C is for … Cor, I liked this one!

Another random find this week. For my ‘C’ read I picked Madeline Freeman’s Crystal Magic from the whole of Amazon.

Cover of Madeline Freeman's Crystal Magic

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This merged things I like with things I often don’t. It’s got magic in it – big tick from me, and unexplained eerie powers – now you’re talking! It also has a US High School setting, which often leaves me cold because I find them rather incomprehensible. And, believe me, I understand the strange paradox in my brain over that – suspend disbelief about portals to other worlds, elemental powers and witch abilities passed down through the generations? No problem; believe that every High School class in the US is split between the brainboxes, the nerds and the jocks – nope, no can do.

But I’m disgressing. Any which way, Crystal Magic gave me an entirely comprehensible High School setting, along with excellent characters who took stereotypes and twisted them into something new, added weird powers for the heroine to figure out, and ended with a KILLER twist which is the best thing I’ve read for a while.

I’m delighted to have come across this one. If you like magic, friendships and time-space paradoxes, this is one for you!

Check in next week for my thoughts on my D read – The Dark Days Club.

About katyhaye

Katy Haye writes fast-paced fantasy novels for YA readers and is fascinated by the science of stories.
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