Thursday, 25 October 2012

A Fellow Writers Release Party - Kate Policani

Supporting other fellow indie authors is a pleasure. May I present, Kate Policani. Her YA fantasy novel, Don't Judge a Book By It's Magic is due for release in a couple days time.

Here is a synopsis.

Coming October 26th! 

 Colleen is a normal girl. She loves shoes, chick flicks, and cute clothes. The only thing abnormal about her is that she’s just become a magician; not the disappearing bunny kind, but the power-shooting-out-of-your-hands kind of magician. Her problem now is that she doesn’t believe in magic. Well, she believes in it. She’s seen it shoot out of her own hands, but she opposes it in a moral sense; no hexes, no spells, no incantations, no potions, no amulets, no tomes, no casting circles, no eye of newt, none of that. She has to be very clear because people pressure her about it. Whatever they say about “how it’s done”, this is a morality issue for her and she will not cave in to their pressure. Join Colleen at Seattle Pacific Regional University, where she becomes a part of The Convergence. She’ll learn the freaky side of Work Study, Financial Aid, and Vyxhepiocht. Seriously, she’s never seen so many hot guys. It’s going to be wild!

My review

Kate Policani has created a likeable and feisty character in college student Colleen Underhill who discovers she can do magic after handling an unusual book in a Seattle Library. And, instead of enrolling in her local community college, as expected, Colleen is dragged into a parallel world, to a university where magic is the curriculum.
While in her first year, she is introduced to various aspects of practical magic, including spells and ‘spirits’, which she sees as a challenge to her Christian faith. But, with wit and determination she not only overcomes her teachers’ objections, but wins everyone’s respect and finds unexpected romance in the process.
In Colleen Underhill, Kate has captured the breathless excitement of a seventeen-year-old who suddenly finds herself the most popular student in school, and a sought after marriage partner in a restricted magical society. This is reflected in the runaway, garrulous style of speech affected by her; a certain naïve and juvenile manner with which a young audience will easily identify.
The only other thing I would add, is that it begs for a sequel. 
Just as well it’s the first in a series.

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