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"Twilight meets Harry Potter." Fans of magic, mystery and romance will fall in love with book number one in the Amazon Best-Selling Star-Crossed Series!

Sixteen-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. Only Kingsley isn't like the other schools she's been to. The students are different. But, then again, so is she. After meeting Kiran Kendrick, the mysterious boy who seems to be the source of all her problems, she is suddenly in a world that feels more make-believe than reality.

When her best friend Lilly is taken away and Kiran's life is threatened, Eden finds herself right in the middle of an ancient war that is so much bigger than high school. She alone has to find a way to save her best friend and the boy who has captivated her heart.

Reckless Magic is an intricate story about adventure, magic and forbidden love. Eden Matthews is an unlikely heroine determined to save the world and be with her one, true love before it's too late.

©2011 Rachel Higginson (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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  • Jennifer
  • 13-11-17

unlikeable characters

I really liked the world and the plot of this story but both the heroine and the love interest were so annoying! I wanted to throttle them both, yet I listened to the whole book waiting for it to get better because I liked the plot.
She willfully ignores whats going on around her and to her. She has magic - but wont aknowledge it despite destroying 3 schools? Then people are answering her thoughts and she just brushes it off. Then she finally tells someone about it, and it feels like an after thought, and neither of them really react.
Also, she never asks 'why'. That might be what bothers me most. Any normal person would question things. Especially once she knows that everyone around her knows what's going on and she's still in the dark. As if any orphan wouldn't at least ask who their parents are to the person that knows. Or why she keeps blowing stuff up!!!
I think this characters lack of questions is an artefact of the authors attempt to keep the reader in suspense, but it's lazy. In a world of magic it's super easy to explain almost anything, like a spell to limit her curiosity or something. Or at least have the other characters avoid her questions.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 04-03-20

The Main Character is an Absolute Idiot.

(SOME SPOILERS) The main character is 'special,' in more ways than one. A witch is not told what she is (but the adults know, they just don't tell her. They watch while she nearly kills people on accident and get expelled three times though). She has convinced herself that she is crazy. This might make sense if her powers were primarily mental a la telepathy, precognition, retrocognition, etc., but they aren't. She sets schools on fire, calls up plagues of bugs, floods classrooms, and throws men yards away without touching them. Other people see these powers. Other people hold her accountable. She knows she caused the chaos. It makes absolutely no sense for her to think she is crazy and it is all in her head. Within the first fifteen minutes, she meets two people (including a gorgeous secret prince, of course) who recognize that she is not human and who can read her mind. (Because the adults responsible for her don't teach her how to protect her mind before sending her to a school filled with mind-readers.) She knows her power reacts to one of the two characters, they make it obvious they know she has power, they literally ask her what she is, they can read her mind, AND THEY ASK HER IF SHE HAS ANY QUESTIONS. She, moron princess extraordinaire, says NO, and they, able to read her thoughts, just...don't tell her what she is. They just let her continue to blast electricity all over the place like it's the cutest thing. Fast forward the first few hours of this stupidity, and weeks in book time, and she still thinks she's just crazy, even after seeing people shapeshift and nearly killing four people with her mind to save the prince (apparently this is a bad thing because it made him look weak. It would have been much better if she'd let him die). It's really, really, ridiculous. If you like yelling at stupid people in books, you will enjoy this read. If you can't handle stupidity, avoid at all cost.

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  • Marie
  • 07-04-20

This mutha fuck’n book. Deep sigh

As I go into this review, I should start out by saying that it was the tag line that sold me, and I was definitely hopping for more Harry Potter than Twilight. What I got was some Harry Potter like structure with the most facepalm worthy romance bs that ever existed. There are a lot of reviewers that throw Eden under the bus. I actually give her the benefit of the doubt in many instances, for example, if you’re completely preoccupied with getting sent off to the loony bin or terrified you’re going to blow something up, it could make sense that you can’t see outside of yourself enough to witness magic occurring right in front of your face. Maybe even when people are obviously reading your mind. Probably. I mean, teenagers already tend towards narcissism so whatever. Most of us grow out of it eventually. But are you seriously so preoccupied with some little scrub that you aren’t even focused on the fact THAT YOUR ONLY FRIEND has been IMPRISONED and you aren’t going to try to talk the prince she was trying to save into doing the right thing ASAFP?! No? Instead you’re going to spend most the book obsessing about him in some way or another? Cool.

