by Erin Cashman
Received for Review via DAC Tours
Average Goodreads Rating:
Release Date: April 1, 2012
Well before I get to my review of the novel, here's the summary available on Goodreads:
Born into a famous family of exceptionally talented people, 15-year-old
Claire Walker has deliberately chosen to live an average life. But
everything changes the night of the Spring Fling, when her parents
decide it's high time she transferred to Cambial Academy--the
prestigious boarding school that her great grandfather founded for students with supernatural abilities.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off, let me thank Tara and Lisa for setting up the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Book Tours. Without them, I wouldn't have got to read this novel. So thanks again!
The moment I started reading this novel, I was absolutely enthralled. As soon as I read the first page, I knew that this was a book that was going to occupy my thoughts until I finished it.
I love this genre. Ever since I read Harry Potter and the somewhat Harry Potter-esque Charlie Bone series, I've loved series that centered around special/magical people who live in a boarding school.
However, having said that, Cashman's novel was very original and didn't feel like a knock-off of Harry Potter. If it had, I wouldn't have enjoyed this nearly as much. In this book people have "specials" or one magical ability. This is a concept that I have also loved.
To turn my attention to the characters, I loved Claire. She was a character that felt real and one that I could relate to and understand. I loved watching her grow and progress throughout the novel.
And as for Dylan, I loved loved this character. However, I'm a succor for the mysterious boy who people warn you to stay away from angle. Dylan was a guy that I absolutely loved reading about. Dylan is definitely one who's making my crush list that's for sure.
In Summary: Overall, this novel was really well-written, very interesting, and a delightful read that has left me anxious to read the sequel. Very well done.
Warnings/Side-notes: No, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to any reader of any age. Young young adult readers as well as adult young readers will enjoy this novel in my opinion.
The Wrap-up: I do love this genre; however, I thought that this one was very intriguing, well-written, plus the love interest was just roguish enough for me to love him. Great characters, great plot, great writing. I feel that fans of the paranormal-boarding school tradition will find this a beautiful addition to the genre.
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