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Friday, August 8, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Magic Within by Sara Fitzgerald

HI there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers…the place to be any day of the week that you’re looking to add some bookish fun because really, a day without reading is like a day without air; am I right?

Today, we’re shining the review spotlight on a title that falls somewhere between Children’s Fiction and Young Adult (more on that later).  It deals with magic, paranormal critters, growing up in general, and all with a good storyline that delivers positive messages to boot.  Ready to join the adventure already in progress because trust me, the precarious position these kids find themselves in right from the start is enough to put you on edge.  Today’s ebook of choice is…

Champagne Books

About the book…
Nancy, a purple-haired witch, has never fit in with the kids in town. She has always felt something was deeply wrong with her. When Josh, her best friend, is attacked by a werewolf, Nancy seeks a potion to save him from the werewolf curse within him. But Josh’s fate--werewolf or human--is his to decide, when the potion is injected during his transition at the full of the moon.

Nancy, too, must make a choice. Her mother, her best friend, and a steadfast young man all see the magic within her. Can she finally accept who she is and give love a chance?


The promo material I received on this particular title suggests its placement in the Young Adult genre, perhaps with a Romance, Coming-of-Age, or Paranormal moniker.  While I don’t necessarily disagree as it does in fact contain a dash and splash of each of those, I’d say the writing itself, the story line in general tends to a younger audience…perhaps tweens or those just advancing from Children’s Fiction to YA.  The viewpoints it shares are from a younger perspective, much more innocent with feelings running just on surface level despite the BIGNESS of it all.  It’s not a flaw, just an observation and something to note so that readers don’t go in expecting one thing and come face-to-face with another.  Now, on with the show….

The story focuses on Nancy and Josh, building outwards and upwards from there.  Initially the duo that could be more than friends is simply seeking the final ingredient to save their town from those that would have it become eternal night (aka vampires).  However their search and find mission turns into a missing person case when Josh tangles with the wrong wolf, emphasis on the “were”.  That’s right.  Vampires, werewolves, witches….they’re all here but in a perfectly mundane (not boring but tame) and suitable forum for kiddos. Refreshing, right?  Right.  Anywho…things get tense as days pass and Josh can not be found.  No one could survive the mauling he took and the wilderness all by their lonesome…right?  Hmm...Nancy begs to differ and you know what, this little purple haired witchy wonder just might be on to something….

Alrighty, so, as previously mentioned I was expecting a slightly older story, HOWEVER when all was said and done, I was not disappointed.  Nancy is a lovable character (love the hair no matter what color she chooses… ^_^) whom I think many will identify with…the whole knowing you’re different but wanting to be accepted battlefield, which she manages rather well.  The to-love-or-not-to-love angle doesn’t get too deep and yet it still keeps you guessing which way the cards will fall.  Will Nancy end up with Nick?  Will Josh go for Sandy?  Wait a second…what about the Josh and Nancy connection?  Ah, young love….  *ahem*  Anyway, moving forward…the story line is interesting for certain as are the possibilities for change that it introduces to this classic paranormal character.  Is there a chance that they can become human again?  Would they even choose it?  *dun dun dunnn*  By story’s end the loose ends were tied up and all was well that ended well…though I won’t tell who, what, or how because that would spoil the surprise. 

This is a short read coming in at around 120 pages, so if you’re looking to add a bookish break to your day and it captured your interest, well,…you know what to do.  ^_^  My only wish for this story would be that perhaps the author consider taking it further, going more in depth; then I think it truly would belong to the Young Adult genre it sought company in.  Recommended read for those already mentioned above, no need to rehash; I know you hung on every word.


About the author….

Sara lives with her husband and seven-year-old daughter in Salt Lake City.  She loves romance, intrigue, writing and exploring the city with her family. Her two favorite parts of the day are reading bedtime stories with her daughter and hanging out with her husband.


Special thanks to author Sara Fitzgerald for the ebook edition for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title as well as her future endeavors, be sure to stop by her official site.  This title was released earlier this year via Champagne Books, so seek thee out a copy at your favorite brick-and-mortar store or online retailer.  Oh and if you’re a fan of book trailers, stop over on the Tube of You (that’s YouTube, just being silly…  :P) for a glimpse of the one created for this title. 

Until next time…happy reading!

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