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Illicit Magic (Stella Mayweather Series Book 1) by [Chafer, Camilla]
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4.2 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

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About the Author

Author and journalist Camilla Chafer writes for newspapers, magazines and websites throughout the world. She is also the author/ editor of several non-fiction books. She lives in London, UK. Visit Camilla online at www.camillachafer.com to sign up to her newsletter, find out more about her, plus news on upcoming books and fun stuff including book group guides, playlists, deleted scenes and giveaways. You can also find Camilla on Twitter @camillawrites and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/#!/CamillaChafer

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 877 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Audacious (1 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004YWKGPO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #87,361 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I had high hopes of this one.

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.
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I notice another reviewer has already mentioned Charlaine Harris, so I'll lead with that and say: yes, there are similarities.

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!
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The beginning and end of this book made me give it three stars, the beginning was written well enough to be spooky and the end fight was actually well done. I really felt like I was there with Stella and only seeing what she could see made it that much more suspenseful.
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 :)
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If you like books by Sarah Allen Addison or Shanna Swendson then you will love Illicit Magic. When Stella is chased by the fearsome Brotherhood, her untamed magical skills and welcome strangers come to her rescue. I always judge a book by how fast I read it and how much it leaves me wanting more. I read this book in two days and I really can't wait for the next one! Four stars!
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I loved this book, and I dont like supernatural books. Stella lives in London is a temp, clumsy accidents seem to happen to happen around her. She lives alone in a bedsit life is not great, things go downhill when she is followed home at the point of attack she finds herself across the street from her attackers, how weird!! I am now on book 5 of the series and really enjoying them, I recommend them to anyone who enjoys reading books.
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This is the first time I have felt pressed to write a review and I'm afraid it's far from favourable. I couldn't finish this book and that is not like me. I enjoy trying new writers, I enjoy all different styles of writing, but not this. It pushed all the wrong buttons, especially when it came to grammar - stood/standing, sat/sitting - a massive pet hate of mine. The descriptions of both London, New York and the country house (that was as far as I read) were so vague I wondered if the author had ever visited any of these places. Another reviewer compared this book to those of Sarah Addison Allen which was why I decided to try the book. Sorry, SAA writes amazing, beautifully descriptive prose and I saw none of that in Illicit Magic.
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Don't be fooled by the cheap price of this e-book, its one of the best novels I've read in a long time!! Cleverly written, descriptive, witty, and a refreshingly modern take on the fantasy genre, Stella could be me, only with a few more talents! You will fall in love with her, feel her pain, frustrations and embarrassment, the magic isnt the only spellbinding thing about this book.

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!
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