Thursday, December 15, 2011

Girl of Hidden Talents

Published: November 11th, 2011
Not Quite Ordinary
By: Ariana Knight
Independently Published
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Sarah, the most ordinary of ordinary girls, is thrown into a world she never dreamed could exist. After discovering a stack of hidden letters from an estranged grandmother, she learns an extraordinary secret - her family comes from a long line of powerful witches. She finds herself caught up in a world of sorcery and danger - a world where she is surprisingly gifted. Sadly, her newfound confidence is shattered after tragedy strikes, and she must decide whether to continue her practice of witchcraft, or return to her painfully ordinary, but safe life.


   Sarah knows that she is nothing special.  Everything about her is average and she feels like the human equivalent of the color beige.  She has what seems like the perfect family life, but always is left feeling inferior to her Mother and sister Jenny.  All Sarah wants is for something new and exciting to happen.  She also wants to find out once and for all why her Father is keeping her from her Grandmother and lying to her about where she is, leading Sarah to believe that her Grandmother is mentally ill.  But Sarah gets more than she bargained for when she finds Lily and learns that she really is more than ordinary.  It turns out that witchcraft runs in the Wishart family bloodline and Sarah is destined to be a great warrior for the white witches in a war against the dark practitioners.  It will be up to Sarah, who has been without virtually any training to save the world as they know it.  With the help of her friends Matt and Aurora, can Sarah defeat those who would destroy her?  Especially after two devastating blows hit her one after the other.  This book has a sweet and simple story to it that is interesting.  I liked it, but it felt like the writing and characterizations were stilted and unrealistic.  The follow-through felt very young and I think this book would do well for a pre-teen audience more so than younger teenagers.  It was not one that I fell in love with and I don't think that I will read the next one.  That said, it was NOT a waste of my time.  It was cute and worth it.

VERDICT: 3/5  Stars

*I received an Advanced Reading E-book Copy from the author herself, via LibraryThing. No money was exchanged for this review. The publication date of this book was November 11th, 2011.*

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