Delinquent Magic

Young Adult - Fantasy - General
339 Pages
Reviewed on 12/23/2020
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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite

A sinister evil is lurking near the edges of a small magical town, waiting to pounce and siphon away the life and beauty living within its confines in the young adult fantasy novel, Delinquent Magic by M.W. Fowler. Charlotte Caster was born a witch. Her mother is a witch, but her father and brother are both non-magical. Abruptly leaving their home, the family moved to the small magical town of Odyl. One of the good things about their move is the school incorporates a magical curriculum for witches and wizards. When Charlotte attends school, the most popular girls insist she hang out with them. Unexpectedly, when Charlotte goes shopping with them, she notices a residue of dark spells in one of the shops they visit. Charlotte is uncomfortable, as well as frightened, and leaves. Something evil is leaving the mark of its presence throughout the town, and only the ghost of a missing boy can help Charlotte discover what it is. But although she can see him, he hasn't communicated with her. Does he know who is behind the disappearances of other students? Can they be stopped before Charlotte or those she cares about become victims?

Delinquent Magic by M.W. Fowler is a brilliant young adult fantasy novel. It is an enchanting tale with an enjoyable plot and captivating characters. As a typical teen, Charlotte is engaging, personable, and likable. I appreciated her family's dynamic and chuckled a few times at her father's attempts to mediate between Charlotte and the rest of her world. This superbly written book is delightfully entertaining and will captivate and charm fans of fantasy who enjoy stories that contain teenage witches, wizards, and magical adventures.

Vincent Dublado

Delinquent Magic by M.W. Fowler is a young adult novel that follows the adventures of teenager Charlotte Caster as she attends Kasbalt High School, which may well be a rival school of Hogwarts. Charlotte did not want to move to a new place and has to adjust to settling into her new environment. As her dad explains, it has something to do with his work, but she and her family know it has something to do with their magical secret. She learns that attending Kasbalt sounds fun in theory, but agonizing in practice. Sarah has been seeing the ghost of Dexter Reynolds, a member of the school soccer team, while she becomes friends with Kasbalt’s dueling team witches. As if ghosts, werewolves, and crazy witches are not trouble enough, Odyl, the place where they moved to, abounds in cursed items—yet it is also the place where she has her real first kiss.

Even for adults, reading Delinquent Magic can bring delight in its supernatural-based plot and characters. You’ll find that Charlotte’s interaction with her family is infused with humorous moments, with her brother Stefan as an annoying tease. The friends she makes at Kasbalt show her the bitter realities within the confines of the magic school. As for her boyfriend Nate, he is the shoulder that she leans on. M.W. Fowler possesses a sharp sense for detecting what cannot be perceived, and he uses his writing wizardry to deliver smooth prose that produces a fascinating alchemy of mystery, wit, and teen angst. Charlotte is a clear character, a teenager who just wants to live her life yet has no choice but to embrace her special gift. Delinquent Magic has its own inventiveness that makes it engaging and a treasure.

Rabia Tanveer

Delinquent Magic by M.W. Fowler is a young adult novel following the life of Charlotte Caster as she discovers that joining a magic school comes with many hassles. Charlotte Caster is new at Kasbalt High School where she is excited to learn magic. On the surface, it is a typical high school with silly messages on the bathroom stalls and conspiracies to entertain students for years to come. However, Charlotte tries her best to keep her focus on her studies and keep her crush on Mr. Luchard a secret. But the real trouble begins when she starts seeing the ghost of an ex-student, Dexter, who seems to be warning her about something. Why has he singled her out? There are far too many questions and no one there to answer her. What will Charlotte do? Can she figure out the mystery and continue with her simple life?

Charlotte’s friendship with Nate and Trevor is wholesome; they bring out a different side of Charlotte and make her more approachable. I love Charlotte’s dialogues; they are filled with a lot of spunk and spark. They show Charlotte’s personality to a “T” and give readers an insight into her mind. The mystery behind Dexter and the suspicious goings-on around Charlotte move the story forward. It is more than just a young adult novel. The mystery, action, and drama keep the story alive while adding an extra spark to the plot. Delinquent Magic by M.W. Fowler is a fantastic, very entertaining story with solid characters that develop at a rapid pace, a narrative that runs smoothly, and an arc that is commendable.