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When Penny comes to Dogwood she feels that she is alone in the world. She is dealing with the loss of her mother, but also wonders who her father was and what happened to him. Penny is obsessed with finding him and her obsession leads her and the whole town into danger. I really enjoyed how the mystery of Penny's father worked into the story. While I did think that The Conjuring Glass was slow-moving at points, there was a lot to like about the book.

All of the characters reminded me of kids that I once knew. I also think young readers will be able to relate to both Penny and Zoe. The setting and atmosphere were great and I liked the fate of the town's children lying in the hands of two young witches. My favorite part was when Penny stands up to a bully that was much bigger then she was.

It showed that Penny was a tough character and I found myself rooting for her. I think most young kids will love the mystery in The Phoenix Girls: Book 1 The Conjuring Glass and they will appreciate the spooky parts also. I would love to see where the story of The Phoenix Girls goes in future installments. Jan 26, Ravencrantz rated it really liked it Shelves: giveaways-entered , arc. I won an ebook copy of this book as a part of Library Thing's early reviewer program.

This was a fun read about two girls who discover they have a talent for magic and have to learn to use it to defeat the evil that has come to their little town. And it has a beautiful cover, which is always a plus for me. Even if I can't keep looking at it since it's an ebook. I still enjoyed this and I will be looking forward to the second one. I honestly think my favorite character is Ronan, the little talking I won an ebook copy of this book as a part of Library Thing's early reviewer program.

I honestly think my favorite character is Ronan, the little talking fox. I have my theories about him, maybe possibly being Penny's father, or at least connected to him in some way, and I'm really curious to see if I'm right or if Knight can come with something even better. I love how he doesn't really teach the girls anything, but rather watches their progress and helps them without actually helping. He lets them learn without giving them the answers. And he's a fox and foxes are adorable, even though he disappears for most of the book and Penny and Zoe never really give it a second thought.

They just kind of notice it and then get back to practicing their spells. I guess they really wouldn't have been able to do anything about his disappearance, but I still would have liked to see them try something. They didn't even call out for him. Just didn't see him and assumed he was off elsewhere when he'd been watching over them the past few weeks. Then there's his sudden reappearance. We know why he disappeared, or at least how, but we don't know what really happened or how he came back.

I guess it was kind of assumed he was dead, but then he makes his grand re-entry to help save the day. But what happened to him? How is he okay?

The Crimson Brand – The Phoenix Girls – Book II

Why'd he suddenly decide to come back? These are all questions I hope to get answers to in the next book. Penny's story is still mostly concealed. Her mother didn't tell her much about life before Penny, so we don't know much either. Only that there was a car accident that led Penny to be born prematurely and that her father disappeared after that incident. Generally, though, her story is similar to many of this genre. An orphan going to live with a relative she had no idea existed and thus learns that she has some special ability that she has to hide from said relative for who knows what reason other that "It's not safe!

Susan isn't the evil step mother of fairy tales, and is actually a pretty nice person, for what we know of her. I feel like if Penny and Zoe mentioned something to Susan, then she could help in some way. There's no way Penny's mother could have this big secret and not share it with Susan, the God mother of Penny. There's so much more to this story than what we got, so I'm glad there's a sequel coming. I can't wait to learn more and see how my theories pan out.

Feb 27, Grampy rated it it was amazing. His bio says Brian lives with his family and the voices in his head; I hope he never stops listening to those voices in his head, because they are giving him some great advice. I was provided a free copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This is my honest review. But my first honest comment is: I hope I have a chance to review Book 2 when it is ready! This tale starts with the orphaned Penny being delivered from the orphanage where she has resided since the death of her mother, to the home of her previously unknown godmother, Susan.

Against long odds, she soon makes a friend in her new small town, and thus begins a series of magical adventures beyond anything she could have imagined in her short life. Will this be beneficial to them, or will it lead to disaster? How will they use their newly learned powers?

