Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Faerie Guardian by Rachel Morgan (Review)

Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal
Publication.Date  October 27th 2012 
Published By:  Rachel Morgan
WebsiteRachel Morgan 

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My review copy:Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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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.]

“Strands of sun-bleached hair lie across his forehead, and his lips—which I may or may not have been admiring for the past half hour—are parted.”
“And you keep them in your boot in case of a fashion emergency while out on an assignment?”
“A key? Oh dear, have you been locked out of somewhere ever since?”
“‘Do you mean to tell me that I’m the only one you bestow your delightful insults upon?’ I place my hand on my chest. ‘I’m touched.’”

     I'm really picky when it comes to faerie books. Sometimes they tend to bore me with all the information that goes into them, so they're usually very hit or miss for me. That said, I was a wee bit wary going into The Faerie Guardian. Which means I'm also super happy to say that this book was great. Definitely one of the better faerie books I've read.

Rachel Morgan did a great job of creating an entertaining and unique voice for her main character, Violet, from the very beginning of the book. That originally drew me in and kept me going, and everything was uphill from there.

Character Rundown:
Violet: I really liked Violet! She was smart and cautious, but she wasn't a total jerk either. She had snark and was so funny, but could take a situation seriously when it was necessary. If I were to know her in real life, we'd totally be friends. The best of friends, actually.

Nate: I saw his little thing with Violet coming from a mile away, from the moment she thought he was cute and his face was plastered to that algebra book. Nate...I don't really like him. At all. I actually kind of want to slap him. He and I will now and forever have a love/hate relationship.

Ryn: THIS IS MY BOY RIGHT HERE. He was such a jerk, but I can't help it--his character was so strong and I liked that. Plus, he was soooooo not perfect, but he...just. Goodness. This boy makes me speechless. I don't think any words I can give you will do him justice, so I'm going to leave it with what I said. If you want to know more, you seriously need to read this book.

Plot. I can honestly say I did not see it coming. I totally SHOULD have, and in hindsight, I smack myself, but I was shocked. WHAT I'm talking about, I'm not going to say, but if you've read the book you know. Kudos to Rachel Morgan for throwing me through a fire-framed loop. I swear, this story was so much fun to get into.

Romance. I am Team Ryn, in case you had not noticed. Which is completely silly, considering there isn't much reason for teams (yet?), but I'm still rooting for my boy. I wasn't much impressed with Nate &Vi's little relationship they had going. That's probably because of my opinion of Nate. But still. They had a couple sweet moments, but other than that, I felt so-so towards those two TOGETHER.

The ending. Um, there's a sequel. I must read it. Sometime soon, hopefully.

Overall, Rachel Morgan has written a fabulous faerie story that not only held my attention from cover to cover, but amused me and had me experiencing every little twist and turn in her gorgeous plot. If you want to five a story about fae a try, but are cautious (like me), this one would definitely be a good one to try for. It's funny and unpredictable, and completely hooked me. :)

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