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.
Rachel Morgan spent a good deal of her childhood living in a fantasy land of her own making, crafting endless stories of make-believe and occasionally writing some of them down. After completing a degree in genetics and discovering she still wasn’t grown-up enough for a ‘real’ job, she decided to return to those story worlds still spinning around her imagination.
These days she spends much of her time immersed in fantasy land once more, writing fiction for young adults and those young at heart.
Let me tell you a few things about this book: --Calla is one bad-ass lady.Her life is not easy but when she wants something she does everything get it and works hard to accomplish her goals. --The book becomes fast-paced after about 50 pages,just like the previous three books. --There's some amazing action.A lot of amazing action,to be honest.Who doesn't like reading about awesome lady kicking everyone's ass?And,well,occasionally getting her ass kicked,haha.(▰˘◡˘▰)
--The beloved characters from the original Creepy Hollow trilogy appear...a lot. They are major supporting characters and let me tell you...I fangirled like crazy!I've read a lot of books where characters who were in another book situated in the same realm appear but Rachel Morgan showed them all how it's done.They all seem real and not just like shadows of the characters they used to be in their own books. --The writing is so damn good.I applaud you Rachel,you genius. --The ending will destroy you.Rachel Morgan is a sneaky master of shocking cliffhanger-y endings.My heart is still not recovered from the ending of The Faerie Prince and now it's totally shattered.
This book starts a new arc with mostly new characters though they are related to to the first arc. Ryn and Vi are now background characters. It also seems a reset as Calla, Ryn's younger sister joins the guild. I don't find Calla as a compelling a character as Vi but it's still a good read.
Can I just say that I love that the Creepy Hollow series is not finished? It’s always bittersweet leaving a world behind when finishing a series, and I thought when reading The Faerie War (Creepy Hollow Book #3) that that was the last new adventure I’d have with Violet and Ryn in the world of Creepy Hollow. Thankfully, not so. Or not completely anyway. A Faerie’s Secret picks up almost a decade after the fall of Draven, but while Vi, Ryn and some other familiar faces make some cameos, this time the story is Calla’s (Ryn’s younger half sister).
Now seventeen, Calla Larkenwood desperately wants to train to become a faerie guardian just like her father was and her brother is. She wants to keep people safe from horrors like she once experienced at the hands of a cruel Unseelie prince. However, since the fall of Draven, the Guilds are now keeping track of faeries with Griffin abilities, and her parents are trying as hard as possible to keep Calla’s power a secret. Especially since she has trouble controlling it. Sending her to train at the Guild would be like sending her into the lion’s den. But when it becomes clear that someone dangerous might already know and be after Calla, her parents finally agree that the Guild might, ironically, be the safest place for her.
But then again, maybe not.
When a guardian trainee hazing goes south, Calla ends up in the middle of something sinister while accidentally exposing her secret to a faerie of somewhat ambiguous allegiances. So safety becomes somewhat of a moot point. Plus, guardian training, not super safe to begin with anyway.
Continuation? Standalone? So, at this point, you might be wondering, Dear Reader, if you need to have read the first three books in this series. First of all, massive side eye going on in your general direction accompanied by an “Um…. YES?!” But fangirl answer aside, still I would say yes. The impact of the story would be greatly lessened if you jumped in on Book #4. Plus, you would definitely benefit from a better, broader knowledge of the Creepy Hollow world and what these characters have already been through. For example, if you read the original trilogy, you’ll have already met Calla. Seven-year-old Calla does play an important role in that story, and her backstory definitely comes into play in this one. But that said, if for some reason, you’re staunchly opposed to reading the previous books, Rachel also does a good job of providing just enough information for the uninitiated reader to get by if they don’t wish to go back and read the first three. *more side eye*
Calla. I just love her. She’s been through so much suffering in her seventeen years, and yet she embraces the vibrancy of life; choosing the “bright colors” rather than dwelling on the dark ones. She’s passionate, full of conviction, selfless, brave, compassionate, but also tough, totally kickbutt, and tends to wear her heart on her sleeve… among other places. I adore her.
I also adore Chase. A handsome, mysterious tattoo artist from the Underground, Calla’s ability doesn’t affect him like it does other faeries. Which makes him dangerous to Calla. However, seeing as she’s gotten herself in a bit of a “situation” with the super unofficial and definitely illegal trainee initiation, she finds herself in need of his knowledge and help. He’s strangely honorable, but not entirely forthcoming. Friend or foe? Well, that remains to be seen…
Calla & Chase. Whatever this is, I love it.
