It is safe to say that David Vandergraff has had better holiday seasons. Not that he is a grinch - not by any means. But bringing home two love children from that you had to an affair and introducing them to your wife and three kids without warning could land you on Santa's (and your wife's) naughty list. Mistletoe magic just isn't that powerful to fix these kinds of problems.
Like that isn't enough - David discovers he is losing his company, cars are crashing into his living room, kids are running away, a daughters friend who they were watching while the parents were on vacation becomes a little more of a permanent member of the family. It is enough to make a person want to flip out and look for someone to kill......
After a freaking crappy week like that, one would think that discovering that they could do magic would be the high point of David's week. But discovering there is magic, and then discovering he is a "dark wizard" doesn't seem to be adding anything but more problems.
Oh yeah - everyone else around David are wizards too, but for some strange reason he seems to be the last one in on the joke. It is almost like he has been living in a fantasy world up until this discovery - could there be an logical explanation for this? Unfortunately, when your whole family consists of wizards and witches, logic isn't always applicable.
Bayliss has created a first novel in a series that will grab your attention. The best part is that the second book is already out - so you don't have to wait six years like you do with George R R Martin.
I literally have over 200 books sitting in my "in box", but every once in a while I need to take a break and read something that I pick and that I want to read. The next book on my "me" list is "Watch Me Burn" - which happens to also be by Bayliss and happens to be the next book in this series.
This book was that good.
The characters popped off the page to me, and each had a personality that seemed to be uniquely "theirs" - in a way that felt natural, not contrived.
I don't know if this book is listed as Young Adult or not, and I really don't care. I liked Hunger Games and Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children because they were great stories. "Destruction" is a title that should be on your "to read" list if you liked those books, no matter what age you are.