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Visions of Magic (The Awakening #1)

3.38  ·  Rating Details ·  821 Ratings  ·  127 Reviews
In the ten years since magic has reemerged in the world, witches have become feared and hunted. For weeks Shea Jameson has been haunted by visions of fire. When she unintentionally performs a spell in public, she becomes one of the hunted. Her only hope is Torin, a dangerously sensual man who claims to be her eternal mate.
Kindle Edition, 360 pages
Published (first published February 1st 2011)
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Laurie Garrison
Put this book on your top most wanted to be read list for 2011!! Visions of Magic is a dark paranormal romance, that’s wickedly sexy and filled with magic, it made for a phenomenal read. It’s the first book to an Awakening witch series. I found the Witch and Eternal storyline fastening, and couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to see what was going to happen next. There is a lot to take in, but the author explains everything along the way and made it easy to understand.

Come and read about a witc
I really, really like the world setup that the author created. I have a bit of a thing for the Salem trials, so seeing a modern day world modeled after that was a big hit with me. Can you just imagine living like that? The author clearly shows that even just being seen talking with someone suspected of witchcraft can lead to you being snatched up too. There really are witches and magic, but a lot of innocent people are accused for no reason because the hysterical public has led to an act-first-a ...more
Mandi Schreiner
Jan 10, 2011 Mandi Schreiner rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr
Shea Jameson has been on the run. Her aunt was literally burned at the stake, accused of being a witch, and now the Magic Police (or MP) have been keeping a close eye on Shea. If any shred of doubt is placed upon you for being a witch, you are arrested and taken away – and usually burned to death. Shea’s time is up though. After an attempted mugging, she tries to escape and she somehow shoots flames out of her fingers and burns the criminal, while a crowd watches. They immediately start chanting ...more
Shera (Book Whispers)
Genre: Paranormal Romance

The promise of a modern world where witches are very real and hunted by the government had me foaming at the mouth for this 2011 debut. The Salem witch hunts look tame next to the world Hastings has built—clearly a world worthy of Urban Fantasy. Once any woman is suspected of being a witch she’s either monitored or simply caught and imprisoned. No one checks to see if the prisoner is a witch, the woman is just out of luck if someone starts chanting, “Witch-witch, you’re
Don't you just love UF/PNR books that have the soulmates thing. In some UF/PNR it can work, in others not so much. VISON OF MAGIC is a perfect example of a book where the soulmates thing didn't do it for me.

First off the Prologue and chapter 1 is done very well that it keeps you interested, but it goes downhill from there. I just don't think this book had very much orginality in the Urban Fantasy and soulmates department. Other books I have read were so much better. I admit I wanted to quit aft
Susan Mallery
Dec 06, 2010 Susan Mallery rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
VISIONS OF MAGIC was written by a friend of mine who's writing under a different name, Regan Hastings. I've been sworn to secrecy about her (or his) true identity, but I can tell you that she (or he) has appeared on the USA TODAY bestsellers list. :) I absolutely loved this book!

Shea discovers unexpectedly that she is a witch... not a good thing to be in a 21st century world where witches are hunted by the Federal Bureau of Witchcraft and burned at the stake. The only place she feels safe is in
Rating: 2.5 out of 5

The first part of the book was spend with the hero evading questions or answering them mysteriously.

For example:
“What do you
want from me?”
“Everything,” he admitted, “and I will accept nothing less.”
“Who the hell are you?”
“I’m the one who saved your very fine ass from that mob.”

Then he expects her to mate with him, after he just about refuses to answer her questions properly and explain what is happening between them.

