Ravenna Magica here! I’m back for another review. Hope you enjoyed the first one. If you haven’t had a chance to read it, feel free to click on the link below:
Now that I’ve got the ball rolling, let’s continue on with the second part of the Creepy Hollow series. I have to admit, since I’m reviewing the fourth through sixth book, there are a couple of spoilers, despite how vague I tried to be.
The sixth book, A Faerie’s Curse, was released a little over two months ago. And I was going out of my mind with excitement. Being the book lover that I am, I reread the series all over again (for the countless time). I can never get tired of it!
Once again, WARNING – Minor Spoilers Alert
At the end of the book three, The Faerie War, Lord Draven was defeated. And all was well in the world. Well not really, considering so many fae lives were lost and the Creepy Hollow Guild was left in ruins. Still, Violet and the others did regain their world back from the evil clutches that was Lord Draven. So there’s that.
With A Faerie’s Secret, we fast forward a decade later. This time around Calla Larkenwood (Ryn’s younger half-sister from book one) is our protagonist. And all she’s ever wanted to do is become a guardian. However, for some untold reason, Calla’s mother has been dead set on Calla having nothing to do with the guardian world. When an event takes a turn for the worst, Calla is granted her wish. But it won’t be given to her easily. And being a guardian trainee turns out to be something entirely different then what Calla expected. Not to mention Calla was born with a griffin ability (which is basically an equivalent to having an unusual superpower that most fae shouldn’t possess) and she’s desperately trying to keep it hidden from the rest of the world, especially the Guild Counsel (whose job it is to instill the laws created by the Seelie Queen and are trying to track down all gifted faeries with a griffin ability). I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say that Calla has some major odds stacked against her. But will she be able to overcome them? Now that’s the real question.
Calla as a main character is able to stand on her own. She’s charming, funny, quick witted, smart, sweet, and simply lovable. Although Calla is the star of the show, that doesn’t mean Ms. Morgan neglects the characters we fell in love with from the first three books. She gives us enough face time with Vi and Ryn (and a couple of others) to quench some of the thirst we have from missing them, without overshadowing Calla’s debut. It’s such an amazing book that I gobbled it up in one sitting.
Flowing easily into the next installment of Calla’s story, A Faerie’s Revenge, continues on from the big secret revealed at the end of the previous novel. Due to the unforeseen betrayal by someone dear to our heroine, Calla is only left with one choice: focus solely on becoming a guardian –considering the guardian trainee life waits for no one. But when assignments can’t distract her from her profound hurt, leave it up to whatever unforeseen fate that must have it out for Calla; once again, death comes knocking at the Creepy Hollow Guild (figuratively speaking of course). And to top it off, the Guild Counsel accuses Calla of causing the deadly magical disease that’s affecting guardians and guardian trainees only. Will the injustice ever end in Calla’s favor? You’ll have to read the book to find out.
The fifth book dives deeper into the relationships Calla has with her family and friends. Loyalties are tested. Calla will have to decide if all the heartache and struggles are really worth becoming a Guardian. It great to see such a well rounded character. We also get to see different aspects of the Fae world. Overall it’s another home run by Ms. Morgan.
The third and final installment of Calla’s story, A Faerie’s Curse, is tremendously both captivating and heartbreaking. However, there isn’t much I can say without spoiling the previous books. Not going to lie, there was a scene that had me in complete denial, praying for some kind of plot twist and hoping that what I read wasn’t real. With only 284 pages in this one, Ms. Morgan still had me experiencing a multitude of emotions ranging from happiness, adoration, excitement to despair, horror, and anxiousness. Generally, after four or five books, it can be hard for authors to pull off originality without having a repetitive plot in their series. This is definitely not the case for the Creepy Hollow series. Even after 6 books, this author still has you on edge (in a good way) as the plot thickens.
As far as the cons for this series go, there really aren’t any. For me, it’s about entertainment and good story telling. With the first three books, there’s a bit of predictability, as far as relationships go. Yet, the story is told in a way that makes you want to continue on the journey with the characters because of the bigger picture. What matters most is how it all plays out, not how easy it is to guess the ending. There’s also a familiarity that you have with Violet’s story because we get a lot of background and history about the main characters. With the next three books, we as an audience, don’t know much about Calla or her companions. And that helps the story veer from the predictability that we were given in the first set of the Creepy Hollow series.
Creepy Hollow continues to be one of my favorite series. It’s nothing, but brilliance from Rachel Morgan. It almost hurts to think that we’re 2/3rds done with the series. However, I’m completely stoked to see where she takes us next in this fae based world. That’s all I have for now. Until next time, Hatters!