Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Early Review: City of Fae by Pippa DaCosta

Release Date: May 7, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Source: NetGalley
Author Links: Goodreads | Twitter

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.

This is (yet another) book that I didn't really like all that much, but I think it may just be not my particular taste, and not that the book itself was bad.
I mean, New Adult is an iffy genre for me at the best of times. However, urban fantasy is normally a winner, which is what prompted me to snag this one.
Unfortunately, this wasn't feeling it.

The fae have come out of hiding and live among humans, but there rules that must be followed.
If you touch them, they take part of your essence. This is what sustains the fae, but it also bespells the human they touch. Not right away, but after a few Touches, the person getting Touched becomes an addict.

The story revolves around Alina & a tousled Rockstar fae that she meets (and helps) when the book opens. 
Confession: Musicians are not my thing. 
So. I'm betting that tainted my feelings on the somewhat do-they-don't-they romance that was running in the background. 
Then there was the Other Woman that (maybe) still had a hold on Rockstar's heart.
Love Triangles are not something I typically enjoy, either.
Oops. The Detective that is assigned to Alana and Rockstar's case, (maybe) feels something for her.
Love Quadrangles are even worse...
There are supernatural REASONS that Alana & Rockstar can't be together.
Reallyreallyreally not fond of that sort of thing in books.
And, last but not least, I guessed Alana's SECRET waaaaay before the big reveal.
Which kind of sucked a bit of the life out of the story for me.

I'll give the author this, the story didn't feel regurgitated. There were a few things about the fae that I found familiar, but the plot itself felt mostly fresh. I haven't seen this story told in this way before, and that counts for something. Also, it wasn't a hard book to read, if you know what I mean. 
Even without particularly loving the characters, I still found it easy to finish it out.

If you think this looks like something you'd enjoy, then just take my review with a grain of salt.
'Cause, you know...I could be wrong.


Braine TS said...

I'm not the biggest fan of NA too. Speaking of which, have you read Edge by Jamir Magee? It's NA-paranormal MC & it's really really good.

Anne Hannah said...

No, I haven't read that one, Braine. I'll dig around and see if I can find it!

AVY said...

I hate reading books that just leave you unimpressed. It feels like such a waste of time.


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