Number of Pages: 56
Publication Date: September 15, 2016
Viola is one of the last of her friends to receive a fairy sense, though so desperately wants one.
Unfortunately, this young girl sprains her ankle and she can tell it’s not going to be a good week. That is, until her mom hands her an icepack. All of a sudden, Viola feels temperature changes so drastically that she can only hope this means she will receive a fairy sense!
Sometimes, it is nice to read a short book to break up from reading longer ones. Fairy Icepack filled that desire for me. The storyline is simple to follow, yet creative enough to keep you intrigued.
In this read, the reader really gets to know Viola. Her positives, insecurities, and inner thoughts as it is written in her perspective. The young girl has a kind heart, and I learned something extremely interesting about Viola. No spoilers, but it was something so sweet and selfless that my heart went out to her. She shows signs of insecurity toward the friendships she holds, afraid of losing them once again. Clearly, the author has done a great job in developing Viola’s character and making her likable.
The plot flows nicely from one scene to the next. I was never dull as Viola tries to understand her potential fairy sense. The concept of obtaining a fairy sense is refreshing and just plain fun, which is one of the reasons why I really enjoy reading Ms. Sorensen’s short books and look forward to more!
There was only one scene, a line really, that made me cringe a little. It was when Bianca, one of Viola’s friends, says, “That makes you really stupid!” (loc. 402) to an adult. The reason I cringe is because I don’t believe children should speak to an adult in this fashion. I know it is fiction, but children absorb a lot and something like this can stick and can be easily repeated in real life.
I will admit that I had a bit of a challenging time keeping track of some of Viola’s friends’ fairy senses. Bianca’s itch is one that I will always remember, but the others are a little fuzzier to remember. This might be because I did not read two or three of the books in the series, but since they didn’t play a very big role, it wasn’t too bothersome.
The only other aspect I would like to see is somehow to distinguish the age of the children in this story. I had a hard time pinpointing the age and even how much time has passed since the last book. This might have been mentioned in previous books, but it’s been a while since reading them, and it would be nice to have a reminder.
Overall, this short fantasy was well-written and was a light, short read that I enjoyed and was happy to read.
*I received a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.*