Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Review||| A Magic Dark and Bright by: Jenny Adams Perinovic

A Magic Dark and Bright

Published: April 28th 2015

Publisher: Bookish Girl Press

Series: The Asylum Saga #1

Rating: 4/5 ****

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She meant to help a ghost...not unleash a curse.

Amelia Dupree hasn’t seen the Woman in White since the night her brother died. 

The ghost seems to have disappeared from the woods surrounding Asylum, Pennsylvania—that is, until Charlie Blue moves into the creepy old MacAllister House next door. Amelia can’t help liking him, even though she spent her childhood thinking his grandmother was a witch. And she definitely can’t ignore the connection between his arrival and the Woman in White’s return. 

Then Amelia learns that the Woman in White is a prisoner, trapped between the worlds of the living and the dead. Devastated by the idea that her brother could be suffering a similar fate, Amelia decides to do whatever it takes to help the Woman in White find peace--and Charlie agrees to help her.

But when Amelia’s classmates start to drown in the Susquehanna River, one right after another, rumors swirl as people begin to connect the timing of Charlie’s arrival with the unexplained deaths. As Charlie and Amelia uncover the dark history of Asylum, they realize they may have unleashed an unspeakable evil. One they have to stop before everything they love is destroyed.
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I just read the synopsis for the first time and wow does it sound cheesy! However, the book was not cheesy (let's get that clear right now.) This book was actually a little eerie, even creepy, but definitely not scary per say.

I think the moment when I knew I would enjoy AMDAB was the first page when Amelia said: "A women haunted the woods behind my house." Just this first sentence did a lot for the story: It drew me in. A few pages later Amelia also says something like: "But that was before. I hadn't seen her in six months, not since the night she'd watched Mark die." 
Ok. If the whole bit about the woods being haunted didn't peak my interest, then the death of her brother definitely did. 

The setting of the story is Asylum, Pennsylvania which is (or at least was) a real place. As far as "world building" Jenny did a pretty good job. Since the "world" isn't fake, I guess you could say, there wasn't exactly much world building needed. With that being said, there was enough observations from the characters so that you got all the setting information you needed while still focusing on the story's main conflicts. 

As the story progressed, there was a feeling of eeriness and nothing that was going on felt right. This story made me think that I knew the "secrets" / twists it was hiding. Well, I actually did guess a few but there was a pretty good percentage of twists that caught me completely off guard. {Which you'll have to read to see what they are :)} The ending caught me off guard A LOT and I definitely am looking forward to continuing this series.

There really weren't a lot of flaws with the story line. So why did I only give this book only 4 stars? It was a more of a character related thing. Hint: It was Amelia. 

Now I think that Amelia is a smart girl (she wasn't constantly making stupid decisions.) But wow was she annoying at points. I don't know how many times she brought up the whole "I killed my brother" thing when she so obviously DID NOT KILL HER BROTHER. She also did things like go to a vandalized store that someone had just broken into without telling anyone. Who does this?!?!?!?!?! I also found that she got rescued more than a few times by a male lead. This is a huge character turn off for me because it tells me that she's not strong enough to take care of herself, let alone make good decisions. Why Amelia, Why?!?!?

Charlie is a different situation. Charlie reminded me that bad boys are douche canoes and that there can be nice boys that are just as freaking awesome in Young Adult literature. Bad Boy's have taken over the genre and Charlie was a breath of fresh air. He was gentlemanly, he held Amelia when she was crying, he saved her from a few of her stupid decisions. But something this good is not without turn-offs. Charlie also made a few bad decisions that resorted in others deaths'. He also had a bit of a temper tantrum for a small bit. 

Leah, Amelia's bestie, was awesome and I loved her A LOT. She was blindsided and I feel for her but this did not take away from how awesome of a side character she was. I almost wish that we would have seen more of her.

Overall I would recommend reading this book if your into eerie books, or books that involve paranormal things like ghosts'.

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{Thank You to Net Galley for giving me an e-arc for review, sorry I took forever.}
 

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Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!
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