“The Faerie Guardian” (Creepy Hollow #1) by Rachel Morgan (2012)
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance, Fiction
Page Length: 298 pages (electronic edition)
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. (description from Goodreads)
As I was reading the beginning of The Faerie Guardian I was inwardly groaning because it seemed so predictable like the stereotypical fantasy story. The faerie girl, Violet, starts to fall in love with the human boy, Nate which is a big no-no in the faerie world. And then Nate turns out to be a half-ling as they find out secrets about his biological mother (don’t worry this isn’t a big spoiler). But as I kept on reading the story redeems itself with impressive action scenes, satisfying character development, and amazing fantasy aspects.
Violet is a main protagonist that appeals to readers and though she starts off with a “always follow the rules” mindset, she eventually starts to loosen up and follow her heart. She also shows that under all the confidence she constantly radiates she’s still afraid of making mistakes and being vulnerable. She tries to do her best and aspires to be a great guardian like her parents were.
On a side note, I thought Nate’s misconception of how faeries look and act to be very funny. It kinda mirrors our “human thinking” in expecting all fairies to be tiny little pixies like Tinkerbell.
One of the downsides to the novel is that story’s ending comes to a abrupt stop without it being an actual cliffhanger. The story never really comes to a close and is left open-ended making you second guess if you at the end of the book. It left me feeling a little confused.
Even though the events of The Faerie Guardian were foreseen, it was still a suspenseful and fun read! I will continue to read the rest of the books in the series.
FTC Disclosure: I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.