Tuesday 28 September 2010

Review: The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball - Risa Green

Genre: YA, fiction, paranormal
Pages: 320
Published: September 2010 Sourcebooks Fire

In a world where nothing is certain, a little magic couldn't hurt...right?

When Erin Channing's favorite aunt dies, Erin is bequeathed a pink crystal ball and a set of weird instructions. Granted, Aunt Kiki (aka Aunt Kooky) always lived "outside the box." But now Erin and her two best friends are convinced that the pink crystal ball holds the key to their future-or at least the key to getting dates...

Consider Your Fate to Be Sealed . . .
Absolute knowledge is not unlimited; let the planets be your guide to the number.
There are sixteen ways to die, but four of them you will never see.
The future belongs to you alone. Other voices will be disappointed.
One rotation is as far as you can see. Only uncertainty lies beyond.

This one was fun and cute, the cover delivered what it should have.

Erin the girl with the highest GPA in her the 10th grade, and some might see her as a bit boring. But she had her 2 best friends and she is happy, sort of. Because she really wants to go to Italy but she has to write this essay and nothing has ever happened to her. Until her aunt dies and leaves her a magical crystal ball, suddenly things start happening.

Of course these are teenage girls so what to they ask for. Bigger boobs, to be kissed, to get a date, to ace that exam, things like that. Of course at first they do not know what to think but then things start happening. Is it magic or not?

The book also has its mean girl who is harassing Lindsay, Erin's bff. And things get serious there too. Bullying going to far. And then there is Samantha, Erin's other friend who is more or less stalking this guy because she really wants to be with him. But perhaps the perfect guy is not the guy you should be with. And do not forget tension as magic starts spiralling out of control.

I shall not forget the romance, Erin notices that the unlikely guy perhaps is the guy. I think they would be really sweet together.

The fun with this book is that the magic had logical explanations too, so magic or not, that is the question. But at least it brought the friends closer together, and they all went on with their lives. Leaving things behind and discovering new things.

A fun, and cute book. Magic gone wrong can be amusing. I liked this one, and it was such an easy read. And I'd like to read more.

Blodeuedd's Cover Corner: Adorable
Reason for reading: From sourcebooks
Final thoughts: A lighter paranormal with romance and friendship.



  1. Great reivew, it sounds like a sweet story. Your review reminded me a bit of Majix: Notes from a serious teen witch that I read a couple of weeks ago.

  2. Sounds really cute. I'll keep any eye out for it.

  3. Thanks Michelle :)

    Oh, gotta go and check Majix then, cos can't recall everything at the moment :=)

    It sure was, gotta love that

  4. Great and fun review, like the book, it seems! And, the title of the novel is priceless. It screams to be read.;)

  5. This book does sound like a lot of fun! Now I'm thinking about what I'd wish for.

  6. Bullying in school is such a serious topic now days. I wonder how it plays out. I need to pick this up.

  7. I could see how that cover could really appeal to it's target market and the premise sounds great! I'll have to check it out.

  8. I had to read your review because I'd seen this one in the Shelf Awareness newsletter and was curious about it. I'm glad it was fun and cute like the cover.

  9. I love the cover, the title and the whole concept. Looks like a nice easy read.

  10. I haven't really been able to get into books written in for this age range lately and I love YA. Weird but it does sound cute. I could easily see this as a Disney movie.

  11. Sounds cute, maybe a little too teenagey for me, though.

    I can think of a couple of things that I'd wish for though.

  12. Irena
    The title is just as cute, isn't it. One of the girls actually made fun of it but they still kept the name

    I think I'd wish for more books ;) Big surprise there

    It is, and it really goes out of hand in this one. Very cruel

  13. Amused
    I would pick it up :) Cos in the end I love cute covers.

    Aha, so you had seen it around, nice. It was just so upbeat, and I love when YA books are sweet

    Those books are just the best :)

  14. I'm going to recommend this one to my son's girlfriend...looks and sounds cute for sure!! Fun review.

  15. I wasn't too sure of this book, but it really sounds cute. I may have to rethink it. Thanks!

  16. Thanks for the review! I really like your blog, will definitly stop by soon again, you got yourself a new follower :-)

  17. Naida
    Cute is the word :)

    I hope you do, I am sure she would enjoy it

    It was one of those YA books that I enjoyed when I was a bit younger, I always liked the lighter ones

  18. Chris
    *waves very princesslike*

    Hi Willa :D
    Thanks for stopping by, and I do hope you come back again

  19. Awww!! Sounds really cute and funny. I like the romance with the unlikely person element :)



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