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Reckless Magic (Star-Crossed series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Rachel Higginson
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Book Description

Book #1 in the Amazon Best-Selling Star-Crossed Series

16 year old Eden Matthews has been in and out of private schools for the last two years. She can't seem to stop herself from closing them down. Kingsley is her last chance to finish high school and the last private school willing to accept her.

She is focused on just getting through graduation until she realizes Kingsley is not like the other private schools she's been to. The students may be different, but so is she. And after meeting Kiran Kendrick, the boy who won't leave her alone and seems to be the source of all her problems, she is suddenly in a world that feels more make-believe than reality.

To top it off, she is being hunted by men who want to kill Kiran and her best friend Lilly is taken away to a foreign prison. Eden finds herself right in the middle of an ancient war, threatening everything she loves. She alone has to find a way to save her best friend and the boy who has captivated her heart.

Reckless Magic is an intricate story about mystery, adventure, magic and forbidden love. Eden Matthews is an unlikely heroine determined to save the world and be with her one, true love before it's too late.

Editorial Reviews


Mandy from I Read Indie book blog -- "Reckless Magic has a definite page turner that I was eager to return to when having to put it down. I was enthralled and had to know more about Eden and the secrets of her kind."

Shelly Crane
, bestselling author of The Significance Series -- "
5 Solid, Heart Wrenching, Sweet, Gasping, Lovely stars from me!"

From the Author

The Star-Crossed Series

Book #1 - Reckless Magic
Book #2 - Hopeless Magic
Book #3 - Fearless Magic
Book #4 - Endless Magic
Book #5 - The Reluctant King
Book #6 - The Relentless Warrior
Book #6.5 - Breathless Magic

Product Details

  • File Size: 898 KB
  • Print Length: 349 pages
  • Publisher: Reckless Siren Publishing (March 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004S7EUJ8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,185 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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76 of 85 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, light, and entertaining September 7, 2011
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This book follows the story of a high-school junior named Eden, who is coming to terms with her here-to-for unrecognized magical abilities. Eden is trying to fit in at the expensive, exclusive private academy Kingsley, which happens to be her final hope after a string of magical mishaps that damaged or destroyed her previous schools and garnered her expulsion from them. This, however, proves difficult in light of her burgeoning and uncontrollable magical abilities, which seem to be stirred every time she comes into contact with Kingsley's other newest (and best looking) students, Kiran and Talbott. But there is something strange about the two boys, even beyond Kiran's obnoxiously spoiled and condescending demeanor and Talbott's overprotective and servile attitude--and Eden's reaction to them--and it is this mystery that fuels the story and keeps the reader going. Eden is shocked to find herself both disgusted and mesmerized by Kiran, (clearly this is her first tangle with the opposite sex or no doubt she wouldn't be so surprised by this contradiction) and it is entertaining to read the lengths they both go to to either avoid (in her case) or interact with (in his case) each other.

This book gripped me from the very first sentence. While some things are explained pretty quickly, there's an air of mystery that drags you deeper into the story and doesn't let go. There's enough lush description to aid the reader in picturing the world described but not so much as to distract from the actual movement of the plot. The dialogue between the characters, while somewhat scarce, flows naturally and in keeping with the storyline.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous New World. December 29, 2011
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This book is quite possibly my favorite book of 2011. I am SO glad the next two books are already out as I plan to devour them asap. Gosh, where to start.

Ok, first, Eden. She's so normal! I loved her. If she was a real gal, we'd be best friends. She was shy yet outspoken when it mattered. She was effectively suspicious but loyal. She was loving, with whole heart and body and soul and really, in my opinion there should be no other kid of love. She was sweet, caring, feisty, funny and also seemed to be making someone smile or making someone sigh with exasperation. I loved her!

Now on to Kiran. Oh boy. I heard so many people say that they didn't enjoy him or that it took so long for them to, but the whole time he knew who she really was. He was trying to save her, but was so drawn to her that he couldn't resist her at the same time. Yes, he was annoying in the beginning, that was the point! Big picture people. Big picture :) I adored him by the end of the book and though I'm a little hesitant about going into book two because I know that him and Seraphina will have to be back to pretending they are betrothed and Eden will have to watch all that, I can't wait to see how he turns it all around and either makes his father see reason or dethrones him.

