Friday, November 24, 2017

A Spark of Magic by J.L. Clayton (Chosen Saga, #1)

A Spark Of Magic
by J.L. Clayton

My rating: 4 stars

Series: Chosen Saga - Book 1
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc. (May 1, 2014)
Publication Date: May 1, 2014
Genre: YA Paranormal
Print Length: 346 pages
Available from: Amazon |  Barnes & Noble

Charlize, aka Charlie, is moving yet again, to a new city, a new school…new everything. Her family is always moving, but this time, it doesn’t seem so bad! Charlie is turning sixteen, finally making friends, and crushing on some seriously hot guys. Plus, said hot guys’ feelings seem to be mutual… This is the happiest Charlie has been in a very long time. But she does have a little problem.
Charlie is having bizarre, dark, eerie dreams, and she knows deep down that the feelings these dreams  provoke, which seem to consume her, cannot be normal. There is a sexy male voice invading her dreams, and now it seems it is invading her waking hours too. The voice is compelling, hauntingly mesmerizing, and overwhelmingly beautiful. Charlie doesn’t care if this dream voice is good or bad; she just knows she wants to hear more.
Now, Charlie is on a journey to discover who and what she really is, and to uncover the reason her family moves so frequently. Charlie knows this is going to be one crazy, fun ride. But something big is about to happen, and it will end up changing what she believed was real and what truly is…

A Spark of Magic by J.L. Clayton (Chosen Saga, #1)

A Spark Of Magic (Chosen Saga #1)You just know there is going to be a huge paranormal twist coming, but it remains just out of touch for most of this angst and attitude filled young adult tale. A SPARK OF MAGIC by J.L. Clayton is a literal roller coaster of reading from start to finish, so buckle in, and keep a firm grip on the lap bar because this read will change pace and direction at a page’s notice!

Charlies is that teen with an attitude, maybe because she never gets to set down roots because her parents seem to move at the drop of a hat. Why? Because they know a secret and they are doing everything they can to keep it from Charlie for as long as possible. At least this time she is liking her new home, new school and even a couple of the boys in class. Yes, the love triangle of doom for someone…but wait, there is a mystery boy/man who keeps flashing through Charlies’ nightmares and just maybe he is showing up in her life, too. Never keep secrets from a child, because when they fall into the truth, it is not going to be pretty… it could be dangerous, and even deadly and Charlie is about to find out she knew nothing about the world she lives in.

If you are looking for a teen whose mental dialogue alone is so frighteningly spot on at times, Charlie is your girl! Even in times of grave danger, her inner dialogue can be seen as a show of bravado as it is a brilliant shield. Sixteen is when hormones are raging, confusion in high-tension situations are the norm and to have to discover your life has been a lie, well, any teen would have a hard time of it.

J.L. Clayton had me smirking at Charlie’s dialogue, even when it seemed totally inappropriate, because we are deep into Charlie’s mind, and the situations she gets caught up in are often anything but funny.

This is a quick read, filled with starts, stops and chaos of the heart as one teen gets caught up in a whirlwind of changes she could never dream would happen to anyone!

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