The Elf of Luxembourg [NOOK Book]

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What's an older sister to do? It's not all fun fairs and ice-cream. Well, it is - but that's beside the point. When one is in Luxembourg, there is a certain standard to maintain, and vacationing with Elves and Vampires is just so old school. But can Alex convince her younger sister, Jackie, of that? No, of course not, so she may as well get used to it.

But deep beneath the ancient city of Luxembourg there lies a secret. The Vampires believe it...
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Overview

What's an older sister to do? It's not all fun fairs and ice-cream. Well, it is - but that's beside the point. When one is in Luxembourg, there is a certain standard to maintain, and vacationing with Elves and Vampires is just so old school. But can Alex convince her younger sister, Jackie, of that? No, of course not, so she may as well get used to it.

But deep beneath the ancient city of Luxembourg there lies a secret. The Vampires believe it is protected by the Elf. The Elf believes it is protected by a prophecy concerning Alex and Jackie. And the sisters? They believe shoes in Luxembourg are too expensive.

Why are the Vampires going toe-to-toe with an Elf for the pleasure of the sisters' company? Why does the Elf think Alex and Jackie can sing? And just who let Sir Walter Raleigh and the Conquistadors into this story?

To answer these questions will take all of the sisters' cunning, bravery and imagination, as well as some souvenir shopping. Because this is the Elf of Luxembourg and this is an Alex and Jackie Adventure.
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Review The Book - Billy Burgess
“. . . an exciting, fast-paced sequel . . . Tom Weston has wonderfully blended historical facts with supernatural fiction.”
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013361058
  • Publisher: tom weston media
  • Publication date: 1/26/2010
  • Series: The Alex and Jackie Adventures , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Originally from England, Writer and Film-Maker, Tom now resides in Boston, Massachusetts.

Before turning his hand to fiction, Tom had a successful career as the CEO of a consulting company, conference speaker and writer of industry articles and business books. But determining that the business world lacked a sense of humor, Tom decided to hand in his jacket and tie and instead turned to the world of literature.

His novel, First Night, set in Boston during the New Year’s Eve festival, introduced the unlikely heroines, Alex and Jackie, and the ghost of a 17th century Puritan named Sarah Pemberton. First Night won an Honorable Mention in the Middle-Grade/Young Adult category, in the Writers Digest 17th Annual International Self-Published Book Awards.

The sequel to First Night, called the Elf of Luxembourg, was publshed in January, 2010. As with First Night, The Elf of Luxembourg is also a supernatural mystery, with a blend of humor and history that has become Tom’s trademark.

Following the publication of the Elf of Luxembourg, Tom turned to the medium of film to produce and direct the animated short, There be Monsters!, based on his short story of the same name.

Tom has also written the novel, Fission, based on his screenplay of the true story of scientist, Lisa Meitner, and the race for the atomic bomb. Fission the screenplay was named a finalist at the London Independent Film Festival. Prior to its publication in August, 2011, the novel was serialized for Tom’s Facebook fans.

Tom is now working on Book 3 of the Alex and Jackie Adventures, called Feathered: being a fairy tale, and he is researching the background material for the story, which will be set in Ireland.
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  • Posted April 25, 2010

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    The Elf of Luxembourg

    -As a Muica, living in South America and preparing for one of the most important ceremonies of his people, Cuchaquicha was horrified to find that the Spanish Conquistadors had invaded their lands and kidnapped both his wife and his son during the ceremony. Only having them in mind, Cucha set off on a trip that would take him to Luxembourg all because the vampires wanted the secret to finding El Dorado (the city of gold) and the vampire named Meadow thought that Cucha could draw out the elf that was the Guardian. - 400 years later - As Alex and Jackie set off on vacation to see their Aunt and Uncle in the town of Luxembourg the plan was to do some shopping and enjoy their time there. The sisters did take the time to learn a little of the languages, one chose a few phrases of French while the other a few words of German, but that didn't help with the too expensive shops that they had intended on visiting. Exploring the rich cultural, religious and mythical history of the area was how they ended up spending their days. Touring the area, the museums and the churches proved to be more interesting after meeting a man named Sergio who seemed to know a lot about the history of Luxembourg.