From My Imagination To Yours

More importantly, who or what will their new powers attract? Children from all the nearby towns have been disappearing during the night, and the Sheriff has not a clue to lead him in the right direction. Then he receives an anonymous tip, and arrests a transient living in a camper, after finding some of the possessions of the missing children in his camper. The two girls practice their witchcraft far more studiously than they do their schoolwork, and time will prove the practice was very much needed as they confront evil from another reality and try to rescue the missing children.

This book is very enchanting no pun intended. The two main characters, Penny and Zoe, interact exactly the way typical young teens would, lending further realism to their already faithfully developed characters. The author has realistically captured the attitudes and mannerisms of small town teens, small town politics, and small town gossips. This is the ideal book for girls and boys from the pre-teen years to young adulthood. Highly recommended! I will be anxiously awaiting Book 2. Penny has recently become an orphan. If this wasn't enough life changing, she moves from San Francisco to the little town of Dogwood in Washington.

There she will meet her mother's long time friend and her godmother Susan. She will also meet Zoe who will become her best friend and her companion in adventure. What was different of this book? I think a lot of people will read the book and at first get the feeling that they've heard this before. Magic, poor orphan, evil magician? But, fear not, the story is not a copy cat version of Harry Potter in anyway.

Even compared with the first book of the HP series this, The Conjuring Glass is more oriented to younger children. What about the main character? In the book Penny will have to learn a lot by herself and about herself. If you put yourself in the shoes of a 10 year old I think this is a very relatable character. The book also touches a little bit of bullying because Penny is physically "different" she is very, very short and gets teased about it a lot and I wish in the second book we will see her standing a bit more for herself.

The prose is very easy to follow and there is not a lot of twists and turns about the characters, all of them introduced to a slow, agreeable pace. Final thoughts I loved the drawings in the book. I liked the fact that we have strings of the story that lead to the second book, without giving everything away yet remaining quite straight forward.

Even though is not a book full of surprises is a nice reading and I think it would please is target audience. Feb 20, Charlie NJBiblio rated it really liked it. Sent to live with a godmother she's never known after the death of her mother, young Penny is in for a world of adventure and personal discovery as she has to deal not only with making new friends and overcoming bullies, but also coming to grips with her new found powers as a witch.

The Conjuring Glass is the first in a new young adult series that I anticipate will see the two main characters, Penny and Zoe, grow together as young woman and witches. The characters of Penny and Zoe, the young wit Sent to live with a godmother she's never known after the death of her mother, young Penny is in for a world of adventure and personal discovery as she has to deal not only with making new friends and overcoming bullies, but also coming to grips with her new found powers as a witch.

The characters of Penny and Zoe, the young witches are quickly and well developed as are the many side characters, including their mentor Ronan a talking fox , nemesis Rooster, godmother Susan, and "popular girl" Katie. Good young adult themes are presented, focusing on Penny's being an orphan thrust into a new town and school as well as the bullying issues often associated with it.

The magic in the story is a tool that helps the girls along the way as they deal with these issues and the books penultimate battle against the mysterious Birdman. I would recommend this book to girls around the ages of who would like a magical coming of age fantasy with strong female protagonists. At times the story felt as though it was exclusively on the low or high end of the spectrum, howeve, which cou be indicitive of this being the author's frost attempt at YA writing.

There is a great opportunity for this series to continue and grow as the girls do. I was engaged enough in the story and characters to have enough interest in the second installment and look forward to seeing how the characters continue to develop. Mar 08, Gregory Bastianelli rated it really liked it. As the two friends unravel the secrets of a mysterious locked box, they are thrust into an adventure involving a sinister magician and a strange bird-like creature which may be behind the disappearances of several children.

Feb 04, Geoff rated it really liked it.


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Penny's never heard of Susan or anything else about her mother's friends or relatives, but she's about to find out. One secret is finding a talking fox and magic wands, and she soon learns she can do magic. With finding these things trouble also follows, and the story follows Penny coming into her own and facing this trouble that has shown up.

I thought this was a well written story, easy to read as it flowed right along, and kept the reader turning the page when the action and suspense turned up in the second half of the book. This book reminded me of many other young adult novels I've read that were good, and I got hints or feelings of Harry Potter, Charles de Lint, and Ray Bradbury while reading this, which were all good, but the book was really its own incarnation.

