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What captured me the most about this reimagined world was that it didn't seem to be out of the ordinary. The story blended fantastical elements (witches), with a common neighborhood in France effortlessly. This story reminded me a little of Magical Realist stories with its ability to make the marvelous and bizarre seem mundane and regular.
Charlotte Maudy. Her curiosity and youthful ignorance drive the story, and also drive her to her demise (if turning into a feathery witch can be called a demise). She reminded me of Icarus, who flew too close to the sun, not to spite his father, but out of teenage curiosity which led to recklessness.
Nope, I thought all the characters were described well, and leaving the witches to the imagination of the reader for most of the story added to the suspense of the plot.
The rules of the world were clear and I was able to follow the story from start to finish.
I was left with a feeling of, well it's hard to put in words . Like when the girl opens the door in a horror movie when everyone knows the killer is laying in wait on the other side, but the audience still watches the movie, clutching onto their seats in fright and anticipation, that's how I felt. I could see Charlotte's end coming, but even still I eagerly read on because of the suspense the author used so well.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The French setting, the descriptive imagery of the start of the story, and the suspense of what will happen to Charlotte grabbed my attention and had me begging for more. Your choice to mix fantasy with a fairly modern setting was refreshing and the magical realist elements of the story enhance the suspense and anticipation that readers will feel. All in all, this was great! Hopefully I'll be able to review more work from you!