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Top Customer Reviews
I will definitely buy the next one.
I really enjoy the story and the characters. Stella is courageous, strong willed and completely believable. She questions things, including herself due to her lack of family during her upbringing. She has that honest naiveté that is refreshing. Stella's powers and character grow throughout the story surprising herself and those around her. As she learns to control her magic, her confidence in herself grows and is able to get beyond some of her past, right before it is thrown back at her.
The other characters that become her friends and foes are solid and some are pretty scary. Marc is moody and yet friendly. Evan is strong, mysterious and loyal. Étoile and her sister Seren are very powerful witches who befriend and try to protect Stella. Kitty teaches Stella about friendship, shopping and being a girl.
The places were extraordinary, from London to New York to the Beach house and on to Wilding so vivid the descriptions. I enjoyed the way the author familiarized the locations and made these the places that normal people would live along the supernatural beings.
I found myself immediately drawn into the story. I thought the storyline was well done. There were a few grammatical errors that could have been avoided with a little more editing. However, the errors didn't disturb the flow. I was completely sucked in and can't wait to begin the second book in the series.
Goodreads.com book Blurb
More than three hundred years after the most terrifying witch hunts the world has ever known, it's happening again.
Young witch, Stella, has to put her faith in strangers just to stay alive but she might not be any safer in their midst than from the danger she is running from.
There is more than one dark secret in her new family: Étoile's sister is spoken of in fear and sadness; Marc is supposed to be a powerful witch but is missing his magic; where does the owner of their safe house vanish to every day and why does Evan have the eyes of someone not quite human? There is only one secret that someone will do anything to keep quiet, but whose secret is it and will Stella have to pay the price for silence?
Stella Mayweather has been sent from pillar to post most of her life after losing her parents at the tender age of five... Never staying in one place for long due to strange occurrences which cause her foster families to quickly pack her up and ship her back to social service workers. After finally turning eighteen Stella moves out on her own and makes her way as best she can... Now at twenty-four Stella has settled into a routine of living in one place, going to work each day and coming home each night without much variance from day to day... Suddenly attacked one night she is thrust into a nightmare from which she barely escapes when a strange young woman appears at her flat and whisks her away before she loses her life in a fire set by her previous attackers when they find her at home...
Throughout Stella's story as we work our way through all the mysteries that surround her past and all the day to day drama that encompass her present circumstances one thing becomes clear, she is a special young woman who despite her harsh beginnings has strength and admirable amounts of courage.
The unraveling of the answers as to who, what, why, when and where take place at a good pace and by the end of the book when the final showdown occurs the reader has learned quite a bit about each of the young witches and the instructors that Stella is placed among to learn how to utilize her craft...
The eye opening reveal of the person responsible for the attacks against Stella and her new friends was one that I had figured out a bit before the final showdown but I still had a few surprises to come when other secrets were revealed as well, all in all this was a well thought out original story that had just enough romance thrown in to appeal to a wider audience than just those looking for a good paranormal read!
The burning questions in my mind is what will Stella do next? What happened to Evan? What happened to Marc and Kitty? To find out one must continue the series with book 2 Unruly Magic which I intend to do as the story was just getting to the good part when it ended!
I strongly recommend this book to those YA readers looking for characters who are young adults in their 20's that can be sympathized with by older people like myself as they have more relatable circumstances going on in their life than someone who is only in their teens. The book is geared more towards adults over the age of 17 as there are sexual scenes that while not explicit are not meant for young readers...
Reading Order for series
Book 1 Illicit Magic out now and book 2Unruly Magic in July and in December book 3 Devious Magic as per author's information in an interview with The Dark Phantom .
I have to disclose that this book was an e-arc copy submitted to me by the author via The Bookish Snob Promotions for an honest review and that there is no other compensation from her, the tour host or the publisher except my reading pleasure and enjoyment of the characters depicted in the story.