Stolen Away

Stolen Away

by Alyxandra Harvey

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For seventeen years, Eloise Hart had no idea the world of Faery even existed. Now she has been abducted and trapped in the Rath of Lord Strahan, King of Faery. Strahan was only meant to rule for seven years, as Faery tradition dictates, and then give up his crown to another. But he won't comply, and now chaos threatens both worlds.

The only one who can break his stranglehold on the Faery court is his wife. . . Eloise's aunt Antonia. Using Eloise to lure Antonia, Strahan captures his wife, desperate to end the only threat to his reign. Now Eloise must become the rescuer. Together with her best friends Jo and Devin, she must forge alliances with other Fae, including a gorgeous protector named Lucas, and Strahan's mysterious son, Eldric-who may or may not betray them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802721891
Publisher: Walker & Company
Publication date: 01/17/2012
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.54(h) x 1.03(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

ALY XANDRA HARV EY is the author of Haunting Violet, Hearts at Stake, Blood Feud, and Out for Blood. She studied creative writing and literature at York University and has had her poetry published in several magazines. She lives in an old Victorian farmhouse with a few resident ghosts, her husband, hawk, and two dogs.www.alyxandraharvey.com

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Stolen Away (w.t.) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Truly_Bookish More than 1 year ago
I’ve heard great things about Alyxandra Harvey’s Drake Chronicles series so when I saw that she had written a fey book, I just knew I had to read it. Stolen Away is set in a small town that despite it being fall, is having an awful heat wave brought on by the fey king, Lord Strahan, who refuses to step down even though his reign is up. Eloise has no idea that her eccentric aunt is even married much less to a fey king. She finds out the fey are real when she is attacked and kidnapped Strahan’s minions so he can use her to lure her aunt, his wife, to him. The story is told from the first person’s perspectives of both Eloise and her friend, Jo. Other reviewers have complained that the alternating perspective was confusing but I had no problems with it. Eloise with her rockabilly hair and tattoos and Jo with her British accent and funky clothes are both cool, likable characters. The book is fast paced, has lots of action and has really great descriptions of the fey world. Unfortunately, the plot was not very developed and the whole story seemed rushed. Another thing I’m not crazy about is the relationship between Jo and Eldric. While not exactly insta-love, their relationship develops very fast. I was actually surprised when Jo admitted that she was in love with Eldric after talking to him a few times and spending very little time with him. Harvey is obviously an imaginative storyteller and while I loved the idea behind Stolen Away, I wish it had more depth. The book is a quick, fun read and appears to be a stand alone novel. While Stolen Away has its flaws, I liked Harvey’s writing enough to try some of her other novels. Content: Profanity, kissing and violence
iheartyabooks More than 1 year ago
Stolen Away is a fantastic faerie adventure with a double shot of romance. Alyxandra Harvey always makes me laugh with her sarcastic humor. Stolen Away is told through Eloise and Jo's POV. These two best girl friends are hilarious, and their romances are an adventure in itself with the two gorgeous fae guys. I love the way Harvey writes. Her stories are a fun adventurer with characters full of personality. I know when I read one of her novels to sit back and enjoy the hilarious fun. She just has that amazing talent in her writing for making you laugh. Eloise and Jo are best friends, and they are total opposites. Eloise is tee shirt and jeans while Jo is into long skirts and filly blouses. But these two a true best friends and when Eloise is kidnapped by the Unseelie King, Jo is right there to rescue her. But what starts out as a rescue mission for Eloise turns into them going to war against the Unseelie King to save Eloise's aunt Antonia, who just happened to be the Unseelie wife. Let alone the gorgeous new guy Jo is crushing on, who is the Unseelie King's son, Eldric. Then we have Eloise's gorgeous shining Faery in armor, Lucas, the son of the Seelie King, who has come to save and protected her. Lucas and Eldric are just as opposite as the girls are. Lucas is there in front to fight for the girl he loves while Eldric is trying to hide and get the girl he loves to just run away with him. Both these guys are swoon worthy and I love them both. Stole Away is double the fun, double the romance, double the adventure, double the sassy girls, double the gorgeous guys, with a few heart tender moments. I recommend Stole Away as a fantasy fun must read.
