Title: Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic
Author: Kate Policani
Genre: YA romantic urban fantasy
In true Kate Policani style, Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic is highly original, quirky and light hearted. In some respects it’s almost a parody of contemporary YA fantasy.
Colleen, an ordinary teenager with excessive gushiness—especially when surrounded by lots of hot guys—reads a book about a magical ‘river’ running through Seattle. Next thing she discovers that she can see it. Before she knows what’s happening, someone’s got wind of it and she’s whisked away from her parents to a special school for people like her—people who can do magic. Though they don’t call it magic. They call it lots of unpronounceable words. Colleen eventually manages to get her mouth around the lingo, but I never did.
Nevertheless, Colleen refuses to get her mouth around spells because, as a good Christian, she’s morally opposed to it, and she won’t cave in to pressure. So she sets about doing her studies without the aid of spelling. It’s not only that that makes her different at the school; it’s also that she has grown up in the non-magical world and she looks like a non-magical person, something highly desirable because it’s so rare. Although surrounded by kids who are extremely beautiful—she continually reminds us how hot the boys are—Colleen finds herself highly sought after in the marriage market, something that’s very much on these kids’ minds.
Colleen goes on a ‘magical clean up’ mission, but instead of destroying the ‘mistake’ , she brings it home with her. Char is a rather adorable garbage munching creature that adds another layer of cute to a story that is already full of cuteness.
I really liked the concepts behind the magic. The whole system is quite believable. If you look at the world in a certain way, you can almost see the threads of magic that link everything together.
You’ve probably gathered by now that this is not your usual hard-headed urban fantasy. If you’d like something different to the deluge of darkness we’re offered by the mainstream, then this book is for you.
All in all, this is an easy, fun read that I really enjoyed. I believe there will be a sequel or two, which is great, because I’d really like to get to know the boys in Colleen’s life better. The author has certainly set the scene for an interesting series.
I give it 5 stars and a place on the Awesome Indies.
Kate is giving away one paperback and one ebook copy of Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic. To enter, like The Awesome Indies and Kate Policani on Facebook, then leave a comment below saying which format (paperback or ebook) you would prefer.
Giveaway closes 2nd November.
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