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Mad Magic Hardcover – December 22, 2017
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I am a huge sucker for anything having to do with faeries, I will just gobble it up- out of all the paranormal sub-genre, Faeries win my heart. That being said, I am always on the prowl for new reads about the fair folk so when I read the synopsis that this was about Faeries, I jumped at the chance to read this paranormal adventure.
I was really excited that the book started in the middle of action and never let up. We find ourselves thrown right into the world of Josie, who is struggling with being "weird" due to her random outburst from her hallucinations, to strange happening in her apartment, an intriguing jerk/cocky neighbor, and some surprising tidbits of information. The story started with a bang (I mean really, what is a bigger bang than a special school for damaged kids?) and the pace never slowed, keeping me engaged with all the crazy situations that Josie stumbled into through no fault of her own. And dang, that girl is a trouble magnet.
I think my favorite part of the story was the relationship dynamics between all the character as well as the random assortment of people that found their way into this story. For the two main characters we have a lonely, incredibly socially awkward girl who is fairy convinced she is crazy and may smile creepily at inappropriate times when she thinks she may have a friend, and a winged man full of attitude and snark, is a bartending vegetarian, who could change his features at a whim. Watching the interactions between these two just made me giggle, it was so perfect. There were so many other quirky unforgetable people Nicole created making for the best kinds of story.
This was my first book by Nicole and I really enjoyed her writing style as well as her characters and fast-paced plot. I really enjoyed this story and look forward to what else she was and will write. I highly recommend this story to anyone looking for a read with a lot of magic, mystery, a quirky main character and a dash of love.
Can we just talk about the cover for a second? It is STUNNING! I was drawn to reading this one by the beautiful cover photo, and the synopsis. The book had a bit of a slow start for me though. It took me roughly 50 pages to really get in to this one, but once I did, it was smooth sailing from there.
Conway did a nice job with building and creating this world where faeries exist with humans. It had a similar feel, and system, to the world of Shadow Hunters. It had an immense amount of imagery, and creativity, and felt almost dream like.
The plot was quite intriguing too. It felt slightly formulaic, as far as YA Fantasy reads go, but still had enchantment and originality. It also felt like it gather inspiration from The Mortal Instruments series, Blade, Twilight, and Supernatural. After trudging through the slow, and slightly confusing beginning, I fell in love with the story line. I really enjoyed the unexpected plot twists, as well as the enjoyable predictability. I also loved the characters and their nice personality development!
Josie had a few "typical YA girl" qualities, but also had a few strong qualities. She was a little naive at times, but also had quite a bit of intelligence. Sometimes she was a little too "lovesick", but other times she was level headed and strong. She had a nice amount of confidence for a 17 year old, and seemed quite mature for her age, when it was necessary.
Zeph was dark and alluring. He was mysterious and caring. He felt like a "typical" YA Fantasy love interest at times, but still had depth and charm that helped him feel original.
Eldrick was my favorite character. He was definitely dark and mysterious. He added quite a bit of humor to the story, and seemed to have a nice character transformation. He was full of surprises, and was so alluring to me.
Mad Magic held charm, humor, fantasy, and excitement. It was well written, and definitely drew me in to the world Conway created. It made me think of faeries in a different way, and had a lot of originality as far as magic is concerned. I am looking forward to reading book 2, and would rate this one 3.5-4 stars.
Thank you to Chapter by Chapter for providing me with this free e-copy in exchange for my honest review, and as part of the blog tour!
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