Torin had bad attitude. He keeps on saying things to the ef
Laura Wright
Oct 18, 2010 Laura Wright rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With Torin on one side and Rune on the other, I'd be a very happy girl! Stunning start to a great new series!!
Nov 26, 2010 Marquetta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Visions of Magic is the first book in a new series about witches. Shea has been on the run ever since her aunt was burned at the stake. Shea doesn't stay in one location for long because she fears that she will be accused of being a witch. Shea is living her life as a 6th grade teacher when she accidentally sets a man on fire. Shea has had visions of fire. She's in denial about herself and her powers. Enters Torin who rescues Shea from a mob of witch haters and the Magic Police. He claims to be ...more
Megan Riverina Romantics/Meggerfly
Visions of Magic by Regan Hastings is the first book in her Awakening series.

This book was a nice read for me. I really liked the idea of the once powerful witches having to pay atonement for almost destroying the world. The idea of each witch having an eternal-an immortal mate waiting for them to "awaken" into their powers and memories of their previous lives-was very interesting and unique. The hero, Torin, was arrogant but unafraid to do what it took to get his woman Shea.

I loved the idea of
Dec 02, 2012 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, paranormal, witch
Upon a reread I'm entirely changing my review of this. The plot is interesting, the sex scenes are smoking hot, and the author is relatively accurate when writing about witchcraft. The negative though is a total reversal of feelings on the reread. The hero is super sketch now that im older and wiser. He's a little rapey. He rescues/kidnaps heroine and rather than breaking the news gently and give her times to come to terms with everything he's all like "we're fucking tonight i'll give you an hou ...more
Jan 17, 2013 D.G. marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
This book is not making any sense to me. So the hero has been watching her for a long time because she's his mate but he waits until she's in danger to get close to her? And the romance is so unromantic. "You've been my woman for centuries. You'll remember me." Yeah, right.

And how do the villains find these people so quickly! I really don't know how an old woman could see somebody in a dark balcony in a house with tall walls set off the street? Does she have binoculars with infrared vision?

Jennifer Lyon
Feb 12, 2011 Jennifer Lyon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
VISIONS OF MAGIC starts off with a bang and never lets up! An irrational fear of witches has taken hold of the country, so when Shea Jameson's witch-powers Awaken in a brutal way, she must run for her life and her immortal soul. Her only hope is her Eternal, Torin (he is a fiery hunk!). Torin has been waiting for Shea for centuries, and now they are in an epic battle that will keep you riveted to the very last page.

This book has it all: romance, adventure, witches, magic and immortal hunks! I ca
Mar 20, 2011 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regan-hastings
Shea Jameson & Torin . . .

She - the first awakened witch. Torin - her Eternal.

This is the first of a series. Being that this is my first witch book, it took me a while to get into it. It was okay. Not bad.

The love story was just too fast for me. There was no build up. Before I knew it, Shea was in love with Torin. Okaaaay . . .

Overall, 3 stars . . .
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Beth Dawkins
Jul 12, 2011 Beth Dawkins rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
In a world where witches are sent to camps and burned at the stake, only one coven can stop it! Only the coven has to wait for the witches to awaken. Shea is the first. Running to her car after work a man tries to mug her, and she sets him on fire. This proves to herself, and the public who saw it that she is a Witch. She is shortly whisked away by a pillar of fire.

That pillar of fire just happens to be Torin, Shea’s Eternal. I had a huge problem liking Torin. His character was extremely hard t
This has a real grabber of an opening, but I only made it about a quarter of the way through before setting it aside. She is rescued by a flaming man from an angry mob when her witchly powers begin to manifest, and he's apparently her eternal mate just waiting to 'claim' her to finish awakening her powers. But he's impatient - after centuries he could give her a little time to get aclimated to the idea but insists on sex ASAP to complete the bond - so she bolts and gets herself into deeper doo d ...more
Jan 03, 2011 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imagine if the witch hysteria of old came back into practice and the witch hunting was an everyday thing and it was global.....

In Shea Jameson's world magic and witches are not fun and it's not something you dabble or flaunt. Shea lives in fear. Always running, always hiding. For 10 years this has been her way of life. Ever since her aunt was burned at the stake for being a witch. Now Shea learns that she has powers and is forced to run again. In that moment, the warrior Torin walks in, changing
It's been a decade since a witch accidently burned her husband to a crisp in public. The witch said she didn't know she was a witch but the population is determined this won't happen again. The magic police has been formed and people are paranoid .