shelleyraec on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When this title landed unexpectedly on my doorstep I couldn't help but admire the pretty cover, which has a sort of iridescent wing and flourish design, with light embossing. The premise sounded entertaining, describing a faerie abduction and a battle for power, and though I hadn't read anything by Alyxandra Harvey before I knew she was a popular YA author.Stolen Away started promisingly with a mention of Ian Somerhalder (*sigh*) and then the story jumps straight into the action with a faerie prince wielding a sword appearing to kneel at Eloise's feet. Unfortunately rather than being swept up in the adventure, I just felt rushed to go along with the whole thing. In the acknowledgements Harvey admits she wrote the story in a month and sadly, I think it shows. The story lacked detail for me, not just in the description of people and places, but also in the building of the characters and myth.Told in alternating first person chapters from Eloise, and her best friend Jo, the girls are easily distinguishable by their contrasting traits. Eloise is quiet and 'different', Jo is boy crazy and outgoing, you don't need to know much more about them than that but I would have liked to. Both girls are supposed to be 17 but their actions, attitude and speech, suggest a younger age, maybe 14?While there was nothing particularly original within the story, I did enjoy the mythology and the basic plot has a good mix of adventure and action. The insta-love element doesn't do it for me but I'm sure teens will happily swoon over Lucas's devotion and Eldric's mysterious facade.Despite my litany of criticisms, I didn't find Stolen Away unreadable, but for me it lacked any depth to make it memorable. I have no doubt it would appeal to a teenage fan of this genre as it is a short and snappy read but more mature adult YA readers may find it a bit bland.
WilowRaven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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. All the pieces where there - beginning, middle, end - but after reading the last page I felt like the story itself wasn't complete. I don¿t want to give the impression that I didn't enjoy this book, because I very much did. I'm a huge fan of Alyxandra Harvey's writing and I can't say I've ever really been disappointed with her books. But maybe I was just a little disappointed with this one. I think the main reason this was a lukewarm read for me was the fact that I never really felt connected to the characters. Everything happens rather quickly - the entire book is only a few days worth of time - so I never really felt like I got to know any particular character very well. Jo, Eloise's best friend, made an impact, but only because she got on my nerves a little. Her British slang just for the heck of it and her insta-love infatuation didn't win her any points with me. Eloise was a pretty interesting character - or at least her family was pretty interesting. Eloise herself I didn't feel very invested in. Her insta-love relationship got to me as well. It wasn't the relationship itself it was how very fast these characters were thrown together, fought together, saved the world, had time to make dinner and became the bestest omg I can't live without you friends forever - in about 3 days. Now, the story itself. The fairy lore and the interplay between the different 'families' of fae - this I really loved. There were a lot of characters and a lot of information but I loved it all! I would love to read another book about this world. There were some common fairy themes going on but a lot was new (at leas to me) and there seems to be a lot more to this story that can be told. Final verdict: Not my favorite Harvey book but still one that I'm glad I read. If you like faery stories with some suspense and action thrown in, you'll enjoy Stolen Away. I read an e-galley but this is one that I intend to purchase.
yabotd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I chose to read Stolen Away by Alyxandra Harvey because the cover caught my attention and the summary sounded interesting. I was a little nervous I wouldn't get a chance to finish the book because I only had time to start it the day before I had to mail it to the next person. Lucky for me, Harvey's writing is what I can "quick reading." Regardless of the length, authors with this type of smooth, flowing writing that is unencumbered by miscellaneous description or too many intricate plot points allow the reader to flip quickly through the pages and finish the novel in one or two sittings.When I started reading Stolen Away, I didn't realize that it was being told from two different perspectives. Usually, in today's YA market, when a book with a romantic element tells the story from two perspectives, it is from the couple's perspective. Stolen Away isn't. It's told from the two best friends perspectives.I liked this for two reasons:(1) We got two very different (but still very human) perspectives on the situation.(2) Double the perspective, double the romance. :)In my current romantic reading mood, I especially appreciated the additional romance. I won't spoil the romance characters for anyone who is interested in reading, but I will say that two very different romance pairings occur. Much happiness is had by all lovers of romance.That said, this isn't a romance novel. If you're interested in reading Stolen Away for the fantasy element, I think you'd be satisfied too. Just keep in mind, that this isn't a super deep, intricate fantasy tale with an epic journey, blah blah blah. It's a short journey into the faerie world for a very specific purpose.Overall, Stolen Away is a good quick read for people who enjoy fantasy with elements of romance.Final thoughts: Borrow.
