City of Fae by Pippa DaCosta

Synopsis: 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.

Review: As soon as I saw the cover of the novel, I knew I had to read it. I think we can only fall in love with this sublime illustration. But that’s not all because, I admit that I have a soft spot for anything that is related to the faes, then the mixture could only please me. And yet …

Before starting reading it, I had the opportunity to read two very mixed reviews and I confess that it made me a little anxious. However, starting the story myself, I was quickly swept away by the whole thing. Yes, the author depicts a young woman, Alina, who finds herself in a story completely beyond her. Indeed, her life will completely change when she rescues Reign one day, a fae that everyone seems to hunt. Alas, appearances are very deceiving and our heroine will quickly understand that something is wrong and that starts with her own existence. She will have to try to understand a world she does not know about and where everything seems scary.

As I said I enjoyed reading the story at first … unfortunately, this feeling did not really remain thereafter. While all the new events are interesting, the middle of the story arrived, and I found that the story began to drag long and finally I had a little trouble staying interested in the characters and the events. I think that I expected a little more, and in the end I found it hard not to put the book down and aside. Yet the world is interesting, the direction that the story takes too, but something was missing for more. The romance did not really convince me and finally neither the characters.

However, as I said the ideas are very nice and there are a few different myths about the faes that I really loved to discover. This novel was therefore perhaps not for me, but I have no doubt that it will please to others.




40 thoughts on “City of Fae by Pippa DaCosta

  1. Oh, first of all, Jenny’s cover is just gorgeous. I stared at it for about a minute. But Sloomsbury Spark disappointed me several times lately, and it’s best that I just skip this one entirely. It’s sad that you lost interest halfway through, I hate it when that happens.

  2. Exactly, and I mean, I know we’re not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover or anything, buuuuut, the cover is what we see first. Yay to a great start…but nay to everything else. Sorry it dragged, and felt drawn out. And that there felt like something was missing (and romance is usually hit or miss for me- but sounds like this was a miss). 🙁

  3. I love this cover – Jenny’s work is so gorgeous! It sounds like the book has a lot of potential and the various Fae myths sound intriguing. I’m sorry the ending was not your favorite, Melliane.

  4. Too bad about Jenny’s gorgeous cover! Man, I had such high hopes for this one… I love the fae and sometimes buy books automatically if I find the word in the title or blurb. Glad I read your review, otherwise I would’ve probably bought this one too!

  5. I was attracted to this story for the cover and then the title promises fae, which had me sitting up, but I will take a pass. While it sounds like it could have been promising, there are too many books on my TBR to be bothered with a book that is less than lukewarm.

  6. THAT COVER. IT IS GORGEAUS. Ahhh it sucks when a book has a gorgeous cover, starts off great and that goes downhill from there. I’m sorry this one didn’t work for you in the end Melliane ;(

  7. Well I guess sometimes covers can be deceiving. It’s a shame you didn’t care for it that much. I’ve heard mixed reviews about it as well but that cover is simply gorgeous!!♡ I think I may still give it a try though and see what other people have to say about it. So I’ll let you know what I think about it.:)

  8. Oh no, it’s always such a disappointment when a book you’re highly anticipating and very excited about ends up being a 2-star. I don’t think this would have been for me anyway, but thanks for the review! I notice in the lower left hand corner is a publisher logo, what is Bloomsbury Spark? I haven’t heard of it before now, maybe a new imprint of theirs?

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