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The Elf Girl

(Journey into the Realm #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  105 ratings  ·  38 reviews
The beginning of an incredible journey...

At fifteen, Ramsey Wilder spends every day receiving numerous taunts and insults from those around her because of her strange, exotic looks. With her pale skin and striking features – not to mention the pointy ears – she struggles with self-confidence, often feeling out of place in her small home town of Wisconsin.

One night, Ramsey
Paperback, 370 pages
Published February 15th 2011 by, Incorporated
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K.S. Marsden
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
Ramsey has spent her whole life feeling like an outsider; she suddenly realises why when a girl who looks a lot like her, takes her to the Elf Realm, where she discovers her true family and true identity.

I recently signed up for a read and review of The Spell Master (Journey Into The Realm #2), so I figured I best buy and catch up on Ramsey's story thus far. To be very honest, I wish I hadn't. These books were very long-winded, and as I wasn't as enthralled by them as many other reviewers, it wa
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Within a magical realm of wonder lies a deftly woven, multifarious mystery just waiting to be explored!

In a land of myth, and a time of magic, the destiny of a great kingdom rests on the shoulders of a young Elf. Her name is…Ramsey.

Plunging into a darkly mesmeric world of sweeping imaginative concepts and awe-inspiring vision, I encountered a concoction of characters and creatures amid an enchanting backdrop of singularity. The journey I took into this fantasy realm was one of impressive epicne
The Elf Girl was given to me by the author in exchange for my honest review and I want to take the opportunity to thank the author for providing me with a copy. I must say I that the blurb had me intrigued. I love a good fantasy and I was eager to dive right into this since I've never really read of anything with Elves in it, besides Tolkien's of course.

We begin the story with our main protagonist, fifteen year old, Ramsey. She is different in every way, both physically and emotionally. She fee
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
***I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.***

The Elf Girl follows the story of Ramsey Wilder. She is a teenager who has always felt out of place because of her pointy ears, which everyone made fun of. So, when she finds out that she is an elf, she is very happy that she finally found a place where she will blend in with others. But why is she taken to the Realm now, and not before? That's because she has a task to do.

I really, really enjoyed this book. I actually d
Dec 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reveiwed

I want to thank the author for a copy of this book for my honest review.

This book was amazing. I was drawn into the story because of Ramsey's flash back to how her life as "Elf Girl " started. Yes kids can be cruel. This high fantasy was compelling and intense. Ramsey was a great character. Being thrown into the life she was Ramsey acted as you would expect a 15 year old to react lending her believability. Ramsey faced the changes in her life with courage. The supporting characters are well wri
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I love worlds like these filled with excitement!! I love that it was about elves. I haven't read anything about elves, so I was greatly surprised how much I enjoyed this story!! The author had a very nice way of guiding us along the journey. Ramsley starts off not really knowing who she is exactly, she just knows and feels completely different from everyone else. Especially her family, not being able to explain the r
Dec 23, 2012 rated it liked it
An interesting read as I have not come across any books mainly about elves before. Being the first in a series, this book set up the world building and relationships and whilst it was not riveting at times, it was necessary. Sometimes I felt this did not flow in places but towards the end I was looking forward to finding out if Stellan had a chance or the gorgeous stranger was her number one pick. I will definitely pick up the next book to see who wins her hand.
Apr 21, 2011 added it
I think this story would make for an exciting and visually appealing movie.
Jun 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: all ages
Recommended to Gmr by: Maryanne Grabo
Ramsey Wilder, our fifteen year old main character has always known she's different....she just never envisioned just how different she'd turn out to be. One day on her semi regular trip to her local bookstore, Ramsey discovers a tome of a book that she's never seen the likes of...'The Mysterious Guide to Fantasy'. It may not sound eye popping to one and all but for a girl that likes a bit of magic in her life (like Ramsey) it's a match made in heaven.

But wait...ever since the moment she set ey
Nay Denise
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
**Received book from the author in exchange for an honest review**

**Beware! Does contain some spoilers!**

I have never read a book about elves and fairies before (I have not read any of The Hobbit or Lord of the Ring books), so for me this was a first time trying one out and I was highly impressed and thoroughly enjoyed reading this. Markelle Grabo did an excellent job in building a world where three realms collide: Human, Elf and Fairy. The world building throughout this book is detailed, intens
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this. I had never read about elves before and this was written by a teenager. Let me tell you I was pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed it! I felt like I was reading a book by an author that had written many great books already.

The story starts out with Ramsey living in the Human Realm and wondering why she has pointy ears and is different than the rest of her family. She finds out when Addison and her brother Stellan tell her and take her b
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Elf Girl is a wonderful story about an elfin raised in the human realm. She learns that she has a sister Zara, who has been kidnapped by the Elemental fairies. It is up to her and her new friends to find and rescue Zara. In order to do so, Ramsey has to leave the only realm she has ever known to return to the Elf realm. There, she learns about the elves, fairies, and fae. She learns their customs, religion, and history. She does not, however, learn the BIG secret about herself and why she is ...more
Victoria Zigler
Apr 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty good read. The world building and character creation were great, and the plot was very imaginative. I did feel though that there were times when the story seemed to drag a bit, and times when descriptions weren't as clear as they could have been. Also, I was a bit annoyed that with all the fuss that was made about the secret we didn't even get a hint as to what it might be by the end of the book. I understand that with this book being the first in a series some things need to b ...more
Krystal Hickam
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I would like to thank the author, the publisher and goodreads for allowing me to read The Elf Girl.
I was surprised in a good way after finishing the first few chapters. I was expecting another teen fantasy romance and was happy to find a fleshed out story with a compelling cast of characters and a new take on the fantasy realms. There is a little more puppy love romance than I care for but it is far in between the rest of the story. The protagonist is someone who is easily understandable and som
Cheryl Duval
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-for-review
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This book was absolutely brilliant. The world that the author created was remarkable. The elf world was descriptive and I felt like I was a part of that world!

