Thursday, 10 July 2014

Book Review: Ever Shade (A Dark Faerie Tale #1) by Alexia Purdy

Series: A Dark Faerie Tale #1
Publisher: Lyrical Lit. Publishing
Publication Date: 05 July 2011
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Source: Amazon Freebie
Audio or Book: ebook
Length: 282 pages


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 around 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.

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Previous reviews:
The Withering Palace (0.1) & Evangeline (0.5)

My Review:
This was a very spontaneous read for me! I decided to go back down the list of my freebies (And yes there are too many...) and I went to the very first freebie I grabbed which happened to be this one!! 

I cannot remember the last time I read a fantasy novel about faeries. Ever Shade has a Hobbit/LOTR type feel, (I have watched the movies but am yet to read the books.. this really is just to set the scene), where a volunteer group is put together to assist Shade on her to retrieve some water from a magical fountain which will help prevent a faerie war which could over flow into the human world. Along the way they have overcome obstacles and challenges.

Honestly this was such a refreshing read after all the paranormal romances and dystopian books I have been reading lately. I really just enjoyed the adventure - there was no love plot angle complication.. yet. There is a hint of romance to come possible. 

Characters & Story line: 3/5

This was a great change for me to have a character that was not focused on saving her one true love or visa versa. The characters are interesting and unique. I am not sure if it is annoying or funny that everyone tries their magic out on Shade and is surprised with the results!

Shade - I love this name! I found Shade very easy to relate to and easy to understand - especially when it comes to her decisions. Shade has always been different and I like that she has accepted the voices in her head and as a part of who she is, (being that she is not crazy), she is ok that she is different. 

Jack - Jack is the first magical being that Shade meets and he takes her to his oracle. Jack is so calm and nice. He protects Shade before he even realises she is important. Jack is fun and responsible. 

Soap - Really Soap? What a nickname. The story where he got it is quite amusing but really.. Soap?? He is so witty and mischievous. I like him. He is definitely a character I would love to read about more. 

Dylan - hmmm... Dylan what a complicated character. I didn't really like him at first because of his attitude towards Shade. I only really warmed up to him a little bit in the last third of the book. I think he has a lot of potential. 

There are so many characters in the group but these are the main ones that are worth a mention. So who was the character that really irritated me... Sylphi! You going to need to read this book to find out who she is and why... I was so happy with the little stunt Shade threw at the end.. *tee hee* I was grinning from ear to ear!

Plot, Pace, Writing style: 4/5  
Ever Shade is easy to get into. The pace seems moderate and it is such a great adventure story. I like that romance doesn't play a big role and hints only comes in later. Honestly, I didn't know who Shade might like until after halfway into the book - first hint - but it is still not certain. I am #TeamSoap

Ever Shade had a great ending. No cliffhanger but there is a lot to work with in the books to follow. 

Cover talk: 3/5 
The cover is nice. I like the blues and the font is catchy. 

Final Thoughts: 
This is an enjoyable adventure read and I will most probably carry on with this series to see how it all goes down. 

My Rating:

Favourite Quotes
"She can't really fly, it's more like, float gracefully." ~ Jack
Books in the series:

Other books by this Author:

Author Bio:
Alexia currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada–Sin City! She loves to spend every free moment writing or playing with her four rambunctious kids. Writing has always been her dream and she has been writing ever since she can remember. She loves writing paranormal fantasy and poetry and devours books daily. Alexia also enjoys watching movies, dancing, singing loudly in the car and Italian food. 

Author Links: Website l Twitter l Goodreads

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  1. Wow, I almost forgot I had this book as well. It was AGES ago when I grabbed it (and even back then I thought it looked cool!) Shade sounds like an interesting character, and I love the fact that she doesn't get into any love drama like most book characters do, but there's still a hint of it, like something to look forward to now that they possibly may know each other better. #TeamSoap? Niiiiice, lol.
    Thanks for the great review, Chené! :D

    1. Yay!!! I hope you check it out. That is the exact reason I scrolled right down to the very first freebie I grabbed that I could see in the Kindle app :) Let me know what you think about Soap *tee hee*

  2. I have to admit, the cover & the blurb don't do the job for me, so I'm not sure I would enjoy this book. However, I'm glad you liked it! :)

    1. No problem! Not ever book is for every one :) Thanks for the visit and comment love anyway!

  3. I still haven't read this author's titles, but I'm happy you keep having a good time with her books :)

    1. Thanks Silvia :) I hope this series just gets better!

  4. I hear ya about the endless freebies; glad you found time to squeeze this book in and that it paid off. I'm in a bit of a reading funk, so I might try this one just to switch things up. Have a fab weekend, Chené!

    1. Me too! I made an effort to sneak one in :) I hope you enjoy it if you do get a chance to check it out!

  5. I always love faeries! I confess that I love totake freebies but at the end I don't really them, I should, we can have some nice surprises.

    1. Yay for Faeries!!! Well I hope you make an exception and check this one out :) It was a nice surprise!

  6. I like that there is a Hobbit/LOTR feel (though I haven't read LOTR-freaking love the movies). I think I am most forgiving about light or no romance in fantasy books, maybe because the story is so intricate and keeps me busy. Shade sounds pretty with it and despite his name, Soap sounds cool too! Great review! I hope you have a great weekend!!

    1. Ever shade is such a fun read and yes Soap is awesome :) Hope you grabbed this freebie and get to try it out!

  7. Lovely review, Chanzie-my-dear! This is one of those one-click freebies that I've had almost as long as I've had a kindle . . . and still haven't managed to read, LOL. But I'm definitely interested now. My TBR list is ridikkulus, so I'll probably hold off on starting this series myself until I see how the later books turn out. Thanks for sharing though, and I'm glad you liked it ;)

    1. Tee hee! Thanks Jessica :) It always help to read a review about a book that got lost in the TBR mountain... I'll keep you posted on this series!


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