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A Magic Dark and Bright

(The Asylum Saga #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  335 ratings  ·  158 reviews
Amelia Dupree hasn’t seen the Woman in White since the night her brother died. 

The ghost seems to have disappeared from the woods surrounding Asylum, Pennsylvania—that is, until Charlie Blue moves into the creepy old MacAllister House next door. Amelia can’t help liking him, even though she spent her childhood thinking his grandmother was a witch. And she definitely can’t
Paperback, 316 pages
Published April 28th 2015 by Bookish Girl Press
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Paula M

“I am a weapon, forged by fire, shaped by darkness, and destined for one purpose: Revenge”

This is one of my favorites this year. I honestly don’t have any negative thing to say. Except maybe why it has to end or why do I have to wait. WHYYYYYY.

 Since words doesn’t come to me easily when I try to review a book that I really love (because Imma loser that way) I’ll just list down all the things that made this book such a success! This is Jenny Perinovic’s debut novel
❀Aimee❀ Just one more page...
I'm going through a spat of enjoying books like this. This book has ghosts, dead girls, Ouija boards, small town interactions, mysteries, an attic 225 years old, secret passageways, and more.

I loved the small town aspect and the suspenseful tone. The pacing was perfect. There was a bit of "insta-love" that I was eye-rolling at near the beginning, but there are factors at work we learn about later. The interactions between characters felt authentic otherwise.

The ending finishes with a bang and le
Aira  Cabrera
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
ARC kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Wow I loved this! It scared the crap out of me, but in a good way. The cover does not look scary at all, but do not be fooled.

Well some might not get scared. I just get scared easily.


Amelia has always been able to see a woman in white at the back of her house. She has not seen the ghost since the night her brother died.

One night, a car suddenly pulls into Ms. McAllister’s driveway. The ghost appears then. A

Arc provided by Bookish Girl Press

Release Date: April 28 th

I am going to start with what I liked in this story: The first paragraph. It was creepy and atmospheric.

A woman haunted the woods behind my house.
I used to watch her from my bedroom window. She glowed silver in the moonlight, a pale wraith in a white dress that curled around her ankles and twisted in an ancient wind that didn’t touch the pine trees around her.

The characters
Well developed, with their own story and background, they
Feb 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars, read-in-2017
WARNING: DO NOT READ THIS SYNOPSIS. The entire thing spoils the entire book. The synopsis is the end of the book.

3.5 stars.

Here's the thing, I never read blurbs. Ever. But for once I thought why the heck not and I read a blurb and I made a grave mistake. The blurb tells you that this event happened, yeah on the last page. The event in the blurb is actually the cliff hanger at the end of this book. So when I was reading the book I kept waiting for this event to happen and 200 pages in everything
[I received this ARC from Netgallary in exchange for an honest review]

Ah, where do we begin? A Magic Dark and Bright by Jenny Adams Perinovic is one of those books that would always gain my attention:
eye-catching cover
interesting summary/blurb
a promise of a mystery
there’s paranormal/fantasy influences
and the promise of romance

It’s everything that I want in a ya novel, despite it (YA paranormal mystery) being done many times. But just because it’s been done before doesn’t mean that authors are f
**Thank you Bookish Girl Press and Netgalley for providing this in exchange foe an honest review**

2.5 Stars

Amelia used to be your (almost) average teenager. She was a star on the swim team, had tons of friends, was dating a very cute, popular boy, and occasionally the ghost of a woman hanging around her the back of her house. Then her brother died in an accident and everything changed. She build up walls and kept everyone, but her best friend Leah, at arms length. She stopped seeing the woman in
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
(ARC provided by Netgalley)

She meant to help a ghost...not unleash a curse.

I LOVED THIS. The plot is interesting and I didn't see some of the things coming.
I never felt bored while reading it, it was a fast reading who made me want to know what was going to happen next.
The characters are amazing. I completely fell in love with Charlie. And I really loved his relationship with Amelia, it wasn't that kind of 'insta-love' I read in almost every book.. they actually got to know each other.
Rhea Dsouza
This book reminds me a lot of a minibar. You know those overpriced mini-refrigerators with an inventory from hell and prices so high, you might want to break down and put your life on hold. Anyway, you know how these minibars have everything from Michael Jackson’s frozen nose to Farrah Abraham’s frozen chin but lack essentials like freaking chocolate ice-cream? Yeah. This book kind of follows that same track.

