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Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite
Melinda Richards is just finishing her junior year in high school and, like so many teens, has questions about what she wants to do with her life. She discovers a place where she really feels at home as her father restores Sotheby House, an old mansion deep in the woods in what turns out to be the magical bubble known as Pleasantwick. The barrier between the common world and that of the magical people is thinned and Melinda discovers a secret access. Pleasantwick by M.L. Stoughton follows the adventure Melinda is drawn into as an evil that threatens the protected land targets her as well. Melinda tries to enjoy the prom, but the evil begins to infect people around her, turning what should be a happy time into a nightmare. Feeling secure at Sotheby House, Melinda becomes more and more involved with a handsome young man, Luke, and learns an amazing secret. Will Melinda be able to explore her relationship with Luke or will the age-old issue between the magical families destroy it before it gets a chance to start?
For wonderful paranormal action and a great look at growing pains, Pleasantwick by M.L. Stoughton is the perfect book. The characters are easy to relate to and the action is intense as the real and supernatural worlds collide. With a combination of history and present day, you develop a strong feeling for the problems affecting the magical families and how it could possibly relate to Melinda. Great story! I loved the characters as well as the action - perfect pace and intensity. I certainly hope there is more since the author seems to have left that door open. This is an extremely entertaining story with the hint that there could be more to come.