Book Review: Elfin by Quinn Loftis
The Blurb: Before tonight Cassie Tate’s biggest concerns were whether she could pass Algebra and how she was going to keep Elora, her best friend, from dressing her in a skimpy fairy costume for Halloween. Her feet were firmly planted in suburban reality and she had no reason to believe her life would be anything but that of a typical teenager. That is until tonight, when Cassie saw something that no human was ever supposed to see; in the blink of an eye she was thrown into the world of the Light and Dark Elves.
He comes from a realm where light and dark have fought for millennia. He is of a race known to humans only in myths and legends. The darkness that lives inside him is a part of both who and what he is and it makes him the most gifted spy and assassin in the history of his time. His life is not his own; he lives in the service of the Dark Elf King. He slays who he must, has mercy on no one, is relentless in his hunt, and never tires of seeing his prey fall. He is Triktapic, assassin, spy, most feared of the Dark Elves.
Now, in the midst of his King’s complicated plans to expand the Dark Elves’ holdings into the mortal realm, for the first time, Trik finds his loyalties divided. For no Elf, Dark or Light, can turn away from their Chosen.
Unbeknownst to the mortal realm, the battle between Light and Dark is being brought to their doorstep. The only one who can keep it at bay holds darkness in his heart like a lover, and the one who can sway that heart must decide if she can look beyond his black past, beyond his evil nature and see the man he is destined to be.
The question must be asked, does love really cover a multitude of sins? Can true love actually conquer all or will his darkness consume those around him until all that stands is an assassin with the blood of the mortal realm on his hands?
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
My Review: I'm not going to lie. I enjoyed the HELL out of this book. I love elves, so I was very excited to begin reading Elfin, and Quinn Loftis does not disappoint. This was everything I expected from a YA/fantasy/romance book, but more! I liked Cassie. She was smart, compassionate, likable--the perfect soul mate for Trik. I liked Trik too--bad-ass, sexy, tender when it comes to Cassie, and with an inner core of goodness only his Chosen can discover. Actually, I liked most of the characters. But, I loved Elora. Ah, Elora. While Cassie is the girl most teenage readers will envy, Elora is the character most readers would love to be. Brilliant, sassy, brave, and with a style all her own, Elora is the best friend we all would like to have. She's fiercely loyal and supportive of Cassie, even when she doesn't agree with her. Most of the humorous lines in this book come from Elora. She is probably one of the best characters I've had to pleasure to have met in a long time. And her mom, Lisa, is pretty awesome too!
The plot's not bad either. It's the classic human girl meets extraordinary guy who then discovers the girl is more spectacular than anyone ever dreamed. This was the formula I expected when I opened the book--and this is what Quinn Loftis delivers. Hey, formulas work! I love these types of books, especially when they're as well-written and engaging as Elfin is. As Trik is struggling to come to terms with his dark past, Cassie is fighting her own feelings for Trik. I really appreciated the fact that Cassie didn't just accept her sudden, inexplicable feelings for Trik, but tried to retain her independence and free will. I was a little sad about the quick ending (which is why I'd give this a 4.5 instead of a solid 5), but it's a book I'm happy to recommend to others. It's a book I could hardly put down. And, it's a great start to a series I can't wait to read more of. So, when is the next book being released?
About The Author: Quinn lives in beautiful NW Arkansas with her husband, son, Doberman and cat (who thinks she is a ninja in disguise). She is beyond thankful that she has been blessed to be able to write full time and hopes the readers know how much all of their support means to her. Some of her hobbies include reading, exercising, crochet, and spending time with family and friends. She gives all credit of her success to God because he gave her the creative spirit and vivid imagination it takes to write.
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