Book Review: #5 for 2006

A Fistful of Sky
By Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Rated 8/10
Published by Ace Books, 2004
368 Pages
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Best Parts: The story! I loved it. I think in my attempts to “get away from the world” I am turning more and more to fantasy and historical fictions. I expect I’ll be reading like this for awhile, I really like the otherworldliness of these books.

I also I really liked the 5 main character’s names: Opal, Jasper, Gypsum, Flint, and Beryl.

Worst parts: None.

Review: (Because I’m lazy, from Amazon)

The LaZelle family of southern California has a secret: they can do magic. Real magic. As a teenager, a LaZelle undergoes “the Transition”–a severe illness that will either kill him or leave him with magical powers. If he’s lucky, he gains a talent like shape-changing or wish-granting. If he’s unlucky, he never experiences Transition. If he’s especially unlucky, he undergoes Transition late, which increases his chances of dying. And if he survives, he will bear the burden of a dark, dangerous magic: the ability to cast only curses. And curse he must, for when a LaZelle doesn’t use his magic, it kills him.

In Nina Kiriki Hoffman’s A Fistful of Sky, Gypsum LaZelle is unique among her brothers and sisters: she has not undergone Transition. She resigns herself to a mundane, magic-bereft existence as a college student. Then one weekend, when her family leaves her home alone, she becomes gravely ill… –Cynthia Ward –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Me again: I really connected with the character Gypsum; growing up, trying to find her way in the world, always feeling like an outsider. I really liked her story. And I’ll be looking for more by this author.

I’m going to be putting my reviews here from now on. Trying to maintain 2 blogs is just too much for me right now. I’ll probably close down my old one soon, but I’ll move my reviews first.

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