Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Writer's View: The Faerie Guardian by Rachel Morgan - Blog Tour Stop

From Goodreads: 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 glamour 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 Writer's View

I'm so excited to be a part of the blog tour for The Faerie Guardian! I dropped Rachel a note on Goodreads to let her know how much I loved her book. When she asked if I would be interested in participating in her blog tour, how could I say no?

This book was awesome! Let me sum up all the things that rocked about The Faerie Guardian. I'm going to use bullet points because if I don't, this review would be 10 pages long and no one would read it.

- Economical prose -- no wasted words, no slow scenes, just non-stop story that rocked.

- Novella -- I love novellas. Faerie Guardian is a collection of 4 novella from the Creepy Hollow Series.

- Kick-ass, loveable heroine -- Violet has definitely moved to the top of my list of kick-butt heroines. She's right up there with Buffy. She is fierce and strong, yet vulnerable underneath all that. She wants to be loved, but has a complicated history and doesn't know how to let herself be loved.

- Romance -- it's part of the plot, but it isn't THE plot. This is my favorite kind of romance. The relationship between Nate and Violent felt very natural, the way it is when two people first meet and start dating. No over-the-top insta-love here! No pages and pages and pages of pining away for a guy.

- Dialogue -- it kicked as much butt as the heroine. The stories are packed with sharp, witty dialogue that propels the story along. Even Violet's internal dialogue is snappy and engaging.

Foreshadowing the Unexpected

This story took some VERY unexpected twists and turns that had me literally squirming. I LOVE when an author catches me completely by surprise. But the best part? Morgan absolutely foreshadowed every single plot twist that happened, but the clues were so skillfully woven in that they were never obvious. Awesome! I love being surprised.

Worldbuilding with pinches and dashes

Have you ever heard people talk about adding a pinch of salt or a dash of pepper to some dish or another while cooking? This is what the worldbuilding was like in The Faerie Guardian. A pinch here, a dash there, and before you know it, the faerie world just comes ALIVE. Details are sprinkled in through dialogue, character reactions, and interior dialogue. No info dumping, no long prologues, etc. I was so impressed at how effortlessly and seamlessly the worldbuilding was done. It worked very well for this novel.

*Happy sigh.* Yes, I loved this book. And the first novella in the series, Guardian, is free for Kindle and Nook. What are you waiting for? Go grab your free copy!

9 comments:

  1. Eeeeee! This is the kind of review that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside ;-) Thank you, thank you for being part of the blog tour!

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  2. Wow! A great Faerie book! Love it! Have to go pick it up:)

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  3. Wow! A great Faerie book! Love it! Have to go pick it up:)

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  4. I didn't know you were part of Rachel's blog tour, Camille! That's so awesome! I'm reading The Faerie Guardian slowly because I'm so busy with all the other stuff I have to do, but I wish I could just drop all that and read it to the end right now. It's so compelling and the characters are awesome. I really like Nate, and especially did at first, but I'm starting to find Ryn super fun, too. Fun in an evil way, that is, lol.

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  5. Hm. I've not yet heard of this book before. I love the cover, and it sounds like an awesome juicy read. Glad you enjoyed it. Will definitely have to look into it.

    Thanks for stopping by
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  6. Wow! I saw this cover recently and, of course, was blown away by the beauty. The story sounds great! Your enthusiasm for The Faerie Guardian excites me, Camille. Great review!

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  7. That's high praise indeed. I must admit I've never really been into fairie stories much. I think it's because I just don't see them as heavyweights in the fantasy arena. But this is one does pique my interest. I've gotta see what Violet is all about.

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  8. It's nice to see, Camille, that you are writing and self publishing books with Asian settings and characters. My first novel is set mainly in China. Best wishes to you and your family.

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  9. This cover is really pretty. I'm not a big fan of novellas--always too short for me, but it sounds like a pretty good one! Glad you enjoyed it so much! :)

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