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The Fey (Alex The Fey #1)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  781 ratings  ·  110 reviews
Released from Walter Reed Hospital, Sergeant Alexandra Hargreaves settled in her hometown of Denver, Colorado. With her family and friends close, and her enemies closer, she strives to collect the pieces of her shattered life.

Then everything falls apart.

Haunted by the past, and terrorized in the present, Alex must reach past pain, through memory, and beyond the grave to fi
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Published January 26th 2009 by Cook Street Publishing (first published 2009)
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Sergeant Alexandra Hargreaves is the only survivor of her unit and barely outlive the torture and wounds from a skirmish with the enemy. With a shattered hip and amnesia of the last six months of her life, she is ready to take on the world again. Forty operations to restore her body did not prevent her from maintaining her image as the G.I.Jane of the Green Berets and the one woman in the USA defence forces with whom all men fall madly in love. Diplomatically stated, all men coming in contact de
Where, oh where was your editor Ms. Christian?

1. Identical twins are ALWAYS of the same gender. This, I learned in Grade 8 Science. Identical twins are the result of a fertilized egg that splits in two. Both twins have the same DNA. They are always of the same gender. Oh, wait - is this book magical realism?

2. If you have a hip replacement, you will not be running on a treadmill in three weeks - guaranteed!

3. The words "passed" and "past" are not interchangeable. An editor would have caught th
I settled down to read this thinking it would be a really good fast paced read. I couldn't make head nor tails of it really!

There were so many plot holes and confusing moments that I am surprised I even finished it.

Let's start with what annoyed me about it.

Alex "the Fey" - This book could be read as a representation of the strong female. Alex is the only female allowed in the green berets. So far, so good. But then, it just gets annoying. Alex is the heroine, she has her own problems and her own
You know those female lead characters that are all wispy and weepy and "woe is me"? Well, if that is what you like, GO AWAY! Muahahahah

Alex ("the Fey") is a strong, intelligent woman. She is a fierce competitor with a heart of gold, and she has a mystery to solve: she must set about finding who tried to kill her, and why.

Alex's family, friends, and teammates are fiercely loyal, and her loved ones are behind her (beside her, in front of her, and above her!), and do whatever it takes to help her
"Action Adventure." Alex "the Fey" Hargreaves commands a Special Forces team, until most of them are killed. It's okay, though, because the remaining members all have nicknames, so it's like there are twice as many of them as there actually are! And it's not confusing at all! To be introduced to so many people at the same time! Who are mostly identified by the color of their skin!

Alex also has an identical twin brother, which she does an inadequate job of explaining. If the writing weren't so st
Gayle Hart
I really wanted to like this book. I really liked the idea of the Fey character, and the basic premise and overall story arc are good, but it really feels like a mish-mash of over-the-top, under-developed ideas. I would have much rather read a 2 or 3 book series with more story and character development, and better pacing and rhythm.

I think the author was trying too hard to be all things to all readers and trying to cram every possible plot twist and motivation she could think of into one story
Lacey Triche
This book was fairly good, but it took me a bit to get into the story. At first, it just seemed like a lot of characters and details thrown at you all at once. It probably took me until the -teen chapters to really get into the book. I definitely think that it's worth the read, if you can get past the slow start. I think that the character of Alex was fairly well-developed. The love between her and John was very palpable. I was also partial to the fact that Alex is a twin. That could just be bec ...more
Worst book I have ever read. The story was so confusing and the writing was atrocious. I couldn't even finish the book and it was promptly deleted from my kindle. I am so glad I didn't have to pay for this. I would have written the author and demanded my money back.
Feb 25, 2009 Tinyshrimp rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
LOVED THIS BOOK! The beginning was a little confusing, but it didn't take long to figure it out. Then I couldn't put it down. I loved how close all the characters were to each other. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book.
First off, this storyline has a lot of promise. Unfortunately I found this book incredibly hard to follow. The dialogue is confusing to follow and I often found myself re-reading to see who was speaking. I also found that the characters made these great leaps in understanding with very little understanding on my part as to how that had happened - again I did a lot of re-reading to see if I had missed something. I'm ok with not knowing everything but I seriously had trouble keeping up with this o ...more
Honestly, this book jumped around a lot and I couldn't really tell what was going on. I finished it, but there were times I read some pages over and over trying to figure out what was happening.
0 stars. Holy crap this was a train wreck! I was a little done with the book by the first chapter, when the author did my biggest pet peeve and had no clue about science. Unfortunately a girl and a boy CANNOT BE IDENTICAL TWINS. Identical means well, identical, the same, innies and outies are not the same. After that I thought meh, there was a drop in the middle of a story scenerio, Weird Randomness, too much going on, and not enough of fleshing out the plots she did have. I get she is supposed ...more
Catherine Gordon
This is a strange book. It seems like you have started reading a series in the middle yet this really is a stand alone/first book. There seemed to be a mystical implication at the beginning that never amounted to anything expect the ability to see the dead or at least one of them which apparently is quite common place! The plot was all over the place! The heroine was simply annoying, poor thing she kept losing weight due to stress (immediately alienates your female audience - much better to have ...more
Janet Vanderbeek
I am on page 263 of 280.