A Magic Dark & Bright has everything that would make up the quintessential ghost book—i
Jenny Perinovic
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This is a book about a girl, a boy, and a ghost. It's a book I've poured my heart and soul into for the past two years--a book that I only dreamed of sharing with the world.

I'm so, so happy it's finally out there. And I hope you love it as much as I do.
Cristian (The Bookish God)
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, arcs-received

I received an ARC of this book thanks to Bookish Girl Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book brought me so many memories back; not because I felt that it was reminiscent of my own life but because the story reminded me of Beautiful Creatures. Perhaps an improved Beautiful Creatures. I loved the setting, I grew to love the characters, and I most definitely adored the direction the series took at the end of the book!

Premise take
Apr 07, 2015 added it
Shelves: ya, debut, arc, 2015
This book aptly combines page-turning magic and murders with authentic small-town summer life. The relationships - friendships, rivalries, and romances - all seemed realistically charming instead of unnaturally glamorous. The awkward interruptions before a first kiss, the ice cream and movies sleepover with a best friend, the active presence of parents and other family were all kind of refreshing for a paranormal romance, presenting a heroine whose life doesn't begin or end with the entrance of ...more
Feb 10, 2016 marked it as deals  ·  review of another edition
10 February 2016: $1.99 on Kindle ...more
Pavitra (For The Love of Fictional Worlds)
Review was first up on For The Love of Fictional Worlds

I received a digital copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

The main reason I requested this book on NetGalley was because of the Woman in White in the blurb. Now Woman in White is a an enduring legend about a woman who has suffered tragic loss of her children and is now haunting the same place where she lost her life or where she wants revenge (Those of you familiar with Supernatural - American Drama would remember this as th
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Boooo for cliffhangers! I need the next book ASAP!

The historical aspect of this book was pretty cool! I'd never really read anything like it before.

Edited to include full review.

First Thoughts

That cliffhanger, though!! Why?!?!

I am definitely continuing this series because I'm itching to know what happens next!

I'm usually not one for creepy paranormal ghost stories, but A Magic Dark and Bright really captivated me. The characters were likable, the setting was eerie, and the mystery kept me turnin
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I want to say thanks to Bookish Girl Press and Netgalley for letting me read this book in exchange for an honest review.

***Rating 4.5 Stars***

Every since a young age Amelia was able to see a ghost called the Women in White. The night her brother died the ghost appearance stop. Until her brother Mark died. So when Charlie shows up the ghost shows up. Spooky?! Huh. I loved this book so much it had me on the very first page of the book. This book is very good. I'm not sure on how to describe this
Saying that I loved this book would probably be the under statement of the year. It would be completely accurate to say that I want the second book like yesterday.

This book scared me in the best of ways, ok scared was probably the wrong word, it was thrilling and intense and kept me on the edge of my seat. I mean a lot happens right off the bat.

The story you think you know starts to come a part as pasts are revealed and secrets are spilled. People die, people kiss, there is magic! And that is
Brittany (Brittany's Book Rambles)
I almost DNFed this book because of the teen drama in the beginning. I pushed myself a bit further though and got to the paranormal parts of the plot, boy, was I surprised. It's chilling and suspenseful, and once the plot picked up I couldn't put it down. Word to the wise, this is not the book to read when you're trying to sleep. I'm not ashamed to admit that it gave me goosebumps and made my heart race. This has to be the first time where I was pulled into a book by its plot and not its charact ...more
Julie Reece
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A Magic Dark and Bright (The Asylum Saga #1) by Jenny Adams Perinovic is full of delicious secrets. I loved how Perinovic fused historic elements with today’s timeline in such a rich and satisfying way. This story pits a cast of likable protagonists against an ancient evil, and has all the magic, page-turning mystery, and swoony romance that I crave in a Gothic YA. With creepy ghosts haunting an old ruin, hidden staircases, and teen girls turning up dead, you won’t put the book down until the ve ...more
Sierra Abrams
I am reeeeeaaaallllyyyyy excited for this omg
Feb 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: to-review
Really cliche at times but still a pretty decent story
~ 3.5 stars ~

