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Mystic: Bronya: Special Edition (Volume 1) Paperback – October 26, 2012
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
About the Author
Jo Michaels is...
Hi, I'm Jo. Let's forget all the "Jo Michaels is blah, blah, blah" stuff and just go with it. I'm a voracious reader (often reading more than one book at a time), a writer, a book reviewer, a mom, a wife, and one of the EICs at INDIE Books Gone Wild. I have an almost photographic memory and tend to make people cringe at the number of details I can recall about them and/or their book(s). My imagination follows me around like a conjoined twin and causes me to space out pretty often or laugh out loud randomly in completely inappropriate situations.
I have a degree in graphic design, and my journey to the end was one few students who begin that program ever complete. However, this was one case where my memory and OCD tendencies helped me. Graduation was one of the most amazing days of my life. But, my most amazing day was when my now husband proposed. Every little girl dreams of being Cinderella someday, and he pulled off the proposal of fantasies.
At the risk of sounding cliche, I'm going to let it out there and say how much I absolutely adore the man I'm married to. Along with my children, he's my whole world.
I've lived in Louisiana, Tennessee, and Georgia, but I've had my feet in almost every state. Traveling is something I adore, and have plans to someday see the Mongolia I've written about in Yassa.
One of my favorite things is hearing from fans! You can find me on social media most any day of the week. Connect! I'd love to hear from you.
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I immediately felt for this character. She spent most of her time alone without any close friends, she was treated terrible by her peers and the craving she had for someone to connect with just broke my heart. The author really made me feel her pain and at the same time gave me hope that she will find her true potential and the acceptance that she craves within this group of women that Markaza is assembling.
A great beginning to a series that I plan to devour. I highly recommend it.
Bronya is a strong, yet struggling girl, one all girls can relate to on some level. And Markaza is equally strong, if not a bit mysterious - I definitely hope we get to find out more about her in the coming novellas. I thought Cecilia was well-written too, despite the fact that I questioned her initial empathetic response to Bronya when surely she knew what was going on.
I definitely think it's a good thing when my one complaint is that it wasn't longer, not just because I wanted more, but because I think there was room left to flesh out the characters a little better. It reads fast, and there were plenty of times I wish the scene had been stretched out, that we were put more inside the moment and inside the character's head instead of rushing through. I think this could have been easily expanded into a novel.
All in all, a meaningful and entertaining read.
Markaza has the ability to see into the future and knows that she needs to recruit specific women from all over the US by befriending them and persuading them to leave their lives to go to New York under the care of WSTW (Women Save The World)
Markaza comes in at the right moment just as Bronya is suffering from the consequences of coming out as a lesbian in the small town. She goes through ridicule and a humiliating heartbreak.
The way the story will be told is in a series of 5 novellas and 1 novel to tie it all up. Character development and plot twists will emerge as the series advances and gains momentum.
The underlining theme in Bronya is to show how the cruelty of words can hurt and helps the reader to step into someone else's shoes for awhile.
Michaels was able to create a sympathetic portrait of Bronya. She's ridiculed for being different and a loner in her high school. She never realizes that her differences make her special and she's a key part of preventing an evil from destroying the world.
The writing and editing was well done in Bronya. The descriptions drew me into the story and I finished the book in only a couple of sittings.
The only issue I had with Bronya is that I felt it didn't completely realize its' potential. It was short, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I felt like there were so many aspects that could have been expanded upon. For instance, the mystical elements were only briefly talked about and I would have liked to seen more of Markaza and learn about her powers.
Overall, a great fantasy novel that deals with hot button issues like teen bullying. I would highly recommend this book.
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