The Coal Elf

The Coal Elf

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by Maria DeVivo
     
 

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Ember Skye is a fed up teenage Coal Elf with a big ashy chip on her shoulder. Having been torn away from a carefree life and forced into a world of dirt and darkness has started to get the best of her. And being the only girl-elf working as a coal miner at the North Pole doesn't help much either!

Then there's Sturd: a power-hungry, twisted elf with a checkered

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Ember Skye is a fed up teenage Coal Elf with a big ashy chip on her shoulder. Having been torn away from a carefree life and forced into a world of dirt and darkness has started to get the best of her. And being the only girl-elf working as a coal miner at the North Pole doesn't help much either!

Then there's Sturd: a power-hungry, twisted elf with a checkered past and a serious grudge against Ember. Slowly but surely, his maniacal tendencies are revealed, leaving Ember with the sacred "Naughty List" literally in her lap.

When a mysterious illness threatens to decimate elves both Above and Underground, Ember is thrust into a journey that will see her confront the literal and figurative demons of her past and lead her to the head of the North Pole himself.

Yes! Santa is real. But this isn't your childhood Christmas tale!

Editorial Reviews

author of The Last to Fall - Anne K. Edwards
"...A story with plenty of twists and turns, the reader is drawn into a world of dust and darkness with tension so strong it can be felt throughout. You will hold your breath at the challenges Ember must face and be pulled along as the plot thickens."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606192160
Publisher:
Paladin Timeless Books
Publication date:
11/15/2012
Pages:
210
Sales rank:
759,603
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.48(d)

Meet the Author

Maria DeVivo is a New York native who has had a lifelong love affair with "the pen" and a passion for all things mystical and mythological. She now lives in Florida with her husband, Joe, and daughter, Morgan, where she teaches 7th grade English and cries whenever Santa appears at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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The Coal Elf 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVE Mrs.DeVivo! I'm currently in her fourth period, and it is for sure my favorite class! I've already read this book three times! I love it!
bodydenny More than 1 year ago
Maria DeVivo has done some great work here;she's created a young adult novel that has well developed characters,a touch of romance,and a thinly disguised message for the "everybody gets a trophy" generation. These are the kinds of things you'd expect to find in any well-written novel. Now,I'd like to mention the things that make DeVivo's debut a knock-out. DeVivo has created a world that lives and breathes with the odd characters,creatures,and even diseases that she has stocked it with. It's not like any other world I've ever read about and for me it is the star. Another incredible feat is the way the author creates a whole culture of characters (elves) and then subdivides them by class,job,and mannerism and then gets you to care about them. For those who think:"Fantasy's not my thing." Don't worry;there's more than enough good old fashioned strytelling to make this book worth your while. If you're tired of the usual young adult fare,"The Coal Elf" has just enough bells and whistles to get and keep your attention. It may be in poor taste to mention so early,but this book would just sing as an animated motion picture. A few years ago everybody wanted to write the next series of books about young vampires in love. At this minute,keyboards are hard at work trying to replicate the next post-apocalyptic saga of teens pitted against each other. In the not too distant future,"The Coal Elf" could easily be the book that everyone tries to emulate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Among a flood of generic romance/erotica novels and "Twilight" inspired vampire manuscripts comes this original tale of a girl elf, Ember Skye, chosen to work the coal mines for the mythical Boss of the North Pole, Santa Claus. Finally, a book with a strong, but sensitive female protagonist who is not your typical whiny and obnoxious brat populating most works these days. The author was able to successfully put a dark twist on Christmas, not unlike Tim Burton's classic "Nightmare Before Christmas." Supporting characters round out a stellar cast, highlighted by the wonderfully villainous Sturd, a twisted elf bent on Ember's destruction. The book will keep you guessing until its terrific conclusion and will leave you anticipating the inevitable sequel. This is a great read for YA fans and those looking for something a bit different and unique. Perfect for Christmas, but suited for any time of the year, I give this novel my highest recommendation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not the kind of book I normally read. But my son was in Mrs. DeVivo's class and my daughter is looking forward to having her too so when I heard she had written a soon to be best seller I wanted to be in on the great read. I thought it was a Very good for the type of book that it is (again I mostly read romance novels so...). I think it would make a very interesting movie. Hopefully there will be more to come. I would recommend it for older kids. Teenagers and up. Great job! You are such and excellent teacher, inspiring the students and making learning FUN!! I knew the book would be just as crazy and fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book transformed me into a world more intriguing and adventurous than Hogwarts. It took me on a journey with characters and places I could never have dreamed existed. The characters made me feel like I was part of their world and my emotions went along with them. My heart pounded at times, ached and rejoiced at others. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting an adventure or a peek into a world previously unknown. I did not want this journey to end!
gaele More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, although I didn’t realize until nearly complete that I hadn’t connected with Ember as completely as I would have liked: discovering at the end that I saw the events much as Ember did, with a similar sense of remove and detachment that she uses to face difficulties.  Cleverly plotted and filled with the righteous indignation of the young female protagonist, the voice is strong and occasionally strident: chafing against rules, societal norms and even prejudices in the double-standard society, Ember is consistent in her determination and solidly crafted.  With a scenes that delves into the uncomfortable realm of overtly sexualized harassment, and the solid moral compass that Ember brings to the table: good and bad are clearly defined, and there is little room for ‘degrees’ of wrong in this tale.  Mystery, adventure and a touch of the paranormal all feed into this book: while the ending is completely logical and satisfactory, there is no huge crescendo of culmination.   A good read for young and old alike, there is enough mystery, adventure and clever plotting to please readers young and old.   I received an eBook from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
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CyanDragon More than 1 year ago
An excellent YA story that contained a little touch of everything: paranormal, mystery, adventure, excitement and a sweet budding romance.  All described in amazingly vivid detail, no matter what the situation! This isn’t a happy Christmas story; the origins of the holiday are mentioned throughout the developing adventure to derive.  The story focuses on Ember, a young elf, and her realization that the rules she had grown up with aren’t necessarily for her. Determined to fight for what she feels is right despite the rules that all the elves follow, Ember must fight for freedom and equality for herself as well as all fellow elves. A strong female character with determination, she is a character that readers can learn from. Readers both young and old will enjoy an escape within the pages of The Coal Elf.  I was provided a copy of the book by BTS eMag for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review – all conclusions are my own responsibility.
rjennings10 More than 1 year ago
If you’re a Dungeons & Dragons nerd like I am… uh… not, be warned: These aren’t the elves you’re looking for. Maria DeVivo’s The Coal Elf is the most whimsical dystopian novel I’ve ever read. The characters were unique and well-crafted, though I didn’t find myself connecting with them like I thought I should have. It wasn’t until the second half of the book that I realized DeVivo had drawn me into Ember’s detachment and indifference. I mirrored the characters’ emotions so completely that it caught me off-guard. The ending wasn’t as big and flashy as I’d hoped, but what it lacked in bang, it made up for in depth and realism, and it tied everything up nicely. The Coal Elf is certainly worth a look for any Fantasy or Sci-Fi fan. I was provided a copy of the book by BTS eMag for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review – all opinions are mine, and do not represent the opinions of BTS, BTS eMag, CBS, NBC, or ADHD.
SoccerMom204 More than 1 year ago
The Coal Elf is a must read book. I purchased the ebook the day it was released and could not put it down. I really hope this becomes a movie.
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