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Don't Expect Magic by Kathy McCullough
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Amber Wortz
Modern Fantasy

"Don't Expect Magic," by Kathy McCullough is a young adult modern fantasy novel about Delaney Collins, a teenager who has moved across the country to live with her father after her mother's death. Delaney knows that her dad is a famous author and life coach, but she has no idea that her father is a modern day Fairy Godfather. Soon after finding out, she discovers that she has the fairy gene and she will also be able to grant wishes after practice. Her new ability helps her to find friends and fit in with her new peers. In the process of granting wishes for other people, she finds joy that she never experienced before.
My first impression of Don't Expect Magic, is that it's cute, but there is not much depth. I think that the author meant for the book to be life-impacting, but I do not think that the story was developed enough for me to become attached to the characters. It felt like a lot of Delaney's emotions just happened without a process to make it seem realistic.
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