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Blurb (from Goodreads):
Benjamin Brown is trying to be normal. But his unique knacks make that virtually impossible.
Using his talents to perform street magic he thinks he’s hit on a surefire way to make enough money to preserve his precarious lifestyle and prevent people from asking too many questions about his mother. Then the wrong people begin to take notice and he is engulfed in several conflicts: trying to stay one step ahead of a gang that wants to take advantage of his knacks, attempting to uncover the mysterious background of his landlord, fending off bullies at school and reconciling his feelings about the two girls in his life.
When he thinks he finally has things figured out he discovers a plot that threatens the lives of everyone he knows. Benjamin has to decide if just getting by is enough, or if his abilities require him to embrace a destiny that includes protecting others no matter what the risks.
My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars
This was a YA paranormal story about people with special talents called ‘knacks’.
Ben was quite a brave boy, and he really did have a lot of adventures. I felt quite sorry for him and the situation he found himself in with his parents, and the way his father treated him especially. Living alone must have been hard too, especially at such a young age.
The storyline in this was about Ben’s day-to-day life as he discovered more about his knacks, and more about other people who had knacks too. Ben also had a disability which caused him to be bullied, and was pretty clueless when it came to girls as well. Poor Ben really did have a lot of awful stuff happen to him though, and it seemed like just one thing after another. This was an enjoyable story, but it did feel quite long to me.
The ending to this left us was a little sad, and left us with a bit of a cliff-hanger.
6.5 out of 10