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First off, I love fae stories. They always intrigued me to no end. Not to mention that I love Alyxandra Harvey. Her stories are always so full and passionate that I can always expect such a wonderful reading adventure. The story line of this book is not unique but is so well done! I love that Ms. Harvey can take the storyline and make it like new. The description and emotions of each character are written well.The other part I loved about the story are the love interest. There are two and no love triangles. Each girls find her love. I adored that both girls fight for what is right and who they love. Both guys are commendable guys and deserve the girls they found. What I also loved about this story is the great point of view switches. The point of view switches are nicely done. They don't confuse the reader but flow along with the story.The pleasure of reading Stolen Away is leaves me giddy. The enchantment of the story is delightful and appealing, enjoyable till the very end.
fayeflame on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Stolen Away took me back to why I¿ve always loved Harvey¿s books. I fell in love with the story completely.It I really liked reading Harvey¿s take on the Fey. Which was pretty traditional, I liked the whole aspect of the fey shape shifting into birds. If you¿ve read Harvey¿s other books you¿ll also know that she creates very strong friendships bonds. Which is always refreshing, because Eloise Hart and Jo are a great duo. They¿re strong-brave YA female characters, who always have each other¿s back, the ideal besties. As El and Jo¿s story are told from two different POV¿s, I felt like Jo¿s story overpowered El¿s. Jo story was way more interesting, a leading story.Love interest Lucas(Eloise) and Eldric( Jo) are totally different characters. It¿s really a good vs. evil kind of thing. But they both have the same background; strong, dark, protective personalities that make them both good guys for these two amazing girls (which makes me jealous lol.) At times like Jo & El, Eldric overshadows Lucas. Eldric comes from a¿brokin home¿ I understand his character, while Lucas on the other hand is like the ¿golden boy.¿ I want to know him deeper than him just liking Eloise.The writing as always with Harvey was perfect; I¿m so use to just breezing through her books but the pacing was a little roller-coaster-y; fast at the beginning but towards the middle it seemed to drag a little then the pace picked but up in the end. But that was just because Harvey had a lot of background to cover with Elise¿s family and such. Be prepared to be stolen away in this wonderful Fey tale!
renkellym on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I¿ve always enjoyed Alyxandra Harvey¿s writing; she can usually be counted on for fun, humorous stories. Stolen Away, however, doesn¿t feel as fleshed out or vivid as Harvey¿s previous books. The dual narration by Eloise and Jo is indistinguishable and almost unnecessary; the story on the whole seems simplistic; and there is very little exposition at the beginning of the novel. Now that my major gripes are out of the way, I¿ll focus on some of the more positive aspects of Stolen Away. Make no mistake; I didn¿t completely dislike the novel, however I found it to be very disappointing and surprisingly simplistic.One of the things Stolen Away has working in its favor is how quick of a read it is. Stolen Away is perfect for a two-hour car ride or a read-a-thon. It hooks you with the suspense of Eloise¿s capture, and the subsequent fast pace keeps you reading until the end. The dual narrative changes things up every chapter or so, and it¿s neat to see human best friends coming to the rescue, instead of just a knight in shining armor. Eloise isn¿t a protagonist that I grew particularly fond of, but her courage is admirable, and I enjoyed her narration the most. Jo¿s personality is a bit more fun, but her instant infatuation with a certain guy is a bit of a turn-off.Harvey¿s Fae mythology isn¿t unfamiliar if you¿ve read any other faerie-centric books, but she does explain it in a way that makes it easy for the reader to understand. Stolen Away would be a great introductory book for those unfamiliar with faerie mythology. The parts of the story that involve the Fae are, in my opinion, the best. Harvey¿s creatures are horrifying and occasionally hilarious, and the places they live are absolutely spectacular.Keep in mind that though Stolen Away didn¿t captivate me, others might feel differently.
