Sunday, March 8, 2015

ARC Review: City of Fae by Pippa DaCosta

Title; City of Fae
Author: Pippa DaCosta
Publication: May 7th 2015 by Bloomsbury Spark

Genre: New Adult ~ Urban Fantasy
Purchase: Amazon | Kobo
Rating: 4/5


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.

Look, but don't touch.
Touch, but don't feel.
Feel, but never ever love.

I absolutely love books about fae but I haven't read many that I actually thought were that great. So I'm thrilled to say that City of Fae definitely falls into the 'great' category. I really enjoyed it a lot!

The main character, Alina, was so much fun to read about. She had so much spunk and even when she discovered a lot of awful things about her existence, she still managed to be brave and she could kick some serious ass. I love female main characters like that. I also gotta say that I loved the way the author wrote her relationship with Reign. This is aboslutely not a case of insta-love (thank god) but it's was still intense. I loved their dynamic.

I can't say much about the story because I don't want to give too much away but damn it was good. I loved the idea of the fae who had come "out" in the 70's (if I remember correctly). Humans know the fae can be tricky and bespell you but yet they're intrigued by them. Fae are one of my favorite creatures to read about and I can honestly say that the fae in this book belong to my top three for sure. 

And of course were there are fae, there's a fae queen. But holy shit she was creepy. All I'll say is... spiders. And I hate spiders. They scare the crap out of me. And the part spiders play in this book... there's some icky moments for sure. I don't want to scare anyone away from this book but wow. I did like how crazy the fae queen was, though. It made for an interesting part of the story.

City of Fae was my first Pippa DaCosta book and I loved it. Her writing was really great. I loved the setting of London, the way she created these fae, even the queen was pretty awesome (in a totally creepy way) to read about. And of course I loved that it was new adult. It was a new fresh take on fae. I would hightly recommend this book.

Favorite Quotes
"C'mon, I see questions burning in your eyes, American Girl. You're curious about me, about what I can do. I have more talent in my little finger than most exhibit in a lifetime."
"I guess modesty isn't one of them?"

This was how they caught you. One touch, two... three. Then you feel for them, you'll do anything to please them... and then... then you love them. Love was the killer. Once you loved them, you were lost. There is no cure for love.

Reign's hand poked through the shower curtain, soap cradled in his palm. I glowered at it.
"Drop it." He did. I scooped it up. "Pervert."
"I thought you said pervert, but my ears hears thanks."

About the Author:

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.


  1. so glad you loved it <3!! Yeah the queen also gave me the creeps!!

  2. I got this one for the cover. I'm not a big fan of fae books, but I hope I love it too anyway! :P

    1. The cover is gorgeous. I think I might get a physical copy of it once it's out. ^^

  3. OMG I love this cover. This book is totally new to me but I have to check it out now. Thanks for sharing a new book with me :)

    Great Review!

    Michelle @ Book Briefs

  4. I don't know if there's going to be another book as it doesn't say this book belongs in a series but I really really really really want there to be another one. The author left so many possibilities for the next book and I just know it's going to be an awesome book. Needless to say, I would definitely read it.


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