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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Review: The Story of Margaret Mellow: The Origins of The Chosen by Suraiya Matandara-Clarke @Suraiya_MClarke

The Story of Margaret Mellow:
The Origins of The Chosen 
by Suraiya Matandara-Clarke

Publish Date: January 1, 2020
Kindle Edition
108 Pages
Series: The Chosen Triphants Book One
Genre: Magical Realism

Margaret has always known there was something different about her, especially having a birthmark shaped as a gemstone which glowed pink on her birthday. She has always hidden it from the people around her, but deep inside she has always wanted to know more- what is she? Why does she have a glowing birthmark?

She's a mystery case that not even the best doctors can figure out.

When she faces challenges like never before, she finds herself in a reality she never thought possible.

My Review:

Oh my heart.  I just couldn't help but fall in love with Margaret.  We open with the death of her parents and her being put in an orphanage where she's the only Black girl and is bullied consistently.  Then we follow her from there to greater things where she is still trying to figure out who she is and what these visions from her birthmark mean.  Through it all, she handles herself with grace and with the love and help of a family friend who finds her, she manages to find her way.  How do you not fall in love with her?!?!

With just a little over 100 pages, I don't want to say anything else to spoil this.  I believe this is the debut novel of this very talented 13 year old author.  That's right. 13!  This wonderful lady has done more by the age of 13 than I have in my life time so far and I am thoroughly impressed.  

There is definitely some need for editing and some tweaking with the writing but the author has started this series with a lovable protagonist and a full on adventure awaits.  I can only see her skills improving from here and I look forward to watching this journey.  To already be this talented this young can only mean great things and I applaud and support her.  


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