Blogtour and Review: Crystal Magic – Madeline Freeman

Posted 19 August, 2014 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Blog Tour, Reviews / 4 Comments

Blogtour and Review: Crystal Magic - Madeline Freeman

Blogtour and Review: Crystal Magic – Madeline FreemanCrystal Magic by Madeline Freeman
Series: Clearwater Witches #1
on 30 March 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 217
Format: eARC
Source: Xpresso Booktours

4 Stars

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 received a free ARC of Crystal Magic from Xpresso Booktours in exchange of an honest review*

Welcome to my stop on the Crystal Magic Blogtour! I have my review and favorite quotes to share with you, and there’s a tour-wide giveaway for a signed copy of Crystal Magic open for US and Canadian readers, as well as a giveaway open internationally where the prize is an e-book copy of Crystal Magic.

My Crystal Magic review:

Crystal Magic shows how complicated Kristyl’s life is, both in her school up until her mother passes away, and afterwards. Things do become a little easier once she moves to live with her aunt Jodi to Clearwater, though. She finally gets some friends, and the strange occurrences around her seem to become fewer and farther in between. Kristyl is a sweet girl, a little naive, and very guarded since she’s been bullied since things started shaking around her, and she was able to know other kids’ darkest secrets.

The fact that Kristyl had to move to live with relatives after her mom passed away, and that the founding families of Clearwater seemed to be special in some ways made me think of Vision of Shadows, and while the similarities end there, the feel of the story is ominous, too. Crystal Magic is about how some of the kids Kristyl is staying away from use crystals to do magic, and they see themselves as witches. There is much more to Clearwater than meets the eye, and soon, Kristyl realized that her aunt Jodi had been in a circle of witches when she was younger, too.

There is both a lot of grief, and at the same time strong feelings about new beginnings in Crystal Magic. And I found it interesting to see that the witches thought about crystals to use for their witch-craft, and the way they thought about both energy and how time moves (or doesn’t move). This made it just a little different from other stories I’ve read about magic in the past.

Little by little Kristyl is taken in by the circle, and while she tries to resist, once her aunt gets very ill after what is seemingly a curse, she takes the chance to do something extremely drastic to make sure her aunt will stay alive, so that she won’t end up all alone.  Between this mystery and a very light romance, Crystal Magic is a very compelling story, and I look forward to reading the next book in the Clearwater Witches series – because that ending almost made my eyes pop out of my head!

About Madeline Freeman :

Madeline Freeman lives in the metro-Detroit area with her husband, her daughter, and her cats. In the time she should spend doing housework, she rewatches Fringe. She also loves anything to do with astronomy, outer space, plate tectonics, and dinosaurs, and secretly hopes her daughter will become an astronomer or a paleontologist.

Author links:

Twitter | Website | Goodreads 

You can buy Crystal Magic on B&N or Amazon

Crystal Magic giveaways:

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Some of my favorite Crystal Magic quotes:

My stomach swoops and I take in a sharp breath. My mother is dead. Obviously I know that; I was at the funeral. Still, the thought stabs me just like it did when I first found out.

Something tugs at the back of my mind. I’m not behaving like myself, not in the least. what is it about Fox that’s making me feel so different? Yes, he’s good-looking with his broad shoulders, strong jaw and stormy eyes. But he isn’t the first or only good-looking guy I’ve encountered.

Somehow I’ve been able to convince myself I’m on an extended vacation, or I’ve been sent away to live with my aunt because I’ve caused too much trouble at home.

Thanks for stopping by today! Good luck in the giveaways 🙂

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Linda is an English as foreign language teacher and has a Master's degree in English Language and Literature. She's an avid reader, blogger, compulsive one-clicker and a genre omnivore. Ever since she learnt how to read she has been seen with a book or two in her hands everywhere she goes.

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4 responses to “Blogtour and Review: Crystal Magic – Madeline Freeman

    • I usually enjoy witches, too, Giselle. And it’s even better when the story has a different take on everything 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by!

  1. Crystal Magic has my curiosity piqued, Lexxie. Especially after you referenced Vision of Shadows. 🙂 I’m really interested in all the things that happened around Kristyl (things breaking, etc) and how those things blend in with this new circle of friends who use crystals to do magic. I’m glad you enjoyed this one. 🙂

    Happy Thursday, my dear. I have a meeting this morning at the middle school, but maybe I can catch you for a chat when I’m back. Hope you’re enjoying your day! *BIG HUGS*

    • Yeah it did kind of make me think of Vision of Shadows, even if many things are very different 🙂
      I should be around in the afternoon and evening, so I’ll be looking for you, Brandee 🙂
      have a terrific Thursday, too 🙂 *BIG HUGS*

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