Book: Dairy of Anna the Girl Witch: Foundling Witch
Author: Max Candee
Kindle Edition: 159 pages
Genre: Upper Middle-grade
What do you do when you discover you’re a witch… And that using your new powers destroys your soul a little each time? As Anna continues to learn more about her secret abilities, she finds out that her neighbors are hiding something of their own: a plot to harm Anna and her friends.
Can Anna Sophia use her newfound supernatural powers to stop them? Can she fight back, without endangering her own soul? And maybe, just maybe, is her own secret tied up with theirs?
Though there is nothing new in middle grade fiction where the main character learns that she/he is a witch, the subtle dark edge of the blurb intrigued me.
Every place has its own character, but time adds essence to the place. For instance, take day and night, and how it affects Dona Paula.
The day starts with a cheery note, and brings along with it the warmth & radiance of the sun. A curious smell—a stinky odor mixed with the fragrance of exotic flowers and fruits straight from the bottle—soon overlaps the fresh smell of dawn. The street is lined with various colours, shops selling clothes, and trinkets. The mass of humanity is as huge as the expanse of the sea. The patter of footsteps, the clatter of human voices, and the rattling motorboats drown the sound of roaring waves. The crowd bestows a feeling of gaiety, and the lonely soul imbibes the joy trying to blend. Continue reading Day, and night at Dona Paula→
A stray golden curl sliding down his forehead, pale blue eyes, and a cherubic face gave Mark an angelic look. On any other day, he’d look innocent with neatly pressed shirt, and pants. Not today. His golden hair had already turned brown, the sand flying around him as he shook his head. His cream shirt, now buff was wrinkled, and untucked. The pants were probably brown to start with, so it’s hard to know the extent of the damage it suffered. Streaks of dirt graced his face along with a satisfied smile. The scrapes on his elbows showed signs of bleeding. He bore them with fortitude of a knight. Continue reading The start of a vacation→
*Senryu is a human haiku. Haiku is a Japanese poetry, which traditionally follows a pattern of 5-7-5 syllables in three lines. While Haiku deals with nature, Senryu portrays human characters and emotions.