Thursday, 2 July 2015

City of Fae by Pippa DaCosta

From Goodreads
From the moment Alina touches London's hottest fae superstar, breaking one of the laws founded to protect all of her kind, her fate – and the fae – close in.

Below ground, the fae High Queen plots to claim the city as her own and places her pawns, ready for the battle to come. A battle she cannot lose, but for one small problem – Alina. There are four ancient keepers powerful enough to keep the queen in her prison. Three are dead. One remains … And to fight back, Alina risks sacrificing everything she has come to love.

This New Adult urban fantasy is packed with action and suspense and will have you yearning for more forbidden fae romance.
My thoughts 
My thanks to the Publishers and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Alina is an out of work reporter with a nose for investigating. Sovereign is a Fae, who lives among the humans above ground, he is a very well known star. The Fae predominantly live below ground level and prefer to keep themselves separate, they know not to touch the humans and the humans know not to touch them as by doing so, the humans can become under their spell and end up with no free will of their own, ultimately falling in love with the Fae that they have touched. The Fae require draiocht which is an aura that the humans exude without knowing they requiire this to survive.

The action begins in a train station where Alina and Sovereign meet as he is being followed by the FA (the Fae Authority, a police force of sorts). Sovereign and Alina get caught up and they escape the FA. Alina sees in him a scoop that she might be able to write about.

Alina is aware that she mustn't touch Soveriegn or else she will be entranced by him. However, she feels an attraction to him despite this touching malarkey. She finds herself counting how many times that they have touched as this is a significant factor to falling under their spell. Wondering if it is a true attraction or as a result of touching.

As Alina becomes aware through Sovereign, of what is happening underground with the Fae Queen and what a dominant person she is and why she must stay below ground. She finds herself on the same side as Sovereign wanting and needing to keep the Queen where she is, but things aren't always as simple as that.

Alina has a past and secrets that are slowly being revealed, can she stay on the same side as Sovereign or will she find herself pitted against him?

I thought this was an interesting take on Fae. Peronally I always thought that Fae/Fairies were on the whole good creatures but this would appear not. The story is quite dark at times and it will totally take you to another world a world of fantasy and things beyond our belief.

I enjoyed the decveloping relatonship between Alina and Sovereign, I really wanted things to end well for them. The Fae Queen turned out as I'd guessed she might. There were other twists that I hadn't guessed which occurred in the story. I love it when the Author has the ability to do this, keep certain things to themselves and let them slip when they think the time is right to do so.

A great read that deserved the 6/10 that I gave it.      

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