Book Review: Unexpected Magic by Laura Drake

Sometimes, you just need a good book with magic and adventure and characters you like. Unexpected Magic by Laura Drake was just that sort of book.

1. Thoughts on the plot

This book is a magic academy book mixed with a bit of mystery. It follows Emmie, a girl who supposedly has no magic and yet attends one of the most prestigious magical academies in the country. She is there with several friends, and she hopes that one day her own magic will manifest. In the meantime, though, there are girls disappearing, dangerous magic is on the rise and her own academy may be at risk.

As far as plots go, this one was just the right mix of familiar and unpredictable, with a story that I could really get into without having to read a passage several times to figure out what was going on. The twists were interesting, the adventure just the right mix of exciting and trepidatious, and the ending dramatic.

2. Thoughts on the characters

A lot of the time, magical academy books (and a fair number of YA fantasy books in general) have the main character possessed of some sort of special power or ability that marks them by the others in the story. In this case, the fact taht Emmie didn’t have magic was the thing that marked her, and i found that to be a fascinating take on teh traditional story. I enjoyed it a fair bit, learning about her struggles with her identity and ability. The other characters were fun, also, having far more depth than I usually see in stories of this type. 

3. Favourite part

The duelling club. I appreciate that scene a lot.

4. Critique

I don’t really have a whole lot of critique for this book. The plot is a bit predictable, given how closely it follows the standard for the genre, but that didn’t take away my enjoyment of the story at all.

Overall, I would say that Unexpected Magic was a fun read with an adventure I enjoyed, characters I rooted for, and an ending that makes me want to read more. A very good book.