Genre: YA fantasy/paranormal
Length: 285 print pages
Available formats: Kindle, EPUB, PDF
Links: Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, iBookstore
Source: Author for Review
SynopsisProtecting 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.
I am so glad that Rachel contacted me to read her book! I was originally sold on the title, I mean... Faeries.. yes please, but then the series is called Creepy Hollow... um, even more YES! I even mentioned it to my husband, and he said the title was suiting to something I would read. (And isn't the cover pretty? not too much detail but bright and fun, right?) Anyway enough of my rambling... the book....
I started reading it at 2 am when I couldn't sleep and could not put it down! I was amazed at the story telling; it was fast paced, entertaining, witty, and even swoon-worthy at times. Rachel's characters were fun to follow and Violet, the main character, is sarcastic and strong and is a force to be reckoned with -- everything I love in a female lead.
The synopsis gives you a pretty good example of the first half of the book, but the second half gets much more intense as characters develop and the plot gets more depth. The story-line has many layers and while it can be a little challenging to keep up with all the various characters that are involved, they are a pleasure to read about (even if they are evil and annoying). The descriptions of the settings and action scenes were more than I could have hoped for, they were so detailed I felt like I could be watching a movie. I was super impressed.
I think that my only struggle with reading this book was Violet's internal struggle through the first half; she is strong and top of her class, and begins to take a lot of risks that don't seem like her...it was difficult for me to understand these drastic changes in character personalities. I mean, yea there was a boy involved, but sometimes this got a bit annoying. A bit of insta-love, but overall in the plot it works, the beginning when we don't know the characters all that well yet was a bit weird.
Overall, I am a huge fan and can't wait to read more.