I will start by saying I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Usually this is really hard for me because it makes me wI will start by saying I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Usually this is really hard for me because it makes me want to be super complimentary, but I'm not naturally a positive person and I am no good at faking it- but yay, there's no need to do that here! Blarhh this book was so good. It made me feel things. I hadn't read something that kept me up all night for awhile and it got me loving books again. The first chapter had me hooked, so I recommend downloading a sample because if you like that you will like the rest.
The heroine is not only tough but resilient. When things don't go her way she dusts herself off and keeps trying. Despite her young age, she doesn't feel young as the book progresses. She's gutsy, independent, she fights, she's interested in sex and she tries very hard to be a loyal friend. Though she sometimes stupidly puts herself in dangerous situations, you can understand why and are rooting for her to basically just get older and more experienced. I like adult stories. I like profanity and violence. I usually find myself really annoyed with books set in high school, but the story quickly develops so that it doesn't feel like it's set in high school at all.
The romance was confusing to my emotions- yes, in a way that I liked. Because I wanted her to be with two different characters and I kept changing my mind. Their intentions are both unclear, even to themselves.
It somewhat baffles me that this book is a prequel. How is it not just the first book in the series? How could the series actually be better? What is going to happen next- you mean I don't get to find out what happens immediately after the end of this?! I want to know all the answers now and after reading I immediately went to buy the next book and was mega bummed to find it's not out yet. ...more
In a world were there are hundreds of thousands of different books at our fingertips, it's difficult to write something truly original- often it's inIn a world were there are hundreds of thousands of different books at our fingertips, it's difficult to write something truly original- often it's in the way a story is told rather than the plot points that make it special. And so it is with Magic Reborn- individually none of the elements seem impressive, but as a whole the writing sparkles. It's enjoyable, emotional, like a friend you adore despite or maybe because of them not having anything outstandingly interesting about them but because you like them and can relate to them.
The strongest point in this novel is the main character Fenix- I only realised halfway through her name was likely pronounced like Phoenix not fen-icks like my brain had read, but really that just improved the character in my eyes. She's a sassy little bad ass who doesn't give up and to whom courage and loyalty are everything. She's had shit go down in her life, she's not afraid to feel sad and mad and bad, but she's still going to dust herself off and keep trying whenever shit hits the fan.
Micha the vampire is a bit of a cliché- the handsome powerful bad ass vampire with a heart of gold? Eric Northman is a much more palatable name than Micha Angelo- but that doesn't make him any less enjoyable to read about. (For what it's worth, Fenix is likely a lot tougher than Sookie too, despite the lack of telepathy).
A really solid debut novel; I am looking forward to reading more from Carly Hansen. I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. ...more