Sunday, February 23, 2014

In Shadows of Magic Review + #Giveaway

In Shadows of Magic
Alison F. Prince  

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Release Date: July 10. 2013
Publisher: Astraea Press

Pages: 284

Goodreads Rating:  4.14
My Rating: 4.0
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Book Description:

Mandy McKinney lives the charmed life. She is beautiful, athletic, popular, dating the hottest jock in school, and certainly doesn't have any time for her loser twin sister. But Mandy also has a secret. When the truth is unveiled, her world is twisted upside down, and her very life is at stake.

Mandy's twin sister, Brianna, has never had any success in the dating department. When Brianna finally meets the guy of her dreams, it turns out that he has secrets of his own. Dangerous secrets. Just her luck.

The twins are about to be swept away into a world of beauty and power beyond their wildest imaginations where nothing is what is seems, danger is lurking in the shadows, and their only chance of survival is finding themselves, and each other, once again.

My Take On The Book:

Witches and vampires, what can go wrong… I’ve asked myself that question on multiple different occasions before reading a book. While I truly enjoyed this book, I felt as if there was just an overload of supes and info. Parts of it seemed to loosely written and not cohesive with the story that was originally created. (gasp, Tipsy used a big word ;) lol ) As it stands, many of you might have noticed the influx of stories based on Witches and magic in my reviews. I've kinda fallen into the magic bandwagon and plan to read tons of witchy book beofre the release of my first full length novel. This book fit that description to a t. It had all the aspects I was looking for and then some. Unfortunately that 'and then some' is what threw me off.

One second we’re dealing with witches and the next you’ve got an influx of different supes and some waving of the hands and some weird hybrids things roaming around. I struggled to keep up and immerse myself in the book fully and that was a tad depressing on my part. The author has a strong sense of story telling and you can see it in every word she writes but she lost me sometime after the half way point where it seemed as if she didn’t know what to do with the characters or how to end the tale so she took us on another adventure. But kudos to the romances and plot twists… it was a definite plus and kept me reading on when I worried that this book wasn’t for me. I genuinely enjoyed the book and hope that the ending was a heads up to readers that there is indeed a part 2. If there is you can bet your bottom dollars that I will be reading it and reviewing.

4 Quills

In truth the only reason I felt so lost was the last quarter of the book. Some people enjoy the hybrid thing, I am not one of them. Those characters are more of a turn off for me and feel like a cop out for the writer to create such an OP supe.

In Shadows of Magic is only $2.99 and is available as an ebook on itunes, Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and many other online retailers.

About The Author

Alison F. Prince is a school psychologist in northern New Jersey.  In Shadows of Magic is her debut release.

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