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- ASIN : B005O534S6
- Publication date : September 19, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 3234 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 394 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,019,539 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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So to begin with I thought the plot was really interesting, it was more like an introductory story to me really. It gives you a lot of information about this new world of Magics and Non-magics. And i am big follower of paranormal, so i am thinking, please i know everything give me a break. I shouldn't of, i haven't made many, really actually maybe i've come across elementals once or twice, I did read the Elemental Series by Brigid Kemmerer which were really good. Anyways the elementals there and here are different, the werewolves are different, the vampires are similar to more modern takes on them but hey they don't sparkle so that is nice. :)! Bonus really, there is a mermaid but i haven't actually gotten around to a mermaid story so i can't tell you how they differ or not from newer modern mermaids. All and all i enjoyed the new takes on the paranormals or for the most part.
The plot can be a little slow going at some points but that is because the reader and Jen are learning a lot of new things and Elizabeth Kirke i hope was trying to make it easier on us so that we weren't overwhelmed with all this new information. There are action scenes and mostly they are intense but after awhile i was sure i was going to kill Jen myself - sometimes i really want the character to be a fish out of water, and be like holy hell what do i do? get a little lost, need someone to save her, i am okay with that but at the end of the story i was like Jen stop saying you can't do nothing and step in and do something! i think it was just because i was worried for everyone else, but that isn't the point i wanted her to make a stand, finally she did. not a moment too soon either, okay i am getting off point here.
The ending which i am going to be vague about this and only say, God i hope there is a second one because i feel like there could be so much more. but honestly it could probably end with this book and if the second one never comes out then you won't be like, HOLY HELL CLIFFHANGER? Seriously? no it's not like that but its a good mix of wanting the next one without dying without it.
The characters: Like i have mentioned before Jen sometimes pissed me off but now that i have reflected about it for two paragraphs, i will take back so much of my earlier violence towards her. She is taking a lot in and not a whole lot of time. She is in danger that is all i will say. She i think has the right to be a little freaked when presented with a life or death situation. But for the most part she is curious and excited to learn about all this new stuff, and the type of thing is going into i think i would feel the same.
Now there are a lot of other characters, we are dealing with a big-ish group. Okay i am warning right now if you want to be surprised on who/what the characters are stop reading this review right now, it was a good book and i think you would enjoy it if you like magic like stuff and having a new take on them. Now back to the characters.
We have two elementals: Charlie (Char) who is a fire. And Dani (Danio -yes he is a boy because when i first saw his name i was thinking oh girl on account on how Dani was spelled - its a boy i promise), who is a water. Merinna (which i am sure i spelled that wrong) - mermaid. TS - werewolf, and last but not least Thomas our resident lover boy and vampire! YAY!!! Each had a very distinct voice and own personality which it seems like a lot of times when dealing with a lot of different characters their personalities blend until two characters are pretty much the same but with different names. So thank god it wasnt like that for this book. I loved them all but sometimes i was looking for a little more than the other but if there are more books to come i am sure i will get it. Sometimes i wondered why one person would be talking to Jen about something verses another it didn't seem in their personality but you have to take in account she knew Dani before everyone else and was friends with him before everyone else. So it all comes down to who she knew, who she feels most comfortable with, and so on. Either way i am glad that she got to spend separate and equal amount of time with all the other characters verses focusing on only two.
Okay so all that said and done. If you are looking for a book with new takes on supernaturals, has adventure, has a bit of romance, and just different I'd say give it a try it really worth it.
Given the age of characters and being set as a college study abroad experience, it should resonate with people in the "new adult" category, but the behavior/vocab used fits right in with YA. I'm older than the target audience for each of those genres, but I really enjoyed it and would say any age that enjoys fantasy set in the real world would like it as well.
I feel like more could've been done to take advantage of the "semester at sea" program the characters were involved in. There was a little bit of it with mention of different magical creatures at different places the program had trips to. It might have been interesting to see the main character, Jen, learning about magic with more detail at each site. There could've been multiple books doing that, with lots of variety since it'd be different countries and different magical beings in each one. I really enjoy Jen and every other magic she befriends, and I want more of her story and interactions with them. With reading part of book 2 so far, I miss the exotic locations. But, I'm someone who will always want more and more books when I get into a series.
One last thing to note: There's some extra content once you finish the story. The book's beginning is retold by one of the magical passengers, so you get to peek into another's brain. And there's a glossary/wiki type thing about magic that gets into types, familiars, etc. It was interesting to read that talking about attributes book 1 doesn't hit, only to see them brought up in book 2. The content was really enjoyable - I typically ignore that kind of bonus feature, but it felt like something you'd see in Harry Potter with a book introducing magic to newbies. It just helped to further define the rules of this world Jen finds herself in :)
Overall, highly recommend. I almost put it aside when reading the first few pages because they weren't engaging me. Push through that tiny bit, and you'll get to a story that will hook you on the series.
What the heck was I waiting for?!?!?! You will be sad if you don't read this like now!
Elizabeth put a whole new twist on the paranormal. I loved it. While Jen is a main character and it's in her POV, everyone else has a key role also. I dived right into book 2. I am happy the whole series is out because whew, I would have hated waiting.
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More than Magic: Semester Aboard
More than Magic #1
This book was sat on my kindle for ages before I finally got around to it, but I seriously regret that now! I was completely engrossed from the start, and finished it in less than 2 days. This book kept me turning page after page, very late into the night. The main characters are all incredibly lovable, and I found myself easily becoming attached to them as the story went on. I loved the way that things slowly unfolded, and wasn't completely overwhelming all at once. The book naturally ended, but I'm glad book 2 is now waiting for me.