Vi & Ryn. Yay. Just… yay. So good to see them again.
The world. Like I said previously, when I finished what I assumed to be the last book in the then-trilogy, I hated saying goodbye to the world of Creepy Hollow. Rachel has created this beautiful, enchanting place that blends the faerie world with very human concepts. A faerie world full of magic, mystery, and magical creatures, but with law enforcement agencies, bureaucracy, smartphone equivalents, and social media? It’s whimsical and charming, but also believably dark and dangerous when the plot swings that way. Which it does. Often. Creepy Hollow is a well-conceived and well-executed world, and I’m so glad I get to visit there a little longer.
The story. It’s captivating. It’s fast-paced. It’s…
Ok. I have to mention it. There’s one thing I love above all about A Faerie’s Secret, and I need to at least try to tell you about it, even if it’s in the vaguest of terms. I guess the only way I can describe it is that Rachel wove *insert “the coolest spoilery thing ever” here* into the story in such a organic, smart, stealthy way; a well-planned sneak attack. I had my suspicions about *insert “the coolest spoilery thing ever” here*. I was 86% sure I had this thing all figured out, but still Rachel kept me guessing. And when the “AHA!” moment finally came, what she did with *insert “the coolest spoilery thing ever” here* blew me away. I love when an author can turn the tables on me, which is something that doesn’t seem to happen too terribly often. So if you like clever stories that’ll leave you jaw-on-the-floor gaping (and if you like faeries, and magic, and romance, and danger, and kick-butt heroines… and who doesn’t?!), this book is a good pick for you.
Also worth mentioning, the dialogue and descriptions. I’m a big fan. And I love how certain things from the original trilogy come into play in this fourth book.
Overall. In short, A Faerie’s Secret is clever, exciting and engaging; a wonderful and welcome return to the world and characters for established fans of the series, and a great introduction to Creepy Hollow for those new to it. My favorite of the series thus far.
This book was a great, fast-paced, roller coaster of a ride…with a sudden stop at the end that left me dazed, confused and hoping that Ms. Morgan gets the next book out in record time!! I loved this series when, in the first 3 books, Violet was the kick-butt hero. And, honestly, I wondered how I’d like a new main character…but, good news…I loved her!! Calla’s is fierce, smart and sassy, and I know that her story will be a non-stop adventure. Bring it on!!
It felt like being home…reading about Creepy Hollow, living amongst the wonderful fantasy, and meeting up with Vi and Ryn again. Having them as part of this story was a perfect way to pass the baton from the first part of the story to the current adventure which takes place 10 years later. Calla has a secret she needs to keep from everyone and it’s made her life difficult. She has few people she can trust and she soon learns that there are even more secrets within her family that will complicate her life even more. And then there’s Chase. He’s a mysterious man and try as she might, Calla can’t seem to crack the story of his past. But that doesn’t stop the attraction…hers or mine! Chase is intelligent, strong and sweet. And I couldn’t help but fall for him. He and Calla have great banter and fantastic chemistry. A romance that builds amidst so many twists and turn that I couldn’t pry myself away from this book. I should also tell you that the bad guys are scarier and the mysteries will stack up until you’re not sure what to believe. Such a great book to lose yourself in!
Finally, for the sake of full disclosure, I must tell you that there’s a cliffhanger here. But, my oh my, it’s one you won’t see coming. It’s one that will shock and surprise you. There’s no way you’ll be prepared for it! With one word, Ms. Morgan left me staring at my kindle, mouth open, eyes unblinking, heart beating. And all I can say is…I loved every moment of it! You need to read this series! You really, really do!
[edit 5/12/19: After several months I've decided that I'm going to stop with this series here and not read the next one. It's not a bad series, but I just don't have any desire to know what happens next. I keep looking at it on my TBR and going 'maybe I'll read it next month' and I'm trying to get better about dropping series since my TBR is so long]
It has been soooo long since I read book 3 that it definitely took me while to remember the background info for this series. It helps that this book is focusing on a new character - Calla [who is Ryn's younger sister, another thing I forgot] - but I would still recommend not waiting like a year and a half between reading these. Honestly I would probably not be continuing with this series if I hadn't bought books 1-6 in a 99c bundle. They aren't bad but they're just very simple YA romance most of the time which is not necessarily my jam. I liked the first trilogy because I actually liked Ryn as a love interest but there's a big reveal at the end of this book that makes me think I might not feel the same about this second trilogy. Still, they are definitely very light reads and I love the way the author has used magic to give the faeries substitutes for modern technology. I'm gonna try to finish the other two books in this trilogy but I'm not sure if I'll move on to the last 3 books after that.
