Monday, July 23, 2012

Mel Reviews Weaving Magic by @mindyhardwick

Weaving Magic
By Mindy Hardwick
Release date April, 27, 2012
By MuseItUp Publishing, ebook, 124 pages

He loves magic. She loves romance. But the biggest illusion is the one Shantel and Christopher perform together. Sixteen- year- old Christopher fights to stay sober while fifteen-year-old Shantel struggles in the aftermath of her mother’s death and seeks refuge in a fantasy world. But the unacknowledged roots of their problems refuse to stay buried and soon, the two are headed toward a deadly magic trick. Can Shantel and Christopher move beyond magical illusions to find love?

This story opens with Shantel reading a letter that troubles her.  We don't find out until much later what the letter is, but the story gives hints as it goes along.  Shantel enjoys romance books to escape the sacrifices she makes for her dad and others.  She is still grieving her mother and has a lot on her plate.  She is doing her best to live up to her father's expectations but on the first day of summer school things go awry in a good way and Shantel starts living more in the moment.

Not only do we see things from Shantel's point of view but also Christopher's.  I really enjoyed this aspect of the story as Christopher is attending AA meetings and meets up with his sponsor.  I was fascinated by what Christopher was going through in his life.  And I enjoyed learning some of the steps he was going through in the AA program.  I think this is the first YA book I've read that included a teen who was going through the program.  Christopher not only has a lot on his own plate but his family is struggling with various issues as well.

Shantel is going to summer school to get ahead for college, and has a couple jobs.  She deals with the finances at home, works in a coffee shop as well as at a knitting shop.  I was definitely impressed with her fortitude and memory on where she needed to be when.  That would definitely be a struggle for me!  

I enjoyed the relationship between Shantel and Christopher.  It was interesting to see both perspectives for the time they spent together.  I definitely had some of those 'oh that's what the other person is thinking' moments.  I wish there were more of this story to read.  I'd definitely be interested in knowing how Christopher gets on as he continues through the steps of AA and how they affect him. 

Find Mindy on her website and twitter.

*Disclosure: I received a copy of this e-book for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.
This review is by Mel:
Mel is a bookaholic as well as loving music. She just recently moved to the Portland area from the Midwest and has been enjoying exploring the whole area, including the Coast and downtown Portland. She has been blogging at Shot in the Arm since May 2008 but has had a couple other blogs before that at various places around the web. Young Adult is her favorite genre but she loves to read most other genres including Romance, Fiction, Sci Fi and some Historical Non-Fiction. You can find her at her blog, her twitter and on Goodreads. Stop by and say hi!

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