Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Review: Creepy Hollow Series by Rachel Morgan

Guardian (Creepy Hollow #1)
by Rachel Morgan
Published: March 5, 2012

1. Receive assignment.
2. Save a life.
3. Sleep.
4. Repeat.

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 one of her assignments—a human boy who shouldn’t even be able to see her—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? But Nate and Vi are about to land themselves in even bigger trouble—and it’ll take all Vi’s training to get them out alive.

(A novelette)

 Labyrinth (Creepy Hollow #2)
by Rachel Morgan
Published: April 1, 2012

Guardian trainee Violet Fairdale has officially been suspended for bringing a human into the fae realm. No assignments, no training, and goodbye to that position at the top of the class. While this sucks, it at least allows her time to secretly keep visiting Nate, the human boy who caused her suspension in the first place. It’s not the wisest move to continue breaking Guild Law, but no one’s going to find out. And Nate is worth the risk, isn’t he?

To prevent herself from going into assignment withdrawal, Vi throws herself into investigating Nate’s real mother, Angelica, a woman who seems to be mysteriously connected to the world of the fae. Nate’s never given her much thought, but that was before an insane faerie abducted him in order to blackmail Angelica out of hiding. Now Nate wants answers, and Vi’s got the perfect ability to help him.

(A novelette)

Traitor (Creepy Hollow #3)
by Rachel Morgan
Published: May 25, 2012

Violet and Nate may have escaped the labyrinth, but only one of them came out unscathed. Nate is now the bearer of a mysterious eye-shaped tattoo, a mark he has no memory of receiving. While Vi is intent on discovering the meaning of the tattoo, Nate seems less interested. His experience in the labyrinth has caused recurring nightmares, and he’d prefer to pretend none of it ever happened. But Vi has never been one to let a mystery go unsolved, and she’ll do whatever she can to discover who’s behind the tattoo—even if it means leaving Nate out of her plan.

(A novelette)

 Masquerade (Creepy Hollow #4)
by Rachel Morgan
Published: July 27, 2012

Betrayed by someone she never expected, Violet deals with her anger and hurt by teaming up with her archrival Ryn to help him find his missing sister. Hanging out with Ryn isn’t high on Vi’s list of things to do, but she kind of owes him after he inconveniently saved her life recently. As the two of them struggle to put their differences aside, they find themselves drawn into a plot much greater than a single missing child. A plot with Violet herself at the center.

(A novelette)

Three words: CAN’T. GET. ENOUGH! Seriously! Can’t even stop squealing and screaming and jumping with excitement!!! I’m just so so glad I came across these books. I love you already Rachel Morgan! I’m seriously adding this series to my five-star books. The Creepy Hollow Series—Guardian, Labyrinth, Traitor, and Masquerade—really really made my week. I just wish Rachel Morgan will hurry up and finish this already. I’m that excited! From the first moment I read it, right at the very first page, I swear a big goofy grin plastered itself automatically across my face. I also loved the covers! So much! It’s what interested me to read in the first place. They look so adorable and perfect! I was totally enchanted by Violet Fairdale—she was so smart and brave and kickass and I can’t help but admire her badassery. After I read the first book, I thought the story was just another usual insta-love fiction—a kickass faery guardian trainee out on an assignment, met a normal human boy, he followed her onto their fae realm, she broke the rules, they fell in love, blah blah blah. I even hated Violet (just a little!) for being so soft and gullible at first. But then, well, things turned out differently than what I had expected them to be—but no spoilers here yet!
So then I decided, and it’s final: Rachel Morgan totally, absolutely ROCKS!!! I even read the acknowledgement part, which I rarely do, and just do when and because (a) I think the author is really cool and awesome, (b) I like to see how the author writes—yes, especially the acknowledgements, and (c) I’d like to know more about the author. I’m so obsessed. Ever read a book and you become suddenly absorbed and you think, “If I write a book someday, I totally want it to be like this”? Well, that’s what just happened to me. It’s so ideal. Like it’s just so perfect you practically hate yourself that you haven’t thought of it first. Yes, that’s how hardcore it is. The story was very well thought, the plot is absolute, and it’s definitely not shallow. It shows how really hard the author had worked for this. It can get you doubled-over by laughter in the funniest parts (yes, I did it, completely alone) and cry your heart out the next—which adds another set of points for this book. It really shows how deep the story’s gone: 26 chapters and it has managed to get into me and tragically pull my heartstrings out! I swear, no single boring part in the entirety of the series. It's so...MAGICAL!

I also respect this series so much because not only does it entertain us in its magical and exciting fantasy, it also delivers us a message as a whole: about love surrounding and protecting us against evil, about the irony of the reality inside a surreal world, and about friendship, lost and forgotten, to be found and cherished again.

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