Sunday, December 16, 2012

Review: Ever Shade by Alexia Purdy

Title: Ever Shade (A Dark Faerie Tale #1)
Author: Alexia Purdy
Format: E-book
Published: February 22, 2012
Publisher: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing
ISBN: 0615603629
Source: Basically Books! ARR (Still over 20 Copies available for review!)


A dark twist on Faeries.

For Shade, a chance meeting with a powerful Teleen faery warrior who wields electrical currents and blue fires along his skin has her joining him on a treacherous mission for the good Seelie Faerie Court across the land of Faerie. Magic and malice abound and nothing is what it really seems to be.

The evil Unseelie Queen and her treacherous allies are round every corner as Shade makes her way across the breathtaking landscapes of the world of Faerie, which exists alongside the mundane human world. Shade discovers her own uncharted magic and meets some of the most powerful warriors in Faerie while battling evil dryads, conniving Teleen guards and challenges on her life with every step in a world where nothing can be taken for granted.

Ok, here is the deal. I saw Ever Shade offered on the Basically Books! Group on Goodreads. I thought I should try it because I love stories of Faeries.

I thought, "Hey, I can't go wrong!"

And you know what?

I was right.

Ever Shade was a fantastic read, full of memorable moments and characters that were believable. Shade was forced into dire circumstances after finding out she is in fact, half fae. I think Shade definitely triumphed over the adversity that the author, Alexia Purdy threw her way. Of course, the majority of Shade's success depended upon the secondary characters scattered throughout the novel. No matter how small the role a character seems to be playing, they still have extreme purpose. Maybe that is why I like Purdy's writing style so much. The story flowed so perfectly. Here is an excerpt from Ever Shade that I also used in a Teaser Tuesday because I loved it so much!

"Brilliant green eyes shined in the dim light of the room piercing into her soul. She raked her eyes over his hair of vine and leaves. It was so long, it tumbled down his waste like tendrils of flowers. Would it hurt to pluck a leaf off the thin vines that draped him like a shroud and dangled over his shoulders?"

Alexia Purdy seriously rocked my reading socks off. I was kind of in a slump for some weird reason and this book got me excited about reading again. I will definitely be reading the second book, Ever Fire (A Dark Faerie Tale #2) very soon. I cannot wait to find out what happens next. I wonder what other perils await Shade. I am also looking forward to finding out what happens between her and all the other characters! And I want to find out more about Shade's father! So many questions!!

4 stars to Ever Shade.
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