I also liked how only some of the questions were answered in this book and others were left open for Penny to discover in the following books in this series. Good Stuff! Feb 11, Jackie rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy , librarything-early-reviewer , children-fiction , magic-magicians , good-vs-evil , orphans , tween-fiction , witches. Orphan Penny, 13, comes to Washington to live with her godmother, Susan, who has, up until her mother's death, been a stranger to her. Yet, Susan and Penny fall into an easy, agreeable existence in this small town.

Penny finds a friend in Zoe, another lonely girl The Phoenix Girls are born.

Phoenix Girls

With the help of talking, wise-cracking fox, Ronan, the girls face evil magician and sorcerer, Orphan Penny, 13, comes to Washington to live with her godmother, Susan, who has, up until her mother's death, been a stranger to her. With the help of talking, wise-cracking fox, Ronan, the girls face evil magician and sorcerer, Tovar the Red. As children are disappearing from this small town, Susan becomes increasingly worried and demands that Penny stay close to home, however, Penny and Zoe have found a hidden cove in the woods where they practice their magic.

And, through this magic, they will attempt to outwit and defeat a mastermind of deception. Many questions are left unanswered at the conclusion of the book, as it hints at the series ongoing storyline. Just who is Penny's father, how and why did her mother really die, and where will The Phoenix Girls fight their next battle? The Conjuring Glass is a great tween book for girls as it gets them ready for next step of YA magical novels. Feb 19, Jessica rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this book and think it is a great young adult book and is very appropriate for that age.

I really didn't know if I would enjoy this book because the description doesn't make it sound that interesting, but once I read past the first few chapters, I found myself more and more interested in the story and the characters. It was a little predictable, but honestly, I figure books out all the time so it may not be as predictable to a young adult reader. The only real reason I didn't gi I really enjoyed this book and think it is a great young adult book and is very appropriate for that age. The only real reason I didn't give it a higher score is because The Birdman idea is not very original.

I've read another series that has villains who are large black birds and that just really bothered me. Of all the creatures the author could have chosen, he chose something that has already been used in another, pretty popular series. Even the descriptions were pretty close size, color, eyes, etc. Other than that, the story was very cute and entertaining and I would not have a problem with my daughter reading a book like this.

I highly suggest reading this book if you like fun, entertaining and magical mysteries that is age appropriate for young adult readers.

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Apr 29, Mary rated it really liked it. I was given an advanced copy of this book to review. I have read many YA books and this one is a wonderful read for the teen and preteen ages, as well as for adults looking for a fun, easy, magical adventure. Penny and Zoe are two girls who happen to come upon a magic book, magic wands and a new magical friend. As they learn to use their new powers, they find out that there is an evil magical force in town kidnapping the children in the area. The two girls are set on finding out who or what is t I was given an advanced copy of this book to review.

The two girls are set on finding out who or what is taking the kids. The kids' dialogue is really well written, completely believable for kids of their ages. From the beginning I was drawn into Penny's story, and the author kept me hooked until the very end, an ending with an exciting confrontation between an evil magic and the girls' newfound magical powers. This is a great start to a new series and I am looking forward to reading more of the adventures of The Phoenix Girls. Feb 11, Lauren rated it really liked it.

This book was much better than I originally thought it would be. I am not too much into magic but as a Children's Librarian I make sure to read a wide variety of books so I can make good recommendations. Initially I thought the book to be a simple "girls who find out they can do magic" book, which tend to be a dime a dozen nowadays, however towards the middle it got quite interesting and in fact the ending had a couple of scary parts which I am sure some of my kids would love. I would say kids w This book was much better than I originally thought it would be.

As for me, now that I have finished the book I am actually looking forward to the next installment! Mar 07, Tim rated it really liked it. I was asked to review this as an "early reviewer" - and what a great read it was too. Aimed at younger readers, that should not put off the older fantasy fans as it was an entertaining story which is very easy to get into and demands little of the reader.

