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Reviewed by Emma Megan for Readers' Favorite
Special Proper Magic by Michael McAdam is a startling young adult paranormal novel about two cousins with special gifts. Adrian Whitingham is a thirteen-year-old boy who possesses a trait that makes him feel unique, and nobody knows about it. He can move things with his mind. Holly Weaver is Adrian's cousin. They're the same age and have never met. Thus, Adrian doesn't know that Holly also has a special gift: she can see and speak to ghosts. He also doesn't know that Holly can't tell the difference between a living person and a ghost. But, now that it is summer break, Holly's parents surprise her with a trip to England to visit her cousin. Will Adrian and Holly discover each other's secrets? How will their gifts help them find the boy that has gone missing?
Special Proper Magic by Michael McAdam is an extremely delightful novel that quickly stole my heart with its unpredictability. It's perfectly paced with just the right amount of mystery, peril, suspense, and adventure. Michael McAdam's world-building is phenomenal. Holly's special trait and its effects on her are highlighted well, which makes the story more appealing and formidable. If you believe that dead people aren't the ones to be scared of, only living people are, Holly will prove you wrong. If you want to go on a short, thrilling, and fun adventure into the realm of the spirits, Special Proper Magic by Michael McAdam is one you won’t want to miss. I highly recommend it and can't wait for the next book.