, I enjoyed it and would recommend it.
Posted May 4, 2014
he Faerie Guardian welcomes us to the Creepy Hollow series. We are introduced to the Guardian in training Violet Fairdale. She is at the top of her class until she starts making decisions that break the rules and ultimately threaten her life and the life of those she cares for.
I liked the The Faerie Guardian. Morgan writes animated and highly descriptive scenes to make you feel like you are part of the world she is creating. The story started off slow with lots of plot building but increases in speed as the storytelling progresses.
This story is an enjoyable diversion to another world...a world where the faeries live among us and they only thing standing between us and their evil side is the Guardians.
Posted April 20, 2014
Listen when you open a book with a crazy battle with a snake like demon thing in someones bedroom and then hop right into a faerie world....you know you are going to go for a good ride. I felt like this story went from zero to sixty in four words and never let off the gas! Violet Fairdale, or Vi, is about to become LEGENDARY in the Guild as a guardian, until that boy with a magnetic pull steps foot into her world were the penalty for letting it happen is high. What I didn't expect was all the twist and turns that end up happening and all the mystery that is about to be uncovered that affects everything that Vi thought she knew about her world.
Vi was pretty awesome. I love a good snark in a girl and she definitely had it throughout the story. She was strong, smart and super driven which all make a great independent female lead. The fact that a human boy could crack her warrior shell was something that even I wasn't sure could seem real at first, in fact I thought it was going to end up feeling forced, but I was proven very wrong by the author. The way these two connect actually turned out very organic and the sparks you could feel coming off the page. You add in her former best friend....turned enemy....that may just be back on her side again and all the things that she learned about the people around her and the relationships Vi has with all these people created a great story to sit in this world.
This world is also something that I really liked about this read. It was well thought out from the environment surrounding the characters to the social structure of the fae to the enemies that they have to face. Everything about this book was described well and you really got a sense about what was going on and where it was taking place. With lots of action, some sweet romance and a whole lot of betrayal going on around her, Vi puts most female heroes to shame!- My Opinion- **** 4 Stars!
P.S. I don't normally say anything like this in a review, but this cover was gorgeous!
Posted April 17, 2014
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*
Posted April 15, 2014
I was pleasantly surprised by The Faerie Guardian. Not going to lie - the cover and the premise had me set up for a light read with more typical faeries than deep characters. Luckily for me and for you, I was wrong. There is so much more to this novel than first meets the eye.
So Violet is a faerie guardian trainee in her last year, top of her class. She goes out on assignment and protects this human boy from a threat. Unfortunately, she manages to bring him back with her to Creepy Hollow, the faerie world where humans are not allowed. Also, he’s not supposed to survive the trip there. Anyway, Violet falls for this human (called Nate) and they fall in insta-love, which I’m not such a fan of. However, things get complicated, and Violet isn’t all right about Nate. He’s not just human after all, and their relationship gets super rocky. I love it when insta-love just doesn’t work out. MUAHAHAHA.
Violet is a strong female protagonist without a lot to lose except the position as top student in her graduating class. She fights well with anything, and prefers the crossbow and longbow any day. I love her because she totally questions her motives around Nate, and she knows what has to be done when things go wrong.
Violet also has this rival named Oryn, or Ryn for short. They’ve got a past together, but neither one can stand the other at this point. Ryn is super annoying until about 3/4 into the book, and I just want to put duct tape over his mouth and hope he shuts up. In the last quarter of the book I could hug him forever cause he’s just so sad. I’m totally rooting for ViRyn by the way. Tortured souls can always get the girl. Always.
There’s a big plot brewing under the surface, but The Faerie Guardian focuses a lot on the exchanges between characters and how their lives are affected. I can’t wait to read the next part and see where Vi, Nate and Ryn end up.
Posted February 25, 2014
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Posted January 1, 2014
Loved this book! I read all three in the series in a week. This is a new take on the Faerie genre, which was very refreshing. The author
pulls in many twists and turns, keeping the main character Violet strong even when she is in dire straits. The world building was
fabulous, I loved that nothing was cliche and that Vi loves real world technology that doesn't actually work in her Faerie world. After you
read this one you must read the second one and the third one, which does not disappoint if you love series.
Posted December 24, 2013
This book was fantastic! I can't wait to read the next two books the Faerie Prince and the Faerie War! It was super funny and Violet, the main character, is so likeable with a great personality. The magic in this book just jumps out the pages! The book is so colorful.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 19, 2013
WOW!!! I absolutely loved this series! Rachel Morgan, there are no words to describe how well you did with these books.
The reactions of the characters seemed real, Violet isn't 'Super-Human' (or fae), and reacts as anyone would, put in her situation, unlike other books, where characters do random, strange, and unrealistic things. Characters are well-designed. The story is fast-paced and will leave you on the edge of your seat. When I finished the first two books in the trilogy, my thoughts were somewhere along the lines of 'Where is the third book? Wait. Where is the freaking movie? It's way better than Twilight!'
I would definitely recommend this for fans of 'The Fallen Star' series, 'Vampire Acedemy', 'Twilight', and 'Beautiful Creatures'. Oh, and I would recommend this to a good friend of mine, Enisa. It is truly a total page turner!!! 8D =D
Posted August 4, 2013
Posted July 6, 2013
Thank you Rachel Morgan for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Voilet is a Faerie. She is also Guardian in-training. Training to protect Humans and Faeries if need be from Fae threats. She is also driven to be the best in her glass. She intends to win the top spot in her graduating class. However, all of her hopes and priorities get turned around when she violates the two highest rules while protecting a human from a Fae threat. Nate, her assignment not only sees her but he follows her back to the Fae realm.
At first, I wasn't sure I was going to like this book. The start felt very bubble gum, almost middle grade especially with names like Creepy Hollow for the Fae area they live in. I started reading, but felt like it was going to be a chore and so I found myself avoiding it because of that feeling. When I finally bit the bullet and read it I was pleasantly surprised to find in spite of the start, the characters and the story grew into something more.
I wasn't super fond of Violet, she is single minded and sort of annoyed me at times, but she did grow on me. I loved Nate and even Violet's rival, Ryn, held a certain fascination. I wanted to get to know him more. Lucky for me, in book two I get the chance.
There is a bit of a Harry Potter feel to this story, but at the same time it's enough of it's own story that it didn't bother me and very few stories are ever going to feel totally unique and not have similarities with another. Especially when you read a lot.
I enjoyed this book and by the end I was really glad that book two had been provided also for an honest review because I was anxious to read on and find out what happens to Violet, Nate and Ryn.