Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Charlene Reviews: Jadoo by Missy Marianne Sevier

ISBN #: 978-1468182026
Page Count: 490
Copyright: May 14, 2012
Publisher: CreateSpace

(Taken from back cover)

Secrets. A gift. An unimaginable world. This has become the life of Maggie York who is on a desperate quest to be just like everyone else, when she is anything but ordinary. After her mother dies in a one-car accident, young Maggie is quickly ushered into foster care under the very capable guidance of Clara Goodwin. In her new life, unhappy memories from the past quickly fade. However, new fears emerge when Maggie discovers she has a special gift. As anxiety turns to panic, a neighborhood boy, Peter Taylor pledges to be her ultimate protector, lifting her burden. These seemingly typical teenagers are catapulted into a whole new world where the extraordinary is ordinary. As their lives spiral out of control, they question Maggie's destiny and how to protect her from dark forces that will stop at nothing to control her. The truth, they will learn, is that Maggie's secret can't be kept forever.

Charlene's Review:

Maggie is just settling into her new life with her foster mother, Clara, when she learns she has a gift. At first, she explains it away, but as circumstances come and go, she realizes that this gift will define her future. Only her best friend and neighbor, Peter, knows, and he pledges to protect her and her secret at all costs. Unfortunately, as she uses her gift to help people around her, she attracts attention from those who seek to use her power for evil.

"Jadoo" means magic, and this story is full of magic. The magic of heavily developed and likable characters, the magic and mystery surrounding Maggie's gift, and the magical world of the Axiom, where the Children of Light come together. Without spoiling the entire theme of the book, it is difficult to do justice to this review. Suspense-filled, and balanced wonderfully between a "normal" teen girl's life and extraordinary supernatural abilities, Ms. Sevier takes the reader on an enjoyable journey.

Volume one in a series, the ending leaves you yearning for the next chapter in Maggie's journey, as the world learns her secret and she is faced with those who wish to control her abilities. This could very well be the next big book series.

*A physical copy of the book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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