I wanted to like this book so bad!
Maggie doesn’t like her mother’s new husband Val. From the moment she met him she knew he was off. Val is from the Old World where magic is still in use and completely forbidden in the New World. No one in the New World is magically because the magic gene was cut out generations ago.
But Maggie sees shadows when she looks at Val. This completely freaks her out. It doesn’t help when she meets this amazing looking boy name Casimir, who also happens to be from the Old World. Casimir is interested in not only Maggie but Val and his shadows as well.
I didn’t like Maggie. There was no real reason as to why she hated magic so much. As far as the reader knows, when you begin the book, is no magic in her family nor in her family history (hint hint). She doesn’t like Val or anything that involves him. You would think she was a 12 year old. She is so immature about Val that Maggie has to remind herself that she is 17 years old.
I also didn’t like how McKinley needed to have side notes for the author. There were too many parentheses. It wasn’t needed and it wasn’t needed because Maggie wasn’t talking to anyone most of the time but to herself. The side notes through me off and there was so many I couldn’t take it.
But pushing forward I liked the concept of the story. Magic isn’t dead it’s just not in the New World or so we are led to believe. I liked that. I though how McKinley weaved that story was a good look. However, the book was boring. Nothing excited me even when she finally admitted, while screaming at Val in a fit, that she can see the shadows. In the heat of the moment there was no spark.
I picked up the book because the story sounded amazing but it was dull, dry and the protagonist was a bratty 17 year old that for all of the book I though she was 12.
Overall the book gets 5 out of 10. Good try but no.
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