    When I got this book, I didn't know that Alex and Jackie had other adventures - so this was all new to me. Parts of the book read like a history lesson, parts of the book read like a geography book, parts of the book read like a tour guide. I really enjoyed the fictional story, the vampires, the elf, the mermaid but I didn't think there was enough of the fiction in the book to make it as fun as it could have been. I didn't read the first adventure (which I later found out was called 'First Night'), so I can't say that it is the writers style or just this one book. I felt that for a fiction, there should have been less concentration on the accuracy of the history and geography (while accuracy is important, it just didn't need to be so thorough for a fiction novel) and more on the characters (unless you want to count Luxembourg as a characters - which I don't). I had trouble getting into the story because of the use of the foreign (to me) languages and use of a lot of names of both past and present people that weren't actually important to the story. This is a good adventure if you have the ability to sludge through the facts to get to the fiction, but my mind doesn't work well at that especially when I wanted a fictional adventure story, so I struggled with this one a bit.

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  • Posted March 22, 2010

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    Fun Fantasy Adventure

    "The Elf of Luxembourg" by Tom Weston is the second in the series of the adventures of two sisters Alex and Jackie. The book is completely independent of the first book in the series, "First Night," and is totally enjoyable without having read the first book. "The Elf of Luxembourg" is filled with spirited adventure, romance, mystery and magic. Complete with vampires, a mysterious coin and an elf, also known as the Guardian, you will definitely enjoy accompanying the girls on their family trip to Luxemborg. Mr. Weston did a great job of balancing the events of the past with those of the present in this enchanting mystical work of fiction. The book can easily be enjoyed by teenagers and adults that enjoy a fantasy adventure.

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  • Posted March 19, 2010

    Entertaining Fantasy

    The Elf of Luxembourg by Tom Weston is an entertaining fantasy that places two sisters, Alex and Jackie, in Luxembourg on a vacation where they thought the shopping would be good. Little did they know they would encounter elves and vampires. This is a sequal book but you did not have to read the first book to understand this one. I did not read the first book and was very entertained by this book. It is well written and as you get to know the characters you are drawn more and more into the plot of the story. Vampires against elves and elves against vampires just to get close to the sisters is an interesting plot. This is worth the read.

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  • Posted March 18, 2010

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    Entertaining YA Fantasy Adventure

    "The Elf of Luxembourg," written by Tom Weston is the second Alex and Jackie adventure, but you can enjoy this sequel without having read the first book-I did. Though it seemed slow going at first, I was soon pulled into each of the multiple story threads. The story bounces between a couple of viewpoints in the present as we are shown scenes from the sisters' perspective as well as scenes from the perspectives of the Elf (AKA the Guardian)and a group of Vampires. There is also a romantic story thread which takes place in the past.

    Jackie is given a mysterious gold coin-a thank you from a couple she assumes to be tourists and the fate of the sisters becomes entangled in an age old conflict between the elves and the vampires. I enjoyed the sparring between the sisters; their characters seemed distinct and well drawn. And who doesn't like to see thwarted lovers reunited? I recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy and adventure novels.

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  • Posted March 18, 2010

    A great teen story.

    While vacationing in Luxembourg with family, Alex and Jackie are looking forward to getting some down time and taking in a good movie. The girls are also excited to explore and enjoy the shopping, scenery, and excitement this new environment has to offer. With the arrival of a mysterious coin, the girls are suddenly torn between two worlds that are not supposed to exist.

    This book is great. It is filled with mystery, intrigue, and a little bit of history as well. I really enjoyed traveling with the girls on their adventure. I gave this book to my daughter, and she loved it too.

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  • Posted March 15, 2010

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    A Quaint Tale of Mystery

    The twisted sisters are back from "The First Night" in the second book written by Tom Weston titled "The elf of Luxembourg". The story is from a wild imaginative mind for sure that will keep you reading to see what other mischief these characters can get themselves into. At any age this is a book you are going to enjoy since it has love and joy and it is not isolated to girls since there is magic in it a boy would enjoy the story too. So get it now because it is one that you will talk about to everyone. A gold coin becomes a conversation piece and starts conflict between the sisters, and elf and of all things a vampire. Doesn't every one's trip to their Aunt's and Uncle's leave them with a great tale to tell?

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  • Posted March 15, 2010

    A great sequel.

    In "The Elf of Luxembourg" by Tom Weston, we rejoin sisters Alex and Jackie on another exciting adventure. In this sequel to "First Night", the sisters are traveling in Luxembourg with relatives. The girls are excited about the opportunity to see a movie in the historic Capucins Theater. However, their vacation takes an unexpected twist with the arrival of a coin and an elf.

    Though this book is written for teenaged kids, I found it very entertaining. It is filled with action, history, love, and magic. Basically, it has something for everyone. I would definitely recommend this one for those in their teens.

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  • Posted March 15, 2010

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    A curious adventure into a side of Luxembourg not often imagined...

