Hello, and welcome to my stop on the A Magic Within review tour! Scroll through the post to see my review, as well as excerpts from the book! Enjoy!
Title: A Magic Within
Author: Sara V. Zook
Publisher: Self Published
Publish Date: June 18
I love Sara. I'm part of her street team and she's is loads of fun. I wasn't quite sure what to expect from A Magic Within. It's definitely not as fun as Evanescent, and there's no romance to speak of, but I flew through the book. I'm one of the biggest procrastinators out there, and the fact that I finished the book the night before my post was due to go up, says that loud and clear. And the fact that I finished it in a couple hours flat.
Characters: Riley, Lydic, Leibold, Cordelia, Muriel
Of the characters, I don't have particular favorite. I can't tell the exact age of the characters, but from what I can tell, I believe they are younger than me. That makes it a tad harder to relate, as with any novel that's closer to middle grade than YA. I liked Muriel's character. She showed what the normal was like in their world, or at least the perception of normal. I wish I could have gotten a bit more time to know Riley, because I think I really would have liked her, if only I had more background info.
First Impressions: 4/5
The story definitely had an interesting start. Riley lost her dog, and before she knows it, she's being sucked into another world. It was a beginning that left me wanting to read more, which I promptly did.
World Building: 5/5
Overall, I really did enjoy this novel, and am glad I read it. A few things confused me, but I think if I had taken more time in reading the book, it would have made more sense. I'm definitely hoping that the second book (will there be a second book?) will shed some light on what's happening in the two worlds.
Normalcy. I need to get back to a state of normalcy. What’s happened to me? Why am I here in this orphanage, and why am I forbidden to leave? Everyone is so very cruel here. I can’t eat. I can’t sleep. It’s the paranoia getting to me. It’s like someone’s always watching, always listening. There’s a general fear around here, and for some reason, it seems fueled by my arrival, but why are they afraid of me? I didn’t ask for this. I don’t even know how I got here. I need to go home. My parents must be worried sick. There has to be someone here who can help me, who can give me answers and lead me in the right direction so I can get out of here. There is this one boy, Lydic. Could he be my key to getting out? I can see it in his eyes he feels sorry for me. He seems to know more than he’s letting on. These people aren’t like anyone I’ve ever met before.
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Sara V. Zook is a paranormal/fantasy writer. She is the author of the Strange in Skin Trilogy, Clipped, Evanescent, Book 1 in The Sempiternal Series and A Magic Within. She lives in Pennsylvania with her 3 small children and husband.
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