Rating: 2/5 stars.
Thanks to Mr. Savan for providing me with a signed ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I really wanted to like Fading Into Magic. I was looking forward to seeing the theme of fate explored, as well as the concept of fantasy fleshed out. However, my expectations were not met.
The writing in this book was simple – there was too much telling and not enough showing. The main character, Madeline, often described how she was feeling but not in a believable way. Sort of like if I were to have a horrible day and only say “this day made me sad. I felt angry because of my math test. When my boyfriend kissed me, I felt disappointed.” The prose felt lifeless and did not pull me into the story or into the characters.
I couldn’t connect to any of the characters either. I hate to admit how cheesy the romance was – after two dates Maddy and Stefan are already confessing their true love for one another – and how static the background characters were. Sure, Dara had a little spark, but the depth of her relationship with Maddy was never developed beyond just being best friends since Elementary school.
The story reeked of Twilight similarities. Some hot guy comes to the shy and innocent girl’s school, they hook up, guy actually has a dark and terrifying secret, the girl accepts it, then there’s one final showdown with the bad guys of the book. There wasn’t much conflict in the book and when there was it was resolved too effortlessly. Also, the magic didn’t amaze me like I assumed it would – simply saying spells and having their effects simply acted out didn’t appeal to me.
Overall I would recommend this book to a younger audience, probably those from the ages 10-12. Perhaps with a better editor this story could have earned another star, but I am honestly glad to move on to another book.