I will finish this book tonight if it kills me. It has taken me a week to get this book read and I normally read a book this size in a day or two depending on my schedule.

First of all there are way to many things going on and way to many characters to keep it all straight. Half of the book really had nothing to do with the actual storyline. It felt like it was just filler because the author didn't really know how to write a real story about Green Berets. If the author h
I found this book to be a mish mash of different ideas. It feels like the author wanted it to be everything so bad that she forgot to get anything right. The opening scene was good, interesting, and a bit enigmatic. The second scene of the military meeting was just confusing, I felt like I'd started reading the story in the middle, it happened too fast and there was no explanation of who was who or who they were talking about. The main character is supposed to be this amazing strong independent ...more
Shauna Wood
I just finished reading The Fey, which is the first book in a series of four by Claudia Hall Christian. This is another book I downloaded for free for my Kindle through Amazon. I’m finding all these freebies from a web site I “liked” on Facebook called ereaderlove. Like them and check them out at They post at least 40 books a day, and I’ve seen more than 80 posted many days.

Anyway, on to my actual review. This was a pretty good book. There were some annoying typos, bu
Clare dooley
This was my first book by author Claudia Hall Christian. It's the first in a series about Alexandra/ "the fey" & her life as a highly trained military officer that was on a special unit that extract hostages from terrorists etc.
I enjoyed the book but I must admit I thought it was a nightmare to get in to. It lacked a fluid writing style. I found it very hard to keep track of who was who. Many important points were hard to follow, random relatively steamy romantic moments confused the flow o
Ok, I like the premise, but there is a bit to be desired in the writing. I think this is the first 3 (which should really be a 2.5) because it is the first story I've read that is too disjointed for me. Don't get me wrong I liked the story and the characters, but I think I wanted a story that had gone through a few more edits to be a better story instead of a B grade movie dressed up as a book.
Do not be misled by the title, as this book might not be what you would first imagine.

Released from Walter Reed Hospital, Sergeant Alexandra Hargreaves settles in her hometown of Denver, Colorado. With her family and friends close, and her enemies closer, she strives to collect the pieces of her shattered life.

Then things fall apart.

Haunted by the past, and terrorized in the present, Alex must reach past pain, through memory, and beyond the grave to find her self, and her future.

I found this b
I enjoyed the book. The first part was a bit confusing. I put it down, read something else and then went back to it. Once each character began to take shape I couldn't put it down. 5 stars. Great book!
This book was really great; with just enough paranormal, romance, suspense, and action. Unfortunately, if you are unable to overlook typos, grammatical errors, and such this isn't the book for you. Also, at times the story can be difficult to follow and a little confusing. I think with a better editor and a little polishing on consistency or the flow this author and series could have been mind blowing. Even with all the mistakes and confusion; it will still make it to my favorites list. I think ...more
Machell Duffy-Cleffman
Great book

it kept me on the edge of my seat & I had a really hard time putting it down. it had a great mixture of romance and suspense. you won't be sorry you read it.
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Angie Ballard
When I downloaded the first book of the "Alex the Fey" series I expected a thriller, a page-turner that would keep me up half the night - and it didn't disappoint. What I didn't expect was a series of books that are all EMPOWERING. I read every book in the series back-to-back because I fell in love with the characters and the way they overcame obstacles by finding reserves of strength not only within themselves, but in their relationships with family and friends. I read these the first time at a ...more
This was awful. One of the first problems was the main character. You can't be an identical twin when you are female and your twin is male. Generally, because that would make you not identical as one you has a penis and the other has a vagina. You can't even be super rare male- female identical twins as the book later states as that would make them non identical. That's without going though all the other twin crap that author has added to her characters. Then there are the blatant plot holes and ...more
Bob Morris
This is a great story

Alex the Faye is a wonderful story the good guys always come out ahead. I'm anxious to read the next book in this series.
I really enjoyed this book!! My only complaint is that I felt the characters names were to similar and I sometimes got them confused but I look forward to the rest of the books in the series.
John Hanscom
Maybe even less. It was not a complete waste of time, as some of the action sequences were exciting. Ms. Christian seems to have wanted a female action hero who was not just a man with internal genitalia, but she went by a man's name - Alex - and had only two speeds - kick butt or fall apart. I also did not appreciate the deus ex machina of a ghost, who kept getting her out of trouble. A "real" action hero would have figured it out herself. Ms. Christian seems also not to know how the military a ...more
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One of the most badly written book I have ever read. Bad transitions. No real plan. Just lots of action and blood.
Freethings Forme
Outstanding!! I just loved this book. Alex is such a fully developed character she seems real.
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