I love this series more than I love rainy days and cups of tea (seriously, it’s wonderful).
I’ve been in love with the Creepy Hollow series over a year now *gives 1 year anniversary cupcakes and kittens to everyone* and since then have met the author *cries 37 happy tears* and have reread the books 5 (6?) times each. This series is GOOD and frankly, I NEED MORE PEOPLE TO BE OBSESSED WITH IT, okay?
So, here is the link to get book 1 FREE (you better get it; it’s a FREE BOOK PEOPLES!!!) and don’t worry if you’re thinking ‘but what is this even about?’ I’M GOING TO TELL YOU RIGHT NOW with my review (more accurately, I’m goign to tell you what it’s about with the blurb because I spent a lot of time loving these characters in the review…) of The Faerie Guardian (Creepy Hollow book 1) by the fabulous Rachel Morgan.
From the very beginning you’re thrown into this magical world of faeries with incredibly coloured hair, power struggles and characters that had me laughing out loud (literally) one second and ready to set the book in time out the next.
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.
Violet is a kickass heroine; she’s tough, sassy and a faerie you’ll love instantly. Through the novel I found myself latching onto all the characters obsessively, as in, I LOVE THESE CHARACTERS and I want them to be my best friends (well, I want some of them to be my best friends…others can stay FAR away from me, thank you very much). They’re quirky, relatable and (which is something I don’t usually find in YA fantasy books) they’re so teenager-ish (that’s noo a work but we’ll pretend it is).
“Aren’t faeries supposed to be, like, really tiny? With wings and a wand and faerie dust?”
“I’m not Tinker Bell!”
“So you don’t have wings then?” he asks, completely ignoring what I just said.
“Sure I do. They’re in my pocket.”
Early on you’re introduced to Nate – Nathaniel – the cute human boy who can see through glamor and follows Violet into the fae realm. He’s easy to love and epitomises the way I think any human would feel experiencing magic, monsters and a new realm for the first time while being a typical teenage boy.
“Well, this is cosy,” Nate says. He winks at me.
“Don’t get any ideas, Mr. Draven Avenue. Losing my concentration now would not be a good idea.”
“But you’re a girl. Can’t you multitask?”
“I refuse to let you talk me into a make-out session in a dodgy, underground tunnel. I have standards, you know.”
Don’t think it’s all about Nate trying to kiss Violet though – no way! There’s tons of action, training and a whole lot of injuries.
Still, Violet does her best to get this boy out of her life. She’s eager to fix things so that she can get back to training, doing assignments and upholding her feud with her ex-best friend and seemingly total arse, Oryn – Ryn – who (don’t hate me) I absolutely adore (even though he’s a bit of a jerk).
But, as expected, things don’t work out the way Violet would like and with evil Faeries hunting her down things get far more complicated than she had previously thought possible. *cue epic battles*
The story develops and takes you on an adventure like no other, filled with action, tension, young adult romance and plot twists that will have you wanting to yell at the book (there was a lot of yelling coming from my room when I first read this). Despite the yelling, I completed The Faerie Guardian in one sitting *throws confetti* and gave it 5/5 stars before deeming it one of my favourite books of 2015.
Do you plan to read The Faerie Guardian? Have you? What other epic stories do you know about that contain faeries? I WANT TO KNOW.
Title: The Faerie Guardian
Series: Creepy Hollow
Author: Rachel Morgan (who is SOUTH AFRICAN! #SouthAfricanPride)
Pages: 283 (first edition, physical copy)
Buying Links: The kindle version is FREE and you can get it right here.
Yours within the Bookworm Revolution,