Crystal Cadets - Anne Toole, Katie O'Neill, Paulina Ganucheau

Received this book from Netgalley/publisher in exchange of an honest review. 3.5 stars.


Woot, this book was truly a Christmas gift (I wished for it to be on Netgalley some time ago, and then today heard my wish was granted + I was randomly selected to read/review the book).

I am a big fan of Magical Girls, which was one of the reasons why I really wanted to read the book. And we got magical girls galore here.

This book was just full of magic, hilarious situations, excitement, epic fights and much much more! There is a wide variation in the cast, which delighted me. Not always does it feel like it fits, but in this case? It fitted perfectly that the girls were all so different. I also loved all their powers, and the beasts they summoned. From unicorns to butterflies, we got all kinds of summons, and I loved seeing them pop up. Not always did the summon go right (the girls are still practising), but you can see the girls do their best.

Our main character was Zoe, and while I did like her and how she made great decisions, I wasn't all to happy that she quickly assumed the role of a leader. She is still new, learning her powers, but she immediately grabs the main role in the team. I think she should earn that one first, not just get it because she made a few good decisions.

I do hope we also find out more about Zoe's mom, she seems like an interesting character, and I would like to know more about her. What happened to her? Was she as good in the magic department as her daughter?

And I also got a whole lot of questions about why it is all girls (mostly) that get the powers. How the darkness started, and how it all works. Can people be healed? Can't they?

The twist near the end with the guy and the last cadet? I didn't see that one coming, and it was a great twist. Also glad to see it happen, as the cast could use a bit more of that kind in their group.

Sadly, I do have to scrap half a star on what happened in the last part of the book. All of the book is in perfect, gorgeous colours, except the last part. That one was totally done like someone forgot to colour in. It made the story less appealing, and it also confused me. It is truly a shame. I am not sure if it is my copy, or if it was just something that wasn't finished, but I hope that they will fix it in the retail version, otherwise I fear that more people might not like it. From colourful to drab and not lovely.

The art was great, and I loved the colours. They were vibrant, and they fitted the story perfectly, it made it all more sparkly and more fun to read the book. With vibrant colours like that, and such an artstyle you could clearly see it when characters turned dark, or when darkness popped up.

All in all, this is one book I would recommend to all.

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