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CHATOYANT COLLEGE

A very good story for patient readers

By Eldoran, member

Jan 7, 2010: Chatoyant College is a story about a college which teaches magic in addition to the common classes. The story is pretty much told from the POV of Corrie, Edie and Dawn. What’s important to know is that it is definitely a work in progress, so the first chapters are no accurate example of the quality of the later ones. So far each book pretty much revolves around one major event. The character definitely gain depth in personality and pretty much everyone is special in a way, though everything usually keeps quite lighthearted and some daily life strewn in between.

So what’s to expect: Its set into the "real" world, but magic is definitely possible even though pretty much nobody knows that. So even at the college most students believe that the magic classes are merely make belief (complete opposite of Harry Potter in that regard). Most of the time it is simply normal college life with the usual drama unless the protagonists stumble over some unusual occurrence, usually faerie/magic related. Pretty much every expected part of college life can happen. The serious stuff happens off camera, like sex scenes. The characters are distinct, but no one is very unusual. So they are a bit unremarkable, just as the world or the plot. But I mean that in a good way. No horribly scarred people, plot holes or other things. Everything besides the mystical that could have been taken straight from real life. Everything is very consistent. That is pretty much the only downside – its not really thrilling or has a lot of action. And so far Clare has been very good at keeping her update schedule.

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CHATOYANT COLLEGE

Not exactly your average college story

By Sora, member

Jan 27, 2009: Disclaimer: I too write a story based on magical college. I enjoy this genre a lot and it seems that it’s a growing niche around the web writing world. Our stories have the same premise but vastly different outcomes. I initially started reading this story because I wanted to see what chapter the characters started classes, just as a little research for my own story. (see my likes for more)

Summary: Three girls, Edie, Corrie, and Dawn start their first year of college at a magical university. Things start getting strange when one of the students goes missing and Dawn begins to learn of a power she never thought she had, but needs to use to find this missing student and maybe to prevent more from going missing.

Likes: I’m forty nine chapters into the story and they haven’t started yet and that’s alright with me. I enjoy reading where this story is going. This isn’t the typical college story simply because they hadn’t started class and all that good stuff. I’m perfectly fine with that because I might be a little bored with college classes. Not that magical classes are boring to read about, but not much happens in class. This is true with college life in general. Most of the learning one does in college is outside of the class room. The characters are likable enough and I care about them just enough to keep reading to that next chapter. The chapters are relatively short. I was able to read most of this story in one sitting.

Dislikes: It’s a tad bit cliched, but it didn’t really detract from the story. The characters are bit too similar to each other to stand out from each other as far as personality is concerned, but as the story continues, they will probably develop their own personalities and their own quirks.

Overall: It’s enjoyable story. I hope to keep reading this story as it has piqued my interests. I like that the posts are generally short and easy to read. I can’t wait to get to more of the action.

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BAUBLES AND BROOMSTICKS

Take a Chance

By Miladysa, author of Refuge of Delayed Souls

Nov 30, 2008: I have to admit that I started to read this Series with a few misconceptions. My confession probably isn’t going to do me any favours but I feel it is necessary because there could be others out there who have failed to give Baubles and Broomsticks the consideration it deserves.

Firstly, I had difficulty accepting online fiction in script format. Secondly, I had the bizarre idea that I was not a part of this story’s intended audience. With that out of the way I’ll get down to the review.

Baubles and Broomsticks is a pleasure to read. In a way, it is just like settling down to watch a favourite television programme only the action happens in your head and not on the screen. Please don’t fall into the same trap I did and let the script format put you off – it’s an effortless read!

The characters and their relationships are well defined and although each is very different they gel together well. The story lines are interesting and the magical/mythical references are well researched – something I appreciate immensely.

I’m not keen on the PDF format, I find it takes away the extra dimension I enjoy when reading a story online.

The ‘Casting’ was lost on me – I could not relate on any level to the Stock Photographs. Added to that, I felt that Helen Mirren was completely miscast as Tanya Zoe . . . 

The soundtrack references were a nice touch and it would be a bonus if you could listen to the music while reading.

Do yourself a favour and give this series a chance – you’ll be glad you did.

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