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A Magic Dark and Bright (The Asylum Saga Book 1) by [Perinovic, Jenny]
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"Fast and engaging, MAGIC DARK & BRIGHT mixesemotion, magic and small-town life in a rich and authentic way." - IndieReader.

"A MAGIC DARK AND BRIGHT is a captivating mysteryfilled with magic and romance. It kept me enthralled until the heart-stoppingfinale." - Lisa Maxwell, Authorof Sweet Unrest

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  • File Size: 4250 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bookish Group Press; 1 edition (April 28, 2015)
  • Publication Date: April 28, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,251 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Amelia hasn't seen the lady in white who haunts the woods behind her house since the night her brother died. Until Charlie moves in next door. Now the ghost is back and girls start turning up in the river. The town whispers about curses and attaches blame to Charlie, but Amelia knows he couldn't be responsible. Ancient magic, love turned bitter, and revenge fuel a family curse that grows dark and bright in what might be the last summer of Amelia's life. This is a contemporary mystery with an added bonus of some creepy ghostly encounters. Well written and engaging, this is a bargain ebook at $3.99. I like Amelia as a narrator, but some of the other characters were flat, especially the people who were bad guys. The author weaves in the history of the ghost in a pretty cool way, and I liked that the focus remained primarily on the present. I really did enjoy this one, and I read it straight through in an afternoon. It wasn't until I had time to reflect that I realized the author kind of dropped the ball on the brother's death. It felt like more than a red herring, but I still had some questions about how it connected. Bone chiller of an ending. I will definitely be looking for the next book, because it can't be a standalone with that ending -- I won't allow it! I think this will be something many of my students enjoy, especially those who enjoy mystery and don't mind supernatural -- I'm thinking fans of The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee will really be glad to find this book. I'm adding it to my classroom library wish list and recommending it to our librarian. Language and situations are appropriate for high school readers. Spooky, but not what I would consider horror.
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There are many benefits to being a professional book reviewer, but none is greater than being handed an amazing intense book by a brilliant new author and getting to read it first. Reading A Magic Dark and Brightly was a bit like finding a hidden treasure chest and unlocking it to gaze upon a beautiful gem. I cannot proclaim the book or author's praises loud enough to do them justice. This book contains so much emotion that it easily transfers to the reader. There were moments when I was scared, mystified, and even giddy.

Let's talk about the setting for a moment. Yes, I live in Texas, but I'm a born, breed, and raised Pennsylvanian. This story took me on a journey back to my native land. I could feel the greens of the forest, the rocky beaches of lakes and creeks my friends and I use to swim in during younger days, and the small town pride of history that is woven throughout the community. I truly want to thank the author, Jenny Adams Perinovic, for providing that gift to me. I never missed my home so much as I did while reading this book.

The characters are spirited and intense; I enjoyed everyone. Even the backdrop people seemed so integral which in a small town is so true, there are no strangers. I adored the family history that helped bring these characters to life. I also enjoyed that Ms. Perinovic avoided spending superficial time discussing bikini clad bodies and giving the perception that we were in the midst of a modeling convention every time we met someone new. Granted there are the cute guys, but the cuteness is appropriate and relative.
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(I received an ARC of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.)

This debut was everything I hoped for. It had the perfect balance of creepiness and horror and innocence and first love and creepiness. Did I mention it was creepy? But in a good way, the way you'd hope a ghost story would be. I was immediately drawn in by the Woman in White at the edge of the forest behind Amelia's house, and as the story evolves, the depth of the curse reveals that there is more at stake than just Amelia overcoming the death of her brother.

I also really loved the history woven into the novel, there were sections where the reader was taken back in time and that really added complexity to the Amelia's narrative. A lot of times dreams can grow redundant, but Perinovic made each scene interesting and vital. There was no skimming. (:

The love between Amelia and Charlie was not hot and heavy, it was innocent and sweet, and this worked really well for me, as a reader, since the backdrop of the novel is so dark. As the blurb mentions, there are several drownings in the novel, and combined with the ghost and spells and witches, the romance needed to be gentle, and Perinovic delivered.

The cliff hanger at the end caused me to literally gasp. I am already anticipating the sequel to book one of The Asylum Saga!
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It's always so nice when a book is better than you thought it would be. That's not to say I didn't think A Magic Dark and Bright--which I first stumbled upon when its pretty cover caught my eye--wouldn't be good. But I had such fun reading it and it was a total blast. This is a book that certainly has some issues, but you enjoy reading it so much that you just don't give a damn. Reading this just felt so good, and therefore, this book is good.

There's a woman in white living in the woods, and Amelia Dupree has seen her. Though she hasn't seen the Woman in White since her brother's fatal accident, Amelia knows she's still there, and in her fear, grief, and paranoia, she's drifted from her friends and drawn into herself, and had trouble sleeping. One night, Amelia's sure she sees something in the woods, and that same night, a young man shows up at the MacAllister house (which is of course inhabited by a witch-like old lady people stay far away from). The boy is Charlie MacAllister, Mrs. MacAllister's grandson, and he seems to be quite interesting...and he doesn't think Amelia is crazy. As for the goings on in Asylum, Pennsylvania...well, that's a different story. Especially since people refuse to talk about a person from the past, and girls are being found dead in the river, which is something that's happened in Asylum before.

I liked this book. I really, really did. The story centers around Amelia and is told in her POV, with a few dreams that show us bits of someone's past. There's a mystery or two underlying the whole thing, and you don't really know how it's going to end. (Spoiler alert: You're going to want the sequel really, really bad. I want the sequel really, really bad.
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