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Mary E. Twomey lives in Michigan with her husband and three adorable children. She enjoys reading, writing, vegetarian cooking and telling her children fantastic stories about wombats. Connect with her at www.maryetwomey.com.
on July 01, 2015 :
The best of books, like the best of Authors, take on the responsibility of speaking up and out and about the important things. Elvage, the 4th book in Mary Twomey's Undraland series, like the previous books, does the same. In this very entertaining and readable installment, Twomey takes on misogyny, among other things. Twomey's powerful, frequently playful, and more often than not, profound voice sweeps me away into the story. I never find a point in any of Twomey's books where I want to put the book down, or get bored! Hot, tall guys aside, Mary Twomey writes with purpose and grace and Elvage is a great read.
I highly suggest you begin this series at the beginning, with Undraland, and Elvage is appropriate for 14 & up, when it is important for boys, and girls, to start seriously considering many of the issues Twomey tackles.
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)
on June 13, 2015 :
I don't even have words I'm still in shock over the most recent one elvage.
I cannot believe everything that has happened, if you thought Fossegrim was hard to handle this one will leave you a mess. From the very start you know it's gonna be filled with heartache the misfits are waiting for Jens to return from his trip into Bedra to get supplies, but this is the land of the Amazonian women the women that supply the highly addictive lavender powder that Jens has an addiction to. It's trouble when he is gone longer than he's supposed to be and Lucy demands they go look
For him, so the crazy adventure starts. What she finds will crush you and the ways Jens behaves in the initial wake of it will drive you to glare curse and ultimately decide Tomten men are just as stupid as human males.
Although Foss is Foss and he is a complicated guy he really shows some great character when Lucy is hurting. He is the shoulder and comfort that she needs when the world is crashing down around her. Between Jens, Henry Mancini, Nik and Tor, She is having a hell of a time compartmentalizing all these events for a later date. When the Dam breaks he's there for her with a gentle
I really did want to hate Jens for not being stronger, for his betrayal and for breaking Lucy's heart. Foss I really want hate for being an angry temperamental jerk but I can't. I won't lie I hated them both in this book for a while but at different times, but I couldn't stay mad they are both wonderful but in crazy different ways.
As they continue on Lucy will have to make the hardest choices of her life she is no longer carrying that ray of sunshine because things go from bad to worse to WTF just happened that can't be, by the end.
As a side note I understand Many people may not like Foss because of the way he treats Lucy he is a cursed man who doesn't show regard for her safety and has hit her yet she seems to hold out that he will change. In his moments of quiet when it's the two of them he is the man she knows he can be this books shows it more than any other. At the same time she is finally able to see that not unlike any abusive relationship she is not able to make him change it can't be forced and hoping and seeing the good won't make it better. Foss has to be willing to work at it to make a difference and really he is only willing an iota of the time. I feel For Lucy I understand the difficult decision that finally has to be made I'm proud of her because it's hard, those instances of him trying I fell harder for the man than I have for others. The relationship they have is so complicated but those rare moments that he lets his guard down are so heartfelt and precious. This scene from elvage epitomizes their relationship.
“The wall of bravery crumbled in my small hands, and I tried to be gentle with the damage he permitted me to carry for this brief moment. Behind closed doors, Foss trusted me. When there were no witnesses,”
Elvage really did leave my mouth open, bogged down with emotion at the courage Lucy has shown and how much she has endured and overcome throughout her adventure in Undraland.
I keep hoping it's all a dream because What has happened just can't be.
I can't wait to see what will happen next.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)