Monday, December 9, 2013

Review: Spellweaver by C.J. Bridgeman


Book One of the Spellweaver Chronicles

Felicity Lucas never really knew her mother. Even though they had lived together for all the fourteen years that Felicity had been alive, they had barely even had a meaningful conversation. It was a relationship that was far from perfect.

So when her mother dies in a car crash and Felicity is sent to live with her estranged father in a deprived London borough, she is determined to move on. It isn't easy - content with her solitude, she's never had friends before, but the most popular girl in her new school won't leave her alone and she's forced to attend counseling. To make things worse, it's obvious that her father doesn't want her around.

It is only after she discovers a book of spells and is attacked by a strange boy who can conjure flames in his hands that she starts to realise that her mother was far more than what she seemed. She had a great many secrets, secrets that promise to thrust Felicity into a terrifying world of magic and straight into the path of beings who are determined to destroy her...
My Rating: 3.5
My Review:
Spellweaver is a remarkable novel - a fantasy disguised in contemporary young adult, it's a true introduction to a series.

I really enjoyed the pacing and plot of the novel. Despite the vast amount of magic in writing today, Bridgeman still managed to keep the perspective unique. I liked how the story had a feel of taking place in a relatively short amount of time. That fully kept my attention while adding a strong sense of urgency.

Although some portions of the plot were a bit predictable they still worked so well that I can easily look over that. The action and suspense that especially rose I'm the second half of the book were not undermined. I also loved the explanation of the spellweaver and the mystery behind it.

The themes of Spellweaver involving friendship were very prevalent throughout the novel. So many reads tend to focus on romantic relationships and throw away friendships. The bond between Jamie, Holly and Felicity was wonderful to read about. (Although, I'm not going to lie, I definitely wouldn't be opposed to a little something more between Jamie and Fliss.)

Fliss is a character the reader cannot help but root for, being strong - although she doesn't know it, and loyal - although she never quite had the chance before to prove it. Despite her heritage and situation, she acts like a real human being and not just a character.

is a novel that readers can devour, and will leave them wanting more.

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