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Illicit Magic (Stella Mayweather Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The first pages of the stalking through London really did manage to hook me in and I settled down for an enjoyable read. Unfortunately this early potential just wasn't fulfilled and it was downhill all the way.
The Brotherhood had great potential to be an interesting adversary but this was not realised at all don't want to say why to avoid a huge spoiler). In fact the synopsis of the plot is most misleading.
This is also teen fiction (other than the fairly explicit and rather dull sex scenes). The plot is thin and most of the characters would benefit from more depth for an adult audience, The style of writing is also very simplistic and yes "young". I've never met anyone out of teenage years who would refer to an attractive man as "yum" and "yummy" and I'm not that old. The misuse of some words jarred - the common misuse of phased where fazed was meant crept in at least once and I spotted other similar errors.
Overall some potential here - I'd want to see much more of the Brotherhood though and much less teenage angst from characters meant to be in their 20s.
And they're all good ones. A witty, slightly acerbic tone, a similarly-aged and likewise inexperienced protagonist, a tale of gradual self-discovery and - hurrah! - well-written love scenes that aren't embarrassing to read.
But Stella is also very different to Sookie, being far more restrained and, well, English!
Leaving behind her dull life of temping and making people nervous in London to discover not only her magical talent but a whole new history in another country forms the basis for a promising series. There were enough surprising moments to keep me powering through in just a couple of sittings, and the introduction of supernatural entities that aren't usually so central to paranormal romances. Although do watch out for the token vampire - funny and moving in one.
Chafer has a naturally warm and inviting way of writing that makes Stella seem real and worth caring about, and although I usually play a good game of 'spot the dark secret' or 'guess who she'll end up with', the plot was genuinely quite unpredictable and I appreciated the cleverness.
I look forward to book two!
The middle part of the book was a little mediocre, there was that unfleshed out feel you get from a book which has been written quickly without proper editing. Some of the characters grew on you, though the way Stella kept describing some of the female characters was annoying, I didn't really need to know how good looking everyone is. At the start I think she calls Ethan striking but not good looking, this then morphs into beautiful later on. The character's themselves were all a bit superficial. Illicit Magic felt a bit hollow, but I hope the next in the series will show some more mature, well thought out writing because parts of the plotline were pretty interesting.
Read this as a break from revising so I didn't exactly want a taxing read, would buy the next in series :)
Im really pleased to hear that its the start of a series, I have never been sooooo keen to find out 'what happens next' in a book before! Left on such a cliff hanger, I can only hope its released soon!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book deserves no less than the 5 star rating. A fantastic supernatural read, a bit like a grown up version of Harry potter mixed with twilight. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Kenny
I really wanted to fall in love with this book, it seemed to tick all the boxes that I liked in a book, especially when I saw the reviews comparing it to charlaine harris... Read morePublished on 5 Jun. 2014 by hayley g
Must read, kept me gripped throughout. Some unusual turns of events but for the best. Glad it was free, can't wait for more!Published on 8 Nov. 2013 by aimee
Loved it . Couldn't put it down. Now can't wait to read the rest. Enjoyed the story and characters that much I read it in one go.Published on 22 Oct. 2013 by Julie Strachan
I liked the characters and the story went along at a good pace and I read it at one go, I will get the next instalment because I want to see where the author takes her heroine also... Read morePublished on 21 Oct. 2013 by Ciara
Not what I imagined, got the book to try as it was free, what a lovely surprise. I moved on to all four and now I wish there was a fifth in the series. One for the girls.Published on 25 Sept. 2013 by kindle reader
I really enjoyed the book, love the world of magic and romance, look forward to reading the rest of the story.Published on 23 Sept. 2013 by holliemac
Awful, even if it's for young teens, truly dull. Those with interest in good story or writing don't bother with this book.Published on 15 Sept. 2013 by delilah
Not quite jack is Collins it's a bit subtle on the illicit side more on the magic. It was a good read a bit long drawn out than I like but I did enjoy reading this book, I enjoy... Read morePublished on 15 Sept. 2013 by twinkle
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