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Reckless Magic (Star-Crossed series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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It was a blessing in that it was easier to identify with the main character, who was completely out of her depth and didn't know or want to see what was going on around her. It was a curse in that, with no sense of direction, the beginning of the book was very confusing and while that did help with the POV of the character, it was also frustrating when things that were revealed to the reader were ignored by the main character.
The only way I can describe it is like a Muggle-born witch attending Hogwarts without being told it's a school of witchcraft and wizardry and thinking she's going crazy because she doesn't know what she is either.
The world building was a little shaky in respect of trying to place the time. The opening scene reads like a fantasy novel but there's a car in it. It's difficult to place the Era or location until a few chapters in.
I liked the new mythology of this world. It was something fresh and different. There are four classes of "immortal", all with different powers and social standing. I would have liked to have understood the differences a little better and I don't think the "curse" was explained very well. It wasn't so much that I didn't grasp the concept of why the lack of free flowing magic was damaging to the community, it was more to do with not having any real sense of time again. It's something the author struggles with all the way through the book. Without understanding how the curse that drives the back story of the plot kills "suddenly", as is the case with Kiran's grandfather, and without any real understanding of the life span of an "Immortal" all the references are therefore meaningless. The author wants to make it feel like there have been centuries of suffering but at the same time it all feels like it happened in recent history and living memory, i.e. within the last 20 years or so.
Some of the plot devices also felt a little clumsy. While I can understand why Eden needed to make her way to Romania, it makes no sense that no-one told her who she was or why she was in so much danger.
The book was absorbing and enjoyable once I'd got over the initial confusion and the series certainly shows promise. There were a lot of typos in it, mostly towards the end of the book, as though the copy editor was tired by then and had lost focus. I would recommend it to friends because as well as enjoying it, I think the series has potential to grow. With some work, it has potential to be similar to the Vampire Academy series, less fantastical than Harry Potter.
her last chance school is kingsley this is where she meets Lily, kiran and Talbot, who become major players in Edens journey.
kiran wants to know what she is and won't leave her alone even though he's the crown Prince of the magic world and at the school to get to know his betrothed, his betrothed is a nasty piece of work who starts bullying Eden to keep her to stay away from kiran.
this is only the beginning of this story as there's much more to come things start unravelling when on a school camping trip Eden, Lilly, Talbot and kiran are attacked. Eden sees Lilly change to a tiger and Talbot and kiran fighting and using magic. this is the eye opener she realises she's not along and once she home Amory ( the school head teacher) explains all the Eden, who and what she is and the laws of her world.
Eden also finds out she has a twin brother and let's just say Avalon is full of trouble but then so is Eden lol.
love the bond between the twins and the powers and communication skills they have. rachel wrote it so well we can't help but laugh and cry along with these two.
I can see why Eden has problems with kiran ( I'm not spoiling) but I still cannot help love him :)
if you enjoyed Harry potter you will love this. I enjoyed this more than the Harry potter series. this is one series that will have you buying the next book before you have even finished the one before. the author does a brilliant job of putting us in the magical world and caring about these characters. I felt myself at time shouting a certain characters.
I won't spoil this for others I just think it's one world you don't want to miss out on.
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but that doesn't mean it's not an absolutely page turner!Read more
Lovely writing..Love the characters and feel quite disappointed in Kerin.can't wait to read the book 4.Read more
(1) it is a story about teenagers;
(2) it felt like it was written by a teenager; and