Note about my Reviews

Dear Authors: The reviews in this blog are only personal opinions. I have absolutely no background in literature, writing or reviewing. I am a Librarian (actually a Library Technician for those who care OR know the difference) with a love for a good story. The opinions in the reviews are ONLY my OPINIONS. I am not commenting on the writers ability since well -- I am not a writer and never will be. If you are the author of any of the books reviewed here, my opinion is just that and not a judgment against you!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Magisterium by Jeff Hirsch

by Jeff Hirsch
Scholastic Press
ISBN: 9780545290180
Suggested Ages: 12+
Buy from Indigo 

Description: On one side of the Rift is a technological paradise without famine or want. On the other side is a mystery.

Sixteen-year-old Glenn Morgan has lived next to the Rift her entire life and has no idea of what might be on the other side of it. Glenn's only friend, Kevin, insists the fence holds back a world of monsters and witchcraft, but magic isn't for Glenn. She has enough problems with reality: Glenn's mother disappeared when she was six, and soon after, she lost her scientist father to his all-consuming work on the mysterious Project. Glenn buries herself in her studies and dreams about the day she can escape. But when her father's work leads to his arrest, he gives Glenn a simple metal bracelet that will send Glenn and Kevin on the run---with only one place to go.

Mini Book Review: A truly unique and unusual story that is perfect for the reluctant reader.  This was an extremely fast paced story with plenty of twists and turns that I didn't see coming.  I won't lie I was a little confused  at times about what the heck was going on but than again I was reading it while taking care of the kids while hubby was away - mind wasn't completely there. The cover is fabulous and I had to pick it up after promising no more books while at BEA. Glenn is an intriguing and likeable character and I enjoyed the scenes between her and Kevin.  I also really enjoyed the scene with Opal which gave the story a little more heart. I think the story would have been far superior if some of what I read in the scenes with Opal could have been developed further. Hirsch is fabulous at world building and prose but I just found the story lacking in something. It was still a nice escape from reality but not something I truly loved.  I know this review is kinda rambling but hey its been a long weekend sorry

3.75 Dewey's

I picked up a copy of this at BEA last year and just now finally getting to it


  1. I agree with your review, the story was interesting and very fast paced, but I felt like I was missing something from the story. For me it came at a time when I was in a slump of reading so I think that didn't help my thoughts on the book either. The world building was well done for sure.

    1. Exactly! I had a very similar experience with The Raven Boys - no pretty much everyone who has read it loved it but I was in that same kind of slump. Kept it just in case I want to give it a try, thanks for dropping by it feels good when someone else has the same opinion as you