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Review: The Faerie Prince by Rachel Morgan (Slow, but Interesting)

The Faerie Prince by Rachel Morgan

Creepy Hollow #2
Author:
Rachel Morgan
Publication Date: May 30, 2013
Publisher: Self Published
Reviewer: Sophia

Packed with spine-tingling intrigue and swoonworthy romance, the plot thickens in this YA fantasy from Amazon bestselling author, Rachel Morgan...

Guardian trainee Violet Fairdale is just weeks away from one of the most important occasions of her life: graduation. After messing up big time by bringing a human into the fae realm, Vi needs to step up her game and forget about Nate if she hopes to graduate as the top guardian of her year. Everything would be fine if she wasn’t forced to partner with Ryn, her ex-friend, ex-enemy, current ‘sort of friend’. They might be trying to patch up their relationship, but does she really want to spend a week undercover with him for their final assignment? On top of that, the possibly insane Unseelie Prince is still on the loose, free to ‘collect’ as many specially talented faeries as he can find—and Vi is still at the top of his list. Add in faerie queens, enchanted storms, complicated not-just-friends feelings, and a murder within the Guild itself, and graduation is about to become the least of Vi’s problems.
Review copy provided by eBooks for Review – thanks!

It's weird to get back into a series after over an entire year. Everything that happened back in the first Creepy Hollow book has either been entirely forgotten or stored away and wouldn't be recovered unless Rachel Morgan refreshed me in the sequel.

I suppose the memorable ones – the ones I'm extremely passionate or enraged about are the ones that are remembered. Someone do an experiment on this. I digress.

The second book in the Creepy Hollow series brings us back to Creepy Hollow (of course), shortly after Violet was handed over to the Unseelie Court by Nate, a half human and half faerie she fell in love with. Violet and Ryn decide to forget their ugly past and become friends, and Violet gets her final assignment as a trainee before becoming a guardian and finding out whether or not she gets the top prize of her graduating class.

The Faerie Prince isn't exactly as action-packed this time, mainly focusing on Violet's final assignment as a trainee before graduation – definitely the slowest out of all three books in this first arc of the series (I just hope Morgan doesn't pull off a Cassandra Clare/Erin Hunter). It's more of an observe, lose magic, and walk home – in midst of developing the overall plot of the first arc and Violet's relationship with Ryn.

Reading The Faerie Prince probably opened up my eyes on quite a few things about the series that I probably wouldn't have noticed while reading the first book, and had I actually read the first book again this year, I may not have rated it as high as I did. However, the series definitely has the majority of everything I would want in a book:

A fantastic main character – Violet is just like any other ordinary teenager, even if she's not a human. She has her moments and her quirks. She's extremely determined, wanting to do things on her own if at all possible without any help. She also kicks butt and she has an attitude filled with sass and the occasional sarcasm that makes the book more entertaining. It certainly made the second book entertaining. I suppose part of that sarcasm is to be blamed on Ryn.

The writing – It's fantastic. The way Morgan writes, you can almost feel Violet's emotions – her anxiety, fear, nervousness, happiness, joy, etc.
Oh dear Seelie Queen I'm going to trip in these heels and land on my butt and my dress will tear right down the middle and everyone will see my ridiculous enchanted underwear and –
A world I want to live in – I would love to live in Creepy Hollow. It might just be the faeries and other cool creatures (like Filigree, who I want as a pet), but I imagine the world to be absolutely magical and fantastical. I even want a story from another guild, so long as the traditions are different. Maybe from another creature? (I repeat: I seriously don't want a bunch of spin-offs, but that topic will be discussed another day.)

The ending of The Faerie Prince, however, felt a little abrupt. It also felt appropriate for some unknown reason, but with the slowness of the book, the fast ending just felt skewed and a little out of place. Everything seems to be going well and peachy for Violet, but all of a sudden, everything just falls apart and the book ends.

I'm not too sure how I feel about that.

4.5 Owls


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Sophia is the owner and founder of Bookwyrming Thoughts, but also found on various parts of the internet. She's a 19-year-old communications major who has weird humor and doesn't fit the Asian stereotype (maybe a little). Books, chocolate, technology, and music are among some of her favorite things. For more of her work, visit her personal website.