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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
Ellie, Everlasting by Isabel Scheck is a breezy fantasy read with great potential to entertain young readers. Ellie Parker has just experienced a devastating loss after a sudden tragedy. Apart from being separated from her family, she’s lost someone very dear; her partner, Olivia. But what seems to be a tragedy thrusts young Ellie into an adventure that changes everything she ever thought about fairyland. There is a world beyond the grave, a world for the lost boys and girls. But there is also a sinister darkness that threatens both Neverland and Earth and Ellie may have the key to save both worlds. Can she look into herself and accept a destiny as challenging as hers?
The narrative begins with a gripping prologue that introduces the theme of death and arouses the reader’s curiosity about a dramatic moment: “The girl in the mint-green dress was dead. Her once bright eyes were now vacant of their usual twinkle and the boy stared down at her in utter disbelief as he began to cry, the tears splashing on her once rosy cheeks.” It starts in the middle of something painful and the reader’s heart is touched deeply. We immediately get to know Olivia and Ellie and understand their friendship. Everything starts from here, where characters share a strong bond and Isabel Scheck makes that bond come out powerfully. Curiously, it is a bond that is more than physical and that exists even beyond the grave. The characters are lovely and real and I enjoyed how Ellie develops through the narrative. Ellie, Everlasting explores themes of love and friendship, family, life and death, and survival. It has a strong appeal to fans of fairy tales; it is crisply written and emotionally rich. You won’t finish it without occasionally shedding a tear for the characters.