Tristan_Bruce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love Alyxandra Harvey. Both the Drake Chronicles and Haunting Violet, but Stolen Away missed the mark. While the plot was fast moving and the characters were easily likable I couldn't get into it. The alternating POV is entirely to blame, it switches between Eloise and her best friend Jo. In my opinion it just didn't work. The story, as described in the summary, revolves around Eloise and her aunt Antonia, so Jo's point of view isn't even needed, if anything it's just distracting. But, I liked Jo a lot more than Eloise, she's quick witted, outgoing and likes to use British slang, in short she's adorable. I was way more interested when reading Jo's chapters and it didn't hurt that The Big Bad's hottie son had a thing for her. The book would have been a total hit for me had Jo taken Eloise's place as the main character and been told entirely from her perspective, leaving Eloise as a the best friend and sidekick.There was a lot of originality with the fey lore and while interesting it wasn't explained well and I sometimes found it confusing. There was so much going on at a very quick pace so a lot of the background info fell through the cracks. I really wish I enjoyed this book more but I just didn't. If you're a die-hard Harvey fan I would suggest reading it just to experience her world of fairy, but if you're not I say skip it. With that, I'm giving Stolen Away 3 out of 5.
Truly_Bookish on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I¿ve heard great things about Alyxandra Harvey¿s Drake Chronicles series so when I saw that she had written a fey book, I just knew I had to read it.Stolen Away is set in a small town that despite it being fall, is having an awful heat wave brought on by the fey king, Lord Strahan, who refuses to step down even though his reign is up. Eloise has no idea that her eccentric aunt is even married much less to a fey king. She finds out the fey are real when she is attacked and kidnapped Strahan¿s minions so he can use her to lure her aunt, his wife, to him. The story is told from the first person¿s perspectives of both Eloise and her friend, Jo. Other reviewers have complained that the alternating perspective was confusing but I had no problems with it. Eloise with her rockabilly hair and tattoos and Jo with her British accent and funky clothes are both cool, likable characters.The book is fast paced, has lots of action and has really great descriptions of the fey world. Unfortunately, the plot was not very developed and the whole story seemed rushed. Another thing I¿m not crazy about is the relationship between Jo and Eldric. While not exactly insta-love, their relationship develops very fast. I was actually surprised when Jo admitted that she was in love with Eldric after talking to him a few times and spending very little time with him.Harvey is obviously an imaginative storyteller and while I loved the idea behind Stolen Away, I wish it had more depth. The book is a quick, fun read and appears to be a stand alone novel. While Stolen Away has its flaws, I liked Harvey¿s writing enough to try some of her other novels. Content: Profanity, kissing and violence
pollywannabook on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyEven 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
TValeros on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I flew through Stolen Away like a breeze. It easily grabs your attention with upbeat humor as well as believable scenarios, and a bit of rockabilly kick-assery!Eloise and Jo take turns in voicing out their point of views. I enjoyed reading Eloise most because she was modest and even though she knows how to hold her own she doesn't show it. Jo on the other hand, I wasn't too keen on. She was way too focused on guys and fell for Eldric (as in love) way too quickly, right from the start. The male characters are lovable. Lucas and Eldric are swoon worthy, and Devin just makes me want him as my BFF too.The story wasn't so much as a big bang that would blow your mind, but it was enjoyable and romantic in some sorts. It's just that the fae/faery stories are really big these days that you have more than likely have already read the various plots/takes, I just wished there was some more pizzaz or that certain something that can make it more distinguishable than the rest.In the ending, I was left feeling that it was more Jo's story instead of Eloise which kind of bummed me out. All in all, Stolen Away by Alyxandra Harvey is amusing, humorous, and goes great with a cup of tea!
