Title: A Little Elfy in Big Trouble
Author: Barb Caffrey
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy/Comedy/Romance
Young Bruno the Elfy and Sarah, his mostly-human teenage girlfriend, are in deep trouble. Bruno’s Elfy mentor Roberto the Wise is about to be sacrificed by a Dark Elf, and Sarah’s parents have decided to help the Elf rather than the Elfy. Things look bleak and are getting worse by the minute, but Bruno and Sarah have a number of allies — human, Elfy, and ghosts — that the Dark Elf can’t possibly expect. Can young love, desperation, and great unexpected power win out despite it all?
If you love Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, you’re going to love the Elfy duology by Barb Caffrey. I read and reviewed An Elfy on the Loose in 2015 (https://princessofthelight.wordpress.com/2015/02/25/id-like-to-introduce-you-to-barbcaffrey-authorinterview-yafantasy-review/ ) and I couldn’t wait for the follow-up, A Little Elfy in Big Trouble.
When we last left Sarah and Bruno, Dennis (the Dark Elf) had captured Roberto (Bruno’s mentor and teacher) and Bruno was helpless to stop him. He and Sarah barely got away with their lives. Now, it’s up to Bruno, Sarah, Lady Keisha and a host of allies to rescue Roberto and defeat Dennis before it’s too late.
In the first book, there was a lot of world-building and laying of plot foundation but in this book, it’s filled with intense, action-filled scenes. There’s a lot going on and the author does an amazing job describing each scene. Bruno is a likable hero and his view on the human world provides comic relief. His consternation on things like a microphone and a couch make me laugh out loud.
One of my favorite minor characters in the book is Bruno’s thinking backpack. This backpack not only talks but helps Bruno in whatever way he can. I could totally picture a bunch of kids walking around with thinking backpacks. Man, I could’ve used one when I was going to school.
The climax of the story kept me on the edge of my seat and there were times when I held my breath. So many twists and turns made this book one of the best magical realism/urban fantasy books I’ve read in a long time.
The only thing that prevented me from giving it five stars was the tiny bit of info dumping post-climax. I found it took me out of the story somewhat.
The characters are what really made this a fantasy gem for me. Not only are you dealing with the main characters, you’re also encountering minor characters that I loved. The “ghost” who helps Bruno was one of my favorites as well as the thinking backpack. Each character was fleshed out and multi-faceted.
All I can say is that it was worth the wait to read this conclusion to the Elfy duology. I enjoyed all the magic, good versus evil battling, action, quirky comic relief and of course, the sweet romance between Sarah and Bruno. The author told me there might be more from Elfyverse and that makes me excited.
If you’re a fantasy fan, I highly recommend this book. You won’t be disappointed.
I could relate most to Sarah. She discovers her parents are teaming with the Dark Elf and she’s part-elfy. A shock to the system, especially for a teenage girl. Yet, she handles it beautifully and by the end of the book, she comes to terms with what it means to love someone and be loved without an agenda. Her empath abilities impressed me and she’s a definite role model.
“I do love you. I did from the moment I saw you, even when I thought I was too young and you were too old, and that you’d probably not wait for me even if we were both Human, or both Elfy.”
My Rating: 4.5 stars
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Sample chapters: http://www.twilighttimesbooks.com/ElfyinBigTrouble_ch1.html
Barb Caffrey is a writer, editor, musician, and composer. She holds two degrees and is an inveterate and omnivorous reader. Her short fiction is available in Bedlam’s Edge, How Beer Saved the World, First Contact Café, Stars of Darkover, Gifts of Darkover, and the forthcoming Realms of Darkover, while her poetry has been published in the Due North anthology, Joyful Online, Written Word online magazine and the Midwest Literary Review. You can find Barb at Elfyverse.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N