Author: C.J. Bridgeman
Release Date: October 20th, 2013
Pages: 206 (Paperback)
Genre: YA | Magic | Paranormal
Series: The Spellweaver Chronicles #1
Read: from January 5 to 8, 2015
Source & Shelf: Smaswords | Kobo
ISBN: 9781493632060 (Paperback)
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 counselling.
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…
I had my eye on this book for a while since I first saw the cover. Because, let’s be honest, this cover is quite appealing isn’t it? But the plot also sounded something I would enjoy so, when I saw this book for free on Smashwords I had to get it and immediately start reading it.
Spellweaver was a pretty great start for a new paranormal, magical series that I really want to continue reading. Imagine a female version of Harry Potter but without Hogwarts and slightly different than the Boy Who Lived universe. You get a female character whose mother’s death makes her move in with her father and start attending a new school. Meeting new people isn’t easy to Felicity but there’s a girl there and her brother who soon turn out to be her best-friends and together they discover there is more to the world than meets the eye. Apparently there’s magic and a parallel universe where that magic is quite ordinary. And to make things even more complex to Felicity, her mother kept her powers secret and she’s the new Spellweaver… meaning, she’s far more powerful than a normal person who can wield magic and someone, something is after her.
This book was a bit slow at the beginning with us meeting this new character and getting a little bit of insight to what her life was like and her feeling to this new turn of events with her mother’s death. Only after starting classes and meeting Hollie and her twin Jamie did the story really took shape. In terms of action it was slow paced and only at the end did you had Felicity really using her powers and the true magic kicking some butt.
Felicity was a great character that felt real. After losing her mother you except a character with no ambitions at all and with a hole within her and Felicity had that. At first she’s quiet and barely talks and you find yourself wishing she would actually react to something. That was the only thumbs-down to her character. But, apart from that, she develops and opens up becoming someone different at the end but, at the same time, never loosing her essence.
Hollie and Jamie were amazing secondary characters that also grow and develop with Felicity. Their friendship first started as something a bit too far-stretched but when things begin to take shape, they prove trustworthy and loyal. Despite the fact that in the beginning when Felicity meets Hollie you kind of feel like Hollie is simply annoying because she never leaves her side. But, and using Harry Potter as a reference again (sorry about that), their friendship blossoms and it becomes strong.
Overall this was a quite enjoyable, entertaining, quick read with good characters and a plot that when developed, hooks you to the end.