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Family of the Fox


Worth reading 😎

A fantasy with a little something for everyone - magic, time travel, shape-shifting.

I really enjoyed the premise of this book. Family of the Fox was an intriguing take on a coming of age story set in a fantastical world where a teen learns that her family is not exactly as she believed them to be. 

Corinne is a normal teen, who meets a cute older boy/man at school one day. She develops a crush on him, and he seems to pursue her a bit. In the midst of this, she also learns that her family members have magical abilities … and that she may as well. I don't want to give to much away, so I won't share much more, plot-wise, but I did enjoy the magic woven into the story.

I had a little trouble at the beginning of the story with Corinne and her crush - him being older, and the way he is introduced in the story didn't quite work for me. I think being a parent of teens made this part weird for me for a number of reasons which I am choosing not to elaborate on here. I  wanted to give this book a fair chance, and so I chose to set that aside to try and enjoy the story. 

I thoroughly enjoyed watching Corinne discover all of the magic around her. That part of the story was truly wonderful and so much fun! I sped through those pages and the descriptions were simply wonderful - it felt as if I were right there with her!

However, another place I struggled with this story was with pacing. It felt like I had no idea what was happening in the story for far too long. Then once I began to grasp what the storyline was, the story gained momentum and planted some questions in my mind, but all of those questions were pretty much answered by 40% through. Then the pacing slowed again. It would have helped me personally, to have had some of these questions drawn out a little more and answered further through the story. There are a few things, of course, that get drawn out. But I think the author missed a chance to really have a multilayered story by answering so many questions so easily up front.

Overall, my issues with the book were pretty small and easily solvable. I would pick up another book by F.M. Isaacs as I enjoyed it enough to say I would recommend it for fantasy lovers, especially those who love magic, time-travel, shape-shifting….you know, all the good stuff. :)

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About the author

A born and bred New Yorker, F. M. Isaacs lives with her husband, two sons, and an ever-growing number of stray cats she has rescued. A graduate of Cornell University and New York University, she enjoys writing, music, nature, and spending time with her family (which, of course, includes the cats). view profile

Published on December 31, 2019

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90000 words

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

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