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Saturday, May 10, 2014

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Review: The Faerie Guardian by Rachel Morgan

The Faerie Guardian by Rachel Morgan

Creepy Hollow #1
Author:
Rachel Morgan
Publication Daate: April 5, 2012
Publisher: Self Published

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.

[This novel was originally published in four separate parts: Guardian,Labyrinth, Traitor and Masquerade. It includes bonus scenes at the end that were not published in the individual parts.]
Review copy provided by the author via Xpresso Book Tours

Faeries! I adore them because they're cute, and I think that was a completely corny reason as to why I like faeries. I've actually seen The Faerie Guardian floating around a few times with great praise, and added it to my TBR (BTR? Really, Soph?). So when I actually saw that it was up for review over at Xpresso Book Tours... I definitely pounced on the opportunity and signed up ASAP.

The Faerie Guardian follows Violet Fairdale, who is a faerie training to be a guardian. On an assignment, Violet ends up breaking 2 important Guild rules – Never bring a human into the fae realm, and never reveal yourself to a human – completely by accident, and finds out that the human is completely different than what meets the eye.

So the cover. It's really pretty and magical and sparkly (but not too sparkly) and... can I say I keep oggling at it? It's a lot prettier than the prior cover, which is basically just a purple flower or said flower and a girl, depending on the cover you're looking at.

But I must have a thing for sassy characters, because Violet's thought processes are like monologues, she's an extremely strong and determined heroine, and her love/hate – more like hate – relationship with Ryn isn't annoying, unlike some.

Oh, and Ryn doesn't have a huge mega ego. Always a bonus, but there are 2 other books left in Creepy Hollow, so who knows? He could be placed in line for an ego check next time.

Or maybe it's the mere fact that Violet is like me in so many ways:
  • Hates heels
  • I'll probably fail at clothes casting no doubt
    • Sounds like Sophie Mercer from Hex Hall
    • I fail at sewing as well
  • Does not really like dresses
  • Avoids dances. Don't even ask me to prom, or even convince me. Because if that's the case...
So long story short, I actually loved The Faerie Guardian. And it's pretty rare an indie book actually gets a 4.5 – even harder to get a 5! – as a rating. Way to go Rachel Morgan (for probably being the first indie author to get a 5... rounded)! Now my next task is to convince a certain friend to read it... *evil grin* ^o^

5 Owls


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