Review: Crystal Magic by Madeline Freeman


A stellar collection

“I want more!”

About the book:

Nothing is safe around Kristyl Barnette. Windows break. Books rocket across the room. Lights flicker. Strange occurrences follow the sixteen-year-old everywhere. She’s an outcast at her school, but everything changes in the blink of an eye.

When tragedy forces her to move to the small town of Clearwater, Michigan, with her estranged aunt Jodi, Kristyl tries to leave her past behind. She makes friends and catches the attention of Owen Marsh, who accepts her without question and who may be able to understand her better than anyone.

But Owen isn’t the only one who notices her. The mysteriously alluring Fox Holloway draws Kristyl’s eye whenever he’s around. And Clearwater High’s chief mean-girl, Crystal Jamison, has her sights set on Kristyl and will stop at nothing to prove what Kristyl really is.

A witch.

Magic can be as dangerous as fire, and Aunt Jodi wants Kristyl to have nothing to do with it. But when a mysterious illness threatens her aunt’s life, Kristyl will do anything to cure her. Enlisting the help of witches could save Jodi, but is dealing in magic worth the consequences?

cover of Madeline Freeman's Crystal Magic

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Review by Katy Haye:

Ooh, now this I liked! I often find US High School stories are utterly incomprehensible to me in the UK, but this was great.

I loved the characters, all of whom deftly avoided cliché and stereotype. Krissa and Owen were lovely; I adored seeing their relationship unfurl.

And the story was really strong. There were familiar elements, but again they were all given a twist to make something new and unusual. Krissa’s problems were convincing and I enjoyed the twists and turns as she tried to figure out what to do with the powers she found herself facing. And the very final twist – oh my is all I’m going to say about that!

I want more!

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Katy Haye is reading her way through the alphabet during the first half of 2017. Keep posted for reviews from A – Z on this site. When not reading, she writes fantasy and post-apocalyptic novels for YA readers. Her new release, Discord, is now available.

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