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 of it alive.
©2015 Rachel Morgan (P)2015 Tantor
Um. Okay. This is going to be really hard to review... I should not have liked this, at least in theory. Violet does not really have an overall goal so although the differerent parts of the plot are linked they feel more like individual adventures, and the climax isn't really all that climactic, considering nothing is really defeated, just escaped.
HOWEVER, this was really fun. I didn't want to stop listening. I enjoyed what happened and felt for Vi. The best way I can think to put my feelings for it is that it was like reading a good fanfiction, the characters and scenes are a lot of fun but it feels like the writer is letting it go where it wants to. So, despite some flaws, I enjoyed this. Enjoyed it enough that I'll be picking up the sequel.
Pleasantly surprised. Discovered that faerie reads can be nice. Generally I dont go for theme because they are too high fantasy for me, but this was a perfect balance. Vi, did some fast growing up. I felt bad for her and I got quiet at my desk when Ryn broke down and told how he felt . The battles and action seemed very crime show cop/detective inspired but i like that. Rachel did the best job descripting the Faerien world m which is normally my sticking point on these type of novels. She handled that task with flying colors. Great read and i will be picking up number 2 tomorrow .
"Charming YA Fantasy"
Yes! Although this book was slow to get going, in my opinion, the characters grew on me and I immediately liked Violet, the main character.
I was constantly reminded of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments. The Guardians reminded me very much of the Shadow Hunters in Clare's novels. Morgan's Guardians train to protect humans from the more malicious beings from Faerie and they also use a variety of weapons and gadgets similar to those in the Mortal Instruments books.
I have not. I thought they did a great job narrating!
Not in the very beginning, but the further I got into the book, the more I wanted to just sit and finish listening.
Great narration and an intriguing story that is just beginning. Looking forward to all that will unfold in the next books!
I really enjoyed the story, although the accent of the lady reading kind of irritated me. By the end of the book I did get used to it. I look forward to the next in the series for sure.
"surprisingly good book!"
This book was so interesting and easy to listen to. Time passed very quickly and now I'm desperate for the next book! Loved it.
"A great tale that brings vivid pictures to your mind"
This is such a great story for middle school grades to adult. The plot is never dull, and the characters are so colorful. I recommend it highly.
"This is a great start to, what I expect will be, an awesome Series"
I'm so eager to get to The Faery Prince, I can barely form coherent thoughts and cohesive sentences to express said thoughts, but I shall try.
I love this book. Violet is an amazing heroin, strong, but realistically so. And though she lives in a world very different to our own, she still relatable. Speaking of her world, I love the slight twist of traditional faery lore.
Each character is compelling and three-dimensional; everyone seems to have their own unique voice and backstory.
I was just as shocked and distraught as Violet during one scene of betrayal, But I'm extremely excited for the the next turn the book took near the end. Something new blossoming that I cannot wait to watch play out.
Rachel Morgan is a talented author who I cannot wait to read more from. She neither under or over describes. She gives us enough detail to believe that these places are real to her mind, and help us to see and imagine what she does.
Well, I think I did a pretty good job of getting all of my thoughts out. Now I'm off to read book 2. And while I do that, I strongly encourage you all to read this one :-)
Love the narrators. The book for me, it was hard to get into. Found myself easily uninterested. Lots of play backing parts of the story. The book didnt really capture me, but I pushed on through and I'm glad I finished it. So, on to book 2.
"Starts rough but ends up being a decent read."
I got this book to read on audiobook. The audiobook was decently done but not wonderful. The main heroine has a very chirpy voice which doesn’t match her character all that well. Additionally a lot of the male voices sounded similar (particularly Nate and Ryn).
I really didn’t like the beginning of this book. The story was just too simple and too silly; the beginning is all about Nate following Vi into faerie and getting her into trouble and the chaos that follows when she tries to get him back home. I thought Nate was incredibly unlikable; he came across as selfish and chauvinistic and I truly did not understand what a strong girl like Vi saw in him. I almost stopped listening to this a couple hours in because I just could not stand Nate.
The book got a lot better in the second half when Vi starts to unravel the mystery around Nate’s mom and the strange eye tattoo Nate ends up with. Here we get introduced to a lot more of the politics in Faerie and the story gets tons more interesting. Also Nate gets a lot less page space and Ryn gets a lot more (I loved Ryn).
I absolutely loved Ryn’s character and really loved the dynamic him and Vi had going on. Ryn comes off as a jerk early on, but as you learn the complicated history between him and Vi things get more and more interesting.
In the second half of the book there is a also a lot more discussion about powerful magic items and a plot to collect them and this was very engaging.
The action scenes are well done and I enjoyed most of the characters (except for Nate). In the end this ended up being a decent book despite the rough start.
Overall an okay read that has a lot of fae magic, romance, and action. I would recommend to those who enjoy paranormal YA reads. The book started rough but got better towards the end. I am unsure if I will continue with the series or not; I’ll have to think about it a bit.
I layed in bed and listened for hours to this one. wished it hadn't ended. bought next one right after.
loved it, always kept me wondering what was going to happen next can't wait to get the next book and start reading it
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