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The Strings of the Violin Paperback – December 12, 2011
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About the Author
ALISSE LEE GOLDENBERG holds a bachelor of education and a fine arts degree; she has studied fantasy and folklore since she was a child. Alisse lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband, Brian; their triplets, Joseph, Phillip, and Hailey; and their rambunctious goldendoodle, Sebastian. This is her debut novel. Please feel free to visit her at alisseleegoldenberg.com
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When faced with this exact occurrence, Carrie Eisen says yes. She and her best friends travel to another world to find the magical violin strings that will save everyone. They will meet many magical beings, come across demons and princesses, and even some enchanted fruit trees!
I found this book to be a highly enjoyable read. I loved the characters and the story. I have always enjoyed a good fantasy novel, and this one really fed my child-like wonder of all things magical. I am very glad I picked it up and started reading it.
There were a few tense moments and many times I wasn't sure if certain characters were trustworthy. I eagerly read on to see what would happen and whether or not we would get a happily ever after type ending.
I won't ruin it for you! Just read on for an excerpt that will draw you into the story and make you want to finish reading it. I reccommend this book to anyone that enjoys a good fantasy. There was nothing in this book that I wouldn't let my ten year old daughter read. This book is wonderful for all ages!
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. Regardless, all opinions are my own and were in no way influenced. I was not required to leave a positive review.
The main plot comes out pretty quickly. Or at least the beginning of the main plot. And in a shocking form. A talking fox. It is definitely different than what I'd been reading lately. The writing was well done, and easy to read. It was somewhat easy to get into although it wasn't one of those books you can just jump right into and immediately be completely immersed. It slowly builds up until you find yourself entering the world of Adom as the girls do.
The easy banter between the friends took away much of the danger of their situation until something happened to clearly bring that danger to the forefront. It made things relaxing and a bit like you were replaying conversations you had with your best friends before. It was great, and kept your attention.
Then there was learning about this world other than Earth. It was great to see a new setting and learn more about it. I had lots of questions and got answers as well.
It was very interesting to see how folklore and their grandmothers stories were actually incorporated into the story. The folklore of the situation just made things that much more interesting because you're learning about these stories in bits and pieces, as they're remembering them and it was fun to learn some about their pasts.
I was also happy that Alisse Lee Goldenberg didn't take advantage of the fact that she is writing fantasy and thus uses it as a free pass to manipulate life and death. I'm not saying that I don't cheer when that happens but still sometimes it seems that it's used too often or it's used as a way to please your readers. That didn't happen here and I was glad to see it. Even if I was crying and wishing it could happen.
The Strings of the Violin was a good read, and different than the books I've read recently. If you like fantasy and young adult novels than you should add this to your TBR list.
Find this review and many more at Reading Shy With Aly(http://readingshy.blogspot.ca)
The book is aimed for a YA audience and not only because the characters have around seventeen years old. However, for moments the book seems more a Middle grade read than a YA, this is not a bad thing because I think MG books are great.
The dialogues are simple, the scenarios are well described and there are a lot of elements of folklore and magic. The characters are nice and likeable but somehow they seem too simple for moments. I couldn't sense a real growth in them; it's like they just went to this adventure and never really experience it.
The story has a good rhythm, steady but without being boring. It has a good outcome and an easy to read language.
If you are a careful reader there are things that will come as obvious and the surprise will be ruined before it is revealed. But for young readers the book has good surprises and twists prepared.
Overall, it is a good fantasy book. It’s fast to read and despite being a trilogy there is no cliffhanger.
*** I received a complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review. ***