Fairalon

Rated 5.00/5 based on 17 reviews
Fairalon explores themes of trust, friendship, self-reliance with a sprinkle of budding romance.
Three troubled preteens stumble into a magical world where they encounter fantastic creatures and face real dangers together. Fairalon takes its readers through a myriad of mysterious twists and turns where anything can happen.
Fairalon is a MG/YA fantasy novel with 30 full color illustrations. More

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About TJ Roberts

T.J. Roberts is an author and illustrator who holds a master’s degree in Counseling from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He has years of experience as a child & family therapist and crisis intervention specialist. Roberts is the father of three daughters who taught him much of what he knows about girls growing up. Who knew that borrowing your sister's hairbrush was a hanging offense.

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Review by: Marie10 on June 01, 2016 :
I love fantasy and I adore fairy tales! Fairy tales are my childhood love even though now I am old enough to be considered responsible enough to take up adult fiction tales more seriously. Even then, I cannot keep myself away from the mystery and fantasy that fairy tales are made of. Thus, I was drawn to TJ Roberts’ Fairalon when it came in the market and quickly started reading it to quench my thirst for fictional magic. I was not disappointed at all by Fairalon. Rather I was impressed by the way TJ Roberts created the tale of Iris who is an ordinary girl but is possessed with an unusual power. I would call it her power as she can see what others are incapable to see. It is her power to enter into the realm of otherwise the impossible. Iris learns to trust and that is one of the elements that our youth struggles today.
I also love the phenomenon and technique used by TJ Roberts in creating the fairies on the names flowers. It is a brilliant effort that the author has made and in fact he has impressed me a lot. If there has to be a sequel to the novel, I will definitely wait for it!
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)

Review by: catherine coleman on May 30, 2016 :
Fairalon is a wonderful read for every age group, it is well written and accessible at all reading levels. I'm impressed with the imagination of the writer on the description of beautiful places and variety of characters in such fine and magical detail that you can’t help but fall in love with the world he has created.
It's an adorable story about honesty, trust, bravery, and acceptance. The main characters Irish shows a lot of perseverance when the going gets tough, and I think the biggest lesson young readers will take away is the importance and value of friendship. Overall it was a great read, full of action plot combined with the fantasy aspects which held my interest all the way through into the tale. I highly recommend this book!
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: tarahyeager on April 03, 2016 :
I loved this book! Roberts creates a very relatable character in Iris, who feels like she is different from everyone else, and is sort of ashamed of it. She learns not to be and discovers a lot about herself. This book is full of beautiful illustrations which greatly added to it. I definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in fantasy!!
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)

Review by: michel johnson on March 31, 2016 :
This story is about an eleven year old girl named Iris and how she discovers that the things that make her different from other people, are not things to be ashamed of and hidden; but rather, understood just as her Grandmother – who Iris has much in common with – did. T. J. Roberts, is exceptionally skilled at telling this magical tale of this sweet and precocious young girl who is driven to be very brave, and explore deeply who she really is when a neighborhood boy goes missing; and despite Iris witnessing what happened to him – no one believes her.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jru2014 on March 18, 2016 : (no rating)
Fairalon exceeded my expectations! This book incorporates the fantasy world genre into young adult fiction. I think when I was Iris’s age, I would’ve loved reading it myself. I enjoyed it even as an adult. As an English teacher, I would recommend this to one of my students who favors fantasy. T.J. Roberts has a gift of creating a world a child would be able to relate to. In some parts, I was reminded of The Labyrinth (one of my childhood favorites.) I was also reminded of such classics as Harry Potter and Stardust. Roberts is really onto something with this book! All fans of YA and Fantasy should put it on their list!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: ana209 on March 11, 2016 :
I can honestly say that I enjoyed this book. The story develops around a little girl named Iris who like most tweens her age feels awkward and different form the rest of the kids her age. She soon realizes and understands why she feels different. Her journey begins when she has to look deep within to find out who she really is and what she is born to do. It is about magic and about discovering a whole new world and understanding where she fits in. The writer does an excellent job of keeping the reader engaged and reading through the story.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Katharina Kurs on March 11, 2016 :
A delightful story wrapped in a fantastic bow ! A fun read filled with all the elements needed to captivate and enchant young readers. This story is about an eleven year old girl named Iris and how she discovers that the things that make her different from other people, are not things to be ashamed of and hidden; but rather, understood just as her Grandmother – who Iris has much in common with – did. T. J. Roberts, is exceptionally skilled at telling this magical tale of this sweet and precocious young girl who is driven to be very brave, and explore deeply who she really is when a neighborhood boy goes missing; and despite Iris witnessing what happened to him – no one believes her.

