on Nov. 11, 2012 :
Book Info: Genre: Fantasy/Fairy Tale
Reading Level: Middle Grade (11 +)
Recommended for: Younger readers, those who enjoy morality tales.
Disclosure: I found this ebook available for free on Smashwords and picked it up because I like this author’s writing. I’m under no obligation. All opinions are my own.
Synopsis: In a small village lives a girl with her mother and father. Anxious to buy her father a birthday gift, she goes to market. There she meets a strange old woman who promises to give her a magical reward if she goes into a dangerous forest to find her missing locket. Will Liril help the old woman? What adventures wait in store for her if she does? A girl. A dream. A gift. A magical fairy tale of a young girl who finds out that you should always be careful of what you wish for. You just might get it!
My Thoughts: A cute little fairy tale, with lessons to be learned concerning honesty, and to be careful what you wish for. While I would have liked more details – there were times when long periods would be described only briefly and a more-detailed description would have perhaps worked better – I think this is a great example of the art of a fairy tale/fable. Hendrickson has written some very different pieces and seems to be a talented writer. This is a good introduction to his style.
(review of free book)
on Jan. 15, 2012 :
I received a free copy of this ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Liril wants to find a special present for her Papa's birthday, but without much money, what could she get? She meets an old woman who offers her a magic bean, but Liril must venture into the dangerous Black Forest and return the woman's missing locket first. On her quest to find the locket, Liril faces monsters, wolves, a mysterious orchard, and an enchanted mirror. When she finally finds her way back out of the forest, her adventure is only beginning, for Liril has discovered the locket is magical, and she wonders if it might be of some use to her before she returns it...
This is a beautiful fairy tale told in a classic structure and style. Liril is an endearing character who shows great bravery while traveling alone in the Black Forest, struggles with the temptation of using the magic locket for herself, and learns a timeless lesson: be careful what you wish for. Her quest is narrated in a way that brings the reader right into the story, while leaving plenty of room for the reader's imagination to envision the wondrous things she encounters.
This story is just the right length for bedtime, and it has a timeless writing style that begs to be read aloud to little ears. Liril's adventures will certainly enthrall children, as well as any adult who enjoys a nicely paced story rich with magic and fantasy.
Review originally posted on my blog, PidginPea's Book Nook (link in my profile).
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)