There are many benefits to being a professional book reviewer, but none is greater than being handed an amazing intense book by a brilliant new author and getting to read it first. Reading A Magic Dark and Brightly was a bit like finding a hidden treasure chest and unlocking it to gaze upon a beautiful gem. I cannot proclaim the book or author's praises loud enough to do them justice. This book contains so much emotion that it easily transfers to the reader. There were moments when I was scared, mystified, and even giddy.
Let's talk about the setting for a moment. Yes, I live in Texas, but I'm a born, breed, and raised Pennsylvanian. This story took me on a journey back to my native land. I could feel the greens of the forest, the rocky beaches of lakes and creeks my friends and I use to swim in during younger days, and the small town pride of history that is woven throughout the community. I truly want to thank the author, Jenny Adams Perinovic, for providing that gift to me. I never missed my home so much as I did while reading this book.
The characters are spirited and intense; I enjoyed everyone. Even the backdrop people seemed so integral which in a small town is so true, there are no strangers. I adored the family history that helped bring these characters to life. I also enjoyed that Ms. Perinovic avoided spending superficial time discussing bikini clad bodies and giving the perception that we were in the midst of a modeling convention every time we met someone new. Granted there are the cute guys, but the cuteness is appropriate and relative.
I would ask that everyone reading this review put every hesitation aside regarding the myth that YA books are for teens only and really can't contribute any valued reading to society BECAUSE this book pummels those myths to pieces. This is a great read if you are young or old, male or female.
I honestly feel a bit guilty because I was provided this book to help promote it's release and I am truly not a talented enough writer to do this book the praise it is due. So let me simply say to you, go get this book.