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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Shalilly by Elizabeth Gracen is a young adult romance plus fantasy, a fantastic debut that will be welcomed by young and adult readers, a work of great creativity and genius. Elizabeth Gracen creates a magical world that will excite the imaginations of many. Sixteen-year-old Fippa is ready to make the ultimate sacrifice of her life in order to save earth from impending chaos. If she drowns in the cosmic waters, her sacrifice will open the portal that will allow Ision, the young warrior, to return to earth. While in the waters, she is mysteriously transformed into Shalilly, a butterfly girl, a creature of legend. The curious thing is that she’s captured and sold to the warrior himself, but will she be able to convince him to return with her to earth and save it from annihilation?
Elizabeth Gracen’s debut novel offers a powerful premise, the idea that love can be completely annihilated by utter darkness. A character vested with the mission to redeem love becomes one to whom readers will pay a lot of attention. From the moment Fippa decides to embrace her destiny, readers become excited about finding out what happens to her. With skill and intelligence, the author weaves a plot that transforms this story into a page-turner. She leaves no room for guesswork, and it is interesting to watch the protagonist as she evolves through trials and difficult challenges. How she persuades the young warrior to come back to earth with her is a surprising and satisfying treat for readers. The world of Shalilly combines myth with legend to create an enticing environment inhabited by creatures that will thrill readers. Gracen’s debut novel is a stunning success! A powerful book for young adults and all lovers of fantasy! Mesmerizing.