*Copy provided in exchange for honest review* "Just because I've seen the palette of dark colors doesn't mean I have to paint the rest of my world that way." I have waited so long to be able to review this, and the time has come! This is the fourth book in this incredible series and it takes place 10 years after the last book. The main character is now Calla, instead of Violet. I am so glad to say that it's still action packed and even more intriguing than the others. Rachel has become one of my absolute favorite authors. She has the most talented imagination I have had the pleasure of reading and it still blows my mind away, to this day. She always starts her stories with a powerful and captivating explosion. I can't stress enough how unique these books are. She keeps me at the edge of my seat through out it all and there isn't a character she has conjured that I don't like. My heart was completely invested into Calla's story, even more than Violet's. Her joy and pain were my own. With that being said, the ending OBLITERATED me. It gave me the worst book hangover I have ever experienced in my life. I couldn't stop crying for two days straight, I didn't even get out of bed. To say that Rachel is phenomenal at world-building is the understatement of the year. This book is deadly. There's plot twist after plot twist after world-shattering plot twist. Everything I thought I knew about Calla and Chase went up in flames. It's safe to say, this is one of the most impacting endings I have ever experienced. I never saw all of that coming and even after all that, this is my favorite book in the series! Call me a masochist, I won't deny it! I can NOT wait for the next book, I am dying to know what happens with Chase and Calla!! My heart has yet to heal from this tragic emotional rollercoaster.
I've missed the magical realm of Creepy Hollow, but it is a place that once visited, you could never forget. The setting is a place full of wonderment, beautiful bright colors, and fantastical creatures. The fae are who lie at the heart of this series. Specifically, guardians, those that go through rigorous, lengthy, and extensive training to serve and protect.
Calla wants to be a faerie guardian more than anything else. Her father use to be one, and her older half brother, Ryn, is one of the most talented and skilled members of the Creepy Hollow Guild. However, Calla's mother worries about her daughter's safety and has forbidden it. Therefore, Calla trains behind her parent's back with an ex-member of the guild. However, it's not the same as getting to train in an official capacity and become a guardian.
Unfortunately, a dangerous intruder breaks into Calla's home and tries to harm her. When Calla mentions the name of the person the intruder said sent them, Calla's mother becomes pale, and quickly changes her mind about Calla's training to be a guardian with the guild. It becomes obvious that Calla's mother is hiding a secret. As Calla begins her official training with the guild, she deals with jealousy, bullies, and training that tests her limits. She also makes friends with a group of other outcasts. Calla ends up stumbling on a rare and priceless item that enables time travel and introduces her to the mysterious and handsome, Chase. They end up finding themselves on a thrilling, suspenseful, action-packed adventure full of danger and revelations.
I loved A Faerie's Secret. I was excited to be reunited with Calla, and see how she's grown up. It was such a pleasure being reunited with Ryn and Vi from the previous Creepy Hollow segments, and even though they are secondary characters, they were still actively involved in the story.
Chase was a character that I was drawn to. He had a lot of magical ability and know how. He was very protective of Calla and was an excellent partner to have on her adventure. I loved his personality. He was very charismatic, and I could see why Calla started to develop feelings for him. The chemistry and friendship between Chase and Calla grew beautifully!
The mysterious and thrilling on the edge of your seat action packed suspense, had me flipping pages as fast as I could. The ending was a shocker that I never say coming! My jaw literary dropped! Talk about a cliffhanger! I'm desperate to get my hands on the next book, and continue Calla's story!
I love how Ms. Morgan's mind works. The way she is able to build a world rich with imagination, set up complex puzzles to be solved, and likable characters that are fun, entertaining, and beautifully crafted is truly a gift to her readers.
A Faerie's Secret is another excellent addition to the Creepy Hollow Series! If you enjoy Y.A. Fantasy, you must read this series! It has continued to be a favorite of mine every since I read, The Faerie Guardian, the first book in the series! I give, A Faerie's Secret, by Rachel Morgan, 4.5 Adventurous, Suspenseful, Mysterious, Magical Stars!!!
It's always a little scary, leaving the familiar characters of a series behind and continuing with a new adventure in the same world with new stars. What if those characters aren't as great as the ones I grew attached to? What if I don't like this adventure as much as the previous one? What if I'll just be missing the previous books?
Well, in this case there was absolutely nothing to be afraid of. Calla is an amazing leading lady and it didn't take long before we had a connection. For some reason it was so easy to identify with her and the problems she was facing. And her secret power, already revealed in the previous books, is even more awesome when it's front and centre. But I most of all liked how she was emotionally more expressive and outgoing, even though she did the very best to hide it.
