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Review: Ordinary Magic by Caitlen Rubino-Bradway

Sunday, June 3, 2012
Ordinary Magic
by Caitlen Rubino-Bradway

Publication: May 8, 2012 (Hardback)
Pages: 288
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books
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In Abby’s world, magic isn’t anything special: it’s a part of everyday life. So when Abby learns that she has zero magical abilities, she’s branded an “Ord”—ordinary, bad luck, and quite possibly a danger to society.

The outlook for kids like Abby isn’t bright. Many are cast out by their families, while others are sold to treasure hunters (ordinary kids are impervious to spells and enchantments). Luckily for Abby, her family enrolls her in a school that teaches ordinary kids how to get around in a magical world. But with treasure-hunting kidnappers and carnivorous goblins lurking around every corner, Abby’s biggest problem may not be learning how to be ordinary—it’s whether or not she’s going to survive the school year!

Ordinary Magic is a cute, magical read about ordinary kids who prove to be extraordinary in a world where magic is the norm. Every kid dreams about magic at some point in life, and in Abby's world it is no exception. However, kids in Abby's world typically take magic for granted. I freaking love this world, and I admire kids like Abby who dare to run straight into danger to protect their friends and their beliefs. The ordinary girl that she is, Abby shines in the magical world she lives in.

Exceptional as the world building is, the characters are what make this story shine. They all played their roles without fail, and they all have their unique personalities. I loved Abby's friends in their own special ways, especially Peter--the loner who seems to feel something special towards Abby. I expect to see more development between the two in the future (because there better be a book two!). Abby's family is equally amazing, if not more so. Despite the general populace's distaste for ords, Abby's family rallies together to protect the baby of their family. Abby's eldest sister Alexa is my hero(ine). An extremely power magic wielder, Alexa uses her abilities to protect and educate ords like Abby when she could be doing something crazy.

This is a book for people of all ages. There is no wasted scene; each one contributes to the development of the plot. Readers of all ages will enjoy the adventure, magic, and humor. Middle-grade readers will delight in Abby's magical world where ordinary kids can shine and prevail against the bad guys. Older readers will appreciate the underlying meanings behind various plot lines, such as the prejudice against ords. And a little magic never hurts.


Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher. No payment was received in return for a review. The receipt of the book had no influence on the opinions expressed in my review.
4 comments on "Review: Ordinary Magic by Caitlen Rubino-Bradway"
  1. This sounds like a great book. I've been hearing about it on blogs. I'll have to add it to my TBR list. Wish I'd gotten an ARC of this. Thanks.

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  2. It's wonderful. You should definitely check it out! :)

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  3. This sounds like such a cute book. I'm very curious to check it out. Great review; thanks so much for sharing! I'm glad the characters are wonderful, as I'm very character-driven when it comes to books.

    -Lauren

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    1. It is! I'm also very character-driven when it comes to books and adored this book. Hope you enjoy it!

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