Genre: YA Fantasy
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From Goodreads.In a world corrupted by acceptance, could you be yourself? Meghan’s life had never been easy, either being overlooked as Merlin’s younger sister, or getting the wrong kind of attention for being different. When Merlin’s attempt to save Meghan’s life by transporting her to eleventh century Amorika, France, goes awry, she finds herself in twenty-first century America. There, she discovers that it is all too easy to fit in with the popular crowd—if she hides who she really is. Meghan faces the choice of condoning the same oppression that she had encountered before or giving up her newly won acceptance and becoming an outcast again. She soon realizes that her decision will not only affect her life, but will determine whether a friend lives or dies to the same forces that once threatened her. When the teenage sister of Merlin, the world's most powerful magician, is confronted by life-threatening bullying, where can she run? Megan attempts to escape to the 21st Century but is forced to confront the same demons she hoped to leave behind.
Review by Jess
WIZARD by Paula Paul follows a unique tale of Merlin's sister, Meghan! She is thrown into the 21st century by mistake and the reader follows as she adjusts to a whole new world and learns who she is. An exciting and fun read about a whole other side of Arthurian legends.
I was so excited to read this! I love anything about Arthurian legends and this just happens to mix a little but with contemporary! I had to read it! Paula Paul, I thought did a wonderful job captivating the cruel side of how high school kids can be to an outsider and the challenges of being the new kid (though I think Meghan had a bit more than the new kid thing going on).
I liked Meghan. I thought she was a good solid character. I feel that she could have been a little bit more believable though as she seemed to fall too easily into 21st century America. I would have expected her to be a bit more...proper, coming from the time period she did. I don't think it took away from the story much but it was noticeable. I liked the magic aspect of her character, being a female wizard!
I liked Ryan and Tyler a lot. They were more believable, and honestly I could have seen myself hanging out with them in high school. Ryan to me was the sweet guy who was a little timid, but something about his demeanor was tough. Tyler brought to the table a lightness that really shone through. He was so fun! But, on the other side of things, Paula Paul did an excellent job of making me hate Jason, the antagonist. I couldn't stand him, he was so nasty!
Overall, I liked this book a lot. I liked the new take on some Arthurian legends. A forgotten sister of Merlin was a very enticing read. I would recommend this book to anyone who also likes all things Arthurian, or if you just want a quick fun read! There was a good mix of everything in this.