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Illicit Magic (Stella Mayweather Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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 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.
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 :)
This is the 1st in the Stella Mayweather series.
Stella has lived a life in and out of foster homes, as she lost he parents at a young age. This lack of any kind of a settled life continued as she worked as a temp in various offices, until the night she realised she was being followed as she walked home from work in London.
Stella hadn't given it much thought, but she was aware she felt there was something a little strange about her, odd incidents had happened throughout her life, like when she was annoyed at a work colleague and thought how good it would be if a book case fell on him, and it did!
However, finding herself in the quiet streets with a gang all dressed alike and in black and faces covered and obviously after her, made her a little worried. They were crying out to her they wanted to `burn the witch,' and after a near miss, she manages to get back to her bedsit, where she keeps the lights off but turns her TV on to hear the latest story about women being caught, tortured then burn alive as witches, by the `Brotherhood.'
Shortly afterwards she hears a pounding on her door, and a voice asking for Stella, the person says her name is Etoile, Stella refuses to let her in, but looking out her spyhole sees her disappear and then she reappears in her flat!!
Etoile explains `they' have been watching her and they need to leave now so she can get her somewhere safe. As the sinister gang have arrived they have to do a quick escape, and then they are boarding a plane for New York.Read more ›
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A wee bit slow to get going but despite this being a departure from the type of book I'd normally read I found it very enjoyable and a book I looked forward to picking up. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
The beginning of this book was like a teenage witch book .
It got better half way through.
I won't be reading more from this series.
I really struggled to get into this book and nearly gave up after the first few faintly depressing chapters. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Coz
Hooked from the start well written a really good read. Good list of characters can't wait for the next novelPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
With a grown up story somewhat reminiscent of Harry Potter, this is a fabulous book full of witchcraft and learning. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Happy to have read it.
A mix of Harry Potter, X Men and charmed .
The ending was very abrupt . To find out what happens will have to buy sequel.
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