When Jelani tries on a real glass slipper left lying on the sidewalk, it shatters, cutting her foot. As blood trickles to the pavement and mingles with the broken glass, dozens of two-inch high creatures emerge and then scurry away into the shadows.
Soon she is approached by two mysterious and handsome men claiming to be elves who need Jelani's help to rescue their queen.
More revelations come, altering the life, of this sassy barista from Missoula, Montana. Jelani must come to grips with the idea that eves are not just creatures from a fairy tale. They are alive and living in the forests of the Bitterroot Mountains.
To start off, even without reading this book, the cover and beginning of the synopsis give me a 'Cinderella' vibe and I really like that. Once I started reading, my suspicions were confirmed. Even though it isn't addressed, there is quite the hint towards the whole Cinderella idea.
I enjoyed that when needed, the past was explained early on in the story. We weren't left in the dark, and pretty much knew as much as the main characters did. They were still a ton of surprises an twists and turns that I loved, and that kept me interested. I like that Lyndi kept a lot of the good stuff for the end, creating a bit of suspense throughout the whole book.
The characters were original and not typical, especially the main character. As we went on in the book, there were things that were uncovered about the characters that you would have never thought about them. Also, Jelani, the main character was not a typical female lead, and I loved that.
This book was well written as well as put together in a way that made it easy to comprehend. I loved that the story fit in perfectly with the characters, and that the personalities were diverse. I think that Lyndi did a great job with this novel, and I can't wait to read the sequel! I have to give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
Lyndi Alexander dreamed for many years of being a spaceship captain, but settled instead for inspired excursions into fictional places with fascinating companions from her imagination that she likes to share with others. She has been a published writer for over thirty years, including seven years as a reporter and editor at a newspaper in Homestead, Florida. Her list of publications is eclectic, from science fiction to romance to horror, from tech reporting to television reviews. Lyndi is married to an absent-minded computer geek. Together, they have a dozen computers, seven children and a full house in northwestern Pennsylvania.