SPELLWEAVER By C.J. Bridgeman : Review


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Felicity Lucas never really knew her mother. Even though they had lived together for all the fourteen years that Felicity had been alive, they had barely even had a meaningful conversation. It was a relationship that was far from perfect.
So when her mother dies in a car crash and Felicity is sent to live with her estranged father in a deprived London borough, she is determined to move on. It isn’t easy – content with her solitude, she’s never had friends before, but the most popular girl in her new school won’t leave her alone and she’s forced to attend counselling. To make things worse, it’s obvious that her father doesn’t want her around.
It is only after she discovers a book of spells and is attacked by a strange boy who can conjure flames in his hands that she starts to realise that her mother was far more than what she seemed. She had a great many secrets, secrets that promise to thrust Felicity into a terrifying world of magic and straight into the path of beings who are determined to destroy her…
CJ Bridgeman’s debut novel. (50,447 words)
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Author Bio:
Claire Bridgeman is a secondary school English teacher living in Norwich, England, with her husband, their 1 year old daughter Pearl and their black fluffy cat. She has written many books but it was only in 2013, at the age of 28, that she felt her work was good enough to be thrust upon the general public. She thinks it’s an awful shame that there isn’t more creative writing in the current education system of the UK and believes that every child should be encouraged to explore the wondrous depths of his or her imagination through an artistic medium.
Bridgeman loves all things fantasy. At the age of 16 she went to see The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring at the cinema 7 times. She recently replayed Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark just to relive the Valen Shadowbreath romance. She wishes that Alistair from Dragon Age were a real person (so she could marry him). Her favourite book series is the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman. She met him once. He was very nice.
Her debut novel is an amalgamation of all her favourite fantasy things – a pinch of Dungeons & Dragons, mix in some Buffy the Vampire Slayer (without the vampires) and top the whole thing off with a sprinkling of Harry Potter and there you have it – the Spellweaver Chronicles. Bridgeman hopes to tell human stories as much as fantasy ones, stories that deal with common, everyday themes and feelings like love, loss, grief, friendship and bullying. She wants to explore human emotion and experience using the fantasy genre, and with urban fantasy in particular, she feels that she has found the place to plant her stories and watch them grow.
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My Review:
This book is really a breath of fresh air. Compared to a lot of YA books that all seem to be close to the same thing written these days this one has its own little twists and turns that make it different.
I’d have to say at first it seemed to be going a bit slow but then it also isn’t to the boring point either. It does later pick up and get really good more towards the last 6 or  chapters but it all comes together in the end.
It is really necessary you come to find is that without it you wouldn’t have a clue as to why things are the way they are which I think will make the next book in this series way more interesting.
 Felicity is such a confused and backwards teenager that has no social skills what so ever when she is forced to change schools. All she wants is to be left alone, a wallflower. She has no idea how to make friends and doesn’t want to. She truly believes that she was not wanted by her mother and now seems to think that her father doesn’t want her either but he was forced to take her in when her mother suddenly passes away. she’s ripped from her life, or what life she seemed to have. not one of a normal teenage girl with lots of friends but just a loaner in a private school now forced to go to public school in London.
When she arrives her 1st day she is taken in by Hollie a her school guide and what will soon become a very great friendship. even though Fliss has no idea what to do with a friend. Then comes along her twin brother  Jamie who also becomes her friend. Hollie is now her BFF and Jamie becomes her protector.  Fliss finds out what true friends are and is more then happy to accept them.
As for her mother she  had secrets that directly affect fliss’s life in a way she never thought possible. She receives her dairy from the police that she opens and can’t understand what it is. well it later turns out that it is a spell book. she comes to find out her mother has been hiding a very big secret from her and her father. There is only one person that can read it that she finds out but he turns out to be a very evil person.
now without giving the book away I would say its a good read for YA.  its at least a 4 star read you just need to give it a chance. I found it in no way boring at all just slow at first but when it takes off it takes off in a good way and leaves you wanting  to read the next book.

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