Return to Larkspur

Children - Grade 4th-6th
216 Pages
Reviewed on 09/30/2013
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Author Biography

Return to Larkspur is Anastacia Hawkins' second middle grade novel. Her first, Larkspur, introduces the series' main characters and the enchanted land where Darkness wages war against The Light.

Anastacia Hawkins strives to write stories for preteen readers that encourage them to Love One Another, Be Courageous, Have Faith, and Stay True to Themselves.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Return to Larkspur by Anastacia Hawkins is an adventure story. Larkspur sees the emergence of a new bad guy. While Kieron tries to gain power along with the help of Darkness, King Alaster of Larkspur tries to spread the Areli Light into the the hearts of the people around him. Leslie, Taylor, and Mason return to Larkspur to spread the light. It is a fight between the Light and the Darkness.

I always like adventure stories for their creativity, imagination, and magical characters with their magical identities. It gives a lot of scope for the author to dream, imagine, and create fictitious characters with unusual names that are appealing and dreadful to the reader. These types of stories are also a reflection of the creative mind of the writer because it is not easy to create characters that are appealing to kids.

Return to Larkspur is a beautiful story that takes children through a myriad of emotions - friendship, love, kindness, action, and a lot of fun. This book is written well with some detailed description of the characters. I liked the metaphor of light and darkness which creates contrasting images of characters and it runs through the story forming an integral part of the theme.

I don't think adventure stories appeal only to children. It makes a good read for parents and adults too. These stories are short and they just breeze through you making you appreciate the writer's surreal thoughts and dream-like quality that is put down skilfully on paper.


A wonderful second book to the book that began the story. Both my daughter and I really enjoyed them both. Recommended for pre-teens, teens, and mothers alike.