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Your Magic or Mine? (Magic series) Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 2008
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I feel too much time was spent on the "debates" and what happened at the various ones....just drew it out too much. I realize the author was building up the story line...however didn't need as much detail.
The plot was good and the book succeeded in spite of this, not because of it. The soulmates part of the story was very interesting with the adversaries trying to find common ground. I hadn't read the previous books so the soulmate thing didn't occur to me until later in the book.
Overall, a good read, once you get around the debates...lol Will probably purchase the previous books, and may have enjoyed this one more if I'd read them in order. Didn't realize there were precursors till I was too far into the book....had to find out what happened after all....lol
I also love the fact that she bring in characters from her previous two Magic books. That way I know what's happening in their lives.
I don't want spoilers here. I loved the book and can't wait for the next one. Ann Macela just gets better as she delves into her delightful magical world. She's definitely on my pre-order list.
Gloriana's nemesis, Dr. Marcus Forscher, is a mathematical genius who has come up with a way to formulize and "clean-up" the magic working process. Marcus is really Gloriana's opposite. Though aware of his successes, his parents are both stuffy folks with careers of their own. He's an only child and a neat freak.
Ed Hearst, the Editor of The Witches and Warlock Journal, is the catalyst that brings these two folks together. He concocts a city-to-city debate tour to garner attention to his magazine
and generate a buzz in the magical practitioner community. Whether he's expecting the swarm of angry hornets that emerges from the shake-up is something that's not really addressed in the novel. But as with most debates, sides form, radicals emerge, and someone is bound to get hurt.
Don't get your grundies in a bundle. No one is ACTUALLY hurt. The threat of bodily harm just lingers like a leftover-from-lunch garlic breath specter. Along the tour, Marcus and Gloriana realize they're soul mates. The Imperative, a nebulous ancient magic, strongly encourages them to consummate their budding relationship. Due to his upbringing, Marcus has already decided he'll never take a soul mate. And Gloriana is looking for someone to share more of her interests than just a taste in the same breed of dog and a need to go jogging whenever life shakes her up.
At nearly five hundred fifty pages, Your Magic or Mine is not a book to be picked up by the casual reader. I don't want to sound shallow, but when I read a paranormal-type story, I expect a somewhat action oriented plot. You know - killing, kidnapping, magical spells gone awry- that sort of thing. Not the case here. The book is a slow, meandering, and sometimes excruciatingly detailed exploration of the attraction between two college professors who just happen to practice magic. Having worked in a college environment I can say, without a doubt, Ms. Macela nailed these two characters' personalities. I'm just not certain they are dynamic enough to carry a rather ho-hum plot for over five hundred pages.
That said, there is nothing wrong with the writing. Clear, articulate, and well-thought out, the type of reader concerned about head-hopping dialogue, proper editing and such won't be disappointed. The destined-mate plot line has been redone a zillion times, but Ms. Macela does manage to insert some creativity into that arena. Perhaps if I had read the previous two Morgan-sibling stories, I would have been invested in the first thousand pages of these characters' lives and eagerly awaiting the next five hundred. Reading this as a standalone novel, Your Magic or Mine doesn't suck me in like other paranormal authors' writing does. The glimmer of subtle and intellectual humor doled out like a selfish child forced to share his Halloween candy makes me wish Ms. Macela would have dipped her toes a bit further into that area. I'd like to see her try her hand at a humorous contemporary romance or something a little lighter.
Looking for a book with just a dash of the paranormal? Your Magic or Mine is perfect. For the hardcore paranormal reader, however, you're better off seeking for sorcerers, spells, and gory battles elsewhere.
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