Monday, May 4, 2015

City of Fae by Pippa DaCosta - Review

Release Date: May 7, 2015

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.

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City of Fae is an urban fantasy full of action, romance, and creepy spiders. While it takes a while for the plot to really get going, once it does, it goes with a vengeance. Alina is a sassy and hilarious character in the midst of a sexy Fae rockstar and a  Fae-driven apocalypse and its as epic as it sounds.

It took a little while for me to really get into the story. Everything seems a little coincidental and rudderless for the first few chapters, Alina lusting after a story for a newspaper she no longer works for and Reign infuriatingly just showing up all the time for seemingly no reason. However, once Alina delves fully into Reign and the world of the Fae, the story picks up and wouldn't let me go (seriously, I was almost late for class).

Alina is a wonderful character, full of sass and wit and unwilling to fall prey to the fascination most humans have towards the mysterious and magical Fae. Reign, or Sovereign, is every bit the aristocratic, mysterious Fae that Alina believes him to be, at least in the beginning. City of Fae is filled with a wonderful cast of well developed and complex characters that will make you root for them and cry over the choices they have to make. 

The workings of the Fae, while still left a little vague, are interesting and original. Despite being called City of Fae, the story actually takes place in London, with the revelation that the magical land of Faerie exists somewhere else (somewhere we may get to see someday?!).  I loved the lore surrounding the Queen, and Pippa knows, apparently, that the way to make any creature terrifying and evil is to make her affiliated with spiders. 

City of Fae is a thrilling adventure into a world not quite like our own, where three touches can kill you and the biggest rockstar might not be human. Alina is sassy and hilarious, Reign is sexy and mysterious, and the two of them together make an fun and kick-ass pair. The stakes are high and time is limited as Alina and Reign race against the clock to try and save not only the city and everyone in it, but themselves - and their possible future together - as well. 
*I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Find out more about Pippa and her books here:

Born in Tonbridge, Kent in 1979, Pippa's family moved to the South West of England where she grew up amongst the dramatic moorland and sweeping coastlands of Devon & Cornwall. With a family history brimming with intrigue, complete with Gypsy angst on one side and Jewish survivors on another, she has the ability to draw from a patchwork of ancestry and use it as the inspiration for her writing. Happily married and the Mother of two little girls, she resides on the Devon & Cornwall border.

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