Ramsey is tormented in the human world where she grew up believing that she was human. The other kids humiliated her every chance they got. Her transition to the elf world was remarkable. This is where she started her journey to discover who she really is.

Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read the book when it first came out and just finished it again before reading the second one in the series. Great book! Loved it the second time around too. Markelle is an excellent writer and I am hooked! I usually will not read a new writer knowing it will be a awhile before the next book so I am hoping the second book is as good as the first so I can read it again in anticipation for the third. From what I hear from friends and reviews the second is just as good if not better then the firs ...more
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: forgot-the-plot
Wow I just read through this book and the second and was blown away! The coming of age story of Ramsey,and her mysterious past leads her into a magical realm of elves! As a fantasy lover this book has all the elements that I would want if I were Ramsey. I wish I was magical, and had a family secret that was really cool. I had so much fun I am so glad I got the chance to read these books! And Hail to Wisconsin, because that's where I'm from! So maybe my own dreams are closer than I think.
Shelly Gold
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing

This book is probably one of the best books i ever read!!! I couldn't put it down and i felt like i was in the story, going threw everything Ramsey was going threw. This book is a great way to escape reality and enter a world of fantasy:)
Dec 20, 2011 marked it as to-read
This story could be about me: never normal, pointed ears, pale skin.... How did you get my life's story!
Linzi Selby
Really enjoyed this book! it's not your usual book and goes alot into the realms and elf history! the author has a great imagination! am defiantly reading book 2!!
Frieda Bhatti-campbell
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this first book
Apr 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: r4r
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Elf Girl is a creative and fun story about a young girl, Ramsey, who just doesn't fit in. She's used to being called a freak and ended up believing it herself, because she always had pointy elf ears. One night, she takes a stroll to the closest bookstore just to find an old-fashioned fantasy book and a new bookstore clerk, who happened to know her name. Finding this odd, it was nothing compared to what happened next. Walking hom
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
I really hate to give a negative review on any book but this one just didn't come together for me. I found it to be tedious and lacking in any of the magical qualities you would expect from this genre. I understand that it is written for a younger audience but I have read many stories that were still entertaining and worthwhile reads for all ages, despite this. It is sadly not the case with this book. The storyline is implausible. What 15 year old just walks away from the only family she has eve ...more
Terri M.
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The word building is spectacular but the actual story and character development is lacking. When describing the Realm I could envision everything and I loved the stories about all of the different creatures and their history. I soaked up every bit of it and loved it all.

When it came to the story though, I will just give a couple examples. Someone's life is in danger and the protagonist is taking long strolls to the fruit orchard and going on lunch dates. Right away she discovers a book that can
Jul 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks
This was a bit of a struggle for me. I enjoyed the book….once I got half-way through it. It was a quick read over-all, I think it would have been one of those books that I just needed to set aside 3 or 4 hours and sat down and read the entire thing from start to finish. Briefly, I mean I read the first half over the course of 3 days, then finished the second half all in one. Talk about a roller coaster of emotions! Moving on!

I believe that the hardest part for me in this story was connecting wit
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I gave this book 1.5 stars.

I wanted to like this book, I really did but it just made me feel weighed down and sleepy. First off, Ramsey is the most inconsistent character ever. She loves her family but finds out she has a new family and leaves the people who raised her with hardly a backwards glance. She thinks about this family once or twice but otherwise seems completely caught up in her new life and new family who she hasn'
Jun 29, 2015 rated it liked it
I was interested to read this book because mainly of the elf fanatasy theme.

While the Elf Girl has an interesting plot, I felt it was a bit scattered and the characters needed something more. Ramsey was quite a contradiction to herself. One minute she says something and the next she's against. Although I'll give her points for being brave even if she was a little reckless.

Throughout the whole book I was expecting at least to know even partially her secret but none. As in nothing even if her sist
Sam Spencer
Oct 01, 2015 rated it liked it
I won this book (and shamefully forgot all about it last year)

The story had typos (boy did I run into some typos) but they weren't debilitating and by and large they didn't take away from the momentum of the story.
It was just one of those debut novel things that I have realized are par for the course.

The story itself was insight, albeit fairly predictable at points, and touching.
I was moved to almost tears at some junctures and I had a few "Awww" moments.
As with all fantasy, there were parts tha
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a fun story to read. I just felt like some of the emotions were misplaced.
My Husband read this before I did, so I'm hoping he will be able to review this book as well.
I would definitely recommend this book to others looking for a fantasy title.
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-The Elf Girl
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-The Stolen Child
-The Dream Catcher

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“I hate going through this when we just found...," his voice trailed off.
"Found what?"
"Each other," he finished, half-smiling.”
“I was all too aware of his hands resting on my lower back, their imprints like sweet flames that seemed to go through the thin fabric of my dress and onto my skin.” 13 likes
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