ARC REVIEW: A Magic Dark and Bright (The Asylum Saga #1) by Jenny Adams Perinovic
Expected publication: April 28th 2015 by Bookish Group Press
YA > Fantasy | Paranormal
arc via publisher
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She meant to help a ghost…not unleash a curse.
Amelia Dupree hasn’t seen the Woman in White since the night her brother died.
The ghost seems to have disappeared from the woods surrounding Asylum, Pennsylvania—that is, until Charlie Blue moves into the creepy old MacAllister House next door. Amelia can’t help liking him, even though she spent her childhood thinking his grandmother was a witch. And she definitely can’t ignore the connection between his arrival and the Woman in White’s return.
Then Amelia learns that the Woman in White is a prisoner, trapped between the worlds of the living and the dead. Devastated by the idea that her brother could be suffering a similar fate, Amelia decides to do whatever it takes to help the Woman in White find peace–and Charlie agrees to help her.
But when Amelia’s classmates start to drown in the Susquehanna River, one right after another, rumors swirl as people begin to connect the timing of Charlie’s arrival with the unexplained deaths. As Charlie and Amelia uncover the dark history of Asylum, they realize they may have unleashed an unspeakable evil. One they have to stop before everything they love is destroyed.
“I am a weapon, forged by fire, shaped by darkness, and destined for one purpose: Revenge”
This is one of my favorites this year. I honestly don’t have any negative thing to say. Except maybe why it has to end or why do I have to wait. WHYYYYYY.
Since words doesn’t come to me easily when I try to review a book that I really love (because Imma loser that way) I’ll just list down all the things that made this book such a success! This is Jenny Perinovic’s debut novel and her sequel hasn’t come out yet but I’m already asking for a new book. She is that good.
Okay, so on to the list!
The History, the mystery, the setting, the story..
Love. It. I’m sucker for books that is set on small towns with rich history settings. It reminds me of Mystic Falls from The Vampire Diaries. It’s like setting foot in a town and you can already feel that a lot has happened in that place. And you want to know them all.
At first, I wasn’t sure where the story was going (because I did not read the blurb because that’s just how I roll) ANYWAY, the story started unraveling once I was 2-3 chapters in and I enjoyed every moment of it. Secrets were revealed. History was found out. People got killed. And the most important thing of all, there were kisses. (hello priorities!!!) There are magic,
The whole plot that revolves around Amelia is interesting, so much that I was so invested in it. Then Charlie got thrown in and, well, I got sucked in more. Don’t you just love books that makes you forget you bladder and hunger so you can just read all day?
Uhm, have you read a book and while you’re reading it it feels like you’re not in your reading nook anymore? You were transported. You’re inside the book!!! Totally felt that in this book.
The romance, the kissing scenes!!!!!!!!!
If those exclamation point doesn’t tell you how much I love it, maybe this gif can!
Jenny Adams Perinovic is the bomb when it comes to kissing scenes. She makes me—okay, what’s a swonnier word than swoon? The chemistry of these two. UGH! SO FREAKIN GOOD!! They’re sweet and innocent but they can be heartmelting and sexy too. I WHOLE HEARTEDLY SHIP IT.
Oh please don’t assume that our main character, Amelia, is perfect. She have her fair share of frustrating moments. You know those girls in movies? Those you scream at with ‘NO DO NOT GO IN THERE YOU DIMWIT! I REPEAT DO NOT- okay she’s inside. Crap’ Well, let’s just say that maybe Amelia isn’t a fan of movies that much.. because she wasn’t aware of those girls we scream at. I still liked her, a lot. Bacuse she has a lot of redeeming qualities and her relationship with her mother is something to be jealous about.
Charlie is perfect. Okay fine, he’s perfectly flawed. He has his moments too but they’re understandable. These characters act like how I expected them to act and I like that very much. Charlie is so adorable and swoony you guys. He gives me butterflies in the stomach. Or jumping unicorns.
Oh man. WHY WOULD SHE DO THIS TO ME
I’m kinda pissed. I’m kinda sad. I kinda want to have the second book already in my hands. But I can’t ignore the fact that the ending was epic. There was action, tears worthy moments (the tears were real!) and a couple of WHOAH scenarios. By the end I was just…
Did I like the book? uhmm, DUH. Do I recommend it? YES I DO. This is definitely a 2015 favorite. A brilliant and marvelous debut! I want more.