Thursday, September 1, 2011

Review of The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball by Risa Green

The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball

In a world where nothing is certain, a little magic couldn't hurt...right?

When Erin Channing's favorite aunt dies, Erin is bequeathed a pink crystal ball and a set of weird instructions. Granted, Aunt Kiki (aka Aunt Kooky) always lived "outside the box." But now Erin and her two best friends are convinced that the pink crystal ball holds the key to their future-or at least the key to getting dates...

Consider Your Fate to Be Sealed . . .

Absolute knowledge is not unlimited; let the planets be your guide to the number. There are sixteen ways to die, but four of them you will never see. The future belongs to you alone. Other voices will be disappointed. One rotation is as far as you can see. Only uncertainty lies beyond.

As soon as I saw the cover of The Secret Society of The Pink Crystal Ball, I knew this was a book I had to pick up. Although I am not obsessed with the color pink, it has a tendency to make me happy, and I am almost always up for a girly read. Even though I was excited for The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball, I was worried that I might find flat characters and an unrealistic storyline. Thankfully, it far surpassed my expectations. Much to my surprise, I have a feeling I’ll be talking about The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball for months to come, describing it as one of the fastest chick lit stories I’ve read in quite some time.

If one of your first thoughts when looking at this cover was “light read,” like one of mine was, think a little harder. The book starts out with the death of Erin’s Aunt Kiki. Although the premise of this book is very sad, I liked that there were cuter, happier plot points throughout the story, and I thought Green did a great job both with the amount and timing of lighter material.

Erin is a fantastic protagonist. While I love characters that have interests and passions, I think YA needs some characters that find themselves asking, “What is interesting about me?” because I feel that most people ask themselves this question at some point in their lives. I also really enjoyed the snark in Erin’s voice because it reminded me of things I might think to myself.

For me, what held The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball back from being a truly amazing read was a few plot points. While I enjoyed the story surrounding Aunt Kiki, at times it felt too similar to the plot of Maureen Johnson’s 13 Little Blue Envelopes to be entirely fresh. Also, the ending of the novel felt as though everything tied up a bit too neatly. However, the romance in the story was quite sweet.

Sadly, The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball falls just a few steps short of being an outstanding chick lit novel. However, I became so engrossed in for a few short hours that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this one. Risa Green surprised and charmed me, and I found both of these emotions to be very refreshing. If you’re hesitating to pick this one up, go ahead and try it. Maybe you’ll feel the same way I did.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publicist in exchange for a fair and honest review. Thank you!


  1. This sounds cute and fun. Sometimes you need a story just like this one!

  2. The cover does make it seem like it would be a light read, but nice to know that it dives a little deeper. Loved your review!



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