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16 year old Eden Matthews has been in and out of private schools for the last two years. She can't seem to stop herself from closing them down. Kingsley is her last chance to finish high school and the last private school willing to accept her.

She is focused on just getting through graduation until she realizes Kingsley is not like the other private schools she's been to.
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Kindle Edition, 327 pages
Published March 14th 2011
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Shelly Crane
Dec 30, 2011 Shelly Crane rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone Who Enjoys Love
Recommended to Shelly by: Amazon
Shelves: best-books
This book is quite possibly my favorite book of 2011. I am SO glad the next two books are already out as I plan to devour them asap. Gosh, where to start.

Ok, first, Eden. She's so normal! I loved her. If she was a real gal, we'd be best friends. She was shy yet outspoken when it mattered. She was effectively suspicious but loyal. She was loving, with whole heart and body and soul and really, in my opinion there should be no other kind of love. She was sweet, caring, feisty, funny and also seemed
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Deanna
It was really hard to rate this book because my feelings are so conflicted. For the first half of the book I was really bored and constantly frustrated with everything that was happening. Our main character, Eden, is left in the dark about everything going on around her. She is full of magic but it keeps exploding out of her and she doesn't know how to control it and no one is informing her about her magic, her family, or the danger she is in. I just wanted her to get her act together and try an ...more
Twinkle Toes
Feb 22, 2015 Twinkle Toes rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone i don't care what you think
Recommended to Twinkle Toes by: Goodreads ;)
Okay Anchormen do your thing...

So, firstly, when we met Kiran and he starts interacting with Eden but you don't know if he's good or bad..

Then when we hear there's magic..

But it was true, and we find out that Kiran's a p_i_c_..

And then Kiran and Eden finally kiss..

But Kiran's e_g_g_d..

Then we got to save Lilly and Eden rushes into the courtroom yelling I was just like..

But Kiran actually loves Eden and I'm like..

Anyway, until we meet again
Caitlin
I would really love to be able to give this book four stars, because it definitely kept me entertained and engrossed in the story and characters. But, (and I don't know if this is just the edition I got - it was free after all) there were so many instances of grammar errors/typos and flow/writing style issues that I feel like I just can't go higher than three.

The story found within Reckless Magic is filled with adventure, romance, and of course, magic. The beginning is a bit slow and there are
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Tinka
“I hadn’t figured anything out on my own yet.”

Spoilers...duh

Oh Reckless Magic, where do I even start?

A good friend of mine gave that book to me, since she is absolutely in love with the whole series. We agree with a lot of stuff, sadly this book is not one of them. I wanted to like it, I couldn’t. That doesn’t meant I don’t understand what people might see in it, I get it believe me, it is just not the one for me.

Please let me tell you, no matter what I might say here, I don’t want to bash th
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Evie
Awesome in a totally unexpected way!
I downloaded this book on my nook because it was free and it sounded cool. I was expecting maybe 100 pages and a easy decent plot...nothing spectacular, just a cool free book.
Boy was I wrong!
This book is a whirlwind of all that makes reading awesome! The characters were amazing, especially Eden, the main character. She was so relatable and awesome! She had me laughing out loud quite a bit! Her best friend Lily was so sweet, I really liked the way she was descr
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Mandy (I read Indie) Anderson

O.M.G this book had me feeling all kinds of aggravated. Not in a bad way at all...just with the characters. They drove me batty; absolutely wanted to knock some heads around. And you know those dreams where you are screaming at the top of your lungs but no one is listening? That's Eden to a T. Poor girl is over looked and unwanted. The teachers treat her with disrespect and the students are cruel and mean. I will say the girl has an iron tongue, cause if it was me I would have told each and ever
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Josephine
Rather frustrating heroine. Yes, she is only 16 and is pretty naive, but very little growth/maturity by the end of the book, if at all. Hard to keep cheering her on, especially with all the teenage angst-riddled narration from her point of view. The plot development is rather weak. The characters seem to accept sudden changes and revelations like they are not that big of a deal. Sometimes their viewpoints/attitudes are conflicting, (view spoiler) ...more
Mai- *♥runs with the Winterians♥ *

I can't. I can't. I really can't finish this one.
Maybe some other time, I'm pretty sure that this is a good series but my mind, heart, body and soul is not ready for this one. I am so sorry Rachel Higginson.

