Had Me From The Opening
4.5 out of 5 stars
I think that the biggest thing that jumps out while reading ‘Til The Last Snowflake Falls is that Boy has such a vivid imagination and he’s able to push that into his characters. You can really feel the connection that he has writing them and allowing them to just have these big bold ideas and thoughts. Each character that he builds is well thought out and has a purpose. No throw-away characters or meetings in his books (that I’ve noticed yet).
I can honestly say that before this book I’d never listened to an audiobook aimed directly at children. I’ve read some young adult ones but some of those have more sex and violence than the regular books I read. So, this was a pretty big change of pace for me. Speaking of change of pace, I noticed that a lot of the other reviewers of this read this as their first Boy title, whereas I read Little Girl Scream which is very much NOT a children’s book. So, going from that fast-paced attention-grabbing thriller to this is a big change. Now, that’s fine because Boy’s writing style leans towards characters and scenes instead of specific things needed for either a regular thriller or a children’s title.
In Snowflake, which is part of the “Adventures of Fawn” adventure, Fawn is the main character and is incredibly curious. As a character, Fawn was basically instantly likable. Right away I was drawn to Fawn and I knew that the book was going to be a good one. Liking a character that early usually leads to a book that’s hard to put down. I was right there, even for a kid’s book, this one was tough to put down. I ended up flying through it in a little under two days (started it on a Thursday and finished it before noon on Friday). I read it so fast and so thoroughly that I’m writing the review basically moments after finishing it.
Overall, I think that the combination in my head of Snowflake/Fawn and Little Girl Scream has me really enjoying Boy’s work. He’s an excellent writer and I can see why he’s winning lots of accolades for his books. They’re deserved.
Fantastic! Fun-tastic! Fawn-tastic!
The Adventures of Fawn is not just an exciting, award-winning coming-of-age series, it’s also a quality introduction to novels for children who have graduated beyond the Diary of a Wimpy Kid level. And it’s also great listening for any age group. The first installment ‘Til the Last Snowflake Falls follows the exploits of Fawn, the daughter of legendary reindeer Comet and Vixen. The young reindeer spends far too many days alone in the stable at Santa’s Village, with no friends and nothing to do. Typical of many youngsters, though her parents caution she’s much too young, naive, and inexperienced to go exploring outside the village by herself, Fawn rebels.
Declaring, “I want some fun and excitement! I don’t care how dangerous it is!” she begins sneaking out each day in search of friends, excitement, and adventure. She’ll find them all…but also find herself in dangerous situations she’s unprepared for! Perhaps, a tad too late, Fawn will realize that mum and dad were right all along! And she’ll learn some valuable lessons about what’s really important in life. The Adventures of Fawn are filled with fun, laughs, excitement, and magical entertainment for listeners of all ages!
‘Til the Last Snowflake Falls is on the recommended reading list with The US Book Review (2019), was awarded the Bronze Medal in Dan Poynter’s 2017 Global E-book Awards, received an Honoree Medallion from indieB.R.A.G. Awards, a Reader’s Favorite Five Star Award, One Stop Fiction Books’ Five Star Award, Literary Titan’s Silver Book Award, and many other accolades.
'Til The Last Snowflake Falls by Al E. Boy
Narrator: Pam Tsujioka
Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
Series: The Adventures of Fawn #1
Published by Self Published on August 19th 2020
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Also by this author: Little Girl Scream, The Tiger's Tears