Have you ever felt completely lost at who you are? Just traveling through life, hoping to get some glimpse to explain where it all started. Zara felt the exact same way. She grew up first on a commune, then spent most of her life in Cherry Glen, with her Aunt Nonny. Nonny use to be a hippie, so that explains the first 5 years at a commune. Her mother, her aunts sister, died when she was just a baby, so Zara's aunt Nonny has been her “mother” her entire life. They are incredibly close, and Zara really enjoys her life with Nonny. There is just one problem. Zara has these unexplainable, uncontrollable powers. She has no idea where they come from, and what it makes her exactly. Nonny is not a huge fan of her powers, so it's best if Zara just keeps them to herself. They don't really talk about them, and Zara does her best to hide them. Nonny owns a nursery right across from their house, so it's not always the easiest to hide her powers from her.
Now Zara has a best friend named Meg, who she is able to confide all of her secrets too. Especially, the ones about her powers. They met at summer camp one year and have been inseparable ever since. Meg and Zara spend most of their free time performing minor science experiments and studying up, to learn more about her powers. Zara is pretty lucky to have a friend like Meg, to help her through this confusing time in her life. Meg is also pretty good at keeping secrets, so no one has found out about her, yet. There are of course rumors, because, well Zara doesn't exactly look like everyone else. She has dark hair, pale skin, and amazing amethyst colored eyes. She tries to disguise herself, by dressing in pale colors, but it almost makes her stand out even more.
Zara has done a pretty good job at controlling her powers enough to prevent others from seeing them. Until the day Zara and Meg decided to spend the day at the water park. Without thinking Zara used her powers and needless to say, it ended up on the news. Fortunately, no one really knew it was Zara, and they all just passed it off at coincidence. This incident got Meg and Zara thinking, and it occurred to them, Zara is turning 16 soon, and most people like Zara, in the fairy tales of course, have something magical happen to them on their birthdays. So all they had to do was wait, wait for her birthday to see just what happens. Will she meet someone? Will she lose her powers? Will they get stronger? I won't say, you will just have to read to find out. I can say, you won't be disappointed. You will be pulled into a fantastic new world of magic and spellspinners. Zara will get to learn a little bit about what she is and why she has her powers.
I really enjoyed this book. There were so many interesting elements to it. I was almost as desperate as Zara to learn about her past. I too, wanted to find out who she is. The characters are written wonderfully, that you can sympathize with all of them in the story. The way the story is written, it's like you are living inside Zara's mind. She is writing in her journal, which is basically us, telling us everything that happened. At times it can get frustrating, because well, we are inside a teenagers mind! But for the most part it kept things entertaining, and you are able to relate more to her on an emotional level. The writer has done a great job of pulling me into the story because I am just dying to read the rest of the series, and see how Zara's life unfolds. I read an article where the author said this book can be compared to “The Princess Diary's” meets “ Harry Potter”. I couldn't agree more. If you enjoyed either of those stories, you will find yourself falling in love with this book as well. This story is great for all ages, even grown adults. If you are looking for a new world to escape to, check out this book. It is sure to please.