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