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Mrs. Perivale and the Blue Fire Crystal

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  508 ratings  ·  130 reviews
There is a Prophecy…

A 73 year old woman who is told she is too old to be useful to anyone.
A strange creature who has risked everything because he’s certain he’s right.
An element crystal stolen from a temple, throwing the world into chaos.
An unknown country; dangerous, beautiful, wild, magical, unimaginable.
A journey almost no one believes that the old woman can under
Kindle Edition, 154 pages
Published March 1st 2017 by Paris Publishing
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Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
I like the premise, but it is not well executed. The author provides a lot of description but often with too many words. The sentences are awkward, often run together, and are filled with unnecessary commas. It could definitely use some editing and reworking of the characters, particularly Mrs. P. It is obvious that she is supposed to be whimsical and a character who sticks in your mind after you finish the book but it falls a little flat. I wonder if the author did research into his characters ...more
I wanted to love this. An elderly protagonist caught up in a prophecy that also involves dragons, cats and other fae creatures in an alternate realm that has her finding herself along the way sounded exactly the bit of fluff needed. However, this bit of fluff had even less substance than candy floss with horrible dialogue that is gaggingly sacharine and simplistic with thoroughly one dimensional characters. It's poorly written with an author obviously lacking a few writing classes and in dire ne ...more
I had mixed feelings about this book.

First, what I liked. I liked that the main character was a senior citizen and a woman. I liked the cats, but question if the author had spent any time with a group of cats. The characters were likable. The pacing of the story was good. I did want to keep reading to find out how it happened.

On the other hand, many of the characters were stereotypical and lacked depth. There were some formatting and fact-checking problems I found distracting. There were so ma
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Review by Grace, age 9, 8/22/20 (5 stars)

This book is about Mrs. Perivale. At the beginning of this book, Mrs. Perivale feels kind of left out, because she wanted to join the Widows of War meeting and they told her they wanted younger people. She has 7 cats and Henderson, her butler. She meets and Inkling named Chippa, and finds out that she is the "chosen one." (dun dun Duuum!) So, she has to go find the Blue Fire Crystal or everything will go out of control. By the way, this is no longer on E
Aug 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you want a fantasy that's cozy and emotionally soothing, read this book. Mrs. Perivale, a widow who lives with seven cats and a butler, falls down the rabbit hole into a fantasyland. She and her little family have to find the Blue Fire Crystal to bring elemental balance back to the land. They meet all kinds of people whom she treats with gentleness and respect, which gets them where they need to go most of the time. She's not a flashy heroine, she's grandmotherly. She's the kind of lady you'd ...more
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
I love the premise of this book, but it's poorly written. Too many adverbs, too much description, and a lot of grammar and punctuation errors. I read that this author writes a book in 7 to 10 days, and it shows. The writing reminds me of V.C. Andrews' ghost writer; it's the same adolescent, amateurish style. ...more
Lisa Oswald
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
DNF. Give up at 54%. Two stars because it is not objectionable just boring. Mrs. Perivale is still not having advenures, her cats are. Her role seems to be to believe n people. There is a great deal of description but it often serves to derail the movement of the story. Pace ws just entirely too slow for me.
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was ok
I'm not completely sure how I feel about this one. Perhaps I'll work through it here.
This was originally an online idea posted by someone else on a social media platform. They had stated they were tired of reading about all of these heroes in their early 20's saving the world and they would like to see an elderly lady, with life experience, journey to save the world armed with her stabtastic knitting needles and her young sidekick of an aid who gave our hero her pills on time. When I read this
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
A meme makes a great story

