Ana's Magic by Aida McKenzie

Ana's Magic

by Aida McKenzie
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Reviewed by: Marquist
February 2009


In the beginning of the book, Ana’s Magic, written by Aida McKenzie, Anastacia (Ana) Wright returns to Miami, Florida after moving to New York City to pursue her dream of becoming a fashion designer. But, life in Miami isn't exactly the way it used to be and Ana quickly realizes her life will never be the same after hearing some unexpected news from her mother. Ana is forced to make several difficult decisions that she never thought she would face. One of those decisions causes the close bond to her family to be sacrificed.

After a few shaky experiences and losing everything she has, Ana enrolls in fashion school, finds an apartment, and eventually meets a guy named Magic who treats her like a queen. Magic is able to help Ana maintain the lifestyle she is accustomed to living. With the help of her best friend Tiffany, Ana enters a fashion competition which turns out to be a golden opportunity. Ana goes through many trials and tribulations throughout this book including death, heartache, and misfortune.

Sadly, this book falls short of expectations in my opinion. Everything about the book, from the characters’ dialogue to their personalities to the situations was very superficial to me. The relationship Ana had with her mother is not very well developed and neither are her friendships. The book may have had some potential if the author would have put more thought into it. Overall, I think the entire book is one big redundant storyline and needs more substance to it.

The one positive thing about the book is Ana’s motivation. She is determined to become a fashion designer by any means necessary and she never let anything get in the way of her dream. If that is the main point the author is trying to portray, it came across loud and clear. Other than that, I did not connect with any of the characters as none of them came alive to me. Although Ana is portrayed as a “go getter” with a clear sense of direction of who she wants to be, her character could have been developed better.

What did you like about the book?
I liked Ana’s drive and ambition to pursue her dream to become a fashion designer. No matter the circumstances, she didn’t let anything hinder her from accomplishing her goal.

What did you dislike about the book?
There are a few things I disliked about this book. I think the author should have chosen a different cover and name for the book. I also think the plot was weak and the book dragged on too much. I was waiting for the pace of story to pick up after the climax but it never did. Lastly, the characters were not fully developed - Ana and her friends seem too materialistic and think everything is about money.

What could the author do to improve the book?
The author could rewrite and edit portions of this book to improve the storyline.


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Kimala Bryan :
Posted 3163 days ago
i loved the book they whole concept was diffrent. i cant wait till part two comes out. i finisehed it in one day
Adia McKenzie :
Posted 3166 days ago
Joe The Plumber
I won't dignify your ridiculousness with a comment.
Firefly :
Posted 3166 days ago
Joe, You first stated that the reviewers comments about the book are his opinion, so please answer this? why do you feel so strongly about it. The fact is others opinions differ from both yours and Marquist therefore all this back and forth is completely unnecessary and asinine. I'll give you this. Your opinion is your own. Now start keeping it to yourself.
Triniwifey :
Posted 3166 days ago
hmmmm, this reminds me of a song.
Hate On Me Hater
Either Now Or Later
Cuz Im Gonna Do Me (Im Gonna Do Me)
You'll Be Mad Baby (Go Head And Hate)
Go Head And Hate On Me Hater
Im Not Afraid Of
What I Gotta Pay For
You Can Hate On Me
Do your thing Adia. keep writing. I will definatley be there to buy more and more and more books.
 




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