Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Michiko Hoizu and the Magnolia Tree is the first book in a delightful series for young adult readers by Victorine Vien, a coming of age story, masterfully written. Meet Michiko, a seventeen-year-old orphaned girl with dreams of going to college, but things quickly change with the revelation that she is a Namian, a descendant of an alien race. She is taken away by Elerity, an eccentric woman, and brought to study in the Magical Arts University hidden in Trayson. Read on to discover how she explores her identity, learns of her origins, loves and losses. Most importantly, this is a story about growing up and coming to terms with her identity in a world that is ruthless and unforgiving. But what has the magnolia tree to do with her destiny?
Victorine Vien’s novel is a quick read, the kind of book a reader finishes and says, “Wow,” hoping the story could have continued. The setting comes across vividly through the narrative and readers will enjoy the colorful descriptions that are masterfully integrated into the storyline. Right off the bat, the reader is introduced to the protagonist and the setting, with the “yellow-leafed trees with plumed branches.” The story is told in an absorbing first person narrative voice, and the protagonist’s thoughts and emotions are wonderfully captured. Readers who love stories that involve magic and the supernatural will be seduced by this story. Michiko Hoizu and the Magnolia Tree is a great success in the entertainment it offers, the depth of characters, the exquisite prose, the humor, and the plot.