I was skeptical when I read the synopsis. A meme that I had shared before about an older lady as the hero, along with her devoted servant, go on an amazing adventure and save the day. This adorable book brought that adventure to life in a way that even my cynical heart could rejoice in. I laughed, chewed my fingernails in anticipation, cried, and cheered. I highly recommend this book.
Raquel (Silver Valkyrie Reads)
I really wanted to like this one because of the great premise, and initially thought the scathing low reviews were too harsh. Actually, even though I gave up on this one, I do kind of think they're too harsh, because it's quite readable, it's just also written like a middle grade novel (the 'just okay' kind, not the kind I end up loving) and I got tired of putting in the effort for a really slow moving story. ...more
Nov 18, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a quick read about which I have mixed feelings. I like the idea of the adventurous old lady. I liked the characters (mostly animals). The writing though was somewhat juvenile and the author seemed to be full of lessons about life that were rather basic. And yet, it was a pretty pleasant story.
Lalitha C.
Dec 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is like a story my fiance and I would write together. Full of cats, silliness, and amazing lands. Really fun to read. I didn't give it 5 stars because there wasn't much of a plot, but reading about the characters and the detailed descriptions was very enjoyable. ...more
Lauren Standen
Good idea, bad execution. Didn't like the writing style, at all. ...more
There is a Prophecy…
A 73 year old woman who is told she is too old to be useful to anyone.
A strange creature who has risked everything because he’s certain he’s right.
An element crystal stolen from a temple, throwing the world into chaos.
An unknown country; dangerous, beautiful, wild, magical, unimaginable.
A journey almost no one believes that the old woman can undertake.
The mysterious dark force bent on total destruction.
Seven vastly different cats.
One delicate butler.
Life can’t be ove
Oct 25, 2020 rated it did not like it

It takes a LOT for me to just give up on a book. I always try to power through and give the author the benefit of the doubt. But I couldn't do it with this one.

In the first place, I am very much NOT the target audience for this book. It kept showing up in my recommendations, however, so I succumbed and decided to give it a shot. It was too insanely cutesy for my taste. A cute little old lady, a cute magical creature, a herd of cute cats. Too much! And the only characters that had any persona
Rachel de la Fuente
May 18, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I desperately wanted to enjoy Mrs. Perivale and the Blue Fire Crystal (MPBFC). Like many, I saw the semi-viral post about “more emotionally stable” heroes. It thrilled me to see someone had actually written that story.

Original post content:
@nightskybooks: It's amazing how many prophecies involve teens. You'd think they'd pick more emotionally stable people, with more free time. Like grandmas.

@dinuriel: ...I would read the hell out of a series of a chosen eighty-five-year-old woman who goes on ep
Eric Balch
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Mrs. Perivale and the Blue Fire Crystal is the first book of a new fantasy series. The story begins in modern-day London and follows Alice Perivale, a 73 year old widow who lives with her butler Henderson and six cats. Alice is having a rough day, her son is too busy for her and she gets ruefully rebuked as being too old while offering her services as a volunteer. She feels sad and useless until she encounters a strange creature named Chippa, who claims that she is the chosen one and the only on ...more
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great read! Lived up to the original Twitter post :)

Remember that old Twitter post from like 2017 or 2018 that said basically that you'd think prophecies would involve "more emotionally stable people with more free time. Like grandmas." It's true! Prophetic great deeds are almost always given to the young. People with very little life experience to draw from while questing. Enter Mrs. Perivale, a nice old dear living nearly alone; with her faithful butler and many cats. Widowed, and living in Lo
Zoe Scowen
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
An uplifting story

I don't normally read fantasy, or at least I haven't for a considerable number of years. I tried this because it sounded intriguing. It is a sweet story of an elderly (ish) lady looking for a purpose, who finds both her purpose and a quite fantastical adventure along the way. I don't want to spoil the story for anyone so I will just say that next time you have a day where you really don't feel like adulting, read this and escape.

A few reviewers have complained that this book ha
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
I did not finish this. I tried, I really, really did. The concept was great and I was overjoyed to see that someone had carried it out! But tbh I found the prose and characterization tedious. The description of every single cat and their personality and hierarchy was almost enough to make me quit on its own, but then we get the Inklings and their borderline "yessuh massah" and "we es goin'". And the tedious descrip of "Big old Inkling" being used numerous times to both leaders.... Sorry, I'm ran ...more
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
I wanted to love this book. I saw the concept and jumped on board. What I did like:
- The idea. The idea that an older person could still be useful and go on adventures was exciting
- The general story arc. The fact the a young misfit type character went to find her to fulfil a prophecy was interesting also.

