Friday, January 30, 2015
A Snicker of Magic
I've been treating myself a little bit this month. I broke into the stack of books that have been highly recommended to me and busted out a couple books.
....so no disclaimers on this one.
An amazon summary, "Introducing an extraordinary new voice---a magical debut that will make your skin tingle, your eyes glisten . . .and your heart sing.
Midnight Gulch used to be a magical place, a town where people could sing up thunderstorms and dance up sunflowers. But that was long ago, before a curse drove the magic away. Twelve-year-old Felicity knows all about things like that; her nomadic mother is cursed with a wandering heart.
But when she arrives in Midnight Gulch, Felicity thinks her luck's about to change. A "word collector," Felicity sees words everywhere---shining above strangers, tucked into church eves, and tangled up her dog's floppy ears---but Midnight Gulch is the first place she's ever seen the word "home." And then there's Jonah, a mysterious, spiky-haired do-gooder who shimmers with words Felicity's never seen before, words that make Felicity's heart beat a little faster.
Felicity wants to stay in Midnight Gulch more than anything, but first, she'll need to figure out how to bring back the magic, breaking the spell that's been cast over the town . . . and her mother's broken heart." AMAZON LINK OF JUSTICE
Felicity has been roaming the country with her mother, little sister, and dog. Her mom works where she can but can never seem to stay in one place for too long.
Then one day they wind up in Midnight Gulch to see her Aunt and to stay for a little bit.
Midnight Gulch used to be a town bursting with magic...until a duel between two brothers split them apart and the town was never the same again.
When Felicity arrives, she starts to unearth the town's history with the help of her first real friend, Jonah. A wide variety of characters is introduced and each one explores the magic surrounding their own family lineage.
I found this story to be a bit mesmerizing. It had the ice berg affect for me, meaning, I saw a bit of it to begin with, but the further I get into it, the more there is revealed about the story. It keeps developing, growing bigger, and encompassing more and more aspects to reveal the big picture.
And a lot of ice cream.....
BUT there was also this beautiful friendship between Felicity and Jonah.
Now, Jonah is this awesome dude who senses what people need or when something good will happen to them. He carries on the legacy of the Beedle. He seeks out Felicity as he knows something amazing is going to happen if she sticks around for the 'duel' (a talent show their teacher is putting on playing on the town's history). Now the neat thing about Jonah is that he's in a wheelchair, but the book absolutely refuses to make a big deal out of it. Jonah is treated just like everyone else. It was such a fantastic little aside that really added to the characterization of the story.
Plus, I loved how Felicity collected words and how she saw words. Felicity is filled with her own magic and there's great character build up that plays into Felicity's magic and the outcome of the book.