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Reckless Magic

(Star-Crossed #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  11,983 ratings  ·  893 reviews
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 13th 2011
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Rachel That's a good question. I think that this is one of the flaws in the plot of the story. They fall in love in a matter of weeks. :(
Kristi Definitely one of my issues with the book. So many times I thought to myself, "You waited until NOW to tell her all this?" ESPECIALLY about what she…moreDefinitely one of my issues with the book. So many times I thought to myself, "You waited until NOW to tell her all this?" ESPECIALLY about what she is. I think she'd be able to hide herself so much better if she'd known who and what she was if she'd just been given the five minutes it took to train her - because that's about how long it took for her to train herself.(less)

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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
Oct 23, 2011 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
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
Mar 17, 2012 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
Aug 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No One
Recommended to Turtle by: My Nook
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Bonnie Shores
Feb 20, 2018 added it
Shelves: dnf
Unfortunately, I have to put this book on the DNF shelf.


At 2 hours and 35 minutes in, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING has happened, unless you count numerous unexplained fainting spells as something. Nothing happening would be fine if it was because the characters were being developed, but I know as little about Eden now as I did on page one. All that being said, I would have kept going, being that this book was described as "Twilight meets Harry Potter" (both awesome), but then this happened...

"I parked my
Feb 01, 2014 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
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.
I have a crap ton of questions.

Reckless Magic felt like a pretty quick audio book to listen to. However, I just kept forming so many questions with each chapter. Then after the ending.. I have even more questions that I will hopefully get answers for in the next book. Hopefully.

In this book you will meet Eden and Kiran. Their little romance was cute and shit.. but highly frustrating. Definitely got vibes of Romeo and Juliet.. but for more stupid reasons - I guess? I have no idea if that makes se
When we initially meet Eden, she has been expelled from several schools after mysterious powers of destruction seem to occur around her. She thinks she is going crazy, but it turns out that she is a powerful witch and just didn't realize that magic was real. Her new school is full of magic wielders including Prince Kiran of the monarchy that rules over all magic wielders. Eden and Kiran seem to be drawn to one another, but Kiran's intentions are questionable. He is supposed to be getting to know ...more
Feb 23, 2012 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
Oct 09, 2011 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
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
Avy  (Book Looney) ❄️
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!

Feb 16, 2014 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 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
Dec 31, 2011 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.
Aug 15, 2011 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
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5/4 Stars - Review Coming Soon!
BookOwl BookOwl
Apr 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very very, very interesting.
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
So happy this was my 100th read of the year. Obviously it’s a little dated. But reading this is 2019, I was surprised to still be so sucked into this book. I’m not a huge fantasy reader. Also anything with magic is hard for me to like or understand, but I think I’m learning to love YA fantasy. This book contains love, magic, secret family members and so much more. If I would have read this when it was released in 2011 I am sure this would have been a five star book. I loved Eden and a character. ...more
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 19, 2011 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
Christina Rodriguez
Feb 16, 2012 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
May 18, 2013 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 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.
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Mrs. Ron Weasley
Apr 22, 2012 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?
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Rachel Higginson is the best-selling author of The Five Stages of Falling in Love, Every Wrong Reason, Bet on Us and The Star-Crossed Series.

She was born and raised in Nebraska, and spent her college years traveling the world. She fell in love with Eastern Europe, Paris, Indian Food and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka, but came back home to marry her high school sweetheart. Now she spends her d

Other books in the series

Star-Crossed (7 books)
  • Hopeless Magic (Star-Crossed, #2)
  • Fearless Magic (Star-Crossed, #3)
  • Endless Magic (Star-Crossed, #4)
  • The Reluctant King (Star-Crossed, #5)
  • The Relentless Warrior (Star-Crossed, #6)
  • The Redeemable Prince (Star-Crossed, #7)
“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.” 31 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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