Author: Madeline Freeman
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Released: 30 March 2014
Series: Clearwater Witches #1
Nothing is safe around Kristyl Barnette. Windows break. Books rocket across the room. Lights flicker. Strange occurrences follow the sixteen-year-old everywhere.
When tragedy forces her to move to the small town of Clearwater, Michigan, with her estranged aunt Jodi, Kristyl tries to leave her past behind. But Clearwater has secrets of its own—a mystical history that intersects with Kristyl’s life and might shed light on the inexplicable events that plague her.
When a mysterious illness threatens her aunt’s life, Kristyl will do anything to cure her. Enlisting the help of witches could save Jodi, but is dealing in magic worth the consequences?
I love witch stories, despite not having read enough of them, so as soon as I read the synopsis of Crystal Magic, I knew it was going to be amazing, and it was!
Weird things seem to happen around Krissa, and she seems to be the cause of these disturbances. This leads her being an outcast and the target for constant bullying. However, Krissa is given a fresh start when she moves in with her aunt in Clearwater after the untimely death of her mother. Despite not having seen her aunt in years, the pair seem to get along as though they've been in constant contact, and Krissa is relieved when she has a pretty great first day at school, despite the rocky start. She instantly connects with a great group of friends, and begins to have feelings for Owen, who helped her out on her first day. It's only when she learns about Crystal Jamison, the girl who nearly ruined her first day, that she begins to discover that she may not be the only person in this town who can do weird things. Krissa is a witch and a psychic, as are a number of other residents who are descendants of the Founding Families. When her aunt is cursed, with only days to live, Krissa must join forces with Crystal and her circle in order to track down a powerful crystal and hopefully save her aunt.
I found this story to be really interesting and gripping. I really enjoyed that it didn't dive straight into the magic, and that the characters were developed before they learnt about their potential and powers. For a while there, I was dreading there would be the YA staple of a love triangle, but that dissipated (for now anyway), which I was really happy about (seriously, why do all stories need to have a love triangle? How often do they actually occur in real life?)
It was great to see a witch story that actually rings true to being a Wiccan witch. You have you're Hermione Granger witches, and then you have your Charmed One witches, and I enjoyed that this focused more Wicca and the use of energy and nature. As someone who has some knowledge of Wicca, I really appreciated being able to read a story that, while didn't actually focussed on Wicca, still portrayed its general ideas and concepts.
While this story itself was a little slow, you can see that it's setting the story up for the rest of the trilogy, so I'm glad we got the character development and world building out of the way before the real drama begins. I was not expecting the plot twist that happened right at the end, and I'm so eager for the next book as I'm excited to see where the story will go.
Overall, I recommend this book to anyone who loves urban fantasy and witchy stories. This story certainly has magic, drama, romance and mystery, and I'm sure you won't want to put it down once you start.