Amelia is still reeling from the death of her brother and carries a fair amount of guilt on her shoulders in what she believes is her role in the accident that took him from her. She has donned a mask to hide her pain and has become something a recluse to keep people away, until the night Woman in White appears outside her house after a stranger arrives at her creepy neighbors house and her world turns upside down once more.

I didn’t know what to expect with this one, but I was hook
Emmeline (The Book Herald)
I kindly got this ARC from Bookish Girl Press Via Netgalley

OH MY GOODNESS! What a story!

Okay, so this story held the promise to be scary, and i thought i'd be delightfully Ironic to read it on Friday the 13th.

"A woman haunted the woods behind my house....But that was before. I hadn't seen her in six months, not since the night she'd watched Mark die."

In the small town of Asylum Pennsylvania everything is perfect, from the white picket fence to the people. Neighbours have been friends for g
christine danielle (Bibliophilic Madness)
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A Magic Dark and Bright was a book that made me get out of my room, and continue reading in our living room because that was scared I was.


The first paragraph of this book was what really caught my attention and it goes something like this...

A woman haunted the woods behind my house.
I used to watch her from my bedroom windo
Claire Evangeline
Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
"A woman haunted the woods behind my house....But that was before. I hadn't seen her in six months, not since the night she'd watched Mark die."

This was the second book I read through Netgalley, and I really liked it! The story had good pacing, interesting characters, and a nice plot. It just worked for me, and I enjoyed reading it.

So, the story goes like this: Amelia has lived in the town of Asylum for her entire life. The town is made up of a lot of old families, including creepy old Ms. MacA
Nichole Elizabeth
Feb 03, 2015 rated it liked it
“A woman haunted the woods behind my house. I used to watch her from my bedroom window. She glowed silver in the moonlight, a pale wraith in a white dress that curled around her ankles and twisted in an ancient wind that didn’t touch the pine trees around her.”

This book starts out very eerie and creepy. From there, I continued to be intrigued and into the story enough that I could not wait to finish and see what was really going on in the small town of Asylum. The cover of this book can be s
Received from NetGalley for review.

Holy headfuck. That’s about as succinct as I can get for this book. For 80% of it I thought I had it figured out, man was I wrong. It’s part ghost story, part romance, with a whole lot of dark twisty mystery thrown in at the end for good measure. And it’s done so well. This book wasn’t really what I was expecting but it was fantastic nonetheless.

A Magic Dark and Bright tells the story of Amelia, who is haunted by the death of her brother and a ghostly woman
Kelly Gunderman
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Magic? Check.
An absolutely adorable romance? Check.
An awesome main character? Check.
A ghost? Check.

Count me in, please.

This I was hooked on the first page. Everything about this book is absolutely fantastic, that I don't even know how to explain it other than "Squee!"

I've read my fair share of young adult books with interesting plot ideas that just fall short. This is not one of those
Victoria Scott
Apr 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: posted-on-blog
I'll admit, this book wasn't exactly one of my favourites. Man, I wish it was. It just didn't do it for me.

This is the kind of story that I'd already read a hundred times before I opened up this book. Small town. Mysterious magic. New kid comes to town, mysterious magic seems weirdly related to them. Original, right? Amelia, our protagonist, wasn't overly lovable. I didn't hate her, but I can never stand characters whose main feature is they're in mourning. Amelia's brother died a year ago (I t
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Jenny Adams Perinovic is a YA author, librarian-in-training, and part-time book fairy. She lives in Philadelphia, PA with her perpetual student husband and their tiny menagerie. She likes to write books filled with mystery and magic (and also kissing). On twitter, she's @JennyPerinovic, and you can visit her online at

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