Kelly lives the life of a typical teen in the suburbs of Southern California with her football star boyfriend and loyal best friend. It's her senior year, and she's looking forward to her eighteenth birthday. But her life totally changes when she's abducted by her birth family, a family she didn't even know existed. Meeting her mother and two sisters for the first time is almost too much for her to handle. Kelly learns she is a witch born from a coven of witches with special powers. She's called back to help her family fight the evil, power-hungry to witch, Victoria, and the Wizard Council, who want to destroy all that Kelly's family holds dear before the Immortality Ceremony, a ceremony that will seal and the girls' fate and powers for all eternity.
To make things even more complicated, Kelly falls in love with an Indian named Max White Bear. But because of a longstanding tradition, their relationship is a hard sell to the chief of the Indian tribe.
I have to be honest on my initial thoughts of this young adult novel and say that upon reading the back of the book (above) I wondered how I was going to get through it. “Not another weak, drawn out witch craft teen book”, were my initial thoughts. But how wrong I was. By the end of the first few chapters I was hooked and wanting to read more.
Kimberley Norton weaves a fantasy tail that reads smoothly and mysteriously. As she introduces more and more characters you wonder where the plot is taking you. You become involved in the life of Kelly and become at one with a girl who struggles with friends, family and life yet embraces her new found family and what lays ahead of her. Kelly is a character that all young ladies would easily relate to, with Max White Bear being the dreamy man they would all like to fall in love with.
Kimberley Norton writes with description and flair. Her writing is softly spoken, gently guiding you into a world that, although fantasy, seems so real. I floated through this book, taking a gentle ride with Kelly and her family. When moments within the book became tense and exciting I still drifted through Kimberley Norton's make believe land with the anticipation of what was yet to come.
The Crystal Princess is one of those books that just exudes warmth, love, mystery and magic. It feels good in the hand with its smooth glossy cover that is gentle on the eyes yet enticing. It is easy to read and at 121 pages comes in at just enough reading to make you think you can complete the book but upon completion it leaves you wanting more.
The Crystal Princess is the first in a series by Kimberly Norton.
ISBN: 978 – 1 – 61739 – 547 – 5
Review by Jennifer Deaves
A teenagers perspective:
"The Crystal Princess is the gripping tale of a young girl (Kelly) who seems to live a perfectly normal life, until one day her life is changed forever. Everything she's known, is the unknown and anything she thought was impossible, is possible.
Page by page I followed Kelly on her exciting adventures of self discovery, magic and love. While the story line is slightly predictable, the book in a whole is exciting and I found myself constantly intrigued as to what was going to happen next. The story line is easy to follow, well written and descriptive. I found I could relate to Kelly well and could easily picture all the places she went, the people she met and everything she did, meaning the book had a 'real' feeling to it.
While I did find the book hard to get into in the beginning, I'm glad I didn't let that detere me from reading any further or I would of missed out on a wonderful adventure. I would recommend this book to anyone aged 12 - 16 years as it's an easy read. " - Samantha.
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