“Just one day ago, I’d almost given hope, and now I had a whole new life ahead of me!”
Official Synopsis from Goodreads
An exhilarating and heartfelt story of adventure and intrigue, The Adventures of Lola proves you don’t have to stick to the status quo to save the day. Written with wit and gripping insight into what it takes for young individuals to stand up for what is right, The Adventures of Lola is dazzling in its magic and excitement.
To thirteen-year-old Lola, the world is not a very magical place. She often gets in trouble, whether it’s with her parents, who find her rich imagination a bit tiresome, or at school, where the teachers see her as being far too dramatic. But Lola knows she is meant to do more in life, like maybe save the day…someday.
But when Lola and her friends realise that something disastrous is about to strike their town, they gather their strengths and are determined to solve the mystery. Their sleuthing soon brings them all the way to the King, who is less than pleased with Lola’s fearless hunt for the truth.
As Lola struggles to remain in the good graces of the people in her life, she starts to realize just how unique she truly is…and just how magical her life might actually be.
GENRE: Children's, Fiction, Fantasy FORMAT: Paperback PUBLICATION DATE: February 23rd 2017 GET A COPY: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
The Adventures of Lola is a fairy tale but not the type Disney produces. It is nowhere near that, but this is not a bad thing. And just like most of the stories meant to entertain not only children but also the children at heart, this novel also introduced three important kids: one boy and two girls, including Lola. Harry Potterish right?
The story revolves around a thirteen year-old fairy named Lola, who is hyperactive and loves adventures (or problems, I don’t know), and her strong desire to ~save~ the day. The other two young fairies named Jet and Allie are Lola’s two best friends. Jet, who, according to the book, is a super cool and super nerdy kid and doesn’t say much but is a very deep being. Lola’s other best friend, Allie, is good at designing and making clothes not only for herself but also for her friends. She is also quite emotional but that is because she cares about her dreams and friends so much. The trio went into a perilous adventure that has led them into discovering who they are always meant to become.
Alright, time for compliments! The first thing I immediately liked about this book is *clears throat* the cover! The moment I opened my mail and saw the book, my heart melted and like stopped for a second because the covert art is so pretty and really colorful. In addition to that, the texture of the cover is like carpet-y and somewhat matte. I might sound really weird but I truly enjoyed touching it a couple of times before, while and after reading the book. No shame! I think this will definitely make the parents or children buy this book especially if they are notorious for judging a book with its cover. Hehe. Craig Phillips, you did a great job here. I like it so much!
Moving on, the second thing I like about this book is that even though Lola is at the age of pubescence, she did not engage in a very short-lived romance with anybody– unlike most of the fairy tales out there. Sigh. THIS BOOK IS RARE, MY DUDE. Romance can be very good too but only if written properly though. (Shout-out to the fans of Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass: You know exactly what I’m talking about. Aye!) I love how Lola is focused on her mission to save her fairy world and not about getting a boyfriend.
The last thing I adored about this book is how fast-paced it is! So much had happened in a book that’s only 140 pages long and I think that is really impressive. I’ve read some stand-alone books that are over 400 pages long but there are a lot of questions left unanswered and there are so many missing parts. The Adventures of Lola is not like that. It is really simple and the contents are really fit to be read by a child even without the supervision of an adult. They will enjoy this book a lot especially if they’re into fairies and magical stuff.
Enough for the praises for now because there are some things I quite didn’t like about this book and these are the lack of character development and the weak dialogue between the characters. The character’s conversations need to be well-crafted and developed because that’s how the reader can get to know them. Lola is annoying at times, bratty even. She disappointed everyone around her for the sake of something that’s not even evidence-based and sometimes it feels like she only cares about herself. The King is annoying too. He did something really rude to Lola’s friend, Allie and he is prone to overreacting. He is a shallow king and he didn’t terrify me a bit. Another thing that made me cringe a little bit is that it felt like the characters get what they want sooo easily. For example, they have a problem now and on the next paragraph or page, it is already solved. It can be a good thing though but if you’re a reader who wants a more detailed story, you’d feel as though this book lacks some.
Overall, The Adventures of Lola is a fun read. I’m not a child anymore but I, sure as hell, enjoyed reading this one. There may be some problem areas in this book but it is not that noticeable (at least for me) and I think children will really love this one.
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Note: I would like to thank the author, Jade Harley, for sending me a signed paperback copy of her novel. This did not affect my review in any way.
MEET JADE HARLEY
The Adventures of Lola is Harley’s first novel. A fierce conservationist, vegetarian and lover of nature and animals, Harley spent the past twenty years working in the music and media industry before embracing her creative side and becoming an author.
Harley’s early influences include Enid Blyton, Charlotte Bronte, Lewis Carroll, Roald Dahl and C.S Lewis. A self-confessed ‘rebel’, Harley hopes to inspire future generations of young girls to dream big, stand up for what they believe in, and protect the environment.
Harley was born in Britain and now lives in Australia. She considers herself to be a ‘Possie’ – half Pomme, half Aussie.