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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Book Review: The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball by Risa Green

The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball by Risa Green
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Release Date: Available Now
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Pages: 320
Source: Received from publicist for honest review


In a world where nothing is certain, a little magic couldn't hurt...right?

When Erin Channing's favorite aunt dies, Erin is bequeathed a pink crystal ball and a set of weird instructions. Granted, Aunt Kiki (aka Aunt Kooky) always lived "outside the box." But now Erin and her two best friends are convinced that the pink crystal ball holds the key to their future-or at least the key to getting dates...

Consider Your Fate to Be Sealed . . .

  • Absolute knowledge is not unlimited; let the planets be your guide to the number.
  • There are sixteen ways to die, but four of them you will never see.
  • The future belongs to you alone. Other voices will be disappointed.
  • One rotation is as far as you can see. Only uncertainty lies beyond.
My Review: The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball was an adorable and endearing novel. I was entertained thoroughly with a well-developed plot and individualized characters. Erin, and her best friend Samantha and Lindsay were a hilarious, versatile group of girls who embodied the real meaning of friendship. Through there ups and downs, at the end of the day they remained united. Erin, the main voice in the novel, became the recent holder of the pink crystal ball passed down from her late aunt, Kiki. Now, it wasn't your typical eight ball that we've all played with when we were young. This ball in Erin's hands, was a wish granter that also carried consequences. Kiki left Erin riddle-like directions that were important to the usage of this mysterious ball. Once she established its power, it seemed to cause problems not only for Erin, but her friends as well.

Erin's personality was mellow compared to her friends who were eccentric and outgoing. The fact that she wasn't a risk taker, labeled her as "boring" in the group. I actually liked that she was different than most the protagonists I read about. In reality, we aren't all thrill seekers, I sure know I'm not. In spite of that, Erin did show signs of change, especially when Jesse re-surfaced in her life. His manner was sweet and charming. He seemed like a good fit for Erin. Finally, all the events caused by the pink crystal ball were engaging from beginning to end. My favorite part was definitely the ending which helped me understand the true testament behind aunt Kiki's gift. Risa's sarcastic undertone and light writing will keep you smiling with every chapter. It's definitely recommended not only for young adults but tweens as well.

My Rating: (4.5)
Author's Info:

Risa Green grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia and has worked as a corporate finance attorney and, more recently, as a college counselor. She currently resides with her husband, their children, and their dog in Los Angeles. Her previous adult title, Notes From the Underbelly, was made into a TV series.

For more info on Risa, visit her site(s):

-Risa's Weekly Column


Sugar and Snark said...

I will definitely be reading this! Thanks for the review :)

Liz @ Cleverly Inked said...

CUte read

Tales of Whimsy said...

Ahhhhh I want it!

Anonymous said...

Sounds great!

Lisa_Gibson said...

This book just sounds like so much fun! I'm definitely going to pick this one up and read it. Thanks for the great review.
Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

Laina said...

The cover of this one is really cute and I'm glad it was as adorable as it sounds :) Can't wait to read it!

Faye( Ramblings of a Teenage Bookworm) said...

this book sounds so adorable. <3 the cover.

vvb32 reads said...

yes, the cover is just adorable and the premise interesting. i like it.

daphne sy said...

This one was fun and cute, the cover delivered what it should have.

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