Book Review - Crystal Magic by Madeline Freeman | Blushing Geek

Book Review – Crystal Magic by Madeline Freeman

Crystal Magic by Madeline Freeman | Blushing Geek

Crystal Magic by Madeline Freeman
Series: Clearwater Witches, #1
Published on March 30, 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 241
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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Nothing is safe around Kristyl Barnette. Windows break. Books rocket across the room. Lights flicker. Strange occurrences follow the sixteen-year-old everywhere.

When tragedy forces her to move to the small town of Clearwater, Michigan, with her estranged aunt Jodi, Kristyl tries to leave her past behind. But Clearwater has secrets of its own—a mystical history that intersects with Kristyl’s life and might shed light on the inexplicable events that plague her.

When a mysterious illness threatens her aunt’s life, Kristyl will do anything to cure her. Enlisting the help of witches could save Jodi, but is dealing in magic worth the consequences?


When I decided to read this story, I didn’t have any expectations at all. I’ve been too caught up with romance that if I don’t sway my attention away from it, I’ll combust lol. I didn’t notice that this book was in series, but I already had an idea that there’s some magic involved because of the title. I’ve read some science fiction and supernatural-themed books before but I’m still adjusting to this kind of genre. I even expected that I couldn’t finish it, and wollah! I just did!

The first thing I noticed about this book is how well-written it was. I’m a self-confessed dialogue reader but this story is just so well-written that I even read the description parts which I don’t usually do, and that’s really a great sign! I’m not a newbie with the supernaturals thingy, let alone witches for I’ve been following the TV series The Vampire Diaries and The Originals. But what’s great about this book is that it introduces some new sides of the story with the witches and the psychics! Reading this story is also like reminiscing the first episodes of The Vampire Diaries especially when the “founding family” was mentioned. I would have screamed “cliche” on that part, but surprisingly, I didn’t.

The idea of this “powerful” teenager who didn’t know that she came from a founding family with both of her parents plus the struggles she’s been through isn’t totally that new to me. But I think the “persuasion power” this story has worked because it seems to get my full attention even when I was still on its first few chapters. I’m always a sucker for teeny weeny romance and this story didn’t disappoint. This story is more on the supernatural side but I can’t believe the author is still able to make me feel giddy and so exuberant especially if Kristyl (female lead) and Owen have some sort of a romantic scene. Ayeeeei!

This story didn’t have so many characters so that’s really a good thing, plus, their names are so easy to get familiar with because they’re common. Looking back, I don’t really have any complaints or noticed some inconsistency with the way the characters acted. The guy sounded like a  real guy and the executions of lines were superb. I don’t normally like some female leads on all the stories I’ve read and this story isn’t an exemption. It’s not about the character, I’m a girl so I guess it’s normal that the guys always caught my attention, haha. And speaking of a guy character, I am eyeing Owen, too bad I don’t like his name. It’s not because it’s awful but because I know someone with that name and he’s awful! And the Owen in this book is so much better than the one I know in real life, I’ll be looking forward to more of him in the next book 😉

All the scenes hold-up and I didn’t find anything that confuses me. The words used were great too but there’s one or two words that I need to consult the dictionary for its meaning. The ending isn’t really what I’ve expected. I was kind of disappointed because Owen wasn’t there but I don’t think the word “hate” is the most fitting word I’ll use to describe what I felt about its ending. I think the word “exciting” would be most suiting. 

After all those great words about the story, why 4-stars eh? Well, it’s because I’m still in book 1, so I think it’s too soon to decide, but if ever I made a mistake, I’ll be sure to come back and change it 😉

I don’t think I need to say this, but I’ll say it still, haha. This book is highly recommended. Enjoy reading this story soon!

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Sophia Rose
7 years ago

Glad you gave it a try even though supernatural isn’t your usual book reading. Neat about the witches and magic. I need to read more of those. Nice review, Vanessa!

7 years ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

Yep, it’s always good to come up to your comfort zone for normally, that’s when great things come out 🙂 And I am so excited for you to read this story!

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