A Magic Dark and Bright by Jenny Adams Perinovic

Rating: 3 stars

Series: The Asylum Saga #1

Amelia lived in a small town. In the woods beyond her house she often saw a ghost. She never knew why the ghost was there or what she wanted. The woman next door was rumored to be a witch. One night the neighbor’s grandson Charlie arrived. He would be living there for a while. Amelia and Charlie became close. The two of them along with their friends Leah and Ransom began to unravel the secrets of the ghost as well as the secrets of Charlie’s family.

Amelia was an average teenager. It was a nice change of pace for a main character to be average. She was grieving the loss of her brother. Speaking as someone who lost a brother, her feelings of grief were depicted accurately without being overbearing in the story. The other characters weren’t developed as thoroughly as Amelia.

The story was good, but the pacing was a little slow at times. The mystery wasn’t highly suspenseful as in it wasn’t a page turner, but I did want to know what happened next. Some things were predictable like who was aiding Marin but not everything was. Others have called this a horror story, but I don’t; it wasn’t scary at all. It ended with a cliffhanger that was fairly abrupt. I turned the page expecting there to be more and it simply ended.

I received a copy of this from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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