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Colleen is a normal girl. She loves shoes, chick flicks, and cute clothes. The only thing abnormal about her is that she’s just become a magician; not the disappearing bunny kind, but the power-shooting-out-of-your-hands kind of magician.
Her problem now is that she doesn't believe in magic. Well, she believes in it. She's seen it shoot out of her own hands, but she oppose
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Paperback, 1, 112 pages
Published October 26th 2012 by Self (first published October 1st 2012)
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Ian
Nov 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
After Colleen reads a magical book she discovers she has magical powers. But she's not a witch! Heavens no, don't even mention that word! And evolution, don't mention evolution either...come to think of it don't mention gay. Oh...what was I saying? Oh yeah, she's some sort of non-witch magical being.

She is enrolled into a magical college where she is collared....no not in a BDSM way, in a magical way to protect her. Luckily there are three hot guys who are willing to hold her leash if she ever
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Tahlia Newland
Oct 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, urban-fantasy
In true Kate Policani style, Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic is highly original, quirky and light hearted. In some respects it’s almost a parody of contemporary YA fantasy.
Colleen, an ordinary teenager with excessive gushiness—especially when surrounded by lots of hot guys—reads a book about a magical ‘river’ running through Seattle. Next thing she discovers that she can see it. Before she knows what’s happening, someone’s got wind of it and she’s whisked away from her parents to a special schoo
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Sharon
Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
The book up for review is “DON’T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS MAGIC ” By Kate Policani


Having read Kate’s previous book I was excited to get a chance to read her latest one. They say every book needs a hook to draw in your readers and make them read the novel through. Kate did not accomplish that on the first page. She accomplished it on the first, second, third , fourth and before you knew it the chapter had ended. It has been ages since a book has done this for me. As a beta reader and also a reviewer
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Mimi Smith
Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: z-ind
4 stars

Really funny :)

“A super-hot guy glared at me. Somehow, I had pissed him off. In my craziness, I’d probably insulted his mother in Swahili without knowing. I gave him an apologetic shrug. Sorry, hot guy. I’m crazy and so, inherently offensive.”

Reviewed for InD'tale here
Iola
Dec 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
After discovering a strange book (imaginatively called 'The Book') in her local library, Seattle high school graduate Colleen Underhill starts seeing visions. Her first thought is that she has gone insane. She soon finds out that she is 'broadcasting' and gets into trouble when she won't say a simple spell to prevent this, because taking part in magic and witchcraft is against her Christian faith.

Colleen is immediately whisked away to Seattle Pacific Regional University (‘sproo’ to the students)
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Rebecca Graf
Oct 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
The magic between two lovers is something that can light up a night and outshine the sun. It's wonderful unless you don't know how powerful it can until you are on your way to college and you pick up a lone book in the library. Then your world changes.

Kate Policani brings to you in Don't Judge a Book By Its Magic an older version of the Harry Potter story. Colleen things she has things laid out what will happen next until she picks up a book at the library. She begins to read it and things aroun
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Gaele
Nov 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a clever and funny, page-turning read. Once you get past the lack of vowels in the various names for magic, spells and witches that the Convergence have deemed as “politically correct”, the story continues with the unique twist on the basic witchcraft / wiccan paranormal story.

Colleen is addicted to books, considers herself a Rubenesque redhead with hazel eyes, and is planning on relaxing during this last summer before starting at community college. All that changes when she finds a bo
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Sabrina Ricci
Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
I’m a fan of magic, as well as the author Kate Policani. She’s a self-published author with some very creative marketing ideas, and I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to read her fiction.

Her newest book is Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic, and it tells the story of 18-year-old Colleen, who suddenly discovers she’s part of a race of people with supernatural powers. It’s not magic exactly, more like the ability to channel life forces. But there are spells and tricks, all hidden in a secret
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Kay
Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-won

I won this book on Goodreads first reads. I do not know the author and was not compensated for this review. All conclusions are my own responsibility.

This is a great read. It's witty, funny and a page turner. The characters are well developed and necessary to the plot. The main character, Colleen, is 18 so the book can be enjoyed by a YA reader as well as an adult reader.

Colleen Underhill is a typical teenage girl that has plans to attend community college in the fall. She has a love of books
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Laura Catherine
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
The first thing I’ll say is that this book has a lot of great concepts and hard to pronounce words, but it really sets the whole magical world up. I didn’t like Colleen when I first met her. I thought she was a bit ditsy and clueless, but as I got further and further into the story I realised just how strong she was how much she stood by her beliefs. Of course it has the hints of romance and magic, but the core of this story is Colleen’s beliefs and how they are conflicted by the discovery of ma ...more
Meredith
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable book for the most part - it made me laugh and smile a fair amount. It's very light - not for someone looking for deep subject matter.

This story at first reminded me of K.M. Shea's "My Life at the Magical Beings' Rehabilitation Center" because of the age of the main character, the light/witty inner commentary, and having to learn the rules of a magical society. But that similarity only lasted so long - my one complaint about the book is that it quickly becomes focused almost
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InD'tale Magazine
Hilarious, highly enjoyable and riveting! Kate Policani has succeeded in creating a beautiful world of magic, laughter and teenage woes!

Read full review in the 2012 Holiday issue of InD’tale Magazine.
Kate Policani
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote this book as a study in confronting issues and events that challenge faith and make one re-evaluate beliefs. In addition, this first book in the series begins an anti-romance arc in which I expose the misconceptions of popular romantic fiction and show the reality.
Mrs. Schonour
Aug 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
Meh. Got bored and couldn't finish it.
Ionia
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Every once in a while I get lucky enough to pick up a book that more or less puts the critic in me to the side and just allows me to enjoy reading. Kate Policani has done this in "Don't Judge a Book by Its Magic." This is an enjoyable story filled with magic, mystery and romance.

I'm not certain if this is intended to be YA or just general audience, but it could really work for anyone. I could imagine a teen audience enjoying this book, but I am over thirty and I loved it as well. It is one of t
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Yuthika
Jan 11, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I felt this was a parody. I mean, it has to be, right? Colleen can do magic, but don't call it that! She is a witch / magician, but don't call her that! Instead, let's employ politically correct words, and let her go to a magic school where she is literally on a leash and goes on walks...! Was it supposed to be witty? In my eyes, it didn't work. Sorry, but I'll stick to Harry Potter, where I can at least freely use the word "magic".
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Even though Kate Policani wasn’t born in Seattle, Washington, she’s a native at heart. She should have been born here, but some bizarre mistake started her out in the Midwest. That error was rectified, though, and she’s spent more than twenty years in the rainy, gloomy, chilly land where she belongs, loving every minute of it. The long dark days and unwelcoming weather make for the perfect environ ...more