Book Review – A Dreadful Daughter’s Spells by Leah Broadby, Molly Billygoat

A Dreadful Daughter's Spells by Leah Broadby

A Dreadful Daughter’s Spells
by Leah Broadby, Molly Billygoat (Goodreads Author)
Repost of Michael Swensson’s review
5 out of 5 stars
Feb 13, 2016


Chloe stared at the faces staring back at her.

“But I’m not trained… my magic is…
unpredictable. My mum says I have ADD.”

“What is an ADD?” asked Timmy.
I don’t know. I think it stands for ‘A Dreadful Daughter’
or something like that, said Chloe sniffing.

Magic is all around us, but only a select few of us can experience it. One of those is thirteen year old Chloe Barker, who has a special form of magic called ‘Magiken.’ Her mother Bev just wants Chloe to act her age, not realising that eventually with the passing of time, this magic will disappear. Chloe can already see that happenning with her older friend Patrick, who is is losing all the magic from his life and turning into a typical teenage boy, interested in girls and thinking she is a freak.

Chloe is beside herself, not only at her own draining magiken, but also the fate of Patrick and not wanting to end up like many other local magiken children who are are going missing (despite her mother thinking otherwise). Chloe’s destiny will be thrust before her when on an outing to a local beach, where she will meet a starving painting boy that has somehow escaped it’s pictures confines and come to life. Timmy as he would soon be named by Chloe, with the help of ‘sand nymphs’ Anabel and Dez, vow to help her find the missing children. They are unaware though that Chloe has come the attention of the evil Skizen, who is drawn to her because of the strong magical powers she posseses.

I am going to be totally honest here and say ‘I can’t think of any critisism what so ever for A Dreadful Daughter’s Spells. I went into this book expecting a story full of interesting quirky characters with fantasy and magical realism themes a plenty, and while that was very much the case, what I did not expect was to be totally blown away by the writing that is assured and perfectly paced. Ok I got through the book in two sittings, but there was a reason for that, as I was hooked from the first page till last(bar sleeping) and at just over 200 pages it does not out stay it’s welcome. Overall this is absolutely sublime from start to finish and and easily stands beside A Little Life as the best books I have read this year.

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