Book Review: Holly AND Ivy by SELAH JANEL

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Title: Holly AND Ivy
Category: Novelet/Christmas/Fantasy
Pub. Date: 11/30/2012
Publisher: Mocha Memoirs Press, Inc
Format: E-Book
Pages: 40
SYNOPSIS: After losing her job and her boyfriend, Holly returns to her parents’ farm. Embarrassed and hopeless, she doesn’t expect to bump into a forgotten childhood friend that wasn’t supposed to exist. Ivy is not only a dryad, but she lives in the pine trees Holly’s family grows to sell at Christmas. As the old friends reconnect, Ivy not only shares her strong opinions, but gives Holly a charm that will change both their lives. As days melt into weeks and the seasons change, Holly’s life magically turns around. Christmas not only brings surprises, but a choice for the human woman. What’s more important: stability, success, and love, or keeping a promise to an old friend? 

My Review:   
OH MY GOODNESS! Love will not totally express my feelings about this novelet. 

The ending to this story was Awesome! Leaving me wanting more is not even right with this story! I cried, laughed, screamed, and if I would have had it in book form it might have been thrown across the room. (no I don't actually throw books)

Author Selah Janel has such a way with this story that you are automatically drawn right into the book. From the get go, I did not want to put it down. I have not had a chance until now to really read a story like this, with faeries, a dryad to be exact. WOW!!!

The amazing characters with in the pages of this book are so believable that I can so see this happening. I loved the outdoors when I was young and I had some unbelievable imaginary friends, but Holly has a friend from childhood that waited for her to come back home. 

Ivy is so sweet and her character is magical and so lifelike though that you are drawn to her and want to care for her automatically. 

The young man that comes into Holly's life is one that everyone young lady dreams about having in their life's. He truly believes in Holly and that makes him loveable as well. 

Okay, I would recommend this book to anyone who has an imagination that you let you crawl into a book and live the story with the characters like I did with this book.  Not only adults, I would love for my grandchildren to read this story. Yes I know that they are young but the Author has wrote this novelet in such a way that I could so see it played out in my mind and feel that they could also. 

Love Love Love and So Want More of This Story.. And hope and believe that author Selah Janel will possible write some more.. Even though the ending was terrific and left you with droll want it to go on. Lets see. 

Author Selah Janel has stollen my heart and will diffidently will be watching and waiting for more.  

If you love fantasy, love, secrets, this book is for you! It would make a wonderful Christmas gift wrapped up in fairy paper under the tree. Yes I know it is not in hard or paperback yet, but looking for it. Great book to end your 2012 book year!!

So due to the above, I am giving this book a Breath of Life ratings of: 

Five Clock Rating!!!  
Disclosure: I did receive this book for my honest opinion and review. But the opinions are my own and yours may differ. 

About the Author:  
 Selah Janel has been blessed with a giant imagination since she was little when she wondered if fairies lived in the nearby state park and worried that vampires hid in the old barns outside of town. Her appreciation for a good story was enhanced by a love of reading, the many talented storytellers that surrounded her, and a healthy curiosity for everything. A talent for warping everything she learned didn’t hurt, either.

She gravitates to writing fantasy and horror but has a deep love of children’s and YA literature and can be convinced to pursue any genre if the idea is good enough. Often her stories feature the unknown creeping into the “real” world and she loves to find the magical in the mundane.

Her first title ‘Mooner’ is a historical, vampire-centric horror story from No Boundaries Press. She will have stories included in upcoming issues of 'The MacGuffin,' 'The Realm Beyond,' and the 2012 Wicked East Press Anthology 'Bedtime Stories for Girls.' She also writes about women's roles and perceptions in genre fiction and film for the Fandom Fest blog Fandom Scene.

1 comment:

Tom Olbert said...

Very passionate review! This must be quite a book!

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