summerskris on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
suz.haugland on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Stolen Away is quite a spectacular tale of romance and adventure. It's a wonderfully written book that involves the mystical and entrancing world of the fey, filled with dangerous peril, heart-pounding (possibly forbidden) romance, and epic adventures that await the main protagonist. The fae world is not only enticing, but fascinating as well. Harvey's special care in creating such an amazing world that provides an earthy backdrop for her characters, and the originality of the story she tells has introduced an interesting take on the world of the fae in general. One of my favorite things regarding the faeries and the different courts, was that the fae could shift into various animals and take on their forms. The character's were well written and established. Even though Eloise was the main protagonist of the novel, Jo ended up being my personal favorite. I enjoyed the fact that she walked to the beat of her own drum and possessed so much spunk and just seemed very likable and fun. The bond of friendship that Eloise, Jo, and Devin shared made this book even more fun to read. Their loyalty to one another, went above and beyond at times and made them even more likeable. Harvey did a wonderful job with character development and giving each of these character's their own sense of style and purpose, that possessed just the right amount of flare to have any reader falling in love with them. I appreciated the fact that there wasn't a love triangle introduced into this story, like so many young adult books tend to over-use. I think my favorite love connection to read about was the one happening between Jo and Eldric. They had a very interesting dymanic going on between them, because neither Jo or the rest of them can ever really know for sure whether or not Eldric will betray them or continue to help them. Plus, there's something so forbidden about these two, that makes me appreciation them even more. It's almost hard to describe, but there's this burning snap, crackle, and pop of fire between them - the perfect mix of chemistry to balance the other one out.Stolen Away is a fast-paced, beautiful look at the world of fey, that will defintiely keep anyone who enjoys fantasy novels entranced. The world Harvey has created is not only magical, but is filled with such richness and splendor in the story it has to tell and the history of the different fae courts interwoven amongst. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Melissa Marr, Holly Black, or Julie Kagawa.
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Openbooksociety_dot_com More than 1 year ago
Confusing!! Review brought to you by OBS staff member Dawn I’m sad to have to write this review. I’ve read The Drake Chronicles and I loved each one of them. I enjoyed Haunting Violet as well. However, Stolen Away did nothing for me. I finished the book but it was painful. I found the different points of view confusing and unnecessary. The book is bogged down with too much detail and bickering. I could not keep the secondary characters straight – they weren’t fleshed out. Eloise was kept in the dark, kind of ridiculous considering what’s at stake. Her mother and aunt felt they knew best and ended up putting her and her friends in danger. The mystery surrounding Aunt Antonia was revealed too soon, anti-climactic at best. Stolen Away is VERY repetitive. A similar situation happens to the characters a few times. It became absurd, the characters fell into the same trap over and over. Alyxandra Harvey dealt with bullying in the book, that I commend. It’s a tough issue and she handled it well. This review and more at openbooksociety dot com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The frist time I picked up this book I loved it. People who have not read this then try it now you will love it as I do trust me. What could you loss by just trying it out, it;s like a dress you dont know if it fits if you dont try it on! YOU WILL FALL IN LOVE WITH IT!
