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
Can young love, desperation, and great unexpected power win out despite it all?
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A little over two years ago I read and reviewed An Elfy on the Loose by Barb Caffrey. At the time I said I was looking forward to the second part of the duology. Yet here it is a year and a half since the release of A Little Elfy in Big Trouble, and I only just finished the second book. Which is a shame. Because once I started reading it, and got into it once again, I read the second half of the second book in one day. The first half took me a bit to regain momentum. If I had read the two back-to-back the momentum would have carried me forward, but remembering what was going on, I read sections of the first half of A Little Elfy in Big Trouble two and three times. Caffrey does a lot of mental thought writing with her characters -- of course, since some of them turn out to be ghosts, it is a natural part of the plot. While it works for the book, it is a little different than usual reading, and can require a bit of extra concentration to keep focused on the plot motion. But where she really excels is in keeping us interested and caring for the cast of characters -- even when they seem whiny or obtuse. The second half of the book covers a short time span in quite a bit of detail. That is always tricky as a writer, but Caffrey manages to pull it off, though I did wonder a couple of times when the big action point would drop; and then it dropped, and dropped again. Depending on your point of view, there might be several climaxes, with the dramatic one earlier, and the plotting one later. Which is the main climax is probably up to the reader's taste. So, after detailing those features, what is my summary perspective? I am definitely glad I finally finished the duology. It left me with a satisfied feel, with loose threads tied up nicely, yet allowing the characters lives to go forward. And it leaves plenty of room for other stories of the Elfyverse, when time and the muse allow Caffrey to share more with us.
My Review: 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. Favorite Character: 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. Favorite Quote: “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