And since we already know the world a little Morgan dares to throw Calla into her plot way sooner. It doesn't take long before the story really starts and it also gets exciting very fast. Not only do we see Calla at the academy, in a clearly very different position than her brother and his now wife, but soon she's also exploring the underworld and becoming part of an adventure far bigger than her own.
That adventure leads us to new places, new faces, old faces and well known hot spots. But it most of all leads to the most breathtaking cliffhanger I have ever encountered in a book! I'm already really looking forward to next week, because then I'm gonna read the next book in this trilogy. The start was at least very exciting!
I don't even know where to begin with this book because it was simply such an amazing read! Fast-paced, fun, and filled to the brim with exciting adventures, I never wanted this book to end. It was so nice to be back in Creepy Hollow, seeing old favorites return, and (kind of) new characters finding a new place in my heart. It's not secret that I love this series, and Ms. Morgan does a fantastic job at bridging the original series with this installment. While you don't necessarily have to read the first 3 novels in the series, you will be greatly missing out if you don't! You feel a much stronger connection to the story, and you understand what went on 10 years ago as this was what the first 3 books were about. Nevertheless, you will not be confused if you decided to start with this novel, as Ms. Morgan writes the story with a great clarity and brilliance. You will instantly be transported to Creepy Hollow, feeling like you are right there along with the characters going through the Faerie Paths, and taking part in the Fishbowl.
This story follows Calla, Ryn's sister. She's all grown up, and has a major secret that she is keeping from everyone. For if anyone finds out about this secret, well let's just say it won't be good for anyone involved. She has very few people she can trust, and she quickly realizes that some of those people she might not be who she thought they were to begin with. Everyone has secrets, and some will do anything to keep those secrets quiet. This is extremely important to remember while reading this book (and you'll see why after you finish reading). I loved Calla as a lead character. In fact, she was just as great as Vi! Calla's feisty and fierce, and does what she wants. I loved her spunk, and even when everything was against her, she never gives up. And then there's Chase. Calla meets him in an unexpected place, and from there the mystery deepens. Calla can't get a read on him, and she certainly can't figure out why he's keeping his past so secret. But oooh boy, when Calla (and the reader) finds out...let's just say you will NOT believe what you just read. Chase was such an intriguing character, and I loved the balance he provided for Calla. They work so well together as a team, and I'm very interested to see what the next book has in store for them.
So that moment I was talking about before where there's this big revelation in regards to Chase...that's how the book ends. Suffice to say, it's a MAJOR CLIFFHANGER! This is the mother of all cliffhangers people, and you're jaw will drop. Ms. Morgan certainly knows how to craft a shocking moment, and I applaud her for being able to render me speechless with one single word. This was literally me
If you are a fan of this series, this is a must read! You don't want to miss out on the exciting adventures of Calla, as well as seeing your favorite characters and learning what they've been up to in the past 10 years. I can't wait for the next book, A Faerie's Revenge, and I don't know how I'm going to be able to wait! Don't miss out of this one, or you'll regret it!
I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 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.
Calla Larkenwood thought she only had to keep her Griffin Ability a secret, but other secrets threaten to turn her life upside down in Rachel Morgan's A Faerie's Secret. Although not quite as kick-butt as her brother's wife Vi, Calla has her moments and will do anything in her power to help, even use her special gift when she's not supposed to. I found it refreshing to have a main character be naive and positive, even to a fault. It says a lot about Calla, especially since her past was not all sunshine and roses. Morgan carries the theme of secrets and their destructive powers throughout the novel. This fast-paced story quickly gripped me in its clutches, and I had to find out what would happen to Calla and even more importantly the secrets of the hot tattoo artist she has befriended. The betrayals and secrets revealed spiral to a whirlwind of an ending that will leave readers breathless and craving the next book in the Creepy Hollow series. If you're a fan of the previous Creepy Hollow books, then you need to read A Faerie's Secret by Rachel Morgan. If you haven't read them yet, then what are you waiting for?
wellllll shiiiiiit. I did NOT see that ending coming. Note, you can totally pick up here as a "beginning" of the series, but you will get so much more enjoyment and shock if you read Creepy Hollow books 1-3.
I was worried going into this that I would miss Rin and Violet too much to enjoy Calla's story, but I was pleasantly surprised. I wasn't as interested in Calla's life and soaked up every morsel of Rin/Vi time, but this is Calla's story completely. We get a Star crossed romance along with magic, secrets, and betrayals.
