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Comfort BooksComfort Books gives Daphne 5 out of 5 in its review.
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Posted September 25, 2012
What it's about: Witches and magic with an amazing twist!
What I thought: Robert Shields has written a wonderful book. He has taken something as popular as witches and magic and given it his own creative twist - with fantastic results! Daphne discovers that magic is real, but it is nothing like she ever thought. Witches cast spells by manipulating matter using physics - don't worry, it's all explained as you go along ;) While this book is unique in itself, you don't get bogged down with the focus on the girl getting the boy, which is why I think it would appeal more to the younger readers - However I still think it would suit all other ages too. If you are looking for your next magic-kick (especially if you are still mourning the loss of Harry Potter) then pick this one up and you just may be pleasantly surprised!
The good: I found this book to be quite hilarious! Not sure if I was the only one, but there are so many moments that made me burst into school-girl giggles.
The bad: It does take slightly longer than normal to get into, but if you bear that in mind when reading, and focus on the good stuff you know is coming, you'll be fine!
Rating: 4 bookstacks
Posted May 4, 2012
When I first read the synopsis of this book I was really intrigued. I had high hope that I would like this and was excited to read it. I like the idea that their witchcraft is a different form of physics and was eager to see how that worked.
The book starts off using the ‘B’ word. I feel this book target audience is preteen and to see language like this is a real turn off for me. The writing was a bit formal and one dimensional. I didn’t feel any real emotion from the character and I couldn’t develop any feelings for them. I don’t see any preteen or teen really getting into this book.
I also think the title is too long and the cover really needs a lot more work done to it. I know we aren’t supposed to judge a book by its cover. Unfortunately I don’t see many people wanting to pick this up with the cover it has.
The idea is an original one but the execution didn’t work for me.
Posted March 27, 2012
Witchcraft with a difference!
I needed a real change of genre, and a bit of witchcraft seemed to be a good way to go (and I loved the title!) – not the sort of thing I usually read, but I like to broaden my horizons, and only a few pages into the story, I believed that I was going to be pleasantly surprised, despite already having come across a number of editorial blips.
Daphne is relentlessly taunted by fellow schoolgirl, Vi, and her three sheep-like followers. An unfortunate incident concerning some rather comical underwear leads to a Waterloo showdown – in the school bathroom – and a revelation that everyone, but Daphne, appears to be a witch. And so, Daphne embarks on a steep learning curve in a very special kind of witchcraft – one based on physics rather than a hubble-bubble-toil-and-trouble-type witchcraft.
This was fundamentally an entertaining story. The cast – main characters and supporting roles – were diverse and complimented each other well. Daphne and Vi made well-matched ‘foes’. A peppering of normality was provided by the usual 14-year-old rivalries amongst young female teenage peers, along with some schoolboy crushes, and there was some intrigue provided by the mystery of Daphne and her sister’s mother’s death. On the whole, the contents of the package were promising. There is most certainly room for a sequel or two.
However, the story raced along just a little too fast – more introduction to and explanation of the witches’ abilities were needed, and the science and history of this branch of witchcraft, although imaginatively and cleverly conceived, were somewhat convoluted and a little hard to follow. Disappointingly, the editorial inadequacies just got worse and worse, so if the author has any sequels planned, I do hope very much he addresses this. By the time I got to the possible eventuality that Daphne and her friends might by ‘burned at the steak’, I was more than just a little exasperated. If nothing else, they would certainly have smelt tasty.
Posted January 19, 2012
Daphne and the Mysterious Girls Secret Bathroom Society by Robert Shields
Daphne and Vivica (Vi) were always enemies. Vi was always cruel to Daphne, and one day she slipped up and used witchcraft on her. Daphne was shocked, and decided if someone as awful as Vi could do witchcraft, then she should be able to do it also. This is when she discovers her best friend is also a witch, and that witchcraft is not what she expected. It is all based off of physics, and every woman has the potential to become a witch, some just never discover it. Daphne’s life changes drastically as she learns to be a witch and even sees Vi in a new light.
At first I couldn't seem to get into this book. Once I got around 50 (nook) pages in, I began to get into the story and ended up liking it a lot. It was a very interesting take on witchcraft. I have not heard anything like it, which made it a very original idea. I applaud the author for coming up with something different from the normal perception.
Once the story picked up momentum, it was very fast-paced and interesting. I ended up finishing the remainder in one sitting because I was curious how everything would play out and if my own assumptions would be correct. I even ended up wanting more of the story once I had finished. The author ended the story well and I felt that there was potential to be more. I’m unsure if the author plans to write another book, but I feel like it could be a strong possibility. If the author continues this story, I will happily continue the adventure.
The author sent me an e-book copy of this book to read and review.
-Christie's Book Reviews