Saturday, March 16, 2013

Amy's View: The Phoenix Girls: The Conjuring Glass by Brian Knight

The Conjuring Glass (Phoenix Girls #1)
by Brian Knight
♦publisher: Journalstone
♦release date: March 8th, 2013
♦paperback, 204 pages
♦intended audience: Middle Grade/Young adult
♦source: from publisher for honest review
When thirteen-year-old orphan Penny Sinclair moves to the small town of Dogwood to live with her godmother, she expects her life to become very dull. She doesn't expect to find a strange talking fox roaming the countryside near her new home, a kindred spirit in her new friend Zoe, or the secret grove where they discover the long hidden magic of The Phoenix Girls.

Learning to use magic isn't easy, though; Penny and Zoe get their magic wrong almost as often as they get it right. When something sinister threatens Dogwood, their often accidental magic may be the only thing that can stop it.

Review: A magical journey of friendship and belonging. The Conjuring Glass embodies a unique strength of character with an exemplary sense of discovery.

For Penny Sinclair, things don’t seem like they can get any worse. After her mother’s untimely death, she is forced to move into the new town of Dogwood where being heckled by the local kids and trying to make friends is the new normal. Life seems like it is in a downward spiral, with no hope in site. Penny however has no idea about the drastic changes that are about to happen. It all begins with a chance encounter with a fox name Ronan, who might just possess the change she is looking for. He he leads her down a path of hope, opening the door to world of magic, the magic of the Phoenix Girls.

Armed with a new friend and the mysterious talking fox, Penny and Zoe set off on a quest that leads to a secluded grove that houses a secret all of its own. Nestled inside the grove, remains a wooden chest with a carving of a half bird, half flame adorning the top, leaving with it not only a mystery of whose it was but what it contains. In spite of the lure behind the mystery, opening the box might be more than the girls can handle. By unleashing the magic and the secrets of the phoenix girls, Penny and Zoe might be unyielding a dangerous power all of its own. It casts them into the middle of a sinister plot entwined with a mysterious carnival run by a malevolent magician, and children that suddenly turn up missing. Penny finds herself torn between solving the mystery and finding answers about her past, causing her decisions to be tainted, thrusting her and Zoe into a dangerous situation where magic might be the only means that can save their lives.

The Conjuring Glass is a charming read laced with easily identifiable characters, talking foxes, a wicked carnival, an evil magician, kidnapping and magic. It pulls you in from the very first chapter with an intrigue that propels you to quickly read through the book, searching for answers. It’s a compelling short book, where you quickly become immersed in the storyline. Being the first of this series, The Conjuring Glass is filled with secrets and mysteries of The Phoenix Girls that is yet to be fully discovered or solved, leaving you anxiously anticipating the next book.

Phoenix Girls: The Conjuring Glass was excellently written and perfect for young adults as well as middle readers. Pure in essence and purpose, Brian Knight gently gives a voice to Penny though her realistic raw emotions emoted through her internal dialogue as well as through the strength of her character. Giving her a sense of belonging and confidence letting Penny discover that being confident in yourself is the strongest magic you can wield.

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