Sunday, October 5, 2014
An Elfy on the Loose by Barb Caffrey
One Elfy for an entire planet?
He's supposed to be the Watcher for his people, the representative on Earth from his dimension, but the small being known to his enemies as "Jonny-Wonny" wakes up to big trouble—trapped in a bizarre house in Knightsville, California with humans straight out of reality TV. Jon knows that something has gone dreadfully wrong—he's starving, lonely and dressed in funny clothes.
Enter the couple's ten-year-old diminutive daughter, who is "Not Daisy!" but is brilliant, sweet...and using high level magic with ease. She's also desperately in need of a friend.
Insisting her name is really Sarah, and christening him Bruno, his new friend asks him how they're going to get out of there.
The only thing that comes to mind is for Bruno to ask his teacher, Roberto the Wise, for help. But Roberto's attempt at help only enmeshes all three of them further in a web of deceit and treachery. Bruno finds out that, unfortunately, most of what he thought he knew about himself was very wrong…and much of what Sarah knows about herself is also wrong, including her age.
Worst of all, a Dark Elf is on the scene and is intent on corrupting the local Humans, including Sarah's parents.
New names, new locations, a new mission—Bruno is going to get to the bottom of all the craziness, and Sarah will be there for him every step of the way.
Watch out, universe—an Elfy is on the loose!
When I started reading An Elfy on the Loose by Barb Caffrey, I thought it was too cute for adult fare with phrases like “elfy-welfy” and “Jonny-wonny.” Even the main characters eschewed those appellations. But, I thought my twelve year-old granddaughter would love it. Then when I was cleaning out my e-mails, I came across the first one I received from Ms. Caffrey in which she asked me to review her YA (young adult) fantasy. Well of course! The book was aimed at my granddaughter! I revised my attitude and realized I was reading a five-star book. An Elfy on the Loose had a wonderful cast of good, bad, and possibly redeemable characters with plenty of secrets that needed to be unraveled, as well as a huge disaster looming on the horizon. It even had me on the edge of my seat, wondering how Bruno and Sarah would save Bruno’s teacher, Roberto, from being sacrificed by the Dark Elf at noon on May Day.
I was all set to give this book five stars. Until it stopped. Just as they were preparing to confront the Dark Elf. Maybe Ms. Caffrey doesn’t think today’s tweens have the attention span to read a series if each book stands on its own like Nancy Drew, Cherry Ames, and The Hardy Boys did when I was young. (Cherry Ames was the Nancy Drew of nursing. I read all of those books.) I haven’t read them, but according to a colleague, each book in The Hunger Games series stands alone. But maybe that would be considered NA or new adult. I’m not sure how much violence or sex is in it.
At any rate, I hate cliff-hanger endings, and in my opinion this wasn’t even an ending. I’m sorry Ms. Caffrey. I have to give this book a thorn. I don’t recommend it.
Length: 396 Pages
Digital Price: $3.99
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