Publisher: Twilight Times Books
Publish Date: October 15, 2012 (e-book) / November 15, 2012 (Paperback)
Origins: From Author for Review
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Synopsis: Ember Skye is a fed up teenage Coal Elf with a big ashy chip on her shoulder. Having been torn away from a carefree life and forced into a world of dirt and darkness has started to get the best of her. And being the only girl-elf working as a coal miner at the North Pole doesn't help much either!
Then there's Sturd: a power-hungry, twisted elf with a checkered past and a serious grudge against Ember. Slowly but surely, his maniacal tendencies are revealed, leaving Ember with the sacred "Naughty List" literally in her lap.
When a mysterious illness threatens to decimate elves both Above and Underground, Ember is thrust into a journey that will see her confront the literal and figurative demons of her past and lead her to the head of the North Pole himself.
Yes! Santa is real. But this isn't your childhood Christmas tale.
Review: When Ember Skye’s Life Path chosen by the “Boss” himself was to be a Coal Elf, her parents were shocked and Ember didn’t know what to do. There had never been a female Coal Elf before, one whose responsibility it is to mine the coal which is given to the children on the Naughty List. 6 long elfyears later, Coal Elf Overseer Sturd tells all the Coal Elves the Boss (Santa) has declared the Naughty List null and void (meaning all children will get presents). Ember knows something is wrong and she gathers the shredded remains of the List and puts it back together. She now has to find a way to put right what once went wrong and the lives of all Elves are depending on her to save them as they start to fall ill from a nasty disease. How can one girl Coal Elf save anything?
Ms. DeVivo has given us a new perspective on Santa’s elves in ‘The Coal Elf’. I loved Ember’s tenacity in the face of extreme adversity and how she had a lot more friends than she ever thought when she needed help. Sturd exemplifies his name and is a nasty, naughty elf with Mommy issues. ‘The Coal Elf’ is a quick, yet engrossing, read with great characters. I loved the twist on the traditional “Santa’s elves” story. A great book for young adults to show them an excellent example of perseverance and balance in all things.