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Katy receives a "gift" of poison that turns her into a killer, while powerful witches stir up trouble, not only at Ainsworth School, but in a world known as Avalon, as well.
Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781442450509
Branch Call Number: COC Y
Characteristics: 359 p. ; 22 cm.


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FindingJane Nov 12, 2014

This novel left me with quite mixed emotions. While the drama and terror were credibly written, enough so that I wondered how Katy would get out of the horrid mess that life was handing her, I felt a creeping sense of dissatisfaction as I kept reading.

Katy’s problems are very real. Her father has hooked up again with his manipulative, controlling and whiny ex-girlfriend, she’s getting pushed out of her job and her boyfriend is getting seduced by the dark side.

Peter still apparently cares about Katy. But he’s being gradually drawn into the Shaw world, one that has denied its magical roots for centuries. Unable to fit into Katy’s life, he’s being tempted by the carrot that is the Shaw wealth. Money, privilege, fancy trinkets and the allure of money that can provide care for his mentally crippled brother Eric are dangled before him. It’s easy to see the seduction that this world poses for him. No wonder poor Katy feels as if she’s losing him.

But what makes me lukewarm about his book is that the main focus seems to be on Morgan Le Fay. We are drawn again and again into her memories, her feelings, her past. The book in a way revolves around the decisions she made over a millennium ago. At times her drama overshadows that of Katy, which is a bad idea in a book that’s supposed to be about Katy dealing with her own magical heritage. Her personality also shifts so that she can seem more sinned against than sinning, which has the effect of making the reader drawn to and repelled by her—much as Katy seems to be.

In fact, the problems in their lives are meant to be a mirror to each other. Katy is suffering the same insecurities and the same seduction of power that Morgan did. Her ability to pull away from this seduction, in the end, is what makes her differ from this sorceress.

In the end, the book partially redeems itself. Both Katy and Peter see what is truly important. Whether they’ll hold on to that knowledge—and each other—remains to be seen.


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