Prince fuck-face acts so skeezy in so many different parts of this book. I just don’t get it. I get that attraction is a thing, but who is such a slave to it? This dude mimics a little boy’s pouting face with his lip jutting out and it makes Eden’s heart melt? Are you kidding? That’s disgusting. He’s a brat. And I’m sure the brat has some tragic-as-hell backstory that we’ll get later down the road, but that doesn’t change the fact that he has no issues dragging Eden through the mud (in one case literally) in pursuit of his own amusement and to fulfill his own curiosity about who she is and what she might be hiding. So instead of getting some strong female bonding time, that shows how important and rewarding female friendships can be, we get Eden pinning over the douche-nozzle and then Avalon basically taking over the role of friend right where Lily left off. Again, cool.

As the story progresses, Eden continues to show herself not to be big on the uptake of info, or being able to connect dots. But hey, not every character needs to be particularly intelligent, it’s just my general preference. Other good attributes exist out there. I’m not sold on if Eden possesses any of those attributes or not. Maybe she’s got something going on deep down inside? Idk. Even as the book really gets going, you almost can’t entirely blame her for her stupidity, even through she really should have put a lot of things together on her own. That’s because the main plot device of this entire book seems to be keeping Eden in the dark and then being shocked when everything goes tits-up. Lack of communication is one of the most overused plot devices out there, and this one literally uses it the entire book. THE ENTIRE BOOK! Seriously. I don’t remember there being an issue that wasn’t in some, if not in it’s entirety, centered around Eden having vital information being kept from her with no logical reason. Even when why said piece of info get explained, if they get explained, the logic is flimsy at best.

So when I first started listening, I was wondering why Bailey Carr’s narration was so overacted, but her characters voices were so on point. I’m pretty sure I figured it out, and it’s that the writing is.... well, it could have used a good editor. There could have actually been some real potential in this story. Had they dialed back the romance and flushed out more of the interactions and character development with the side characters, maybe actually relied on there being a plot to the story? Maybe have magic being learned instead of Mary Sue’ing it and having everything be able to be done if you just will it so? Also, maybe less redundant vocabulary, of which there is a lot. It gets a bit painful. Idk. I was thinking about giving the next book a try bc it always bothers me to start a series and not at least give it until book 2 to get going, but I think this one I might just have to let die.

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  • Ashleigh Payne
  • 26-09-19

Meh

book would be better if I could actually like the heroine. Unfortunately, she comes of as a stubborn idiot. Stubborn to the point of absolute stupidity. Ick.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-02-17

Very good!

I purchased this book because it was described as a cross between Harry Potter and Twilight, two of my favorite things! While not as life changing as either of the above mentioned, still very good and I will continue on to book two.

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  • William E.
  • 09-09-20

Wow, this dragged in the worse possible way.

Imagine having the worse possible first day. But you experience every second of stupidity and irrational hormonal feeling. It’s auditory torture to hear her talk about her growing uselessness and non-existent self-esteem. She also has periods of self assurance that are quickly upended by her sheer lack of actual ability to back any of her claims. Also, all your problems began because you were late on the first day. Maybe come earlier since you don’t know where everything is. But hey, let’s not have accountability for our actions. How could she not figured out that she has magic?! It’s really hard to take her seriously. How many times will this girl faint?! Also, it’s so cringey to have two boys man-handle the useless MC. The sheer number of times these boys freely touch a helpless girl, grab her arm tightly among other things. So gross! But, I guess it’s okay because of their cute European accent, right?! Are they suppose to be British because the performance was closer to some sort of Russian. It’s bad all around.

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  • Katy
  • 12-06-17

I adore this series

Wow this series.. I got completely sucked in to the world that Higginson created.

Eden is a 16-year-old girl who, for reasons unknown to her, keeps blowing up (or flooding or creating a plague of crazy insects) at her high schools and is forced to transfer. She lives with her Aunt Syl and eventually gets placed at Kingsley high school. Her first day she runs into Kiran and Talbott, also their first day. Kiran is extremely swoon-worthy (blonde, messy hair, turquoise eyes..) and extremely cocky. Eden sits next to Kiran in their first class and for some reason her blood goes crazy and she passes out and is caught by, who else, Kiran. She also befriends Lilly, who seems to be a loner.

Okay, enough set up...