Please don't disappoint me Rachel!! :)

I love their chemistry and how when after all that trying to stay apart stuff was over that they were both all in. Love it!

I even liked Talbot a little and hope him and Lily have a sweet reunion, though....he was terd for not standing up for her. So maybe not. Lily was sweeter than pie!

5 Solid, Heart Wrenching, Sweet, Gasping, Lovely stars from me!

P.S. For those that say she doesn't know her folklore, it's all imagination. I for one, enjoyed that it wasn't solely based o something I've read over and over so thank yo for that Rachel.
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36 of 47 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very BAD Proofreading! November 25, 2011
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The story and the plot were great, normally I'd give a read like this 4 to 4.5 stars. However, one thing I just cannot tolerate are literary speed bumps: this author doesn't seem to know the difference between it, it's, its (she uses its' a lot *shudder*) which then brings me to her describing window shudders (SHUTTERS!!!), and she calls the king's throne a thrown. She also doesn't seem to understand the difference between your, you're and yours and I spent a great deal of my reading time wincing at the glaring bad editing of this book. I'm glad I got it free, because I'd be so pissed at spending money for something that so desperately needs a thorough spell check and editing.

What a pity, because the book is rather good, despite the obvious glaring errors. Sadly, I don't tolerate atrociously bad editing, so it ruined the book for me. I won't be reading any others from this author. However, if this kind of thing doesn't bother you, than you'll love the book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addicting and delightful September 14, 2011
By Sara B.
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I ordered this book, primarily because it sounded like a decent quick read and it was free. Man, was I surprised. I couldn't put the book down. From beginning to end, this book has it all: romance, drama, suspense, thrills, fantasy...everything. It is extremely addicting--to the point that I HAD to purchase the second book in the series, Hopeful Magic, and have already finished it.

Yes, there are flaws as some are more than willing to point out. There are spelling and grammatical errors, but if you are not looking to proofread and edit and simply want a tale to capture your attention from the real word for a bit, this is a great book to do it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great plot, original and fun
The story was developed in a really great way. The heroine having a hero by her side is even better. This novel is a really original take on the standard paranormal/romance genre. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Kirsten
4.0 out of 5 stars I thought it was great. As i continued through the series I changed...
I thought it was great. As i continued through the series I changed my mind on who I wanted her to be with. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Ashleigh
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely adore this series!!!
This review is long overdue, as this is the third time I've read this book. I truly do love this series, and Rachel Higginson's writing. I've loved everything I've read from her. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Reckless Magic
I absolutely loved this book. I could not put this book down. I read through it and started the next one immediately. This series has become one of my favorites. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Juliah
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING BOOK
One of the best story lines I've read in a while! Outstanding! Already buying the next book also! I can't wait to finish this series!
Published 25 days ago by Whitney
4.0 out of 5 stars In truth, I liked it but..
I liked it but I was overly annoyed with the meaningless descriptions. It's almost like reading many Facebook post. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lyssarae
3.0 out of 5 stars Starts bad but grows on you
The first chapter wasn't written very well, some bits were downright confusing due to lack of clarity through word and punctuation use. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jesika Pearce
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Love this book!!!! Not award winning writing but entertaining and will keep you interested!
Published 1 month ago by Carissa Jenson
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
It has every element that y/a kids are looking for. I imagine her series will do very well with that audience.
Published 1 month ago by jerri
5.0 out of 5 stars Reckless Re-Read
I read this book a few years ago when it first hit the market at the request of a friend. Back when my lust for reading was rekindled by the Twilight series and I gobbled any and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amanda Clark
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More About the Author

Rachel Higginson is the creator of The Star-Crossed Series, Love & Decay Novella Series, The Starbright Series, The Siren Series, Bet on Us and the soon to be released, The Five Stages of Falling in Love! She is also the co-creator of the podcast "Zach & Rachel Take Over the World."

She was born and raised in Nebraska, and spent her college years traveling the world. She fell in love with Eastern Europe, Paris, Indian Food and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka, but came back home to marry her high school sweetheart. Now she spends her days raising four amazing kids. In the few spare moments she has to herself, she is either reading for hours on end or writing her own stories.

You can visit Rachel at

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