Author: Jenny Adams Perinovic
Release Date: April 28th, 2015
Publisher: The Bookish Group
Genre: YA | Magic | Paranormal
Series: The Asylum Saga #1
Read: from February 20 to 27, 2015
Source & Shelf: NetGalley | Kobo
ISBN: 9780986201301 (Paperback)
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.
Disclaimer: Thank you NetGalley and Bookish Girl Press for providing me with a copy.
A Magic Dark & Bright is, so far, one of my favourite books of 2015. This had everything I wished for when I first read the plot: magic, creepy moments, romance, ghosts and much more. The only negative thing I have to say about this book is the cliffhanger. But even that didn’t stop me from giving this book 5 filled cups of pure awesomeness.
When I started reading this book I was freaked out with the story of the Woman in White. In a way, it reminded me of The Woman in Black by Susan Hill but less scary. Amelia hasn’t seen this ghost since her brother’s accident which resulted on his death. Until Charlie moves into the house next to her and her classmates begin to show up dead, as if they had been drowned.
Not wanting to dwell too much in the plot since there are a few twists I, sincerely, did not see coming, I only have to say that you can expect a few spine-chilling moments. Jenny Adams Perinovic managed to balanced both the creepiness of the story with the magic behind it in a very well organised way. Everything is connected and the history of Asylum soon will reveal the truth about the Woman in White.
Amelia was an amazing character though in the beginning it was slightly hard for me to get to her. She had lost her brother and her father had ran off so she was all alone with her mother. It took her some time to let us get into her mind and emotions and when she did that, she became this amazing character that was funny, human and friendly.
As for Charlie, he’s a character you immediately feel a connection to and can’t help but adore. As the story unfolds, though there is some suspicion about his presence in Asylum and the timing of his arrival kind of coincide with the deaths but, deep inside you know there’s more to him than what meets the eye.
The whole atmosphere of the book is dark and eerie and nothing is what it seems. You enter this book thinking you know what’s going on, that you’ve realised and understood what’s happening only to have the floor taken from under you and be totally taken by surprise and in suddenly in the dark. And that is one of the beautiful traits of this book. What you think it’s real, by might just turn out to be something quite the opposite. I’m just warning you that your heart will skip some beats in some moments and scenes.
Jenny Adams Perinovic writing was simply breathtaking. Her way with words hooks you straight away and you cannot stop reading until you’ve figured things out. The way she describes the characters, the situations, the magic and even those spooky moments is beautiful and enthralling. One of the main reasons I had to give this book 5 cups was the writing. I wish I could write that way, so hypnotic.
A Magic Dark & Bright was a captivating and engaging reading. I recommend you to get it if you are looking for a good paranormal YA book that doesn’t follow the same pattern as other books within the same genre. Consider this a Beautiful Creatures meets The Woman in Black and then they have a Sweet Unrest baby.
Definitely looking eagerly forward for the sequel since the killer cliffhanger left me wanting for more.