Fading Into Magic
Publisher: Savan Publishing
Source: the author
You can read the Goodreads summary here.
When Madeline visits the mysterious Madame Anca, a fortune teller at a local fair, she learns that she will soon fall in love with a handsome, dark-haired, pale boy. Sure enough, the new student in town looks exactly as Madame Anca described. Things start to get complicated after they start falling in love - Stefan knows magic and has a lot of family secrets to go along.
This book sounded really interesting to me and I was glad to receive it. After reading it and mulling it over for a bit, though, I feel like it had a lot of plusses and minuses for me.
The Good: The plot had dimensions. Madeline wasn't just dealing Stefan and his nonsense, but she was also dealing with a distant and alcoholic father, as well as friends who felt abandoned by her. Madeline had a lot on her plate. Also, the concept for the book on a whole was great. I liked how Madame Anca showed up later in the book (don't want to ruin it!) and how Stefan's sister was a crazy bitch who had more up her sleeve than I originally thought.
The Bad: I felt like the plot was rushed. The chapters didn't really accomplish much on their own, but together they moved the plot too quickly. I also had a problem with the dialogue: sometimes I felt like the high school characters sounded younger than they were supposed to be and dialogue often felt forced.
Overall, it was fast, good read. If you're one of those YA readers who is into magical plot lines, then I think you would really enjoy this book.
PS: I would like to thank the author for sending me this signed copy of his book. Even though I received the book for free, that didn't affect my review.