    "The Elf of Luxembourg" by Tom Weston tells a story of two sisters discovering that life in Luxembourg is well....more than the sum of discovering their favorite shops and purchases. The city has always held a certain mystique to it, moving the mask aside ever so slighty after dark, but Alex and Jackie are about to find out just how much magic and lore are actually built into the city's foundation. What do you get when you introduce a pair of shopping happy sisters, a vampire, an elf, and a magic coin? A rather interesting tale you won't soon forget....

    Author Tom Weston takes the reader on an enjoyable adventure from page one straight through the end. The writing style allows you to meet the characters "face to face" and climb inside their understanding, their vision of their situation, thus drawing you into the story even more. One thing appreciated by this reader is the opening "author's note" section in which he lays to rest any thought of the events being real and/or historically accurate. Often times in reading works of fantasy or fiction, real-world history leaks in, but you're never quite sure where it ends. Mr. Weston tells you straight out the gate that although he alludes to certain events, the work is from his mind and his mind alone....so don't go running to the nearest history book to confirm a fact or small detail. Although I was able to enjoy Alex and Jackie's story with eyes wide open, I did discover that it is in fact a sequel (the first book being "First Night"). Nevertheless, the adventure stands on its own, a very wise choice by author Tom Weston indeed....this way you can enjoy whichever adventure you pick up first and look forward to the happy surprise of another waiting for you o nthe horizon. Recommended reading for those that enjoy the YA fantasy genre with a bit of history in the mix....whether young of young at heart, it's a story that can be enjoyed by all.

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  • Posted March 14, 2010

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    An adventure tweens will love

    You will enjoy "The Elf of Luxembourg" by Tom Weston. The young teen in your life will LOVE it. This is a sequel, but you will not need to read the first one to enjoy this book. After reading this book, you will want to go back and read about Alex and Jackie's other adventure, and if we are lucky, Weston will continue writing about these sisters and their adventures. Alex and Jackie are on vacation visiting their Aunt and Uncle who live in Luxembourg. I enjoyed how the author wove many great historical facts into this book. Parents you will like knowing that as they read, your children are learning about England and Spain and their historical backgrounds. The two sisters face a great adventure when they become art of a conflict involving vampires and elves and a gold coin. There is even a love story mixed in. This author creates enjoyable, exciting characters that are very well developed and the story will draw you in right from the start. Pick up a copy for the teen in your life or any adventure loving reader.

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  • Posted March 12, 2010

    Not Your Average Tween Story

    How much trouble can two sisters get into? What does a mysterious coin, an elf, and vampires have in common? They all make one interesting, entertaining, and fast paced read that will have you page turning to find out what happens next. This is not your average tween vampire book, but an adventure that holds so much more.

    Sisters Alex and Jackie are traveling with both their aunt and uncle in this sequel to "First Night", but this time their journey takes them to Luxembourg. Surrounded by history, mystery and intrigue, these two sisters are thrown into a world that they only thought was fantasy. They learn that past events shape the world that we know now. Nothing is what it really seems to be.

    Author Tom Weston does a beautiful job setting up this story, and it is a wonderful sequel to his fist. He does an exceptional job blending the real history of the area but also making it fun and exciting. This is a story that will have you guessing what will happen next, and is not your average tween story. If vampires are not your thing, no need to worry for this is not just about vampires but about so much more. It's about believing in yourself, staying true to what you know, and being there when things get tough. It's a story that will not only appeal to girls but also to boys. I recommend this as some fun light paced reading with a good dose of adventure and mystery.

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  • Posted March 1, 2010

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    Fast-paced sequel

    The Elf of Luxembourg
    BY: Tom Weston
    PUBLISHED BY: tom weston media
    PUBLISHED IN: 2009
    ISBN: 978-1-981-94134-9
    Pages: 290
    Ages: Young Adult
    Reviewed by Billy Burgess

    The teenage California sisters from "First Night" are back. Once again, Alex and Jackie are traveling with their aunt and uncle, but this time they are in Luxembourg. The girls are enjoying their vacation, and are especially excited about seeing the old Dracula movie at the Capucins Theater. Of course the girls know that vampires aren't real? Or are there vampires in Luxembourg looking for Alex and Jackie?

    After Jackie receives a mysterious looking coin, an elf comes into their lives and turns their vacation into an journey they will soon never forget.

    "The Elf of Luxembourg" is an exciting, fast-paced sequel. Tom Weston has wonderfully blended historical facts with supernatural fiction. My first thought was, "Not another teen vampire novel." But after reading the first chapter, I knew this was a clever story that just happens to have a few vampires in it. Alex and Jackie are fun, energetic characters that both male and female readers will connect with. The book is just as charming at the "First Night." I recommend "The Elf of Luxembourg" to everyone who enjoys a good adventure.

    *Note: I would like to thank the author for sending me this book to review.

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