I found this first book of the second trilogy more engaging than the first book of Violet's story, which is saying something. The mystery is interesting, Calla has her secrets, the mysterious vigilante tattoo artist, that we later learn to be called Chase, has his secrets and it all leads up to a very interesting plot and a very, very very shocking revelation at the end that kept me up half an hour after reading the final chapters in bed. I wish I knew how to write a sentence that makes sense without spoiling things. All I can say is I was not expecting that!
But here is a snippet and overview of what I thought:
Overall, I was blown away by this book. It was a great start to the new story line but also a really great continuation of the series! The writing was fantastic and just really sucked me into the world. I loved that this book was just as filled with action and some swoon worthy moments. I really enjoyed getting to know Calla and who she is as a character! I loved that we got to see Vi and Ryn again. Even if it was just in fleeting moments. Thank you so much to the author for sending me a copy of her book to review!
As I already said, I loved the first three books! I f I didn’t mention it before, this would be such a great saga to adapt into film. The action is amazing, the world that is created in these books exceeds your wildest imagination. Fans of the Hunger Games, the Divergent books, or even the Harry Potter books will love these ones!
This book has a slightly different feel to the first three. Calla is not Violet. She is not as forceful and brutal as Violet, but more composed, and it takes a little getting used to in the beginning. The pace seems a little slower. But that is just Miss Morgan easing you into what is to come. Soon you are on this same fast-paced, adrenaline rushed quest to save what is dear, and solve what seems so mysterious.
Now off course there is some great romantic tension in this book, and a return appearance of the old characters from books 1-3. Sadly you are left with a HUGE cliffhanger. Usually I don’t mind that too much, as I tend to wait for the sequel if I know that is how the book will pan out. I do sooo hope Miss Morgan will give us a HEA for Calla, because the spin at the end of this book put me into a sour mood. I didn’t see that one coming, and I’m not ready to accept a bad ending for Calla (sorry I can’t say more without giving it all away :) )
Okay, I'll admit it, I was a little wary to start reading this one. Only because I loved the first three books in this series so much ( so so much ) and was worried about the 10 year time jump and switch of main character. But there was no way I could not read it ( you know what I mean? ). So anyways it didn't take long at all and I was once again absorbed in the world of Creepy Hollow. I felt foolish for ever doubting that Rachel Morgan could pull me in and make me love this book just as much as the others. Calla was an easy character to fall into instalike with and I just couldn't wait to go on this adventure with her. I want to keep my review as spoiler free as possible so bare with me if I don't go into too much detail about the story plot. With that said, the ending has me extremely happy that I already have a copy of book 5 waiting in my kindle because OH MY GOODNESS!!! I did not see that coming! Just wow! If you have not read The Creepy Hollow series you could start with this one but honestly I'm not sure why you would want to miss all the amazingness ( is that a word? ) of the first three books to this spellbinding series. I believe newcomers to the series would enjoy this book but even more so those who have read the previous books. I loved getting to have a little peek into the lives of previous friends ( and foes ) of the series and highly recommend them all to basically everyone who's a fan of YA and the fae. Happy Reading!!!
A Faerie's Revenge is due to release Oct 27th.
** I received this e-book in exchange for my honest review. **
No. freaking. Way. I honestly believed this would be a rare experience - a Rachel Morgan book without a killer cliffhanger. And I was so close! Until that last page!!! Well, there goes any thoughts of getting a decent nights sleep....
In a Faerie's Secret, Author Rachel Morgan included a shock factor of epic proportions, bound to leave Creepy Hollow enthusiasts stunned until her next release. The plot twist is BRILLIANT! It is the plot twist of all plot twists and this is why Rachel Morgan is THE author to follow. It guarantees a reader will read A Faerie's Secret several times over with ferocity. Be prepared for flash backs to the prior novels, blissful excerpts of your favorite creepy hollow couple, and magical adventure to explore for hours, possibly days.
OMG OMG OMG!!! WTH? Like I already know the cliffhanger since I've read this before but I still can't stop getting super excited. I just wanna giggle my heart out and am probably gonna break my break my wrist by slapping my hand over my mouth trying to muffle out the sound. LMFAO I never would have expected this cliffhanger. I mean, I know it now but I almost fell out of my bed the first time I read this. Not joking.
I'll have to admit that it took awhile for me to get used the story shifting to Calla, as I wanted more Vi & Ryn. Calla won me over though. This entry was well written & engaging. I would highly recommend this YA series!