Sunday, April 2, 2017

Book Reviews - City of Fae and City of Shadows by Pippa DaCosta

 
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Review by Suze
 
Alina is a journalist and she lives in London. Humans share the city with fae and there are certain rules they have to follow, otherwise they'll lose themselves. Fae cannot be touched. They steal essence called draiocht to stay alive. Humans will be able to replenish their levels, but the fae don't have that ability. However, being touched by the same member of the fae too many times can lead to serious addiction and the human's life will be ruined. Alina knows she needs to be careful, but when rock star Reign touches her when he's in trouble she's fascinated as well. She helps him, which is only the beginning of her problems.
 
The fae want to rule the city and one of them in particular is trying to break free, the fae High Queen. She's a powerful ancient being and she needs Alina to make her wish become reality. Alina isn't supposed to go against her commands, but she tries anyway. Will she be strong and independent enough to beat the fae queen? Who is Alina, she isn't quite sure about her own identity yet and needs to fight a dangerous battle while struggling to find out the truth. Will she be able to do this and save the human population of London?
 
City of Fae is a fascinating urban fantasy story. I was intrigued by Alina straight away. She's fierce and determined and she knows how to stand up for herself. However, she misses vital information and therefore she doesn't know exactly what she's dealing with. She needs to be clever and capable to have a chance against the queen. Meanwhile she's also trying to figure out Reign. He's a star and people love him, but there's a lot more to him than being a good performer. They have an interesting connection and I couldn't wait to find out what would happen to them. Alina has to be incredibly tough to be able to beat the evil that's trying to take over the city and her story kept me on the edge of my seat.
 
Pippa DaCosta writes about a powerful world filled with creepy creatures and unpredictable maliciousness. I loved her creativity and her vivid descriptions of both Alina's identity and the fae population are making her story come to life really well. City of Fae is filled with amazing twists and turns and I liked the refreshing way she portrays the fae, they are beautiful but extremely dangerous, which made them terrific to read about. I loved City of Fae, it's a great thrilling story. 
 
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Review by Suze
 
Alina finally knows more about her own identity, but that doesn't give her any useful information at all. She does know, however, that she needs to feed. She doesn't want to take essence from humans and is trying to fight against her hunger and increasing weakness. She has a mission, she wants to find out what happens to people who disappear after falling under the spell of the fae. She's looking for one woman in particular, her human friend inspector Andrews's sister. Will she be able to find her?
 
Alina's best chance at finding out more about the missing is joining the Fae Authority. She's a skilled fighter and being trained by the people she suspects will give her an entry. This means she has to work closely with fae her friend Reign thinks of as enemies. Has he been completely honest with Alina and is she unsafe among the fae he doesn't trust? Who is telling the truth and will Alina's mission be successful or will she only get into more trouble?
 
City of Shadows is a gripping story about complicated conspiracies and mysterious crimes. Alina knows who she is now and she's even more bold and brave than she used to be. She can stand her ground and she has an iron will. I loved her discipline and her perseverance. She keeps crossing boundaries and she's willing to go far to reach her goals, which is something I greatly admired about her. Inspector Andrews is a kind man who deserves a lot more than life is giving him and my heart ached for him sometimes. I couldn't wait to find out if Alina's mission would succeed and read the story in one sitting. I was anxious to know what happened to his sister and found the ending of the story both shocking and astonishing.
 
Pippa DaCosta's second London Fae book is filled with surprises. I loved the direction she's chosen. Alina is unique and it was fun to find out more about her. The world building is fantastic and I enjoyed reading more about the history of Pippa DaCosta's fae. I love her refreshing approach of her topic. City of Shadows is bursting with ferocious battles, complex relationships and fabulous adrenaline rushes. I liked the London Fae stories a lot, they're creepy, formidable and spellbinding.
 
Advice
 
The London Fae books should be read in their correct order to fully understand the storyline. They're perfect for readers who love stories about the fae with an interesting twist and creative world building.

14 comments:

  1. Good world-building always impresses me!

    --Trix

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  2. Ok, those covers are SICK!! I am adding these to my TBR right now!!
    @TeacherofYA

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  3. I don't know how you two manage to write such great review. You make me want to read them all! :)

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  4. I'll have to go back and read the first book. Because I'm a little bit lost.

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  5. This book sounds great. Thanks for the awesome review. I will have to check this book out.

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  6. Very dramatic cover, thanks for a great review

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  7. I love stories that involve the fae. These sound great.

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  8. Lovely reviews!
    Thanks Suze :)

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  9. They sound like really good reads! Great review.

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  10. Here's a little bit of trivia for you: the word 'draoícht' is Irish and means magic, witchcraft or mysticism. Here in Ireland there are theatres, drama groups and so forth with the name for obvious reasons!

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  11. These covers are so pretty! Fae is my favourite fantasy so I will read these soon.

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