Daughter of Chaos (Red Magic #1)

 
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Daughter of Chaos (Red Magic #1)
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March 25, 2014
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978-0988340961
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There comes a time in every witch's life when she must choose her path. Darlena's friends have already chosen, so why is it so hard for her to make up her mind? Now, Darlena is out of time. Under pressure from Hecate, the queen of all witches, Darlena makes a rash decision to choose Red magic, a path no witch in her right mind would dare take. As a Red witch, she will be responsible for chaos and mayhem, drawing her deep into darkness. Will the power of Red magic prove too much for Darlena, or will she learn to control it before it's too late?

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Daughter of Chaos by Jen McConnel features a teenage heroine with a very bad attitude problem–which is what makes Darlena so much fun to root for. Darlena pretty much has everything a modern-witch could wish for, reasonable parents, tuition at a fancy private school, a hot ex-boyfriend who’s still into her, and a BFF who’s not afraid to do hexes. But still, Darlena manages to screw everything up in the first ten pages of the book. Hecate, the queen of all witches, pays a visit and Darlena makes a flippant comment that has life-long consequences.

Darlena may have magical powers, but she still has to deal with real life teen issues that suck–a dad who doesn’t understand her, teachers who have to follow boring standardized curriculums, and “the big” question of choosing a future career. That’s YA speculative fiction at its best–fun but also real.

My favorite part of Daughter of Chaos was watching Darlena get her head in the game. You knew she was going master her powers eventually, but you didn’t know if it would happen in time to save the people she loved.

I can’t wait to read more in the (Red Magic) series, and see how author Jen McConnel twists myths from all over the world into one connected plotline.
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