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Reckless Magic (The 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: 570 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: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,779 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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73 of 82 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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11 of 13 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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34 of 45 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hire an Editor! October 20, 2011
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Fortunately, I am easily entertained by YA fiction, because while the story was good enough to keep me engaged, there were a lot of problems with this book too.
1) The spelling and grammatical errors were seriously distracting. Shutters=/=Shudders. Thrown=/=Throne. The list goes on. The author needs a proof-reader, an editor, and a refresher on 5th grade spelling and grammar.
2) This is just because I am anal, but there were several common expressions that were used in the wrong context.
3) There were parts of the story that contradicted themselves.
4) I feel like there were scenes and ideas that were almost exact replicas of those found in Twilight.

That said, the imagery was good, and overall the concept was creative. The great thing about YA fiction is that it isn't supposed to be realistic. I get enough of "real life" on a daily basis, so as a form of escapist literature, it was an entertaining read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Paranormal Book!
I just finished Reckless Magic: Star-Crossed Book One by Rachel Higginson. It is a wonderful paranormal romance book. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Kris Anderson - The Avid Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Good YA
Once you get through the beginning, you can't put the book down. I loved that humor was added, making this a fun read.
Published 11 days ago by Mads 8
5.0 out of 5 stars sensational story!
Reckless magic from someone who has been raised by humans and doesn't know she belongs to the world of Immortals with magic she can use in her daily life. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Born To Read
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good and enjoyable
Published 1 month ago by Margaret May
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it.
Fun and quick read. Not the best editing job but easy enough to overlook. Clean and pretty close to curse word free.
Published 1 month ago by Emily Leishman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Definately recommend this series. Don't plan on just reading one, though.
Published 1 month ago by two plus three family
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I really liked this book. Interesting characters and fun story.
Published 1 month ago by Richard J. Bredemus
4.0 out of 5 stars A good balance of comedy and love with just the right mix of danger...

The chemistry and sexual tension between Kiran and Eden is electrifying. Kiran's aggressive pursuit combined with Eden's half-hearted resistance and their inability... Read more
Published 1 month ago by YA Book Madness Blog
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
This was a fun and enjoyable fantasy. There are so many twists and turns. I can't wait to read the next ones.
Published 2 months ago by Love to read witty and clean
5.0 out of 5 stars Leaves you wondering which path is better: Love or Family
I must say this is a great book. though the main character sure feels like the dumbest blond in school. Read more
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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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