Elfin by Quinn Loftis, Reviewed by Grace Bannister

Elfin by Quinn Loftis

Review By: Grace Bannister – 3rd period – Honors 9 English

 

From Goodreads.com:

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 questions 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?

Imagine finding the other half of your soul, the one person who could complete you as you complete them, and then finding out that you are on separate sides of the same war. In Elfin, the first book in the Elfin Series, author Quinn Loftis explores the idea of true love between two opposing sides – good and evil, light and dark. This story deals with the main themes of love conquering the sins of the past, and love bringing out the best in even the darkest person, and essentially the line between right and wrong.  As I have read all of her works excepting one, I find that Loftis has an amazing gift for portraying strong love and devotion between two people, all the while keeping the story PG to mildly PG-13 rated. This book set me through a rollercoaster of emotions, which for me, makes it great because it made me feel something. I believe that the original plot, the powerful emotion, and the well-constructed characters were the elements that made this book a personal favorite.

I always love a unique plot. I absolutely cannot stand it if the storyline is something I’ve read before, and this book definitely did not disappoint. Admittedly, the idea of accidently running into your supernatural soul mate is rather common in today’s YA literature. However, the events and complications that transpired afterwards were complex and completely original. I enjoyed how the main characters were always struggling with internal conflict, along with the external main conflicts. It was great to see the character of Trik fight the internal battle against his dark nature, whilst also struggling to maintain his life with Cassie and find his destiny in the elfin world. Most fans of the fantasy/romance genres will find themselves captivated by the highly exciting and original plot of Elfin.

I must say that my favorite part of any book is always the emotion. If I can’t feel what the character feels, then I find myself holding the author accountable for not doing their job. It always makes me sad to have a good plot tainted by poor, pathetic attempts to make the reader feel. Thankfully, Elfin was filled with powerful emotion from cover to cover. I could feel Cassie and Trik’s love, pain, anger, and confusion at their situation and the world around them. Every bit of the emotion seemed real, and it always astounds me to come across a writer so endowed with the ability to put such soul into their writing. In my opinion emotion is the foundation of every good book, and Elfin was brimming with it.

The third element of this book that stood out to me was the well-developed characters. The female protagonist was very believable and identifiable. Her reactions to everything thrown at her were all very realistic and I enjoyed that. It was also rather intriguing to have the male love interest be someone who was essentially evil. He was a very dynamic character and his background was well told and believable – even though most of it was withheld until later in the book. I also immediately grew fond of the character of Elora (Cassie’s sharp-tongued, gothic best friend). In all of her works, Loftis has the tendency to include such a supporting character, and I tend to be quite a fan. This type of character often provides some comic relief and is a supporting backbone for the protagonist. Readers often fall in love with these “sidekicks” – I know I do. The characters in Elfin, including the ones not mentioned here, all quickly became some of my favorites of all time.

In conclusion, I have officially given Elfin a spot on my list of favorite books. I recommend it to fans of emotional stories and I definitely plan to read the next book, Rapture, when it is released. I have to know what happens after that cliff hanger ending! It was all in all a great read and I must say that Mrs. Loftis is fabulous author. In Elfin, she definitely created a fantastic plot, intense emotion, and some seriously amazing characters.

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2 responses

  1. Grace,

    I really like your thesis statement. You identified your three points in a creative manner that captivated your audience. I think you have a lot of detailed sentences, but I think that some of your details can be confusing or wordy. I found myself confused when I read the sentence, “As I have read all of her works expecting one…” After reading the sentence again, I could understand it better, but I would suggest maybe clarifying your ideas and points. I really liked your paragraph describing the emotion of the book. You clearly explained why you like to understand and relate to the emotions of the characters. I would suggest adding a quote that represents a good example of the emotion that you feel strongly about. You mentioned that you could relate to Cassie and Trik’s emotions. Maybe you could add a quote about their love, pain, anger, or confusion. You have a powerful conclusion. You recommend it to readers and also explain why you enjoy the book. Overall, I really liked your review, and it seems obvious that you enjoyed the book.

    -Chassidy Marcum

  2. Hi, Grace. I am so happy that you enjoyed the book! It really shows through in your writing, which is very positive and detailed. It is easy to see that you understood the book, as you described it wonderfully, but I don’t see any quotes from the book itself. Adding quotes would make your review more credible, as they provide more solid evidence than details alone to back up your 3P thesis. The mechanics and structure f your review are wonderful; I didn’t see many grammatical errors or any misspelled words, and each of your paragraphs have strong topic sentences that tie back to your thesis. However, your transitions could use a little work. For example, you might tack on another sentence at the end of your second paragraph that contains some aspect or preview of the first sentence in your third paragraph, making the transition from one paragraph to the next more smooth. Overall, though, this is really good work. Again, I am so happy that you liked the book!

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