Review: Eliza Bluebell by A.J. York

Review: Eliza Bluebell by A.J. York

Review: Eliza Bluebell by A.J. York
Eliza Bluebell by A.J. York

Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade
Pages: 58
Format: eBook
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Synopsis:

In the picture postcard village of Blossom Brook, Eliza Bluebell arrives changing the lives of the locals forever. With the help of her playful shadow, Eliza transforms an empty shop on the High Street into the heart and soul of the village. Find out how and read this fantastical story about friendship, butterflies and fairy cakes.

This book entices the reader into a new and magical world that appeals to both kids and adults. The reader can explore how the ordinary in life can be extraordinarily overlooked, how friendship can help you overcome life’s difficulties and how accepting yourself is the biggest challenge of all.

Reading this story is a truly magical and uplifting experience that should not be missed. Read it today!

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Review

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This was  a delightful little story about a young woman named Eliza who, with help from her shadow, brings joy and happiness to the village of Blossom Brooke. I have been lucky enough to read two other short stories by this author, and this one is my favorite so far. I always enjoy it when a book makes me smile the entire time I read it, and there is just something so sweet about a story that’s written with children in mind and can still be enjoyed by adults. This book fed the kid in me.

It is perfect to read to or with younger children. In fact, I found myself wishing I had a child to read this with me so I could have an excuse to use all of the funny voices I assigned to each character. I had a lot of fun reading about Eliza and her magical shadow, and I know a child would have appreciated it even more. Plus it would have been fun to giggle along with them instead of just giggling to myself.

Eliza waltzes into Blossom Brooke one day, and proceeds to make life a little better for each and every person who lives there. Most of the chapters are devoted to her helping out one person or another, and there is an overall feeling of whimsy positivity  that is felt throughout the book.

One thing I love about this author’s books, is the way she takes the seemingly ordinary and makes it extraordinary. First she makes the ability to clean up dust seem like a superpower in her Delilah Dusticle series, and now shadows have become the best friend a girl, (or anyone for that matter) could ever have. Yes, I said “shadows” Eliza’s shadow was possibly the most important and certainly the most enjoyable character in this entire story. If you don’t believe that shadows can be that interesting, pick up a copy of this book and see for yourself.

In a world when kids have to grow up too fast, and constantly need to be entertained by one electronic after another, it was nice to read a story that revolves everyday people with just a little bit of magic thrown in to make things interesting.

This is the type of book I wish I had read more when I was younger, and it’s the type of book I hope to read to my own children some day. It was short, sweet, fed my imagination, and had some really great lessons about things like not judging a book by it’s cover, forgiveness, and being a good friend hidden among all the funny scenes. I would not hesitate to recommend this book to children of all ages, but I would heartily suggest that you read this story to that special little one in your life. You won’t regret the fun I am sure you will have together.

This book is clean, but the reading level is suitable for ages 8-11.

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Author Biography

About A.J. York

About me? Well, I am the author of The Delilah Dusticle Adventures, a middle grade fantasy series. I grew up in the UK, but was born in Gothenburg, Sweden. My childhood influences were a mix of Pippi Longstocking and The Flumps.

Things I like? Swedish cinnamon buns, yoga, tea, salt liquorice, sleeping on boats, compassion and other people's creativity. Things I do not like? Okra. The vegetable is also known as ladies fingers, which makes them even less appetising to me. Blah!

I have always enjoyed making up characters and their life stories, therefore I jumped at the chance to study theatre at the University of Brighton. I later trained as a drama teacher and I have a Master's degree from Goldsmiths University of London. I have gone back to my roots and I now live in Gothenburg. People have told me they love reading my stories and I hope you have fun reading them too!

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