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An Amazon Book with Buzz: "Punch Me Up to the Gods" by Brian Broome
"One of the most electrifying, powerful, simply spectacular memoirs I—or you— have ever read." —Augusten Burroughs Learn more
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- ASIN : B08B8G22QX
- Publisher : Secondary Worlds Press (June 15, 2020)
- Publication date : June 15, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 1494 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 324 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1951108043
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #16,709 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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The magic is varied and has enough tricks to it's mastery and manipulation to keep your attention. The characters are far from altruistic, with enough angst to keep most reader's interest. Read the profile for the basic storyline. Enjoy.
I'd say this book is more of a coming-of-age quest that just happens to be set at a magic school. It does have many of the "magic school" elements :
*underdog girl with unexpected/uncontrolled magic gets to attend prestigious magic school
*wants to discover the mystery of her heritage to discover how she could have such power
*she's attracted to rich & handsome boy from a higher class who is cold/aloof
*must battle mean girls and other political/social machinations to survive
What elevated this book to a higher level of fiction:
* Good world-building, which hopefully will continue as the series does
* Explores internal questions such as how to discern truth, how to forgive, what is family, who/what deserves our loyalty, establishing self-identity
* There are realistic consequences to actions big and small
* It has a positive, I-can-overcome tone rather than the dark, snarky feel of so many modern YA novels
* It focuses more on her choosing who she wants to be than just reacting to circumstances
There were a few times when the main character responded in ways that I thought were ridiculous. I had to stop a and try to remember her age and circumstances until I convinced myself that they could be plausible reactions. This is perhaps an area that reveals the author as the newbie she is. I was debating between 4 or 5 starts because of this. In the end, I was impressed with how much she packed into a book that is only 324 pages. It exceeded my expectations and I'd happily read more books in this series.
P.S. If you like this type of book, you may also like The Spoken Mage Series by Melanie Cellier