What I didn't like:
- The cats. There was just so much detail about the cats and what they were doing. It just wasn't for me.
- I disliked Mrs. Perivale. I thought the author was trying too
May 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book was like the universe coming together, I love adventure stories but I find that most of them are too long, take too long to get to the point and are filled with meaningless drama that could have been avoided if the characters were a bit more patient and polite.

Enter Mrs. Perivale, a kindly old woman with an iron will and her trusted family to help her achieve her goals. If I had read the reviews before the book I would have missed out on a story that kept me entertained from start to
Jun 15, 2021 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book so much. I was in want of something really sweet and funny. Life had been so stressful between work and uni I *needed* a fun loving middle grade or YA.
What sounded brilliant in theory sucked in real life.
Why it annoyed me:
- Mrs. Alice Perivale may as well have been 12 for the way she behaved.
- The freaking magic cat thing that lead the party drove me mad with the way he spoke - third person if he was overwhelmed plus the inability to form a grammatically correct sen
Jan 01, 2021 rated it did not like it
I felt like this work was written quickly, with little-to-no thought given to character development or plot. Characters and their dialogue felt flat to me. The world and its magic were interesting but weren't explored much. And though I'm not elderly so I can't 100% say, I'm pretty sure the way this author wrote the elderly woman is not an accurate representation - she felt more like a tween shoved into an elderly body with too many stereotypes attached (wasn't the point of this work to avoid th ...more
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
At a certain age in our society women seem to become invisible. Children become adults, busy with their lives, and meaningful purpose can appear less tangible. While I enjoy YA fiction for a respite, it’s refreshing to discover a heroine who has life experience, a welcome reminder that grandmothers can save a world too! On this journey through a magical land the protagonist is accompanied with her family of communicative cats. Who doesn’t wonder what their cats would say if you suddenly spoke th ...more
Jan 24, 2021 rated it did not like it
So the book is not good--underdeveloped characters and sloppy sentences that seem to have never graced the desk of an editor or even beta reader--but what really got my goat was the disclaimer at the front. It says the book cannot be resold or given to other people and a new copy needs to be bought for each person reading it.

I usually buy books to support the authors but this note struck me as so rude. Nothing about this book makes me think "Hey, I should lend this to another adult human in my l
Sue Shipley
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was ok
Mrs. Perivale is an elderly widow that wants to be useful and help people. She goes to a club and is rudely turned away. She goes home to her seven cats and he butler. I was never sure how old or in what shape she was in.

While walking in the park she meets Chippa, who declares that she is the "chosen one" to save his village. She, Henderson and the seven cats go through a magic door to Chippa's village.

There is much dialog about and with the cats, but the story is slow. I love a good fantasy, bu
Apr 01, 2021 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
Geez this was awful!

I'd seen the original meme that inspired the book.
I don't remember ever reading a story where every single character (including the apparent hero) was superfluous.
There's no plot, no character development, no moral.

I couldn't even figure out who the target audience is. One might assume that women who enjoy crafts in their 40s+ would identify with this character but it was such a load of cliches and stereotypes that it was mind-numbing. The author seems to have written the s
Elisabeth Jewell
Jan 06, 2021 rated it did not like it
I went in hoping for an elderly Chosen One who faced similar experiences as a younger Chosen One but surmounting them by virtue of their wisdom. Instead I got a garden walk with an overwritten and underplotted story. There were lots of "suddenly!" and completely unnecessary vignettes that added nothing at all. The plot points were all disjointed and unprepared for. The writing was jarring. This book could have had half of it cut out and not lost anything. 
The disjointed and rambling nature of th
Jul 26, 2021 rated it liked it
I really want to like this book…

This is a new take on adventure books. It reminds me of The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles. The difference is that the main character is an old woman.

The problem with this book is that random things happen all the time. All the characters seem to be mad at one point and then exceedingly helpful the next. The imagined world itself is amazing, but the way it’s written could use some fixing.

I’m still going to read the second book, but I’m kind of disappointed.
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