Elfy on the Loose is the first half of a duology by Barb Caffrey, so the story is not complete in this volume.
It is about an excitable youElfy on the Loose is the first half of a duology by Barb Caffrey, so the story is not complete in this volume.
It is about an excitable young Elfy (a magical race) man being sent to, and abandoned on Earth. He needs to find a way out of the mess he finds himself in, as well as rescuing his mentor, and a young human woman, trying not to get any further into trouble. Along the way, he learns that nearly everything he has learned about the human world, his own world, and even himself, is a lie.
The book is alternately exciting, scary, and funny, with mysteries to be solved, and great evils to be faced and overcome.
We meet quite a few characters in this book, good and evil, both human and Elfy, as well as a few ghosts, not counting the house almost seems to have a personality of its own. Two of them, possibly. As well as a couple of friendly backpacks.
All in all, a satisfying read, and I'm waiting for the second half of the story to come out....more
Nocturnal Interlude is the third book in the Nocturnal Lives series.
I have not read the first two books in the series. However, I did notNocturnal Interlude is the third book in the Nocturnal Lives series.
I have not read the first two books in the series. However, I did not find it difficult to follow the plot in this at all, though no doubt, certain allusions would make more sense if I had read the first two books.
I really enjoyed reading this book, which is a combination of police drama and urban fantasy. The book centers on a family of shifters, people who can change from human form to that of an animal, and the community in which they live, as well as the greater community of shifters with which they interact.
There is excitement and drama and on nearly every page. I found it exciting to read through, though she did give us room to breathe frequently. By the end of the book everything is resolved nicely, the sheep though she did leave some hooks that could go for future books relating to the community at large and the leaders of it.
Note: there is offscreen torture. We don't see this, but we do see people planning for it, as well as having to deal with the results....more
First of all, I enjoyed the book, for the most part. I don't think it fully lived up to the potential of the first few paragraphs, but it was interestFirst of all, I enjoyed the book, for the most part. I don't think it fully lived up to the potential of the first few paragraphs, but it was interesting, and kept me reading. But there were several things in it that made me go "Huh?" I really don't think that the author really understood books as well as he thought he did.
The first thing was minor. The author mentioned in passing the book "Johnny Tremain", by Esther Forbes, saying that the main character in it was apprenticed to Paul Revere, and burnt his hand badly in an accident. That threw me out of the book, saying, "No, he wasn't." My husband pointed out that not only was he not apprenticed to Paul Revere, it also wasn't entirely an accident that he burnt his hand.
Later on, the mother mentioned that she didn't know anyone who liked both Tolkien's and C.S. Lewis's writings, another thing that made me go "Huh?" Everyone I know who enjoys reading Tolkien, also enjoys C.S. Lewis, though the reverse isn't necessarily true. And a few other lines in there about both writers, made me think he didn't really understand either.
The last third or so of the book, where it kept praising Obama, was also annoying. It didn't seem to occur to the author that at least half of his potential audience would have voted against him, and maybe it might be a good idea to moderate his tone at least a little. (Or maybe it already was moderated, which is a scary thought.) ...more