It's not the book, It's me. :(((((((((((



Till we see each other again.
iam
I'm not sure I understand the high ratings for this book--unless of course, most of them just came from young girls who are primarily concerned with the romance in the story. And, well, given that this is a YA romance book, that very well may be.

My primary complaint is that the writing is amateurish. It holds promise, but the text feels half-baked. There are tons of typos, but even worse, there are numerous grammatical and word usage errors. An editor and a dictionary would have gone a long way
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Nancy
I loved, loved, LOVED this book!

Reckless Magic is a YA Paranormal that should be read by everyone remotely interested in this genre! The characters are well developed and well written. I judge books by how they make me feel while I read them. I read Reckless Magic at every opportunity: in bed, while I was making dinner, riding in the car – could not put it down!! Reckless Magic made me laugh out loud at 2am (my husband wasn’t thrilled), it made me tear up toward the end and the whole way through
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Turtle
Oct 17, 2012 Turtle rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No One
Recommended to Turtle by: My Nook
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Karona Thompson
Very very, very interesting.
Beth
I'm torn.
For plot it gets 4 stars--I liked it. But due to some word-choice/spelling errors this rating should be considered a 3.5. Reckless Magic had a really interesting/enjoyable story line, but had its fair share of issues. It would benefit greatly from an editing once-over. I would gladly read the next installment in this quartet.
Shweta Choudhary
Well, I love forbidden romance that's why I picked up this book.
Eden is a witch and she doesn't know it. She has been to many schools but never survived there because she caused destruction due to her magic. Her last chance is Kinsley preparatory academy. There she meets Kiran and his body gaurd and there is electrifying attraction from the start between Eden and kiran.
I would say I loved the book from the start. Its was good to know Eden. Her first meeting with Kiran was funny and how kiran r
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Mercedes
I passed by Reckless Magic twice, until I finally just went ahead and
downloaded it (because, hey, it was free!). It turned out to be one of
the best decisions I've made.

Reckless starts off a little slow and I wasn't sure I wanted to keep
reading. The prologue is written in third person and I was a little
worried the whole book would be like that. Thankfully it wasn't and
the first chapter was set in our main characters POV, first person
POV that is. Eden is one of the better heroines I've read about
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Abbie
**Sigh** Well so much for hoping this would be an amazing book. When I first read the story plot I immediately thought this would be a great read. But I didn't feel the same way after I finished reading. The story is about a seemingly ordinary girl with extraordinary abilities who lands in a prestigious school and meets the devilishly charming Kiran who makes her question just who she is and what she could become. And opens her eyes to a world filled with magic.

At the first hundred pages Eden wa
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Lacey
First thoughts:

Amazing! I couldn't put the book down (or to be more literal my kindle) but I was amazed at the never ending intensity of the characters and the issues that were brought along. I quite enjoyed meeting Eden, Kiran, and Avalon. And the more I think of it, there weren't really any characters that I down right hated even if said person was the antagonist. The writing itself was wonderful, it flowed smoothly, the plot was perfect and character development definately was planned perfect
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diana (chaotic reader)
This book is a must read.

At first, Reckless Magic wasn't at all appealing to me. I mean, come on, what's up with the cover? So it stayed on my to-read list for about a week until my curiosity got the better of me. And so it came as a shocker to me when I find out how amazing the book is.

Eden Matthew enters a new school which turns out to be her last resort since she either got her last school burned down or flooded. But what she doesn't know is that she possesses a great power and is, in fact, a
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Tania Summers
I picked up this book and really didn't think much of it at first, but needless to say that I was pleasantly surprised. This is one of those rare books that I just couldn't put down. There is no testing of waters as you are plunged in head first into a riveting world of romance, magic and adventure.
One of the best things about the novel is the complexity of the characters - you come to love them while watching them struggle to find their selves. You laugh when they laugh. You cry when they cry.
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Rachel




My emotions are a mixture of these at the moment.

I really liked this book! Oh my god. Kiran. Marry me.

I'm serious that's like the perfect fictional character.

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And... Eden... you are cockblocked so many times, it's sad. I seriously wanted to kill your brother and Grandpa several times.

