Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on Oct 2, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Format: ARC from BEA 2012
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In the good old days, magic was indispensable—it could both save a kingdom and clear a clogged drain. But now magic is fading: drain cleaner is cheaper than a spell, and magic carpets are used for pizza delivery. Fifteen-year-old foundling Jennifer Strange runs Kazam, an employment agency for magicians—but it’s hard to stay in business when magic is drying up. And then the visions start, predicting the death of the world’s last dragon at the hands of an unnamed Dragonslayer. If the visions are true, everything will change for Kazam—and for Jennifer. Because something is coming. Something known as . . . Big Magic.
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This was a fun and quirky book. It reminded me of Jasper’s book Shades of Grey in a great way. Both books are innovative with intricate and imaginative worlds.
Jennifer is a fun character. She’s honest and trustworthy and wants to do the right thing. The secondary characters are varied and unique. Each person has their own personality that stands out and makes them come alive.
This book has a subtle theme about the power of emotion. They are cleverly woven into the story and only became apparent near the end. It generated a great statement of how greed is easy and love is hard, but made you think about which is more powerful and worth pursuing?
Overall, this was a great fun read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait to check out the second book.