A Most Magical Girl
Annabel Grey is primed for a proper life as a young lady in Victorian England. But when her mother suddenly disappears, she’s put in the care of two eccentric ...more
-A pair of emerald green ice skates
-A pink sprigged muslin day dress
-Her mother to come back and take care of her
Things Annabel Grey does not want:
-A quest to save all of London from an evil wizard
Needless to say, Annabel is not going to get much of what she wants, and she is going to get a great deal of what she doesn't want. Despite her proper upbringing, Annabel has magic in her veins, and her mother has sent her to live with her two ...more
Annabel, the primary protagonist, is such a spineless, helpless piece of fluff in the early chapters that it's hard to root for her at all, even when you feel sorry for her because everyone keeps expecting things off her without giving her the least sort of training or directions. Then, with only one or two concrete moments of actual development, she ...more
I would read another of her novels.
A Most Magical Girl by Karen Foxlee is a charming tale filled with magic, adventure, friendship and girl power. With gorgeous prose, smart humor and a touch of danger, this is a story for those who still want to believe in the magic.
Set in Victorian England, young Annabel Grey is the perfect example of a proper young lady on the outside, on the inside, she hides her strange magical abilities, namely those that give her the ability to see visions in puddles, even though she ...more
Her words weave magic. She draws you in, she makes you believe, she makes you feel brave.
A Most Magical Girl follows an ordinary, everyday Victorian girl, who, rather like Harry Potter, suddenly finds herself in a magical world. Her role is to fulfil the prophecy as the 'youngest and most able member of the Great and Benevolent Magical Society' to assume the role of 'Valiant Defender of Good Magic'.
The sinister Mr Angel has other ideas, of course!
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1. The main plot thrust is a journey through a magical realm, the least interesting magical realm yet set down in fiction--the lack of description is palpable, as if the author expected each location to be announced via full-colour double-page spread (which never materialized) and didn't want to compete with the image. There's a lake, for instance, and apparently it's astonishing, but all we as ...more
Annabel Grey was raised to be a most proper Victorian young lady, but -- she keeps on seeing visions in puddles. Finally, her mother sends her off to her great-aunts to learn to be a witch. She hates it, ruins the laundry by accident, and is left alone in the shop -- when a strange man comes with a threat. he is building the Dark-Magic Extracting Machine, and he has the Black Wand, and he wants all the good wizards and witches to ...more
Suddenly thrust by her mother into the care of two unknown aunts who have an old, dusty magic shop full of broomsticks, wands, and magic potions, Annabel Grey is more than a little confused. Raised in Victorian England as a prim and proper young lady with a beautiful wardrobe and set of manners, this is nothing like the life she has known. While she is trying to make sense of this very different and strange world, a self-proclaimed wizard, Mr. Angel, who looks wicked to Annabel, visits the shop...more
Annabel sees visions in puddles, which is not something London's uppercrust young ladies do in 1867. Her mother sends her to live with her great aunts Henrietta and Estrell, who run a serious magic shop and are secretaries for the Great & Benevolent Magical Soceity. When the creepy Mr. Angel appears at the shop, he leaves a note with Annabel that states his success in extracting enough dark magic to raise a shadowling army, with which he hopes to take over the ...more
The real heart of the story is the ...more
A special, precious snowflake revives a dying magical community by dint of being special and precious. We know she is, because we're told that a lot. It's not because we see her doing anything the average girl (or even below average, but not actually ...more
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Why not 5 stars?
I've read many stories with mean caregivers. I don't understand Miss Henrietta's rudeness to her newly arrived grand-niece and how she talks coldly of Annabel's dead father. I couldn't get over that, obviously! :)
We don't get to know how Kitty exists.
When Mr Angel arrives at the magic shop he gives Annabel a message to ...more
I began reading this novel to my 8-year-old niece while visiting interstate. I soon noticed that two of my nephews (age 13 and 21) were also spellbound by the story unfolding. And I, too, wanted to find out what happened, so purchased the kindle version when I got back home. Karen Foxlee's writing is exquisitely poetic and intimate. I felt as though I was right inside the viewpoints of these two most magical girls. One of the things I loved about this story was the ...more
When Annabel Grey’s mother disappears from Victorian London, Annabel is sent to live with two aunts that are in Annabel’s eyes, well, a bit weird. Living in their magic shop brings new challenges upon her life. Especially when she finds out she has to learn to control the “Moreover” wand in order to fight the growing evil that threatens to destroy all good ...more
Foxlee has a great way of using her words to ...more
Not-so-great parts include a villain with very little background or defined motivations (he wants to take over London because he's evil and that's what evil people want to do), the mother character going off on "business" (and then potentially coming back with something important, I guess?), what happened to ...more