AND POOR LILY.



I don't even know what to say about this book. It seriously made me so full of emotions, I felt like a bean. Kiran is the perfect man.

Allot of people would say he isn't, but I seriously think he
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Runningrabbit
I loved this, a fab YA read.

It had the academy happening, together with the obvious outcast, the bitchy chick who really is just too nasty, the forbidden romance, and yep, the sexy guy.

Eden is targeted in some way by just about everyone, except for her true friend Lilly, who is targeted but in a different fashion. So many paranormal books seemed to have a redhead, so Lilly fits the bill there.

Lots of magic, lots of trouble and lots of both likable and despicable characters. A great read and I'm
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Kari
Stayed up all night reading - yes!
read while I cooked - yes!
Read while my husband drove the car? -yes!
What can I say ALL I wanted to do was read this book! So the main reason why I loved this book was because I love when a girl has some attitude! Like when a boy wants the girl to do one thing and she makes sure she goes out of her way to do the exact opposite. Yap that is this girl! She does what she wants! The set up for the romance for this book was so well thought up it seems like something y
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Mrs. Ron Weasley
Simply amazing. I loved it! It gets you hooked from the first page! And if you have Kindle device...its free! But I would totally pay money for it. There are some grammar errors but ehh who cares?
Tessa
This book is exactly what I look for in YA Paranormal. The characters were real, and the paranormal was believable. It's a series so I'm hoping to learn more about Seraphina. That would be my only complaint. She seemed rather important, but we rarely got anything from her.

There was a lot of action which never felt like filler. The uncertainty and tension was there through out the whole book, keeping my interest.

There was some predictability, but I expect that from YA. Aside from that and Seraph
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Gwyn Whieldon
I'm a sucker for shitty, nonsense fantasy fluff, so another bildungsroman-style magical universe sounded right up my alley. And... No. I read both this and the next (charitably designated) novel in the series, as I'm largely immune to over-the-top romance drama appearing in an otherwise seemingly well-constructed fantasy world. The disappointment factor has been the lack of any judicious editing, specifically in reference to her grammar. The author seems to be unable to distinguish between "ther ...more
My Book Friend
Eden has been the new girl for two years, ever since the first time she was kicked out of school. While there is no evidence of it being Eden behind each school’s destruction, who else faints every time one of these major disasters happens? Kingsley is her last chance to prove herself among the private schools, and she can’t mess up. Sadly, the first day she goes to Kingsley she gets that same feeling that has destroyed her high-school reputation.

Not knowing what to do, Eden tries to repress th
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Brandi
Okay so before I start getting the hate mail because I only gave this book 4 stars let me explain. Lets start with Eden. Oh Eden, Eden, Eden always asking the wrong questions. Why is it you never want to know any of the important things? I might be able to over look this flaw as her just being young but what really bothers me is that she lets everyone keep things from her and then treat her like she is the gum on the bottom of their shoe. Eden needs to learn a few things about what a backbone is ...more
Lucie Fuentes
I really enjoyed myself. I laughed, I traveled and I was in love with the characters!

This story is full of surprises and charm. The author plunged me into a world where I took a lot of fun wandering around.
I liked the start with the love story between Justice and Delia. A couple who would look like "Romeo and Juliet" had they survived and gave birth to twins.

The dynamism of Eden boosted me and her "black cat" attitude amused me. She attracts trouble like a magnet! As for Kiran, I wanted to shake
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Trisha Wolfe
You know, I really liked the sound of this book when I first read the blurb. Something about it caught my attention, and I thought it would be a good read. I was so right. I love it when that happens. From the very start, Higginson sets up a story with action, twists, and romance.

Eden is a very relatable character. I easily saw how a girl who keeps flooding or setting fire to her schools, would be a nervous wreck on her first day at a new school. Not the simple cliché girl we always see who’s sc
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Star-Crossed (7 books)
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“Someone created all of this, all of the beauty of the earth, all of the fragility of human life and all of the extraordinary existence of us. Choosing to believe in a god only when you are surrounded by death and destruction is to truly not know God at all.” 25 likes
“Yes my love, because Eden, I have loved you avidly from the first moment I saw you and I will love you completely with all that I am until the day I die.” 13 likes
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