Book Review The Strings of the Violin

483744_520338378004928_174011960_nTitle: The Strings of the Violin

Author: Alisse Lee Goldenberg

Genre: YA Fantasy

Purchase: Amazon

Seventeen-year-old Carrie is lying in her backyard ignoring all the looming responsibilities in her life, when a fox makes a mad dash across the grass in front of her. After she manages to keep her dog from attacking the frightened animal, the fox turns to Carrie and seems to bow in gratitude before he disappears into the bushes. All Carrie knows in that moment is that something has unexpectedly changed in her life.

Carrie has been best friends with Lindsay Smith and Rebecca Campbell for years. During a summer when they should focus on choosing colleges, the girls suddenly find themselves swept away on the adventure of their lives. The fox reappears three days later and reveals to Carrie that he is Adom, emissary to the king of Hadariah. With his land of music and magic in peril, Adom has been sent to seek help from Carrie and her friends. In the blink of an eye, the three teenage girls go from living an average suburban life to being the champions of a world where they must contend with giants, witches, and magical beings. Will they ever make it home once more?

When she meets a talking fox, 17 year old Carrie isn’t sure whether she’s dreaming or not. Adom, the fox, appears to be an emissary from Hadariah, a faraway, magical kingdom in great danger. Adom needs the help of Carrie and her best friends Lindsay and Rebecca, to save his homeland.

Carrie and her friends are guided by old stories and folklore as they explore the magical kingdom filled with dybbuks, giants, witches, and talking trees. Their journey is remarkable and entertaining, and I had a blast following them on their path.

As a downside, the girl’s personalities are very similar. Differences are mostly superficial, like how one of them drags along an entire closet of clothes, and the others joke about it. But personality-wise they’re so similar they could be the same person.

Apart from that, I really enjoyed the book. It had a few unexpected twists I didn’t see coming.

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