Illicit Magic (Stella Mayweather #1)
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Illicit Magic (Stella Mayweather #1)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  680 ratings  ·  108 reviews
More than three hundred years after the most terrifying witch hunts the world has ever known, it's happening again.

When an attack by ruthless witch hunters forces twenty-four-year-old Stella from her home in London into the protection of the powerful Witch Council in New York, she has to put her faith in strangers just to stay alive, yet she might not be any safer in thei...more
Kindle Edition, 344 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Audacious
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Lisa Smith
Nov 17, 2012 Lisa Smith rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ages 12 and up
Shelves: 2012

I am beside myself after reading this book. The story line is amazing and with some exceptional direction and editing it could be a hidden treasure. It was very daunting for me to read. I had to force myself to slow down my reading speed so I wouldn’t get lost in plot line. The grammar mistakes were plastered throughout leaving me questioning why the author chose not to use an editor, or at least a proofreader before publishing.

***SIDE NOTE*** If I can get my hand on a PDF version that I can co...more
Laura the Highland Hussy
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***spoilers ahead, ye be warned***

Wow, so as many of you can see, this is not my usual fare.

This was recommended to me by a friend (that's you Jackie) and I was told that this book would appeal to the YA group who wanted an older cast of characters. Since the main reason I don't read YA is that I actually get irritated with the teens, I thought this might be a nice change. Stella, our protagonist, is 24. She's spent her life in London's foste...more
Well this started out promising. No really it did. I liked Stella at first, liked the plot with the Brotherhood killing off the witches. Liked how Stella was suddenly dropped into a new world with new characters, new rules, and a new way of life.

Sadly it all derailed like a damn train wreck. In the end though it was another cliche filled book with a heroine who is an idiot, secondary characters who never get more than a passing glimpse of a personality, and a predictable plot that failed to answ...more
I enjoyed this book. It was really a simple tale of a girl finding out about herself and coming to grips with it. Stella is really just an average girl trying to survive in a world where people don't really like her. Then a group of mysterious men try to kill her and she is thrust into a world she had no idea existed.

I did like how the author let the story unravel rather than forcing a lot of background noise at me. We discovered what was going on as Stella discovered it. There are several myst...more
This was a great start to a new series.
Stella Mayweather is a 24-year-old woman who has grown up in foster care and is searching for her place in the world.
Life has been even more difficult for her, because accidents keep happening around her, to people that threaten her or make her afraid, which of course caused her to change several foster families.
Not that she can really control it, but her reputation as a "witch" on account of that, is more literal than she would think.
Stella is reluctant t...more
Stella grew up in the foster system. She remembers nothing about her parents or where she came from but she knows that she is being hunted by the people that have murdered other woman around the world and when a mysterious woman shows up at her door claiming she is a witch she has no choice but to go with her and save herself from the hunters that are about to break down her door.

Stella knows she is different but she never imagined that there were other witches that could teach her how to use h...more
Jun 22, 2011 Jackie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA lovers who wish to transition to older characters than teens
Recommended to Jackie by: Belinda Boring
Illicit Magic
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More than three hundred years after the most terrifying witch hunts the world has ever known, it's happening again.
Young witch, Stella, has to put her faith in strangers just to stay alive but she might not be any safer in their midst than from the danger she is running from.
There is more than one dark secret in her new family: Étoile’s sister is spoken of in fear and sadness; Marc is supposed to be a powerful witch but is missing his magic; where does the owner of
Illicit Magic written by Camilla Chafer was a delightful read. While the story was faced pace with lots of action, the author wrote the characters in such a way that the reader gained empathy and other such emotional ties to them. The world built was a fascinating one that brought new experiences to the reader. It was exciting to explore the world where there are all manners of supernatural creatures with frightening conspiracies and antagonists. It was pleasant that the author didn’t immediatel...more
Alex Owens
This book started off a little wobbly for me. It wasn't the pacing (because a lot happened in the beginning) so I'm thinking it was the amount of backstory woven into the start of the novel.

But after I pressed on, things certainly got more interesting and I'm glad I did read it to completion. The "magic" was neat, and I found the training parts interesting and nicely done. The romance factor during the second half of the book was very nicely done.

