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Reckless Magic (Star-Crossed #1)

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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.
Kindle Edition, 327 pages
Published March 14th 2011
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“I hadn’t figured anything out on my own yet.”


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
Shelly Crane
Dec 30, 2011 Shelly Crane rated it it was amazing
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
Hannah Elise {You're Just As Sane As I Am}
Aug 01, 2015 Hannah Elise {You're Just As Sane As I Am} rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!!!
Recommended to Hannah Elise 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
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
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
Bridget M
I loved this book! It definitely wasn't the most well written book I've ever read but it was probably one of the most addicting and fun to read. If I were to factor in the predictability and the cliches embedded in both the characters and plot then I would have to drop my rating down to 3.75/5 stars but I honestly cannot do that because of how engrossed I was with the story. Absolutely planning on continuing with the series soon and can't wait to see how things carry on in the second book.
Mar 19, 2012 Josephine rated it it was ok
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
Mar 27, 2014 iam rated it liked it
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
Oct 10, 2011 Evie rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 04, 2012 Nancy rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 04, 2016 Abby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reckless Magic is LITERALLY one of the best books out there! Or at least, in my opinion it is haha Rachel Higginson wrote an amazing story that just left me speechless...and crying...and screaming...mostly crying though. I was really emotional during these books. This series deserves 5 stars and so many more!

Aug 10, 2015 Asu rated it it was amazing

When I read the synopsis for this story I neither expected what I was in for, nor how completely and utterly in love I would fall with it. I finished it like 5 minutes ago and I'm still dealing with the amount of emotion flooding through me.

I consider this one of the best books I have ever read so I made it my mission to convince you to read it as well. Here's why:


Meet Eden, a typical teenage girl who just has a couple of probblems: she's a witch, she doesn't know it
Gwyn Whieldon
Jan 17, 2013 Gwyn Whieldon rated it did not like it
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
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
Oct 17, 2012 Turtle rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No One
Recommended to Turtle by: My Nook
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Feb 20, 2012 Jo rated it it was amazing
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
Mai is a Happy Bibliophile

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.
BookOwl BookOwl
Apr 05, 2015 BookOwl BookOwl rated it really liked it
Very very, very interesting.
Christina Rodriguez
Jul 12, 2012 Christina Rodriguez rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"I understood the purpose of the Resistance, but the battle I chose to fight would be the one that brought me closer to the man I loved with every fiber of my being."

Eden Matthews knows that she's going crazy. She has to be. There is no one else in the world that can set fire to a school, flood another and magically produce huge tropical bees. Little does she know that she isn't going crazy. She's about to find out that she's different but not in the way she thinks.When she is given a final chan
Sep 21, 2011 Lacey rated it it was amazing
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
May 18, 2013 Kelly rated it it was amazing
I was told by several of my friends what a great book "Reckless Magic" was. It was freaking fantastic!!! Just when I thought I had this book figured out, Rachel threw in a curve ball I never saw coming! From the first page to the last word, I was gripping my iPad unable to tear myself away from the heart pounding excitement of "Reckless Magic".

Rachel hits the ground running when she introduces the reader to Eden Matthews. Due to her special "abilities" Eden has been kicked out of several school
Tania Summers
Oct 26, 2012 Tania Summers rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 18, 2011 Beth rated it liked it
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.
Hope Ortego
Feb 08, 2016 Hope Ortego rated it really liked it
3.5/4 Stars - Review Coming Soon!
Mrs. Ron Weasley
Apr 28, 2012 Mrs. Ron Weasley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 5-plus
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?
Oct 09, 2012 Abby rated it it was amazing
Jul 07, 2016 Ren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Shweta Choudhary
Jun 29, 2012 Shweta Choudhary rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
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
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
**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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I was born and raised in Nebraska, but spent my college years traveling the world. I fell in love with Eastern Europe, Paris, Indian Food and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka. But I came back home to marry my high school sweetheart and now I spend my days raising our growing family. In those few spare moments I have, I am either reading or writing Young Adult Fiction, because I am obsessed with ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Star-Crossed (7 books)
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  • Fearless Magic (Star-Crossed, #3)
  • Endless Magic (Star-Crossed, #4)
  • The Reluctant King (Star-Crossed, #5)
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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.” 28 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.” 15 likes
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