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Monday, August 19, 2013

Blog Tour with Review & Giveway: In Shadows of Magic by Alison F Prince

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In Shadows of Magic

by Alison F Prince
Published July 11, 2013 by Astraea Press

Mandy McKinney lives the charmed life. She is beautiful, athletic, popular, dating the hottest jock in school, and certainly doesn't have any time for her loser twin sister. But Mandy also has a secret. When the truth is unveiled, her world is twisted upside down, and her very life is at stake.

Mandy's twin sister, Brianna, has never had any success in the dating department. When Brianna finally meets the guy of her dreams, it turns out that he has secrets of his own. Dangerous secrets. Just her luck.

The twins are about to be swept away into a world of beauty and power beyond their wildest imaginations where nothing is what is seems, danger is lurking in the shadows, and their only chance of survival is finding themselves, and each other, once again.

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Alison F. Prince lives in Hoboken, NJ where she works as a school psychologist (M.A. Marist College), author, and jeweler. She is the author of In Shadows of Magic, a new YA novel out from Astraea Press (2013).

A_TiffyFit's Review:  Brianna and Mandy are identical twins. You wouldn't know it to look at them and it's not because Bri dyes her hair dark; Mandy uses her innate magic, something Bri is lacking, to glamour herself up every day. She uses it to make sure she's the best at everything. Really, in the beginning of this book, you are going to hate her. She's vapid, mean, and then has an inner monologue of whining that no one would love her without her magic. I actually started to keep a tally of the amount of times she said, "whatev."
And of her supposed friends, one whose mom is a verbally vicious abuser, Valerie, changes everything for Mandy, with the somewhat unwitting help of her Mandy's twin, Brianna. I found Brianna a bit frustrating for constantly going along with Valerie. She said, "I do owe her." What? For what? What did she do for you? And what happened to the stronger, independent girl in the beginning? Thankfully this phase doesn't last long and then things get really interesting.
While Mandy is adjusting to be non-magical once again, Brianna is learning to simmer the amount she has down. Reconnecting with her friends, her music, and then she and Valerie are introduced to the supernatural at an exclusive party.
This book was a fun, quick read that sets the stage for future novels exploring more of Supertopia, vampires, shifters, etc. Oh, and that last line? Oooooooh.

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10 eCopies of In Shadows of Magic by Alison F Prince from Astaea Press.

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