Today I am pleased to present the first of what will be 5 reviews of the YA series, Unbidden Magic by Marilee Brothers. The first book, Moonstone is featured today. This is a long tour with lots of good information, be sure to check out the other tour stops.
Author: Marilee Brothers
Format: Paperback, eBook and AudioBook
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
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Genre: YA Fantasy
Series: Unbidden Magic Series
Best Read in Order: yes
About the Book: A sickly mom. A tiny house trailer. High school bullies and snarky drama queens. Bad-guy dudes with charming smiles. Allie has problems. And then there’s that whole thing about fulfilling a magical prophecy and saving the world from evil. Geez. Welcome to the sad, funny, sometimes-scary world of fifteen-year-old Allie Emerson, who’s struggling to keep her and her mom’s act together in the small-town world of Peacock Flats, Washington. An electrical zap from a TV antenna sets off Allie’s weird psychic powers. The next thing she knows she’s being visited by a hippy-dippy guardian angel, and then her mysterious neighbor, the town “witch,” gives her an incredible moonstone pendant that has powers only a good-hearted “Star Seeker” is meant to command. “Who, me?” is Allie’s first reaction. But as sinister events begin to unfold, Allie realizes she’s got a destiny to live up to. If she can just survive everyday life.
This is the first of five reviews for this series, copies provided through NetGalley to be included in a review tour from IOB Tours. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Moonstone is the introduction to the series, and introduces Allie, the main character around whom all the action circles. Brothers has the ability to portray that innate goofiness and awkwardness that is all a part of teenage life. Add in poverty and a disabled and more than slightly dislike-able mother and the story has the potential for all of the angst common in many YA reads.
The story did have a bit of a slow start, and the pacing would lag occasionally: voiced in the first person there are some overly-wordy descriptions that often alternate with a lack of description that leave the reader wondering just what is going on. Sticking with it, the story does start to fall into place, and empathizing with Allie is not difficult, in fact often she is quite funny in her interactions and observations.
Sadly, there were some issues with the typeface with differences in font size and density, annoying typos and a few editing misses that were more annoying than truly problematical, but I do look forward to the next in this light and fun series to see just where it will lead, as this book was a decent introduction to the series.
About the Author:
I am a life long resident of Washington state and the author of a young adult urban fantasy series (Unbidden Magic) as well as two adult novels, Castle Ladyslipper and the Rock and Roll Queen of Bedlam. My husband and I spend five months a year in southern California, not far from Los Angeles and San Diego. I spent a number of years as a teacher and school counselor. Those years gave me a wonderful array of characters to write about. In addition to writing, I love to read, spend time with my family and hack my way around the golf course. I’m on Facebook, Twitter and love hearing from readers. I have a blog called Book Blather and welcome all those who love book. http://bookblatherblog.blogspot.com. Please visit my website, http://www.marileebrothers.com. If you send me a comment, I promise I will answer.