Flecks of Gold by Alicia Buck

Flecks of GoldTitle: Flecks of Gold
Author: Alicia Buck
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc.
Publication Date: May 8, 2010
Pages: 288
Source: ARC
Interest: Fantasy

Mary Margaret is not the type of girl to fall in love - especially after seeing what a string of bad relationships has done to her mother. That's why it's so weird when Mary finds herself strangely attracted to Kelson, a guy at her new school. It's almost . . . unnatural. What she doesn't know is that she's been put under a spell. And when Kelson kidnaps Mary's mother and takes her to his home world, Mary will have to rescue her by relying on something she never knew existed - magic. Flecks of Gold is an enchanting blend of fantasy, action, and even a little romance. Get lost in this world where magic is commonplace and danger lurks where you least suspect it. 

I'm not sure why, but it took me a long while to get into this novel...the first 20-30 pages just dragged on, and I kept getting distracted by other books I wanted to read. I don't think it was boring per se...but I just couldn't get into it.

However, I'm glad I persevered, because after those 30 or so pages - about the time that Mary gets transported to this other world - I realized just how different the story was. There were traditional fantasy elements in the spirit of Tamora Pierce's books, which I adore, as well as some unique innovations that added a nice twist. The system of magic in particular, as patterns of light that are woven in the air, was something I had never heard of before and was rather fascinated by. There was also a sweet romance blossoming over an appropriate period of time between Mary and Breeohan, the prince of Mary's new, strange world.

Cover notes: I'm always a fan of foiled covers, and this one in shades of gold is lovely, plus the whole thing has an exotic, Moroccan feel to it.

Alicia Buck's writing flows easily and naturally across the pages, with believable dialog and sometimes predictable but nonetheless intriguing plot twists. On the whole, Flecks of Gold was a great read, and I'm looking forward to reading more by this author!
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