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REVIEW: The Silver Strand (Mastermind Academy #1) by L.J. Clarkson

Title: The Silver Strand
Author: L.J. Clarkson
Series: Mastermind Academy #1
Publisher: Indicated Publications and Promotions
Date of Release: September 27th 2013
Pages: 283
Source: *Received from the Author in exchange for an honest review*

Ever since twelve year old Isabelle Tresdon’s silver strand of hair sprouted, it’s been nothing but trouble: bleeding pink dust and sparking like a firecracker. Refusing to be known as the girl with the freaky, grandma hair, she wishes it never grew and the hair withers and tarnishes. 

The only problem is, the strand is Isabelle's source of magic, and she can transform particles of energy into matter. It's also her ticket into Mastermind Academy, a secret school inside the earth’s core. Five days remain before the strand drains her magic and life, forcing Isabelle to enter into a deal with two trickster Masterminds to save it. But what she doesn't count on is that there is more at stake than just her life.

Unique and individual, this story is unlike any other! It is a lovely magical read, showing a girl build her confidence and belief in herself. The cover is mysterious, dark and interesting with the arch representing her entry into a new world.

After an embarrassing day back at school when Isabelle discovers she has a silver strand, she believes it is ugly and horrible, but is soon convinced by her best friend that it is indeed magical and special… after she wishes it away, oops! To earn back her silver strand, her source of magic, she must complete three dangerous challenges to earn the right to go to Mastermind Academy. However, she is lead into an even more dangerous situation when she goes along with Boldrick and Esme.

Isabelle is a lovely character who cares about everyone, no matter what they are or where they come from; for example Mosey who is a toad. My favourite character out of everyone was without-a-doubt Mr Boldrick, I found him very funny but was additionally sensible with his gentleman like manner, furthermore he intrigued me with his history and I wanted to learn more about his mysterious past.

This is a lovely, magical story, it is light and easy to read but holding your attention till the end. There are many different aspects to this story that will appeal to everyone, additionally the story is continuous meaning something is always occurring. Full of imagination, this story a perfect read!

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and am looking forward to the second instalment.

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