What I gleaned about the story: With graduation from the school for witches just around the corner, young Sabrina’s life is sent into a tizzy. Somebody is killing all the graduates.
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Analysis: Am I the only one who finds a teenage witch named Sabrina to be a horrible cliché? Even if I am, it completely broke me out of the story.
Analysis: After two pages of school girls reciting their history lessons in hushed whispers, just so that the reader would know about the cruel old witch and her long troubling past of wickedness, I got annoyed. There was no good in-story reason for them to be discussing it. The trick to good exposition is to make it a necessary part of the discussion. And ideally it should be dramatically interesting as well.
Analysis: A young teen living in a magic school with no memory of their birth family, marked only by a conspicuous scar? I think I’ve heard this one before. The moment where portraits of several past graduates exploded from the walls, to signify that they had just been murdered was a very compelling and (to me, anyway) fresh idea. But when the clichés are coming faster than the compelling bits, I find it hard to maintain my interest.