Download this wonderful story that has all the classic elements of an epic fantasy the keeps the reader moving forward with many mystical twists and turns. The illustrations are colorful and are well-detailed works that add nicely to the story. Any fan of fantasy should download and read.. both young and older reader alike!
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: Dannielle Swope on March 09, 2016 :
Iris is a smart, spunky 11 year old who has a mixture of good and bad experiences, which results in both bothersome traits and special gifts. This fantasy novel is very well written and engaging. The 3-D illustrations were a welcome surprise. I enjoyed it thoroughly, and will share it with some preteens in my family.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)

Review by: TeahMist on March 08, 2016 :
Fairalon by TJ Roberts is a well written fantasy novel for young adults. It is so rare to find well written young adult books with full color illustrations. I found the full color illustrations to be beautifully done; they really helped the reader to be able to picture the book in their mind. The story itself focuses on Iris, an eleven year old girl; Iris has had a problem since her mother’s death with repeating almost everything she does, to make sure she gets it right, to make sure nothing that bad ever happens again. I really liked Iris as a character I felt like understood her frustration with no believing her and her desire to prove that she is not crazy to those she loves and cares about. While Fairalon by TJ Roberts is a young adult novel and is geared towards middle school aged children it can still be enjoyed by adults. As an adult I found the book to be both captivating and intriguing the only thing I would have preferred would have been for Iris to be older, but that is one of the reasons the book is meant more for young adults than adults. I was provided a free copy of this book for review purposes.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)

Review by: nuwanssss on March 05, 2016 :
Such a sweet and caring girl is irish, i love the way she behaves and deals with others. A must read book because of the main character. Highly recommended.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Shauna Joli on March 05, 2016 :
Amazing story of a girl named Iris, nice Illustration by author. It seems to me as real when i was reading, full of fantasy where she finds herself in a new world. I was with her all along in the story. full of mystery. A must read book for everyone. Book was beyond my expectation.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: JenniferReadsIt on March 04, 2016 :
This is one of those “enchanting” novels intended for a juvenile fiction/young adult reader audience. It also features illustrations, and full color, no less-something I always appreciated as they have a part to play in carrying the story along-when I was in that age group, I always felt like periodic illustrations were necessary-not because of short attention spans, but they help provide a visual blueprint of what the author is describing, especially in the case of wild, wacky creatures.
Told in the third-person narrative point of view, Iris has had a death in the family and she’s going through the motions of expected grief, but some of her accompanying actions are out of the ordinary for girls her age. Little does she know that all the things her Dad tells her she’s imagining, are leading her on a journey beyond the new home they have moved to that belonged to Iris’s deceased grandmother. It all begins when the neighbor’s son mysteriously disappears and Iris has an idea of where he could be, as crazy as it sounds. Following her grandmother’s wisdom of always taking the high road when the stakes are high, Iris and the brother of the missing boy embark on the mission of a lifetime that includes all creatures good, bad and ugly. Iris seems jaded about other people’s motives (earlier than I did in real life) but it’s served her well when dealing with some serious monsters in Fairalon.
All in all, the prose is very well-suited for the age group recommended, and the various creatures in the story, however close they are to familiar creatures of folklore, there’s nothing cliché about them. You’re never too old to believe in magic, as Iris and her friends discover.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

