June 7, 2013

Spotlight on: The Faerie Prince by Rachel Morgan

The Faerie Prince by Rachel Morgan
Book Two in the Creepy Hollows Series 

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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.

10 Things You Didn't Know About Rachel Morgan

1. She isn't just a fictional character in Kim Harrison's Hollows series. There is also a Rachel Morgan author and she is a REAL person!

The baby days
2. She is shy and introverted but, weirdly enough, loved being on the stage in high school and even dreamed of being a stage actress for a while!

3. She is NOT an adrenaline junkie but, weirdly enough (again!), her best friend in high school convinced her to do a gorge swing in Zambia (follow the link to see just how freaking scary that is!).

4. She has been a musician for most of her life and played in a provincial youth orchestra when she was in high school.

The university days
5. She wore braces for over two years. (Nooooo! Not the dreaded braces!)

6. She doesn't like coffee.

7. Dog hair and cat hair on her clothes and furniture kind of freaks her out. So does glitter. (It sticks to you and has tiny sharp edges and what if it gets in your eyes?!)

The "now" days!
8. She used to be able to recite the whole of Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhyme version of Cinderella. She can now remember about a third of it (which, considering she learned it about fifteen years ago, is pretty good!)

9. She can't fall asleep without earplugs.

10. She can read a book without bending the spine.

The Faerie Prince (Creepy Hollow, #2)The Faerie Prince by Rachel Morgan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Holy cliffhanger, batman! It's not very often that I have such high praise for the second book in a series. Usually I end up feeling somewhat disappointed - sort of like whatever made the first book special was lost in the second. Not in this case! This book lived up to the high standard set by The Faerie Guardian and then blew it out of the water.

While The Faerie Guardian was mostly focused on action with a little dose of romance thrown in, The Faerie Prince took a turn into major young love territory. Ryn outdid himself in this book by transforming into the ultimate bad boy done good. And while all of the romantical stuff between Violet and Ryn stayed firmly in the YA category, it was so well written and felt so real that it strongly evokes all of those first love feelings that everyone has experienced. Plus, the relationship between Vi and Ryn is allowed to develop so naturally and organically, that you can't help but be drawn into their story. I loved the gradual shift from enemies, to awkward friends to ... more.

But don't think that just because Rachel Morgan upped the *kissy* factor that she skimped on the action. Not at all! This book was cram-packed with danger, deception, and evil plots galore. And one of our not-so-favorite characters makes his return. That's right! Nate's back.....dun, dun, dun!  (That's suspenseful villain music in case you're not familiar with comic book lingo.)  ;)

I don't want to give away any spoilers, so I'll just say that this book will lead you on a merry chase, and then drop a live grenade right in the middle of your lap at the end. I am totally counting the days until book three is out in October of this year. This is definitely one of my favorite YA series that I have read since Harry Potter and Twilight, and I can't wait to see what happens next. Rachel Morgan, please, please, write fast! :)

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The Faerie Guardian by Rachel Morgan
Book One in the Creepy Hollow Series

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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.

The Faerie Guardian (Creepy Hollow, #1)The Faerie Guardian by Rachel Morgan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was immediately drawn to this book because of it's beautiful cover (amazing, right?). What was inside the cover didn't disappoint either. Rachel Morgan is a damn good writer, and creates a magical world for us to enjoy in Creepy Hollow. It is full offFaeries and goblins, halflings and pixies, and various other species that go bump in the night. I read another review that compares The Faerie Guardian to Harry Potter, and while I can see the similarities, there are also a lot of things that are different that make this book stand on its own. However, if you are a fan of Harry Potter (and who isn't, amiright?) you will definitely like this book - it has that same feel to it.

I love the characters of Violet and Ryn. Now, I haven't read book two yet, but I predict that all of the animosity and fighting going on between the two of them will end up in one heck of a romantic blow-up (I hope). Nate was an interesting character, but I didn't really see why Violet was all that attracted to him. He seemed sort of soft and nerdy while she is an awesomely kick-ass Guardian trainee. But, even though I didn't really want them to be together, I totally didn't see the twist coming that involves Nate.

I liked that even though Violet and Ryn are technically still in school and training to be full fledged Guardians, their assignments take place out in the real world instead of in a classroom. This made for a way more exciting story. I also love the fact that while Violet is a straight "A" overachiever, she is not scared to break the rules when needed.

While this book didn't necessarily end with a big cliffhanger, it definitely left me with more questions than answers - in a good way. I can't wait to read book two and see what else happens in Creepy Hollow!

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Rachel is currently touring the blogoverse to spread the word about her newest book, The Faerie Prince, second novel in the Creepy Hollow series. You can find it at the following online retailers (and if you haven't yet read the first book, The Faerie Guardian, you can find out where to get it on this page)

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Rachel Morgan was born in South Africa and spent a large portion of her childhood living in a fantasy land of her own making. After completing a degree in genetics, she decided science wasn’t for her—after all, they didn’t approve of made-up facts. These days she spends much of her time immersed in fantasy land once more, writing fiction for young adults.

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  1. Wow, thank you for hosting a guest post and TWO reviews! And such super positive reviews that make me go squeeeeee inside and want to get back to working on the third book!
    (-: Lots of smiles from me :-)

  2. Oh, you were a beautiful baby Rachel!

    If you ever visit my house, I'll have to get a pristine sheet for you to sit on. My furniture gets vacuumed regularly and isn't full of cat or dog hair but I do have critters coming inside so it isn't hair free, lol!

    You're braver than me. No way on the gorge swing, lol!



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