Thursday, July 7, 2016

Review: Reckless Magic by Rachel Higginson

Title: Reckless Magic
Series: Star-Crossed #1
Published by Rachel Higginson on March 13, 2011
Genres: fantasy, paranormal, romance, young adult
Pages: 348
Format: eBook
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16 year old Eden Matthews has been in and out of private schools for the last two years. Kingsley is her last chance to finish high school and she is determined to simply do that. But when she meets Kiran Kendrick and her world opens to something she thought only existed in fairy tales, she's unsure what her future will hold. Suddenly she is captivated by a boy who seems to be the source of all of her problems and struggling to rescue her best friend from a foreign prison. When attempts are made on Kiran's life, Eden alone must save him. Thrust into a world that is more make-believe than reality, Eden has to find her own destiny without losing those she loves most. Reckless is an intricate story of mystery, adventure, magic and love. Eden Matthews is an unlikely heroine set on a path to save the world and her loved ones before its too late.

If you’re one of my blog followers, you may have noticed that my reviews have been non-existent for quite a while. I could sit here all day and try to explain why but you don’t hear that lol. It’s hard to be a reader and a reviewer when you’re a single mom working multiple jobs. I recently attended UTOPiA Con in Nashville, TN and there’s just something about being there that renews my soul. I realized that I missed making connections with these authors and reading their books. I had to find a way to make it all work and so I decided to try something a little different.

I was trying to decide which book I wanted to read next. I’ve attempted to read 18 books this year and could only make it to the halfway mark. I started to make a list of what I loved reading(genre, specific titles, etc.) So I did what I used to back in the day…I went back to 2011. That was the year that started it all. I was never really a big reader but something changed for me. I found my genre. You can blame Shelly Crane for that!

So I decided to hit up Goodreads for my next read. I haven’t done that in a very long time. When you look up a book, off to the right hand corner you’ll see “Readers Also Enjoyed” with covers and a link to see more books that are similar to the book searched for. I was searching for books similar to Significance by Shelly Crane…the book that hooked me. Insert Reckless Magic here! I’ve had the book sitting on my kindle shelf FOREVER and figured there’s nothing to lose, I’ll read it.

Star-crossed lovers is my all time favorite theme…like EVER! I came into this book without any expectations and just hoping it wasn’t another DNF. I found the magic again! This book makes my all sorts of happy…like rainbows, butterflies, and unicorns happy LOL. I really like how the relationship between Eden and Kiran is kind of all over the place from the beginning. And the fact that it wasn’t “insta-love” makes me reaaaally happy haha. Not that I don’t believe in insta-love, but it really wouldn’t have suited the characters. It was more along the lines of insta-like….you know, when you first see someone and you’re like daaaaaamn they’re really hot, but then they kinda piss you off haha. Their whole relationship was emotional whiplash for me…for serious!

I really enjoyed the supporting characters as well. I almost always have a character or two that I cannot stand just because of the way that they’re written. I didn’t find that here. Obviously Seraphina made me want to slap the ish outta her but that’s how you’re supposed to feel about her. I loved every single character that was brought to life.

I’ve been waiting for a book that sucks me in with magic and intrigue. I loved learning about their world and not feeling overwhelmed with information overload. When I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about it. It has been a while since I’ve read a book as fast as I have this one. I even went and purchased the first collection right after so I could hop right into it. It has been a long time since I’ve binge read an entire series so I’m kind of excited to explore more of the second book. I really want to know why I waited 5 years to read this book!

Rachel Higginson is the author of The Five Stages of Falling in Love, Every Wrong Reason, The Star-Crossed Series, Love & Decay Novella Series and much more! She was born and raised in Nebraska, and spent her college years traveling the world. She fell in love with Eastern Europe, Paris, Indian Food and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka, but came back home to marry her high school sweetheart. Now she spends her days writing stories and raising four amazing kids.

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