Review brought to you by OBS staff member Dawn
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 power is Eloise’s aunt Antonia-and Eloise has become his bargaining chip.
Eloise will need the help of her best friends Jo and Devin, along with the other Fae captives of Strahan’s hall. With a whole world of Faeries out to get her, Eloise, her Fae protector Lucas and the mysterious Eldric, must stop Strahan both worlds are thrust into complete chaos…Source
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.