There is a bit of a cliffhanger ending, but it'...more
Evelyn Carrillo
I loved this book and am looking forward to the next one.

The review that follow is a partial review. To read the full review, please visit TBQ's Book Palace!

Illicit Magic begins the story of Stella Mayweather, who has just found out that she's a witch. As she slowly starts to learn the craft, as well as how to perfect her gifts, she finds herself running from the Brotherhood, a group that is scouring the world, burning witches alive. As if that wasn't enough, while staying at a safe home with other magic weavers, someone close to the group...more
Heather (Raevynemyst)
I really liked this book. It was an amazing story that was exciting while you get to know the characters on more intimate levels. The author did a great job with building suspense and creating a wonderful world without over explaining anything, she did just enough so that you get the idea but are still left with mystery so that you can't wait to read on to see what happens next. There were just a few minor spelling errors that need to be corrected, but I am not sure if they are really errors or...more
PepperP0t (
I received a free copy of this in exchange for an honest review. My rating is 4.25stars. I was surprised to enjoy this book as well as I did. It was written quite English and a couple of the words didn’t actually translate to American well so I still don’t get a couple of the words. Another surprise was that this was termed as YA though it reads more mature. However it was an extremely pleasant surprise.

Friendless odd woman out Stella Mayweather is looking forward to her typical night alone eat...more
J.C. Andrijeski
For some reason I really struggled with the beginning of this much so that I actually reread it three times, and almost chalked it up to, "this just isn't my cup of tea." But when I got past that first chunk, I really got sucked in and from that moment read it straight through to the end. I liked the overall tone, which was a little more grounded-seeming to me for some reason, despite the premise...perhaps because of the main character's voice which wasn't as melodramatic as a lot of f...more
My brother has this thing where he'll give a book until the end of the first page to decide if it's worth reading. I made it to the end of the first chapter and gave up. When he asked me what the first line of the book was and I told him, he said:
"It's better to try something original and fall flat than to start with 'For as long as I can remember...'"
I should note - he's a writer.
This was the first time I read a book and knew exactly what he meant.
The first paragraph was okay, painful first cli...more
Mon avis en français :

My English review :

It's been awhile since I hadn’t read a novel about witches. So I was very curious to get into this one.

Well, I have to confess that it was difficult for me to hold on to the story, especially at the beginning. There are too many descriptions, too many details that we could easily do without. I found the first two chapters particularly long. Fortunately, continuing my reading...more
GENRE: YA Paranormal Romance
THEME: Witches/ Magic
RECEIVED: The Bookish Snob Book Tour

Illicit Magic was a wonderful surprise and I was happy to be asked to review this magical new series. This is a story full magic, mystery and lots of unexpected action and of course the romance.

Stella Maryweather is a young woman who lives a life of temp jobs, moving around from place to place trying not to make people uncomfortable. For some reason since she can rem...more
I received this as part of a Goodreads group Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Fanatics: Read to Review giveaway. Overall I liked this book and am looking forward to checking out the next in the series. However, it seemed slow and slightly boring at first, even though you are pretty much thrown into the action of Stella against the Brotherhood almost immediately. This was most likely due to the requisite set-up/background information that inevitably has to be thrown in for a new series. So re...more
Sep 09, 2013 Ann rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who don't require books to make a lick of sense.
Recommended to Ann by: Amazon.
Well, I made it through this novel, I think I deserve a prize.
It very much reads like a YA novel, but the heroine is 24 - even though she acts like a dim 17 year old (I have a 17 year old, I know how they act :P ).
There are many, many flaws with the premise of the book, with the spelling and grammar... makes you wonder if anyone still employs editors. Most amusing mistake by far, was when she ran her fingers 'threw' her hair. I would be so annoyed if someone threw MY hair!
The one thing I will...more
I should mention, I won this book on The_Book_Queen's blog. Woot! I'm finally getting around to this review. This was a fun book full of witches with all different types of craft/specialties. The story is about Stella, who unbeknownst to her, is a witch. Losing her parents at the age of 5, she was sent from one home to another because "things" would happen when she was around and she never really fit in any where. Finally, she was on her own, although barely paying the bills. There had been a se...more
Laurie: Almost Faemous
Originally posted on my blog

I received a copy of Illicit Magic from the Read2Review program on Goodreads, so thanks to the author and the program for the opportunity to review the book. Every time I start a new series it is always with some trepidation especially after just finishing a couple of books that I didn't like. In this case my fears were completely unfounded I really really liked this book.

