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Creepy Hollow: Vi’s Story by @rachelmorgan #bookreview #faeries #darkfantasy

I found Rachel online when I was researching all the things I needed to know as a South African author. I signed up for her newsletter and got the first two Creepy Hollow books free. And then I won the third book – signed! – during a holiday give-away.

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The first three books of the Creepy Hollow series combine to tell Vi’s story. Here’s the book details and reviews.

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.

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My Review: The Faerie Guardian

Creepy Hollow is one of those places that you really want to live in – if you were a magical being, of course, able to protect yourself from the creepy things living there. Great worldbuilding, obviously. I enjoy the Underground and the Labyrinth that exists beneath Creepy Hollow and that one can enter it from the human realm (hinted at the beginning) and the faerie paths.

Feels a bit episodic between parts, though. Especially the stuff with Nate. But it’s good. My favourite part is when they go and save the girl from the evil faerie and discover that he has more of the magical items Vi had found in the beginning.

Love the twist!

I like the villains. I like the capricious nature of the fae. I like how nothing is what it seems. And I like the way it reminds me of “Vampire Academy”: training as a guardian, having something to prove, being very athletic, going places she shouldn’t.

So I guess if you liked “Vampire Academy”, you’ll like “The Faerie Guardian”.

Star rating:
Editing: 4 stars
Premise: 4 stars
Wonder: 5 stars
Trigger warning: abduction, violence, death, torture
Overall: 4 stars

Packed with spine-tingling intrigue and swoonworthy romance, the plot thickens in this YA fantasy from author Rachel Morgan…

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. 

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My Review: The Faerie Prince

Wow! I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The red herrings were superb – I knew who it was, yet there were viable suspects, too. And yeah, The Kiss was spectacular.

I like how Vi’s relationships grow as she grows. I like the secrets that have been kept for decades and are now revealed – and the way it affects Vi. I also like how her decisions affects the world around her.

Mm, Zell was quite effective as the bad guy without appearing on the page as much as in the previous book. Great twist! And the title reveals so much without one realising it until near the end.

Great worldbuilding. Great drama. Love the magic. And the end…! Can’t wait to read the next book.

Star rating:
Editing: 5 stars
Premise: 5 stars
Wonder: 5 stars
Trigger warning: abduction, violence, death, torture
Overall: 5 stars

Driven by action, suspense, and a strong heroine, this deliciously detailed, bestselling YA fantasy will keep you turning the pages right up until the epic conclusion…

Violet Fairdale is in big trouble. Her home is gone, her beloved forest lies in ruins, the guy she gave her heart to has deserted her-and she doesn’t remember any of it. The powerful Lord Draven is taking over, brainwashing guardians into fighting for him. No one is safe from the evil spreading throughout the fae world.

As alliances are forged between the remaining free fae, Vi struggles to reclaim her identity and figure out where she belongs in this new world. When someone from her past shows up, life gets more complicated. He brings with him a long-forgotten weapon and an ancient prophecy that places Vi at the center of the fight against Draven. With the future of the fae world at stake, can Vi carry out the prophecy’s instructions before it’s too late?

Check it out on Goodreads.

My Review: The Faerie War

Violet has no memory of who she is. The evil Lord Draven has taken over the fae realm and is brainwashing everyone to do his bidding. She will do anything to help her new friends to stay free.

Love the use of amnesia to help Violet grow. And falling in love again with the same guy… Sigh. Ryn really is great.

Awesome worldbuilding. Great battles. So many twists and turns. And the true meaning of the prophecy…!

A great ending to Vi’s story. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

Star rating:
Editing: 5 stars
Premise: 5 stars
Wonder: 5 stars
Trigger warning: abduction, violence, death, torture
Overall: 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed these books and cannot wait to read the rest – waiting in my Kobo library 😉

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