Sunday, February 23, 2014

Review: All That Glows

Author: Ryan Graudin
ISBN: 0062187414
Book Genre: YA Supernatural / Paranormal
Release Date: February 11th 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Book Source: Edelweiss

Goodreads Synopsis:
Emrys—a fiery, red-headed Fae—always embraced her life in the Highlands, far from the city’s draining technology, until she’s sent to London to rejoin the Faery Guard. But this isn’t any normal assignment—she’s sent to guard Prince Richard: Britain’s notorious, partying bad boy and soon-to-be King. The prince’s careless ways and royal blood make him the irresistible for the dark spirits that feed on mortals. Sweet, disheveled, and alive with adventure—Richard is one charge who will put Emrys’s magic and heart to the test.
When an ancient force begins preying on the monarchy, Emrys must hunt through the London’s magical underworld, facing down Banshees, Black Dogs and Green Women to find the one who threatens Richard’s life. In this chaos of dark magic, palace murders and paparazzi, Emrys finds herself facing an impossible choice. For despite all her powers, Emrys has discovered a force that burns brighter than magic: love.


I suffer from a severe case of cover lust. Which is precisely why I requested this book from Edelweiss. Also, it kind of sounded like an interesting read. Personally I haven't had much of a good experience with Fae books, aside from the Iron Fey spinoff series Call of the Forgotten, so I was also kind of wary of the book. But it is a standalone, so I got closure by the end of it and didn't have to feel torn up on whether to continue the series or not if I hated it.

Emrys is sent to guard Prince Richard as punishment from Queen Mab. She's his Guardian Fairy but he doesn't know she exists, or at least he shouldn't know she exists. Emrys is a powerful fey, yet she seems to have some sort of problem keeping her veil up against Richard. Slowly they both form a bond as she tries to keep him safe from immortal threats - ones that were becoming quite frequent. There's an Old One rising to power, uniting fallen immortals and creating more threats against the crown. Emrys has her work cut out for her, and it's worse now that she's falling in love with Richard, especially when she knows nothing can happen, and the threat of what Mab would do to her if she found out.

This story was most definitely an interesting take on Fey and the courts. It's very unique with the setting of the world of Monarchy in England and in our times. There's also the inspired addition of King Arthur's history and intertwining it with both the current Monarchy as well as the Fey, yes, that was definitely a new take I hadn't seen before.

This book was heaps better than the Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr, that much I can tell. However, I didn't find it exactly mind-blowing. Don't get me wrong, I quite enjoyed it, as well as the added mystery of who the traitor was, and how it was all going to end. The pace of the story was perfect, and the characters were all interesting and unique. However, I wasn't mind blown. I found the story lacking a particular element to keep me on my toes. Anyhow, I did enjoy it, it's quite a light read considering it's a standalone. 

Rating: 3/5.

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