Creepy Hollow #4
Other Books: The Faerie Prince, The Faerie War, A Faerie's Revenge
Published by Self-Published on June 16, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
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Calla Larkenwood wants nothing more than to be a guardian, but her overprotective mother has never allowed it. When circumstances change and Calla finally gets to join a Guild, she discovers guardian trainee life isn’t all she hoped it would be. Her classmates are distant, her mentor hates her, and keeping her Griffin Ability a secret is harder than she thought. Then an initiation game goes wrong, landing Calla with a magical ability she can’t control. She needs help—and the only way she can get it is by bargaining with the guy who just discovered her biggest secret.
Join beloved characters and new heroes as the bestselling Creepy Hollow series continues.
The fourth novel to the Creepy Hollow series pretty much made me realize that there were actually some loose ends left untied in the third book – I’m not sure if I mentioned it felt like an almost abrupt ending (I probably did).
Anyways, A Faerie’s Secret is set approximately ten years after the events in The Faerie War. Rachel introduces us to a new main character – Calla Larkenwood, Ryn’s little sister who made a few appearances in the first three novels when Violet is the main character.
Calla is definitely different from Violet – she’s just as kick-ass, adorable, and doesn’t actually follow orders from others. She’s a bit bratty sometimes (within reason) and a seemingly hopeless romantic who longs for companionship. She desires to be a guardian and actually trains in private before something happens and her parents approve of her joining a guild. She gets a crash course of all four years in a month before starting as a fifth-year guardian, where a lot of her peers and her mentor believe she doesn’t belong. She’s determined to prove everyone wrong and show that she definitely belongs with the guild.
Rachel seems to have focused more on giving the series more action, which doesn’t really work out too well. There’s an entirely different faerie world that we are introduced to, and it’s different from when Violet was a guardian – not just with time, but with everything that happened in the third book. The author does a pretty good job with easing us into the new guild, but I’m a little curious on what the new guild looks like now that everything seems to be nice and dandy.
I have very little idea on what the past characters are up to a decade later. I’m very up to date with what happened to Ryn and some of the characters, but I don’t really know what happened to Violet, Raven, and Flint. There’s some cryptic dialogue that tells me something, but it’s not sure. (It’s not exactly safe to assume.) I know they survived, and they’re still good friends. I don’t know if they retired from the guardian life and pursued another career or something else entirely.
I may have enjoyed A Faerie’s Secret more than the last two books – there are more dangers and adventures with Calla as our new heroine. I don’t really know what will happen in the next book – I’m left with an open ending where I have some questions that I hope to be answered in the sequel.