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Wicked Sense by Fabio Bueno

15980406Wicked Sense by Fabio Bueno is the first book in a YA urban fantasy series set in a world where witches are real, but remain hidden behind the Veil, their code of secrecy.

A witch has a daybreak when turning 15; the moment where his or her power is unlocked with a burst of power. One day, a witch, an unknown, has a Daybreak that sends waves throughout the entire community. Scared of what will happen if uncontrolled or if found by a Night coven, there is an immediate search for this powerful witch; the Singularity.

Skye, a London witch, is sent to the most likely location of the Singularity, Seattle, She must use her rare Charm of detecting and following magic signatures, but it’s hard to find someone who doesn’t want to be found and has the ability to hide their signature.

Drake is just a regular guy who falls for Skye and wants to take her on a date. Despite close calls with death and believing she may be a little bit crazy, he decides to help her find the Singularity before he or she falls into the wrong hands.

Thoughts:

Though I finished the book a while ago, I’m still deciding if I like the characters or not. On one hand, they seemed fairly realistic in that I’ve met quite a few people who would say and/or do similar things. On the other hand, these are the people I tend to avoid which made reading and relating to the characters at times very difficult.

I felt sympathetic towards Skye on occasion, but mostly I just wanted to strangle her, especially when it came to the romance aspect of the novel. She was entirely too flaky and was leading Drake on while waiting to see if there was something still between her and her ex, even though she kept saying how terrible her ex was and how Drake was a great guy.

Then there was Drake who I liked a lot better, even if he was a little too forgiving and a little too much of a pushover. He seemed like a regular guy and was written in a way that I could believe. In a world full of novels where someone tells someone else that they’re a part of the supernatural world and it’s automatically believed, I really appreciated his reaction. It was entirely believable and it took time (and physical evidence) before he started to come around to the idea.

Despite their faults, I was secretly rooting for them and enjoyed reading the scenes where they were together.

The secondary characters were also realistically written. I liked that the ‘promiscuous bombshell’ wasn’t portrayed as the mean girl, though Jane with the biker looks and leather was a little stereotypical. I thought the dialogue between all of the characters flowed rather well and, other than a few instances, it all seemed like reactions and responses that were very plausible.

Despite being written in a way I’m not fond of (alternating first person POV), I found it was well written. There were a few minor spelling/grammar mistakes as well as the occasional ‘sooooooo’, but I found it easy to read and wasn’t taken out of the story by any glaring errors.

As for the plot and element of magic, there were a lot of things I liked and a lot of things I thought could have been improved upon.

While I thought I knew who the Singularity was, there were a few moments where I second guessed myself, which was nice. I really liked how that particular part was done, though can’t say much more without giving things away. It was different from a lot of other ‘one great power’ novels, and that was something I could get behind.

However, I believe there were a few things that could have been explained better and some opportunities that were missed. Without getting too into the details, there was a part with Skye’s mother that served no real purpose (that I could find) other than to get Skye away from Drake for a little while. It added nothing to the plot and there were so many ways that could have been done that would have moved things along further or added to the tension. As it were, it was one of the slower portions of the novel. I’m also unsure as to why it took so long for them to send Skye out there. If finding the Singularity was top priority, I would think that they would have used all of the resources they possibly could right away and not have waited two years.

Then there was the actual ‘magic’ part that could have been explored a lot further. Even after finishing, I’m still unsure as to how the magic system is supposed to work and it seemed almost inharmonious at times. There are some good ideas in it and potential, but it wasn’t fully realized in this book.

The ending was well done. It felt like an ending even though there were still many questions and things that needed to be solved. It wasn’t a cliff hanger and I didn’t feel cheated, but it still left a good opening for the second book.

All in all, it was an enjoyable read and at the fantastic price of nothing, worth the time to give it, and the author, a try.

Ratings:

Plot:                                       2.5/5
Characters:                               3/5
Dialogue:                               3.5/5
Writing:                                     3/5
Magic:                                   2.5/5
Entertainment Value:             3.5/5
Average Overall Rating:        3/5

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You can then move on to Book Two and Book Three.

     -Beth

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