Mini Reviews: Crystal Magic and Introductions

Genre: Ya | fantasy
Series: Clearwater Witches #1
Goodreads rating: 3.90
My rating: ★★★

summary

Nothing is safe around Kristyl Barnette. Windows break. Books rocket across the room. Lights flicker. Strange occurrences follow the sixteen-year-old everywhere.

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. But Clearwater has secrets of its own—a mystical history that intersects with Kristyl’s life and might shed light on the inexplicable events that plague her.

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? (Goodreads)

review

A fun, short read that reminded me of The Secret Circle (Kristyl is the new girl in town, and when a couple of witches think she has magic they try to get her to join their coven, which is similar to TSC). I’ve never read the books, but I watched the show (still bitter over the fact that it ended after season one), so I don’t know how similar they are exactly, but since I haven’t read the books that meant I wasn’t constantly comparing the two either. Since TSC ended after only one season (did I mention I’m bitter), it was fun to read something similar. Kristyl is a nice protagonist to read about. She has a heartwarming relationship with her aunt (YAY FAMILY) and makes awesome new friends. The romance so far is healthy as well. Top that off with magic, mysteries and time travel and you got me hooked. I only downloaded it since it was free and sounded like fun. I never planned on continuing the series, but the way the first book ended… Damn I need it.

Genre: Ya | contemporary
Series: The Ghost Bird #1
Goodreads rating: 4.18 (how)
My rating: ★

summary

With an agoraphobic mother and a barely-there father, Sang abhors the isolation keeping her in the shadows. The only thing Sang craves is a fresh start and to be accepted as ordinary by her peers, because for her being different meant being cast out alone.

When her family moves to a new school district, Sang infiltrates a group of boys nearly perfect in every way. Grateful for an influence outside of her parents’ negativity, she quickly bonds with the boys, hoping to blend in and learn from them what it means to have a natural relationship with friends.

Only the boys have secrets of their own and they’ll do anything to keep her safe from the knowledge of the mysterious Academy that they’ve sworn allegiance to. Bit by bit, Sang discovers that her friends are far from the normalcy she expected. Will her loyalty change when she’s forced to remain in the dark, or will she accept that she’s traded one house of secrets for another?

Meet Kota, Victor, Silas, Nathan, Gabriel, Luke and North in a story about differences and loyalty, truth and mystery, friendships and heart-throbbing intimacy (Goodreads).

review

This was like an otome game and not in a good way. If you’ve never played an otome game, have no fear Michelle is here (sorry had to rhyme). In an otome game you play as a Mary Sue female character who meets some guys, usually around 6/7 (HEY GUESS WHAT SANG MEETS SEVEN GUYS. Coincidence? I think not), and you can have a happy ending with one of them. I say can, because you can also end up forever alone or with your best friend (at least in Toki Meki. I love this ending. It’s the best tbh).

So Sang is the new girl in town and meets one guy after another (just like in an otome game omg). Though while in an otome game, all guys are very different from each other, all the guys Sang meets are basically the same. Seriously, you could swap a name for ANY OTHER and it wouldn’t change the scene. The scenes in which she meets the guys are also very otome game like, but since those would be spoilers I’ll refrain from telling you about those.

Sang herself is exactly like an otome game protagonist. She barely has any personality, continually reflects how wonderful these boys are, is clumsy but in adorable way etc etc.

And of course at some point one of the guys tells her (who knows who it was, doesn’t matter anyway): ‘you’re not like other girls, Sang.’

The sad thing is that I was waiting for this line. Why couldn’t you prove me wrong book? Why?

Oh and there’s no plot. The book is literally it’s title. Introductions. Like are you kidding me. That mysterious academy the summary mentions? It’s mentioned at the end and is really not that interesting. Honestly, this is one of the worst books I’ve read (that said, don’t let my negativity stop you from reading this! Especially if it’s still free on Amazon)

Have you read one of these? Or played an otome game? Or maybe watched an anime based on an otome game? Let me know in the comments!

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