Monday, November 7, 2011

Don't Expect Magic (ARC)

This is my 200th Review! Whoa. That's a lot of thoughts.

Title: Don't Expect Magic

Author: Kathy McCullough

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Pages: 256

Read Time: Did Not Finish, Stopped on Page: 76 

Tag Words: Conflicting Ideas, Magical creatures, Fairy Godmothers, Sulky teenager, stereotypes, family problems, death, 2011 Debut Author Challenge

My Summary: 

Delaney Collins doesn't believe in fairy tales, even when her father is the fairy godmother she's adamant cannot exist.

My Review:

I was under the distinct impression that this book was a contemp story revolving around a cynical girl who "didn't expect magic," to happen in her life. 

In fact, the first fifty pages or so were 100% contemp teenage-drama, complete with a mother dead of cancer and a father who expected to welcome a six year old into his home. 

It was pretty good.

Then the story took the sharpest turn about I've ever read and the whole thing became so laughable, I just couldn't carry on. 

The book became a joke I wasn't in on.

It was pretty bad.

Anything thin and pointy can be a wand? The "FG" gene is recessive? And instead of a fairy godmother who is a woman, Delaney's dad is an FG that is a dude? Really?

I hope you can all forgive me for not continuing on with this story. I know some of you get annoyed when I review books that I didn't read to the end, but can you really blame me?
Notes on the Names:

Never really loved the name Delaney, mostly because I had a friend Dlaina, and she hated when people called her the former.

Thoughts on the Cover:

It's awesome; one of the reasons I wish this had just continued being a kick-butt contemp!

Parental Book Review *spoilers*

Sexual Content: 

I will make a guess that a basic kiss will follow the story. The book didn't have a "passionate,"  or "romantic" tone.


In the first 75 pages:

Smartass- 1
H- 1
D- 1


None & foreseeably none for the rest of the book.

Other Notables:

This book would doesn't come off as a hard-hitting high school drama. I doubt anyone will drink, or go to parties, or do drugs. It just wasn't that kind of a book.

Mother dies of cancer. 


Bee said...

Oh, that is just sad. Because I thought this was gonna be good and I really want to read it.

Penelope Lolohea said...

Thanks so much for this review. I had this book on my TBR, but I took it off. I don't like books that twist into frivolous and silly stories. :(

Melissa said... looks like it would be so cute...but that sounds just ridiculous!!

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