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on June 03, 2012 :
Kelly&Mom is a great second entry in The Leprechaun Chronicles, by Nancy Smith Gibson. While I must admit I liked the first story much better than this one, I still enjoyed it very much. Each story stands alone, completely, but you get a bigger picture and more character background information to Berry, the lead character and the leprechaun. While some might consider a story like this 'fantasy', Berry is shared with us in such a way that you can almost believe this story is true, and perhaps, just perhaps, believe in a little bit of leprechaun magic too.
The downside, and why I didn't like this story quite as much as the first, was actually because I wanted to learn more about Berry, and our author focused more on Kelly&Mom, which is fine, since that's what the story is about. It's just that in the first story, [[ASIN:B0080Q371K THE LEPRECHAUN CHRONICLES: #1 Mavis and the Leprechaun]], we learned a little bit (won't give any spoilers as to what we learned for people who haven't read it yet!) about Berry, some personal things about him, but we were kept in a little bit of mystery, since Berry is mostly private about where he comes from and where he goes after sundown (he always disappears *poof* when the sun goes down!) So here's hoping in the next installment, we learn more about Berry and his history along with the new story.
The premise for The Leprechaun Chronicles is that Berry is a leprechaun, and through a type of curse or a punishment of sorts, he has to be 'won' or 'earned' by someone, and he is fated to help them get their lives organized. In the first story, he was won in a raffle and in the second story, he was won on eBay in an auction. We learn at the end of this story how he is 'won' by the next person, and though it ties things up nicely, I do find myself curious about what happens next in the next installment.
In Kelly&Mom, Kelly is a young girl who has lost her father in a car accident, the same one that has left her in need of physical therapy and using a wheelchair. Mom has changed how she lives her life, how she works, everything, to be there for Kelly and help her through this difficult time, but Kelly seems to have given up on life in general. With a lot of literal kicking and screaming, Berry comes into their lives and shakes things up. He helps them believe in magic, believe in a little fantasy, and get their lives straightened out--in many ways. I won't spoil the ending or the things Berry does, but let's just say everything falls into place nicely in the end, even if there are a few bumps in the road. That happy ending makes this an easy, fun read, that you can do in a quick lunch break or while riding a bus or subway, to have a short reality break.
I almost want to go to eBay and see if I can't bid on a leprechaun myself!
I'm definitely looking forward to future installments of this series, and I hope the author keeps making them feel complete and whole stories, that stand alone, but she will also give us more information about Berry and where he comes from and how things got the way they are for him. I really don't think you'll be disappointed in this at all, and for the price, it's well worth it in entertainment value.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on May 02, 2012 :
Berry's found another family in need of his brand of magic. After a drunk driver killed her father and left Kelly in a wheelchair, the young girl has become something of a spoiled brat, feeling sorry for herself. Her love of all things leprechaun is put to the test when she meets Berry, but he'll straighten her out in no time.
While lacking the punch of Mavis and the Leprechaun, the second installment of The Leprechaun Chronicles is just as sweet. Berry fans will enjoy his expanding history.
(reviewed the day of purchase)