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Alexander certainly has strong writing chops, which is what kept me turning the pages of her novel- the humor and witticism and command of language kept me following this quirky, but strongly crafted, cast of characters. I rooted for Jalani to have a happy ending, but I won't give that away.
I think Alexander may be a writer to watch!
I enjoyed that when needed, the past was explained early on in the story. We weren't left in the dark, and pretty much knew as much as the main characters did. There were still a ton of surprises and twists and turns that I loved, and that kept me interested. I like that Lyndi kept a lot of the good stuff for the end, creating a bit of suspense throughout the book.
The characters were original and not typical, especially the main character. As we went on in the book, there were things that were uncovered about the characters that you would have never thought about them. Also, Jelani, the main character was not a typical female lead, and I loved that.
This book was well written as well as put together in a way that made it easy to comprehend. I loved that the story fit in perfectly with the characters, that that the personalities were diverse. I think that Lyndi did a great job with this novel, and I can't wait to read the sequel! I have to give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
I was charmed by the setting for this seemingly straight-ahead fantasy. We've seen elements of the plot before in many other fantasy works (elf clans battle amongst each other for supremacy with the involvement of an apparently human protagonist), but Alexander gives it interesting "green" and "native American" twists that make the story fresh. Present day Missoula, Montana is a terrific setting, made even more so because it isn't the first place I would have thought to go searching for elves.
I also liked the hippy vibe of the human characters in the book. The band of latte-drinking, slacker/hacker, eco-warriors already live in a kind of fantasy world of their own construction and the events in the book cause them to rethink their lives in different ways. One of the humans, an agoraphobic with a painful past, hasn't left his apartment in years. He is drawn out of his own world and discovers the "real" world is more inviting than he could have imagined.
This is the first of a series, but it stands alone as a complete story with a satisfying ending.
I had quibbles with a couple of plot points. For example, why did Jelani have to travel all the way to Indiana to pick up a couple of boxes of papers when her stepmother could have just sent them via UPS? The fate and role of the cop ex-boyfriend at the end fell flat (literally). But overall this was a nice piece of escapist fantasy with interesting characters and told with a fresh voice, and I'm looking forward to returning to the Bitterroot Mountains when the next installment comes out.
Jelani is a young American woman who discovers there is more to her family history than she realizes when she is unwittingly pulled into an adventure involving strangers in a small town. Readers see her humanity as we explore Jelani's family history and her relationships with a group of odd-ball friends during her adventure into the elven nation.
In future novels in this series I hope to see more about where and how the elves actually live and am excited to learn Jelani's next adventure into the woods.
Good read - and good job Ms. Alexander!