Saturday, April 26, 2014

Faerie Guardian

Pages: 298
Source: Xpresso Book Tours

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.

Hey guys! Today I have a review of Faerie Guardian by Rachel Morgan. I was sent a copy by Xpresso Book Tours for review and this did not affect my opinion of this book in any way.

Violet Fairdale is the top guardian trainee of her class. She does everything as quickly and efficiently as possible. And one mission is going to jeopardize it all. After taking care of a serpent that was about to attack a human boy, Violet unknowingly brings him into the Fae realm with her. That breaks the two biggest rules out there. Nate is a human who is suddenly bombarded with the fact that there are Fae creatures out there that hunt dangerous creatures to protect humanity. Things suddenly got a lot more complicated for Violet.

To be completely honest, I have some mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed it, but I didn't love it. Violet was a pretty kickass character and I really liked reading all the fighting scenes where she whips her amazing moves and defeats all the bad guys. But at the same time, her entire world is essentially shaken but one human boy. With the addition of Nate, Violet finds her life thrown in a cycle of betrayal, mysteries, and unknown danger. Violet's world becomes completely surrounded by Nate and I just didn't feel like they had a connection that strong to begin with. 

Building off of that, I didn't really like Nate. Sorry Nate-lovers, but he just didn't appeal to me. He did have a sweet side to him at times, but I felt like he was so easily swayed by others and so willing to betray family and people he cared about so easily for a chance at finding who he was. (Spoiler) He was just too willing in my opinion to hand over Violet to the Unseelie Prince that I just can't get myself to like him. Plus, he did that after Violet risked so much for him. (End Spoiler) I understand that finding out that Fae exist and that your mom is connected is kind of mind blowing, but I didn't support his actions and yeah...I didn't like him.

Other than my problems with the romance and Nate, I did enjoy the story. It was really action packed and you learn a lot about the Fae world in just the first book. Obviously there are a ton of Fae related books out there like the Iron Fey series, but I did think that Rachel Morgan put a very unique twist on the whole world. The writing was definitely really entertaining and fun to read and I thoroughly enjoyed the world.

Oh, one more thing. There is a sort of resolution between Violet and an old friend turned enemy which I thought was probably the best part of the story. Her bickering with Ryn was really entertaining to read at her expense and at the beginning I did really hate him. As the story continued, there was a lot that was revealed about Violet and Ryn's past and you do start to feel for him. He turns from a completely jerk and bully to someone who actually has a heart, and I do mean that. So I definitely liked the turnout in their relationship and while they're still frenemies, I'm holding out hope!

With that said, I would probably pick up the next two books if I can just because I really want to see what happens next. The ending does kind of leave you hanging with a lot of questions. I do recommend this book mainly for the world and less so for the characters. So if you're a big character person, you might get slightly frustrated. 
3.5/5 stars

Foreverly Obsessed,

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