This is the first in the series and introduces us to Ste...more
Shana (ReadingVixen)
"Illicit Magic" was actually a pretty decent book. You get to learn all about Stella Mayweather, who lives in London, and isn't doing too well for herself. She does temp jobs, lives in a meager flat/apartment, and just tries to get on with her dull, boring life the best way she can. She's a witch who doesn't know she's a witch, until some evil men begin chasing her from her workplace one day, almost to her home. When she arrives home, she begins to notice many of the news channels on TV, talking...more
Donna (BLHmistress)
Stella is pretty much a loner, not by choice but because it seems like accidents seem to happen around her and she doesn't know why. I really loved how Stella progressed in this book from a quiet, hide yourself in the corner kind of girl to finding confidence in herself at the end.

What I loved about this story-line it kept me guessing, here I thought it was going one way and it ended up in a direction I didn't expect at all. Usually the bad guy is brought in and pretty much you know when and wha...more
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 loved how strong Stella is and determined to control her magic more...she is brought to a cottage thats houses more of her kind and makes friends quickly... one of them being Evan who is more than willing to help after some convincing in the beginning. This might have started out as a triangle...more
I will give this 3.5 stars!
I liked Stella she is logical not too trusting and somehow believable
Evan sounds sexy And I love a sexy love interest !
The world building was decent enough
I liked the general storyline of the novel one reason I picked this up.
The overall outcome of the novel/ mystery was too predictable for me. I suppose it must come into play in some conceivable way but I just wasn't keen on how it turned out.
The last 10% of the book was unnecessary to me I kept waiting...more
Naj (Unputdownable Books)
Illicit Magic began with a narration that continues on throughout the book. It isn't one of those annoying kind of narration but the kind thats actually very captivating and really makes you listen to what the protagonist has to say as she tells you her story.

Our protagonist here is called Stella, she's the type who keeps to herself and has a well collected character. She is English and alone. All her life everyone seems to be scared of her because something always manages to happen when she's...more
Alaiel Kreuz
Right now, if I could, I'd love to read the second part of this series just because I really want to know what happens next to Stella.

But first thing first, you need to know what I'm taking about, right? Illicit Magic is the first book of this series and introduce us to Stella, a simple girl with a simple boring life, and not because she wants a boring life but because everybody is scared of her so they keep their distance.
Why? Well, as you can guess from the title of the book there's something...more
Lori {Romancing the Dark Side}
Romancing the Dark Side Review:

A wonderful debut filled with magic, mystery and romance!

In Illicit Magic we're introduced to Stella Mayweather, a twenty four year old who lives a solitary life in England due to her special abilities that she brushes off as her simply being accident prone. Her boring life soon becomes quite the opposite on a night when she's followed and nearly kidnapped by a group of men called the Brotherhood, who believe she is a witch. Barely escaping, Stella rushes home whe...more
Heather Book Savvy Babe
Stella’s life is suddenly turned upside-down when after being attacked; a strange girl takes Stella to an entirely new life. Stella finds out that she is a witch, and there are other people like her, people with special abilities, magical abilities. This group of witches wants to train Stella in her magic, and keep her safe from witch hunters. However, danger continues to plague Stella wherever she goes.

It took me a little while to get into Illicit Magic. When starting a new series, I know that...more
Maghon Thomas
I would like to thank R2R and the author as always for giving me a copy to read for a review! These programs allow me to find fantastic new reads just like this one :)

I would like to start with saying that the bad guy totally threw me at the end. I was not expecting that one... I was guessing in those lines but wow! I know that's vague, but no spoilers! I like that it's written in first person for this book because I like that I get to see Stella's thoughts as she goes through the obstacles and...more
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