maeizzle More than 1 year ago
so, i was deciding on random books to read and i came across this one. The title alone just captured me and i ordered. when the book was delivered to my house, i opened the book and began to read. I could literally never let it go! i read the book nonstop in a total of three days because i thought it was so interesting! i've never read books about Faes(sp?) so albeit this being the first one... i now want to read more of these stories! Harvey is a very good writer, unlike some of the other fantasy writers i've seen. i recommend this book for people who are just beginning to read Fae or mythical fiction stories :]
Ladystorm More than 1 year ago
Alyxandra Harvey is one of my favorite authors, so I was curious about her faery book. Though I am not a huge fan of faery books, I really enjoyed this one. It has the same typical theme as a lot of fairy stories have, but it was well written and fast paced. Every girl dreams of her knight and shining armor, but Eloise gets a medieval looking pirate instead. Eloise doesn't want anything to do with Lucas nor does she believe any of the weird stuff he is talking about until some crow people kidnap her and take her to Faery. Eloise is a nice strong character, she is tough, but still gets frightened. Eloise is willing to take on Lord Strahan to free her aunt and she has a couple of loyal friends to help her out. The story is told from two POV's Eloise and her friend Jo. Jo is the boy crazy one of the bunch always dreaming of that knight and shining armor. She is a very fun character also, who ends up falling for Eldric, Lord Strahan's son. Will he end up being a good guy or a bad guy? (read and find out) Jo is very protective of her friend Eloise and shows it by going to great lengths to help her, I love the tight friendship they share. Both Lucas and Eldric have that sexy, going to save my girl qualities that we all like. Out of both of them I do think I liked Eldric the best, though it really is tough to choose between them and they are both really good characters. Over all I think that Alyxandra Harvey did a great job putting this novel together, it was light, fun and full of faery goodness that any one who loves these types of books would enjoy. The only thing I thought was off was that she made the Red Caps out to be not as evil as I think of them as being, but then I think Red Caps belong in a great horror novel... :) Also not real keen on the cover. If you love books about the Fae then I would recommend you check out this book, because Alyxandra Harvey is a excellent author!
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AnnabelleMarieV More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I didn't love it as much as I did Haunting Violet, but I still found it extremely enjoyable. It was a fun, quick read. I didn't care too much for Eloise. I liked her well enough, but she's not one of my favorite characters. She was kind of, um, I hate to say it, but boring. She was too serious for my taste. Deep down, she was more emotional, but on the outside she was too stiff. Still, she was actually a pretty intricate character, but definitely had room for improvement. I loved Jo! She was such a flirt! She was exciting and emotional. While on the outside she appeared flighty, inside she was more vulnerable. She had a nice, solid background. I enjoyed her part of the story immensely. Jo was, in my opinion, a better character than Eloise. I really, really liked her. Honesly, I'd like a sequel just so I read my of her story. She's fresh and exciting and moreover, alive. But, uh, she was a bit too British for an American. Mmmm. What can I say? I totally fell in love with Eldric. I mean, who doesn't love the gorgeous stranger? He was one of my favorite characters, hands down. He seemed genuinely caring but also passionate. And perfectly mysterious! Hmm. I was okay with Lucas. I thought he seemed pretty cute, but overall I just wasn't feeling it. He was from a different world, sure, but, um, overall I think Harvey overdid this point. He acted really weird at some points and it was just kind of not realistic or believable. Sure, he had his good points, and I love him for it, but as a general rule…not so much. Devin was sweet and I really liked how he stayed a part of the story! A fun, layered character who I really enjoyed reading about. Eloise's mother was peppy and upbeat. I liked her a lot. She was a fun addition to the story. To be honest, there's not a whole lot going for the plot. It's predictable and small, not going over a wide range of events but focusing on a climax. Still, it was nicely thought out. There wasn't too much extraneous stuff going on that detracted attention from the main focus. Honestly, it was really good. I only wish there had been a bit more depth and length to it. There's not a whole lot that goes on with Eloise's romance, not really. It's pleasant, but a tad bit instalovey. Still, I did think it was nicely written. Once or twice it was too disgustingly father-daughter, but I got over that and it got better. I enjoyed this so much better. Jo's romance was more fun, but again, it leaned towards instalove. The big moment was sweet, but when I was reading it I actually thought about how unbelievable it was. Anyhow, I did enjoy her romance. It was an equal romance with a bit of fairytale mixed in. Some of the writing was…questionable. As aforementioned, Jo is too British for an American. This includes her Brit-speak, which just sounds kind of odd and misplaced. It really wasn't necessary. I liked this writing. Harvey has a pretty writing style that I really like. It was pleasant and quick to read, and I didn't have to go back to try and understand. While a bit too predictable for my taste, it was still fine. It wasn't random or odd; it really fit and I'm sure Harvey did a fair bit of thinking before she chose to end it this way. I don't want to give this ending away, though! So all I'll say is that I liked it very well. It wasn't my favorite, perhaps, but it was still a very good choice for an ending. I would definitely recommend this book to others!
