- Paperback: 270 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 9, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1477675108
- ISBN-13: 978-1477675106
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,823,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Even though Kate Policani wasn’t born in Seattle, Washington, she’s a native at heart. She should have been born here, but some bizarre mistake started her out in the Midwest. That error was rectified, though, and she’s spent more than twenty years in the rainy, gloomy, chilly land where she belongs, loving every minute of it. The long dark days and unwelcoming weather make for the perfect environment to stay inside and write. A mom of three and therefore a coffee addict, she writes her books over a hot mocha in the rainy season (Fall-Winter-Spring) and an iced mocha during the six weeks of summer. That is, she writes when she isn’t shuttling her progeny to school or youth group or playdates. In a pinch, she writes while she waits to pick the kids up from school, and sometimes even in the middle of the night when the ideas wake her. Kate has found her footing with her writing and is no longer interested in just writing a few books. The list of ideas is long, so she’ll be cranking out the Sci-fi and Fantasy (and maybe some others) for the long haul.
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This story at first reminded me of K.M. Shea's "My Life at the Magical Beings' Rehabilitation Center" because of the age of the main character, the light/witty inner commentary, and having to learn the rules of a magical society. But that similarity only lasted so long - my one complaint about the book is that it quickly becomes focused almost solely on which guy the heroine will choose....there's not much else driving the plot. Which is disappointing because I think there's a lot that could have been made of this set up. That said, I did enjoy it. I'm not sure if I'll read the next one or not.
Note - I received this book free from Awesome Indies Books in return for an honest review.
Having read Kate's previous book I was excited to get a chance to read her latest one. They say every book needs a hook to draw in your readers and make them read the novel through. Kate did not accomplish that on the first page. She accomplished it on the first, second, third , fourth and before you knew it the chapter had ended. It has been ages since a book has done this for me. As a beta reader and also a reviewer for BookSneeze this does not come across my desk often.
This book is adult fiction but is appropriate for YA because there is no objectionable content. The main character is 18. Colleen who is your typical teenager lives in Seattle. Only she is not which is uknown to her. She has magic powers but not your ordinary run of the mill magic tricks that you see witches and wizards do, that is so not in the same realm.
Finding a book in a near by library transforms her life as she knows it. But not only that the people who are like her have taken noticed. You see Collen is one of a kind. One with powers who has lived in the real world as a Skupdyn which is a nonmagical person. Her adventures begins to unfold as she is enrolled in a college with like minded students.
I am so glad Kate has placed in the beginning a Glossary of Terms in the front of the book. It was a huge help for me to refer to so I could make sure I was getting things right.
A great read, it does not take long to finish and another fine piece of writing by Kate.
Colleen is addicted to books, considers herself a Rubenesque redhead with hazel eyes, and is planning on relaxing during this last summer before starting at community college. All that changes when she finds a book that opens a whole new world to her, and her `hidden powers' are revealed. Far from being a smooth transition, Colleen is poofed off to the SPRU to begin her adventure.
Written with a smooth hand and a sense of humor that instantly endears Colleen to the reader, we are treated to her sarcastic quick wit that never quite leaves her even in times of stress. Characters are introduced and developed in a way that both serves the plot and develops them with characteristics that are found in many people you would meet on the street. In addition, the author has included photos from sites around Seattle that decorate the pages as well as provide an "I didn't know that" moment to readers who may not be familiar with the city.
This is a book that is perfectly suitable for a young adult reader as well as adults: while there are romances, they are mostly chaste and reside in the realm of adoration/flirtation rather than adult situations. Colleen also is far different from other newcomers to witchcraft that we are previously acquainted with, as she refuses to speak spells preferring not to mess with the natural order of the world. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, giggled often as I was reading, and will anxiously await the next steps in the story.
I received an eBook copy of this book from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.