The book is also illustrated throughout with pictures that really do work well on the Kindle and they add to the charm of a title that is best described as Harry Potter mixed with a little of Enid Blyton's Famous Five. The book touches on real lif I was asked to review this as an "early reviewer" - and what a great read it was too. The book touches on real life issues as well as it's fantasy theme and I think this is a great modern title which should be on the reading list of any younger reader.

A great adventure and I'll certainly be seriously considering the next books in the series when I want an accessible easy read. Mar 08, penny shima glanz rated it really liked it Shelves: ebook , librarything-earlyreview , scifi-fantasy. When I learned the main character was a girl named Penny, I knew I'd be interested in this book. As I started to get to know her and find out that we shared several similarities we're preemies, we think bedrooms in the attic are fun..

For me, that's where the direct resemblance to Penny diverged but this is an enjoyable YA read of friendship and magic. I look forward to learning more about the phoenix girls and their next When I learned the main character was a girl named Penny, I knew I'd be interested in this book.

I look forward to learning more about the phoenix girls and their next adventures. I also wish I could send a copy to my younger self because I really would have loved this book when I was the age of the target audience! Mar 18, Lauren rated it really liked it. I gave this book four stars not because I didn't like it, but because it was below my normal reading level.

This book would be a great book for any young girl between years old. Thinking back to that age this is when I would have loved this book. It had mystery, adventure, friendship and sorcery. As the characters too fall in this age range I feel this would be the age to relate best to this book.


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  5. Who wouldn't want to get a new home and find a talking fox, magic wands and a secret book to s I gave this book four stars not because I didn't like it, but because it was below my normal reading level. Who wouldn't want to get a new home and find a talking fox, magic wands and a secret book to show you more spells?

    Overall if offered to read the next book in the series I would love to catch up with Penny and her friends and see what comes next for them. Apr 14, Allison Fetch rated it really liked it. This was a very creative and well told book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters were lively, the scenery well described, and the magic and mystery grabbed me from the first page. It also managed to set the foundation for a series of books, which I am now anxious to read! The book would have received five stars but for the fact that every so often the narrative seemed to get a bit twisted and I found myself having to reread paragraphs to understand what was happening - something I would This was a very creative and well told book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    The book would have received five stars but for the fact that every so often the narrative seemed to get a bit twisted and I found myself having to reread paragraphs to understand what was happening - something I would accept in an adult fiction novel but not in young adult fiction. Nevertheless, it was a great tale and I look forward to the next installment! May 31, Jenn rated it really liked it. I quite enjoyed This YA book. The tale revolves around a recently orphaned girl and her new life in a small town.

    Here she finds out more about her mom, her dad and her ability for magic.

    The Phoenix Girls – Book 1, The Conjuring Glass

    Meeting another newcomer in the small town who also has the ability for magic and these two girls adventures is the basis for these tales. I'd recommend for those that like Harry Potter, for younger 'YA' children and those that like fantasy-based easy reads. Received this book via a Librarything. It's good to see a young adult book with female characters. It's an interesting story and I found it intriguing at some points.

    Penny, the main character, is a young girl who moves into a small town because her mother died and her mom's friend has taken guardianship over her. Penny has a hard time at school with bullies but eventually finds a friend. Penny doesn't trust many people, but is learning the value of friendship and trust. It was well written.

    It is first in a series,. Feb 03, Julie P rated it really liked it. I actually really enjoyed this book. I'm not a teenager, or young girl anymore, but I do enjoy YA fiction. The Conjuring Glass is a book that I believe would be enjoyed by pre-teen girls; there's just enough angst and feeling of being an outsider that will appeal to a younger reader. It was well written, and had just the right amount of suspense along with an ending that makes me anxious to read the second book in the series.

    Readers also enjoyed. Young Adult. About Brian Knight. Brian Knight. Brian Knight lives in Washington State with his family and the voices in his head. His favorite things include coffee, writing outdoors on warm summer nights, and Hawaiian shirts. Find him online at www. Other books in the series. The Phoenix Girls 3 books. Learning to use magic isn't easy, though; Penny and Zoe get their magic wrong almost as often as they get it right. When something sinister threatens Dogwood, their often accidental magic may be the only thing that can stop it.

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