Instead of having a normal high school PE class, the entire class goes on a camping trip. Eden and Lilly pair up with Kiran and Talbott and go for a walk.. They end up being stalked by strange hooded men and are attacked. Eden, finally realizing what is happening, discovers there is magic inside of her (as well as the strange men) and somehow sucks all of the magic out of them. She believes to have killed them and eventually ends up back at home.

Enter Principal Amory Saint. He explains to Eden that she is not going crazy and that she is actually an Immortal and has magic in her veins and that Kingsley is a school for immortals. There are four different types of immortals - witch, titan, medium, and shape-shifter. Eden is told that shape-shifters are the outcasts of the immortal society and Lilly was one of them. Lilly is sent to Romania to stand trial just for being a shape-shifter and hiding her identity. She also finds out that Kiran is the prince of the immortals and his father, Lucan is the king.

A new student named Avalon St. Andrews begins at Kingsley and immediately befriends Eden. Kiran continues to *stalk* Eden and their love begins to blossom.

Definitely continue to the second book because I guarantee that once you make it through that one you won't be able to stop.

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  • Karlyn Keller
  • 14-02-18

Interesting story line

I’ve been surprised at how much I’ve actually enjoyed this series. Originally I purchased the first one due to a sale. Quickly thereafter I’ve continued to buy the others.

While at times a bit melodramatic and over the top, overall the series has been pretty darn good. It does require a bit of suspension of disbelief given some of its leaps, but I’m reading fiction not nonfiction so that should be expected, right?

The lead character, Eden, is a bit over the top but still likeable. I buy her struggles especially as a teenager in love with two boys. I don’t buy her as much related to the revolution but I can overlook that. She displays the typical teenage angst and self centered ness that is apparent in most of these young adult books.

The supporting cast of characters are intriguing. I would have liked to know more about them and even invited a bit of story telling from their point of view. I see that further down the series some are told from their point of view so I am looking forward to that.

All in all I’ve enjoyed the books although I’ve groaned a few places. I’ll keep reading for sure. Wish there was an omnibus of the series.

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  • Alysha M Parent
  • 14-03-17

An amazing beginning

What an extraordinary beginning to what promises to be an extraordinary story. Eden is such a strong character. I loved every minute of the story. I can't wait to start book 2.

Bailey Carr did an amazing job narrating the story. She had some great accents and the inflections in her voice were on point.

Overall it was a great experience listening to this story!

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  • T
  • 16-09-20

What a mixed bag!

The main character was unlikable. She was snide and sarcastic, stubborn and defensive, in capable of thinking for herself, yet unwilling to ask intelligent questions. She preferred denial.Why give a lot of power to someone lacking sense?

The story was somewhat interesting, and the world building competent, if one can get over the nauseating and idiotic so-called love, based on nothing except sexual attraction.

The narrator made me dislike the character far more than necessary. Part of it was her insincere tones and whining or practically hysterical simpering, which were incredibly irritating. She also had some pretty funky thing Going on with respect to attempting various accents.

I did find the story somewhat engaging in spite of these things, which was not necessarily good because then I had to suffer through the irritating narration. It could’ve been a good start with the addition of a little bit of wisdom or intelligence somewhere in the mix.

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  • Hilyp
  • 19-05-18

Want a rubbish teenage romance /Harry Potter take off? Absolute rubbish!!!

I would never write a review without listening to/reading the whole book, so made myself do it while gardening. Dire- poor grammar, childish use of multiple adjectives, obsession appearance, hair and designer products, so much repeated narrative you can predict the next words- that it “made my blood boil.” Think it would give JK Rowling a good laugh or reason to start a lawsuit.
Two good things about the audiobook were- I got it for free and the story was so repetitive, if I got to the wrong part after a break, it didn’t matter!The worse thing about it is I can’t give it no stars.

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  • Mr
  • 21-11-17

Needs SERIOUS editing.

The premise is fine, it could be good, but sadly isn’t. Trying to be twilight in a Harry Potter setting and failing to hit either mark at all.

I was made uncomfortable by the misogyny of the prose - idiot girl needs men to save her continuously, none of whom deign to offer her any explanation as to why. There is a lack of emotional depth to any of the characters, and the lead male is completely unlikable, treating the lead female extraordinarily badly throughout. I realise this is a children’s book, but this is not a healthy model of relationships to be presenting to anyone.

A personal issue: There are some phrases that cropped up repeatedly that must be American vernacular, which I found grating:
‘On accident’ and ‘could care less’.

None of this has made me eager to listen to the next book, which is disappointing as I am a committed HP fan and enjoyed Twilight too.

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