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Valerie Gillen lives in Vermont with her husband,daughter, 7 cats, 1 dog and a black-and-white rabbit who chews everything. She is a competitive Irish stepdancer and currently working on her next YA adventure.
Margaret (Literary Chanteuse)
on June 04, 2013 :
“A very fun fantasy story starring a young girl who discovers she is from a line of witches. She then needs to save a fairy world and her family from a mysterious theft and evil plotting. She comes out with shinning colors and learns her strength. A great read for tween/young adult.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
on Feb. 03, 2012 :
This novella was a delightful read. I would target it mostly for the middle school/YA crowd as the storyline, characters and writing seemed perfect for that group. As an adult I still found the story engaging. I liked the typical good vs. evil approach and felt interested in the characters, especially Siobhan and Alicia. It was a bit predictable in spots as I could definitely see where the story was headed, but that did not detract from my enjoyment of it. I think that this story could be fleshed out into a full fledged novel, and if handled correctly, even a good YA series.
(reviewed 52 days after purchase)
on Jan. 08, 2012 :
3.5 STARS: A very enjoyable read, I recommend you check it out.
A Little Magic is a fun, quick, Middle Grade/YA novel about a teenager who discovers she has an extraordinary power, and must help restore a sacred Jewel to the realm of Faerie.
Valerie Gillen added many entertaining elements into this story. I loved reading about Siobhan’s step dancing, even though it was not a central focus of the story, it was fun to learn a bit about that art form. Bartholome definitely added a lot of comic relief in the story too – what isn’t funny about a cat that speaks in a British accent?
I liked the fresh spin on magic that Valerie Gillen had in her story. I always love seeing the different versions of myths and fairytales, like the Fae, and how they get interpreted through novels. There was also a plot twist that brought the story together like the last piece in a puzzle that I didn’t see coming!
Overall, I would recommend reading this book if you are looking for a quick, entertaining read with a little magic thrown in! It would also be a great book for younger readers (around 8 and up) to enjoy as well.
(reviewed 58 days after purchase)