redleocat1 More than 1 year ago
Stolen Away took me back to why I’ve always loved Harvey’s books. I fell in love with the story completely. It I really liked reading Harvey’s take on the Fey. Which was pretty traditional, I liked the whole aspect of the fey shape shifting into birds. If you’ve read Harvey’s other books you’ll also know that she creates very strong friendships bonds. Which is always refreshing, because Eloise Hart and Jo are a great duo. They’re strong-brave YA female characters, who always have each other’s back, the ideal besties. As El and Jo’s story are told from two different POV’s, I felt like Jo’s story overpowered El’s. Jo story was way more interesting, a leading story. Love interest Lucas(Eloise) and Eldric( Jo) are totally different characters. It’s really a good vs. evil kind of thing. But they both have the same background; strong, dark, protective personalities that make them both good guys for these two amazing girls (which makes me jealous lol.) At times like Jo & El, Eldric overshadows Lucas. Eldric comes from a“brokin home” I understand his character, while Lucas on the other hand is like the “golden boy.” I want to know him deeper than him just liking Eloise. The writing as always with Harvey was perfect; I’m so use to just breezing through her books but the pacing was a little roller-coaster-y; fast at the beginning but towards the middle it seemed to drag a little then the pace picked but up in the end. But that was just because Harvey had a lot of background to cover with Elise’s family and such. Be prepared to be stolen away in this wonderful Fey tale!
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
First off, I love fae stories. They always intrigued me to no end. Not to mention that I love Alyxandra Harvey. Her stories are always so full and passionate that I can always expect such a wonderful reading adventure. The story line of this book is not unique but is so well done! I love that Ms. Harvey can take the storyline and make it like new. The description and emotions of each character are written well. The other part I loved about the story are the love interest. There are two and no love triangles. Each girls find her love. I adored that both girls fight for what is right and who they love. Both guys are commendable guys and deserve the girls they found. What I also loved about this story is the great point of view switches. The point of view switches are nicely done. They don't confuse the reader but flow along with the story. The pleasure of reading Stolen Away is leaves me giddy. The enchantment of the story is delightful and appealing, enjoyable till the very end.
thereaderbee More than 1 year ago
Stolen Away is the second book I’ve read by Alyxandra Harvey. I adored this book just as much as I did Haunting Violet. Mrs. Harvey has a wonderful way of weaving together story that will grab your attention and keep you hooked to the pages. I love her books, and am looking forward to reading a lot more of her work! Eloise Hart is your average teenage girl. Her world is pretty normal, until the day she discovers the existence of Fae after being kidnapped and held captive by Strahan, King of the Faery. Eloise’s Aunt Antonia, who is also Strahan’s long lost wife, comes to the rescue, but is then taken captive herself. It is up to Eloise, and her two best friends, Jo and Devin, to save Antonia, and possibly the Fae world and their own world. The story is told in alternating viewpoints between Eloise and her best friend Jo. I really loved both of these girls. While Eloise comes off as quiet and shy at the beginning of the book, she definitely grows and finds her voice throughout the book. Jo is the exact opposite of Eloise; she is extremely confident, strong-willed, and a little bit snarky as well. I really loved this about her. Their other best friend, Devin, was great as well. I wish we had seen a little bit more of him in the book. The love interests in the book were great. I loved both of the boys, Lucas (Eloise), and Eldric (Jo). The relationship between Eldric and Jo was a bit intense, and it was right on the borderline for insta-love for me. It just happened really quickly. The relationship between Lucas and Eloise was sweet, and grew over a much longer period of time. I did enjoy both couples! I didn’t think I was going to like the storyline for the book; Fae has been a little overused. But I ended up really enjoying the storyline. It was very mysterious, and that and the pacing of the book kept me hooked to the pages. I finished this book in one day, it was that good. The ending of the book was very satisfying, and is definitely left open if Mrs. Harvey ever wanted to do a series. Overall, I thought this book was so great. I am officially an Alyxandra Harvey fan, and can’t wait to read more of her work!