on Nov. 10, 2013 :
A Hint of Magic is the first book in Claire Chilton’s Demonic Diaries series. In this short story we are given a glimpse into the life of Dora Carradine, the heroine of Demonic Dora. We are introduced to Dora and her family, and some of how Dora fits into (or doesn’t) her community.
I have mixed feelings about this book. I believe some of them are my own misconceptions so those I will leave out, but give some advice so you don’t experience the same misconceptions. I read Demonic Dora before I read A Hint of Magic. If you can read A Hint of Magic first, please do. There are several reasons for this.
One reason is that the reader is given a better idea of who Dora, and tells us about Dora’s first experience with magic and witchcraft. The other reason I think it’s important to read this book first is it has a different feel to it. There are many of the same elements when it comes to character development, which is a good thing, but the overall tone is not as elaborate or crazy action packed as Demonic Dora.
My only other “complaint” is that we are not given enough time in this story to really develop relationships or become invested in the characters. When the title says it’s a HINT of something, that should be your first clue that it is just a hint into the world we are reading about. I should have paid better attention to that hehe. Definite downside of many short stories, in my opinion.
Ok, enough complaining! Let’s talk about the good. I loved that despite the fact the story was fairly short, we are still given enough of Dora’s snarky personality to get an impression of what a smart ass she can be. One of my favorite parts of Dora is her sarcasm. Just when you think to yourself, “gee, it would have been funny if she said…” she says it!
The overall writing of the story was good. Its got a good storyline, good world building, a good twist at the end. It wasn’t overly surprising, but it was a surprise to at least some degree. This is a fun story leading up to the super awesome fun time in Demonic Dora I keep going on about.
If I had not already read Demonic Dora, I would have been dying to find out what was going to happen next. You are given clues that something exciting is about to happen, but you won’t know what until you read the next book. I would strongly recommend buying A Hint of Magic AND Demonic Dora at the same time so you don’t have any down time in between and don’t have to wait to find out what happens next!
(review of free book)