Saturday, October 12, 2013

The Fey by Claudia Hall Christian

Alexandra Hargreaves is a happily married woman, daughter of a prominent senator, drop dead gorgeous....and the baddest of the baddest Green Beret. But missing memories of how her entire team was massacred and recurring phone calls from a mysterious man claiming to be coming to get her, drive this thriller from beginning to end.

My take on The Fey is that it's a really great read. Once I started reading, I had a hard time putting this one down. The main reason I wanted this book was because of the title (The Fey), and this is one of those times when you shouldn't just a book by it's name. It has NOTHING to do with fairies in the paranormal sense. There is no magic, no mythic beings, and none of the things I love in a book. BUT, this was one of the best reads I've come across in a long time.

The best thing about The Fey is that it grabs your attention from page one and takes you for a helluva ride to the very end. You get the feeling that you're part of the story and you can actually feel her emotions as she tries to move on from being the sole survivor of a gruesome slaughter, to finding out who and why her team was murdered.

The characters in this book feel like real people with real flaws and real emotions. The husband isn't who he claims to be, the father isn't who he's supposed to be, and there are twists and turns around every corner.

Even through all this, there was one main thing about this book that really did bother me. The sheer number of typos and missing words throughout the book was a little unnerving. I'm one of those people who happens to get tripped up when trying to read something that's filled with that many mistakes. However, the storyline was so good that I did manage to get past it. And with this being the first book in a series, I do hope author Claudia Hall Christian opts for a professional editor to get through the rest of the series.

I give this book 3.5 stars. I'd give it more but the lack of editing kind of a problem for me. It's a good thing thing the story was as good as it was or I couldn't have given it that good of a rating.

The Fey is a great read, but beware of the number of errors throughout the book.


  1. So, I just can't handle books like that (action/suspense) that I can't picture actually happening. A lot of it has to do with all the Special Forces / Navy SEAL books coming out ever since the SEAL's became Hollywood's love child.

    I know a fair amount about Green Berets and have a husband in the Army, and there are definitely no women in Special Forces. They sent two women through Ranger school as a test, and both of them failed out. So, I just end up rolling my eyes the whole time because I wonder how much research the writer actually did to write the book and then get frustrated.

    Oh, and lack of editing? Automatic three stars for me. Okay, not automatic, but I often won't review or finish. I think that's an absolutely unacceptable standard, and it's driving the name of self publishing into something of a joke. Or, if people continue to do that, it will. Also, why would she name it The Fey if it had nothing to do with the story? Another peeve of mine. If it has a correlation, great. If not, then what's the point?

    Hm . . . sounds sketch to me. Definitely not my kind of read, unfortunately. But I am glad you enjoyed it!

    Okay, I'm stepping off my soap box :)

  2. LMAO!!! That's why I love you Katie, you tell it like it is. Nothing at all wrong with that. Ya it;s pretty far fetched and the editing was horrific at best. I do hope she made enough on the book to hire an editor for the rest of the series though.