Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: May 8, 2013
Series: #2 (Creepy Hollows)
Length: 360 pages
Source: (author) review copy
“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.”
Wow! Author Rachel Morgan has done it again. You think the story is only going to be focused on one thing, but no. There’s seriously a lot more to it! It starts off with 18 year old Violet Fairdale, our faerie protagonist about to graduate, but before that she is assigned to her final assignment along with a partner. Everyone is excited about this assignment because they will be sent to a different place to do their task with a random partner. Violet’s partner turns out to be her worst-enemy-used-to-be-best-friend Ryn (Oryn). As I was reading, I thought the book will be focused on that mission, but it wasn’t! So I was like “okay, I wonder where this book is heading.” Page after page it just got better and better! The world building improved, the characters developed, and there were SO MANY TWISTS in this book! I caught myself saying “oh my gosh!”.. and that ending.. WHY RACHEL!? WHY!? WHY DID IT HAVE TO END THAT WAY? Major cliffhanger. I want the 3rd book now!
Violet is such a kick ass, witty, relatable character. She’s determined to be the best faerie trainee out of her whole class. She has determination and confidence which makes her an awesome female protagonist. I like how she’s not kick ass all the time though. That would just make her unrealistic and a dull character. She breaks down at times in the book due to remembering her parent’s death. I just love her Violet’s personality overall and her relationship with Oryn. Out of all the characters, Ryn has changed the most. It really surprised me that at some point I thought it was unbelievable. He’s best friends with Violet since day 1, but ever since Reed’s death (his brother) he became a bitter person especially towards Violet. He tries his best to humiliate her, tease her, and treats her badly. He was what you call a big, fat bully. But in this book, he changed big time which made me love him! I would have never thought I would love his character.
The romance was really cute in this book, but could be a bit cheesy at times. Who would’ve thought Violet and Ryn would be a couple? Just imagine the guy/girl you hate in the whole world and you have a relationship with him/her? I really like Ryn’s sweet, romantic side and how he proves to Violet that he’s serious about their relationship. There’s not only romance and friendship, but families, unexpected events, and backstabbing characters. There is so much going on that I will not mention it in this review as a tiny info is already a spoiler! There’s a lot of adventure that will make you keep flipping the pages.
I really love Rachel Morgan’s writing style. It flows well, and I like how she could connect all the problems that the characters were encountering whether old or new. They are somewhat all related to one another and I was left awed and amazed that she could all intertwine the characters’ situation. The only thing that kept me from giving it a 5/5 stars is sometimes I didn’t know what was happening towards the middle of the book, and how Ryn & Violet fell in love a bit quickly. I really like their relationship when they were already together, but the time where Violet kept thinking about Ryn or when Ryn told her that he wanted her, I didn’t really buy it. Overall I would recommend this series especially if you want to read a YA fantasy that involved faeries. If you want cliffhanger endings, lots of twist after twist after twist, and overall an unpredictable book, then Rachel Morgan’s series, Creepy Hollow, is for you.
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