Publisher's Note:  

Adarae jolted as the feeling surged through her. She looked carefully at not one, but two little faces and felt the warm power within them. No one suspected it could be two, but the strength pulsing from them was undeniable. They stared back into her eyes. Fifteen-year-old Erin and her twin brother, Bain, had never seen the secluded cabin in the woods by their home. Upon entering, they discover a magical world where pegasi, dragons and fairies are a reality. The siblings soon find themselves with super-human powers, being taught the art of magic and swordplay by mystical beings. It isn't long before they are struck with a realization—they are training to become elves. Faced with the decision to leave the life they have always known for a world of fantasy, Erin and Bain confront certain demons that threaten to tear them apart. Älvor is a spellbinding blend of magic and mystery, enchantment and fairy tale, that asks the age-old question: Do you believe in magic?



This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Cedar Fort


Alvor

by Laura Bingham

Review Date:
05/18/2011

Recommended Age:
12+

Overall Rating:
****1/2

Profanity / Language Rating:

Violence / Gore Rating:
**

Sex / Nudity Rating:

Overall Review:  

What do you get when you mix together your favorite elements of ‘Fablehaven’, ‘Eragon’, and ‘Harry Potter’?  You get ‘Älvor’!  If you are a fan of these series, you will find a kindred spirit in this new series by Laura Bingham.  Erin and Bain discover a beautiful cabin in the woods at the beginning of their summer vacation, only to find that it is merely a doorway to a whole new world and way of life.  They are given amazing super powers—abilities to see truth and magic, to run at incredible speeds without tiring, they’re even taught swordplay!  I really enjoyed their training.  They both had the same ‘super powers’, but they had definite likes and dislikes and were still very different and individual.  I loved the dragon and the pegasi who are more than just ‘dumb animals’ and teach them, well, at least Erin, the joys of flight.  They meet the Älvor: fairy friends, and even a fairy Godmother, who help them along their way.  In order to keep their newfound powers, though, Erin and Bain must leave their old lives behind and become one of them: an Älv.  Even beyond deciding to stay or not, there is (as always) a darker side who wants to exploit the abilities and strengths of Erin and Bain.  The ‘bad guys’ do all they can to capture the twins and use their powers.  I enjoyed the growth and development as one of the twins disappears without a trace and the remaining twin must step up to find the other.  It’s always so amazing to discover all the strength that is already there inside—one only needs a bit of peril and the opportunity to think outside of yourself to find it.  I loved the fact that when Erin loses the person who makes her life happy and whole—her best friend and the one she loves more than anyone else and can’t live without—it’s not just some guy she just met and likes a lot.  It’s her twin brother!  I loved that family connection; that your siblings can be your best friends and the people who bring out the best in you.  What a wonderful theme!  There is even a slight strain of romance, but not too much so as to rule out male readers!  ‘Älvor’ is an exciting book that has all the imagination, action, and adventure that lovers of fantasy could want.


Content Analysis:  

A very engaging read that is super clean!  There are a few instances of violence when a few characters are kidnapped and there are some intense chase/hide and seek scenes.  Some of the creatures are a little scary.



Mature Subject Matter:  

***



Alcohol / Drug Use:  

***



Reviewed By Emily
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