Synopsis: Susan, aka Kestrel, is too stressful for her parents to deal with, and she is sent to live with her aunt in Southern California. Kestrel believes the universe sucks and doing everything in its power to make her life miserable. And she is pretty much right: not only do her classmates hate her, but the principal hates her too. And she sees the principal a lot. So what is a serious teen witch to do? Majix…
Author: Douglas Rees biography somehow manages to tell you too much while telling you nothing at all. You learn about the events in his life, but not about him as a person… other than it appears he has a bit of a dry sense of humour that you can also see throughout the novel.
Writing Style: I don’t often read male writers, their tone and style is quite different then female writers and sometimes harder to relate to. In fact, at first I wasn’t sure if I was even going to be able to finish this book, because I thought the writing style was stilted and annoying. Thankfully, the longer you read the more you get pulled into the story. By the end of the novel, I didn’t notice whether the sentences improved or I had just gotten used to them.
Point of Interest: I find it interesting that someone of the masculine gender sent a manuscript to Harlequin; I have never before seen a novel of this company written by a man. I think it’s great! Admittedly, it is the teen line and YA is a genre that both males and females are known to write equally.
DiY: Throughout the novel, Kestrel will pause and “Thinksay, interesting.” This is because her aunt told her that the next time something happened that Kestrel didn’t like, she should take a step back and mentally say to herself “that’s interesting” and then wait. Because when you remove yourself from the situation to look at it a different way, you just might see something you never expected. There is always a silver lining to every situation; you just need to give yourself a moment to find it.
Quote: I do majix. It’s all about developing you own powers. Everybody does [have power]. Just not everybody knows what they are.
The Verdict: A very quick, light, and fluffy read. It is cute and I’ll pick up the next one from the library, but I doubt I’d buy them for myself… but maybe for my younger cousin.