Review by: Jane Lavuire on March 03, 2016 :
In an attempt to put it briefly, “Fairalon” is by far one of the most creative and unique fantasy books that I have come across over the past few months.
This is the first book that I have read by author TJ Roberts, so I must admit I didn’t really know what to expect at first. But having said that, I realized early on that deciding to give “Fairalon” a chance was certainly a good decision. What I admire most about this book is how well-constructed the characters are. They are all dynamic and quite realistic in their own unique ways many of them, especially the protagonist Iris, also have very varied strengths and weaknesses that contrast with each other to overall make the characters seem very three-dimensional.
As well as this, I also must comment on the illustrations. They are excellent and contrast with the text in a way that allowed me to easily visualize the different environments and scenes of the story – it’s a great addition to the book. In summary, I enjoyed the read and I highly recommend it. I’ll be keeping an eye out for future releases by the author.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Vanessa Winter on Feb. 24, 2016 :
Fairalon is a great novel of which I do not want to spoil too much, but I will say this - It is 270 pages of adventure and fantastic events that will delight your imagination. I read it in one go. Just couldn't stop reading, because I always wanted to know how the story goes on. It is a wonderful book both children and parents can read. You will quickly empathize with Iris, as she goes on a journey that describes an issue we face too much nowadays. We belittle children for their imagination or for not being like everyone else. Inside the book you can also find lovingly made illustrations. This is a must read for all children who love fantasy, fairies and fairytales - it is especially nice for those who are different and are being bullied because of it. I'd read this author's novels to my future children. He really knows what he is doing. Can't wait to show this gem to my little cousin, he will love it.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

Review by: Kellie444 on Feb. 15, 2016 :
This was such a cute story. The main character, Iris, is such a sweet and caring girl that she just seems to come to life in this book. She has these unique quirks that no one seems to understand, expect her deceased grandmother. With fairies, magic and a coming to age budding romance, the book kept my attention until the very end. Very well written and a joyful book!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: RockinReader on Feb. 12, 2016 :
Wow! Wow! Wow! I so loved this book, it is magical and an absolute delight to read. I love books of this genre, with fairies and magic and I must say this is one of the best I have ever read. Iris is a wonderful character and her emotions and struggles felt so real to me. I love watching her discover the truth behind her feelings and her gentle heart. The other characters made the story perfect and the detailing is spectacular. It is written with a great flow and definitely keeps your attention. The illustrations are amazing and tied it all together in a neat little package. This is my first experience with this author but it will not be my last. T. J. Roberts is a brilliant writer with an incredible imagination and I want more of his amazing mind. I recommend this book to everyone; it is an adventure for the mind and will stay in the heart for a long time. It would be a great movie.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: DIANE DONOVAN on Jan. 29, 2016 :
Eleven-year-old Iris already has strikes against her: she's the new kid in town, and her quirky behaviors involve repetitive rituals and actions that have, in the past, been labeled an illness.

Now she knows they're something more: they are instinctive reactions to her strange and evolving abilities, and they hold the power to alert her of future disasters. That's why she was able to save a young girl from a peculiar car accident, and why she sees things others don't.

The first thing to note about this captivating fantasy is that it's liberally peppered with full-color (and well-done) illustrations that enhance its story line. From autos in the woods to strange mischievous beings, Fairalon is packed with visual interludes that enhance the story without taking it over completely. Middle-grade readers will thus appreciate the enhancements which create visual interest in Iris's adventures.

The second notable feature of Fairalon is an attention to supplementing a fantasy adventure feel with the realistic saga of a young girl's evolving perceptions of her powers, her world, and whom she can trust. Fueled by strong psychological insights and solid character development, it's a story young readers will empathize with as they read about Iris's unusual challenges.

Fairalon excels in a steady plot that offers several twists and turns and much insight on not just the origins of inherited traits, but choices in how power is wielded.

Middle school fantasy fans will be enthralled as Iris' world expands in unanticipated directions. It should be mentioned that its conclusion paves the way for more books, yet completes her story in a manner that is satisfying and exact, making for a fine introduction to what might become a series. An exciting blend of adventure, psychological insight, and beautiful illustrations make Fairalon a prime pick in its genre.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jessica Fernnadez on Jan. 28, 2016 :
A magical and whimsical adventure fit for the entire family! A little girl is suddenly thrust into a world that she believed only lived in imaginations. After years of feeling different and acting strangely she discovers the real reasons behind her uniqueness. After her grandmother's death she along with her father move into her house and then everything goes topsy turvy. Missing children, dolls that seem to come to life and portals to fairlands, her life is thrown into a literal fairytale. She must accept her heritage and fight to protect those around her from evil forces. A delightful story wrapped in a fantastic bow ! A fun read filled with all the elements needed to captivate and enchant young readers. I give this one two wands up !
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)

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