Originally Read: November 25, 2013
Rating: 3.75 stars actually
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oh it was so exciting :) in every page something happened there wasnt a moment when i felt bored reading it...
Jan 19, 2011 Ollie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Can't wait for book two! Review coming.
Jan 15, 2011 Isis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
I really enjoyed Visions of Magic. It was a fun read, and I definitely recommend it!
Diana Brown
3 1/2 stars
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Please note, this was a goodreads giveaway book. I read the short summary and hoped to win this book. I was very pleased to receive it and started to read it immediately. The author also thoughtfully sent me two additional books and signed them. THANK YOU!

It is with great regret that I'm rating this with only 2 stars. I truly wanted to love this book. Ms. Hastings world of witches/immortals and Lucifer sounded so good. I enjoy both PNR and UF greatly. It has taken me several days to write and r
Book Binge
Jul 29, 2011 Book Binge marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
The hysteria of the Salem witch trials has spread throughout the world. Women who are accused or even suspected of being a witch are rounded up and incarcerated. Shea's aunt was convicted and burned at the stake in a public spectacle. Since then, Shea's been on the run from her past, hiding who and what she is from both the world and herself. But it all goes to hell in a handbasket when she zaps a guy trying to rob her. A mob gathers, ready to kill her on the spot when a stranger shows up, envel ...more
Feb 04, 2011 Ruby rated it it was ok
Shelves: witches
This review was first posted on

One of the most well-used tropes in Paranormal Romance is the idea of soulmates, of fated partners. Like everything, it's been done well, and it's been done poorly. I'm sorry to say that Visions of Magic falls into the latter category. It tells the story of Shea Jameson, a witch on the cusp of Awakening, and her soulmate and Eternal, Torin. According to Hastings' world, each of the witches in the Awakening has an Eternal, an immortal war
Dec 26, 2010 Samantha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, arc
Regan Hastings delivers a magical and passion filled story in the first book of her Awakening series.

Witches are being hunted in the 21st Century. Magic has been outed to the world and everyone is in an uproar. The government has created special agencies such as BOW (Bureau of Witches) and the magic police to capture these special individuals. Shea Jameson is living in fear. Her aunt was the first woman to be punished for her special abilities. Fearing that she might be a witch herself, she has
Shea Jameson is a woman on the run. Her aunt was accused of being a witch and burned at the stake. Just being related has meant that Shea has to live her life on the run because the MP or magic police have been keeping a close eye on her waiting for magic to appear. Then one day a man attempts to mug her and while trying to escape she shoots flames out of her fingers and burns the mugger. Of course a crowd has gathered around panics and accuses of her of being a witch. (I know I know on the edge ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

The concept behind The Awakening series is excellent. Millennia ago, witches grew powerful (and arrogant) enough to unleash a deadly threat to the earth and the price for containing that threat was binding their powers and memories for over 800 years. Flash forward to today to a young woman who finds out she’s the first witch to awaken since that time.

The world building in VISIONS OF MAGIC is the best part of this book (even better than it’s stunning c
Jul 08, 2011 Jess rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, 2013
This review was originally posted on Find the Time to Read

What I Thought: Honestly I don't remember Visions of Magic all that much. It was one of those books where I kept reading it even after I knew I should have put it down, simply because I wanted to see what would happen.

The two main points for this book are coming straight from my status updates on GoodReads, because they pretty much sum up my feelings.

"The hero in this book reminds me of one of those guys who complains that because he boug
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Maureen Child was born 28 September 1951 in California, USA. She and her husband enjoy traveling, usually taking road trips with her parents. When she’s at home, she is kept busy with her two grown children and a somewhat confused golden retriever named Abbey. She is busy writing her next book.

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