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Spellweaver (The Spellweaver Chronicles Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

CJ Bridgeman
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Felicity Lucas never really knew her mother. Even though they had lived together for all the fourteen years that Felicity had been alive, they had barely even had a meaningful conversation. It was a relationship that was far from perfect.

So when her mother dies in a car crash and Felicity is sent to live with her estranged father in a deprived London borough, she is determined to move on. It isn't easy - content with her solitude, she's never had friends before, but the most popular girl in her new school won't leave her alone and she's forced to attend counselling. To make things worse, it's obvious that her father doesn't want her around.

It is only after she discovers a book of spells and is attacked by a strange boy who can conjure flames in his hands that she starts to realise that her mother was far more than what she seemed. She had a great many secrets, secrets that promise to thrust Felicity into a terrifying world of magic and straight into the path of beings who are determined to destroy her...

CJ Bridgeman's debut novel.
(50,447 words)

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About the Author

CJ Bridgeman is an English teacher who loves reading and writing fantasy books. She lives in Norwich, England with her husband, their daughter and their cat.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5077 KB
  • Print Length: 206 pages
  • Publisher: CJ Bridgeman; 1 edition (20 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G2BKV28
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #309,794 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good start to a series for young adults 28 Dec. 2013
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Felicity is a teenage girl who has recently lost her mother and has moved in with a father that she does not know. She is socially awkward with no friends so starting at a new school is also difficult for her. And to top it all off Felicity is finding that her mother is not who she thought she was. And then there is the mysterious Oliver, a boy not to trust if ever you saw one.

I found this book to be an excellent series opener. It is slow to start but this allows the author to explore the inner world of this fragile character. This is something that is done very accurately and made me feel that this would be a good read for a young person who had experienced a bereavement or is socially inhibited or both as Felicity does find friendship and we see her struggle to know make sense of these new people in her life and slowly begin to trust them. As Felicity's relationship with her friends begins to grow, so slowly does the want to develop a relationship with her father.

This feels like a good solid start to the series and the author has left lots of threads open for development such as exploring the father's character and getting to know more about Felicity's friend's family. For some reason I found myself comparing the book to Buffy the Vampire Slayer series in my head. There is something of the camaraderie of the young friends that seemed similar and the role for a mentor character certainly seems to be filled by the end of this book. However the over all tone of this book is a little more serious.

As a reader of quite a bit of fantasy of differing kinds I did find the magic in this book a bit run of the mill. So far there were no uses of magic or descriptions of magic that I hadn't come across before. Having said that this is not Harry Potter type magic and so will be new to much of the age group and as such would make a good stepping stone into adult reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spellweaver Part 1 - Where're 2 & 3? 7 May 2014
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I read this book and enjoyed it so much that I came looking for parts 2 and 3, only to find that they are not yet written.

There are a few minor editing errors in this book but it was good enough that they did not detract from my reading pleasure. I would urge the author to have the book at least proof-read by a few different people before publishing the sequels and to correct the errors in this book as well at the earliest opportunity.

The story is pretty well summed up in the outline of the book, so I will not re-iterate it here. The atmosphere of the book is very good, the author captures the insecurities of a teenager very well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice start for a new series. 20 Jan. 2014
By Liz Wilkins TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Thank you to the author for the review copy.

**3.5 - 4 stars**

Book One of the Spellweaver Chronicles

In "SpellWeaver" we meet Felicity who after her mother dies is sent to live with her estranged father. When she finds a book of spells and is attacked by a strange boy with flames in his hands, she begins to realise that there are things about her mother she did not know..

This is a fairly quick and easy read, a bit of a slow burner but intriguing enough to hold attention and a great start to a new series and definitely one that I will be following.

I did really love the characters in this one - Felicity is socially inept (I know that feeling!) and has a whole lot of other worldly stuff to deal with at the same time as trying to embed herself into a new life. There is an eclectic supporting cast, including Holly the "popular" girl, who pushes the boundaries of what you expect popular girls to be like (kudos to the author) and a great part of this story is the yin/yang aspect of Holly and her twin.

The world building is solid enough and there are some twisty bits that will definitely encourage you to move forward with the story in forthcoming books - I wouldnt say Ms Bridgeman has done anything unique here but she has given us a well written, charming story that you can escape into and enjoy.

Overall I would recommend this to lovers of YA Paranormal fiction. It feels like one of those series that will improve with age having gotten off to a good start.

Happy Reading Folks!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Read 6 Dec. 2013
By gemrock
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Granddaughter (aged 11/12) loved it and has read similar, related stories since. Kindle is such a good way to keep children interested in reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely gripping from start to end! 5 Nov. 2013
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From the moment I started reading this excellent novel, I was mesmerised by the characters, the story and the superb way the author keeps you wanting to read more. I can't wait to see this as a movie and am already excited about reading the next one! Definitely recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible! 3 Nov. 2013
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I'm not usually the least bit interested in teenager reads, but I happend to take a peep at this one and literally couldn't put it down! A really good book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great teenage fiction 1 Nov. 2013
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Anyone looking for a stocking filler for a teenager could do with checking out this book from Claire Bridgeman. It has well drawn characters and a well constructed plot which leads the reader into a mystery which gradually unfolds into a tense, exciting finale. The conclusion to this story also leads the reader to believe there is another episode to come. This could become a popular series of stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent start to a teen fantasy series 13 May 2014
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This was a brilliant start to a new fantasy series. I really connected with the characters, especially Felicity, and enjoyed reading about the developing friendship with Hollie and Jamie. There wasn't as much magic in the book as i was hoping but I think we will be seeing much more as the series progresses.

Really looking forward to book 2!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
I wasn't sure this would be to my taste but - although a bit far-fetched of course - it did hold my attention.

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Published 9 months ago by Mike from Lowestoft
3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Fantasy Story
Felicity Lucas’ mother has just died and Felicity goes to live with her father whom she barely knows. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book
A very good read loved every single page of it. It has keep me entertained for last few days .
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I won a copy of this book, all I really knew about it is it's for YA, these books I do like reading.
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