Mad Magic
Mad Magic is a beautifully dark and rich Young Adult fantasy from Nicole Conway, bestselling author of the Dragonrider Chronicles.Josie Barton is a high school student living in terror. Invisible creatures torment her everywhere she goes, constantly getting her into trouble at school, and even haunting her apartment. But just when Josie thinks things couldn’t get any worse... she meets the guy from across the hall.Zeph Clemmont is a changeling with enemies in all the worst places, fighting to undo a curse that threatens to end his life. Survival means he will have to swallow his pride and trust Josie with all his darkest secrets.With the help of a gun-slinging shaman and the enigmatic Prince of Nightmares, Zeph and Josie are only a heartbeat away from defeating one of the most diabolical faerie villains their world has ever known.

Mad Magic Details

TitleMad Magic
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 14th, 2017
PublisherMonth9Books
ISBN-139781945107863
Rating
GenreFantasy, Romance, Young Adult

Mad Magic Review

  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    Nicole Conway was popping up everywhere on my radar, and I just had to read one of her books. Mad Magic is amazing and I am really hoping for a sequel. It's a standalone story, however, leaves the door slightly open for more. I need more!! I'm totally hooked. Josie Barton doesn't fit into the mundane life. She is literally stumbling through every moment. It doesn't help that someone is giving fate a helping hand and tormenting her. She lives alone and things are definitely going bump in the nigh Nicole Conway was popping up everywhere on my radar, and I just had to read one of her books. Mad Magic is amazing and I am really hoping for a sequel. It's a standalone story, however, leaves the door slightly open for more. I need more!! I'm totally hooked. Josie Barton doesn't fit into the mundane life. She is literally stumbling through every moment. It doesn't help that someone is giving fate a helping hand and tormenting her. She lives alone and things are definitely going bump in the night. Josie lost her family when she was young. She has never met her guardian. All she knows is he will provide for her. She had an overly expensive apartment and wants for nothing. She doesn't even know her benefactor's name. She just refers to him as Ben. She spends her time alone. She doesn't have any friends, and even spends holidays by herself. She may have everything money can buy, but it doesn't give her everything she needs. She always seems to be in trouble at school and is on the edge of being transferred.Zeph is her neighbour. He's older and tattooed. He is smoking hot, and Josie can't help but notice him. She knows his schedule, and even though he doesn't talk to her, she feels his presence. Zeph is wrapped up in his own problems. He has some tough decisions to make, and he is running out of time. He needs to get his affairs inline before it's too late. Everything isn't what it seems. Mad magic appears to be a little spooky at first, but as this tale unfolds we find good friendship and everlasting love. This is a fantasy action novel with magic and mystery. I don't want to give too much away, so I'm going to leave my review here. You need this book. I would recommend it to fans of Cassandra Clare. This book was perfect for me and I wouldn't change a thing. 5 stars out of 5. Loved it. Mad Magic is aimed at the Young Adult audience. *I received an ARC of Mad Magic as part of the Chapter by Chapter blog tour. My review is honest and fair*
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  • Darque Dreamer
    January 1, 1970
    Mad Magic is alluring, dangerous, and magical! This one will take you for a ride through a stunning world of enchantment and Faeries! With plenty of twists and turns, excitement, and passion, this one is sure to impress all YA lovers!Can we just talk about the cover for a second? It is STUNNING! I was drawn to reading this one by the beautiful cover photo, and the synopsis. The book had a bit of a slow start for me though. It took me roughly 50 pages to really get in to this one, but once I did, Mad Magic is alluring, dangerous, and magical! This one will take you for a ride through a stunning world of enchantment and Faeries! With plenty of twists and turns, excitement, and passion, this one is sure to impress all YA lovers!Can we just talk about the cover for a second? It is STUNNING! I was drawn to reading this one by the beautiful cover photo, and the synopsis. The book had a bit of a slow start for me though. It took me roughly 50 pages to really get in to this one, but once I did, it was smooth sailing from there. Conway did a nice job with building and creating this world where faeries exist with humans. It had a similar feel, and system, to the world of Shadow Hunters. It had an immense amount of imagery, and creativity, and felt almost dream like. The plot was quite intriguing too. It felt slightly formulaic, as far as YA Fantasy reads go, but still had enchantment and originality. It also felt like it gather inspiration from The Mortal Instruments series, Blade, Twilight, and Supernatural. After trudging through the slow, and slightly confusing beginning, I fell in love with the story line. I really enjoyed the unexpected plot twists, as well as the enjoyable predictability. I also loved the characters and their nice personality development!Josie had a few "typical YA girl" qualities, but also had a few strong qualities. She was a little naive at times, but also had quite a bit of intelligence. Sometimes she was a little too "lovesick", but other times she was level headed and strong. She had a nice amount of confidence for a 17 year old, and seemed quite mature for her age, when it was necessary.Zeph was dark and alluring. He was mysterious and caring. He felt like a "typical" YA Fantasy love interest at times, but still had depth and charm that helped him feel original. Eldrick was my favorite character. He was definitely dark and mysterious. He added quite a bit of humor to the story, and seemed to have a nice character transformation. He was full of surprises, and was so alluring to me.Mad Magic held charm, humor, fantasy, and excitement. It was well written, and definitely drew me in to the world Conway created. It made me think of faeries in a different way, and had a lot of originality as far as magic is concerned. I am looking forward to reading book 2, and would rate this one 3.5-4 stars.Thank you to Chapter by Chapter for providing me with this free e-copy in exchange for my honest review, and as part of the blog tour!
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  • Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
    January 1, 1970
    I can't wait for everyone to read this new urban fantasy by Nicole! If you like Melissa Marr, Lesley Livingston or Julie Kagawa's Fae books this will be right up your alley! And there's a yummy love interest!
  • Dani - Perspective of a Writer
    January 1, 1970
    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...Josie is tormented by invisible creatures haunting her apartment... and they even torment her at school making her an outcast. When things are at there worst... she meets Zeph, the guy next door who seems to know what is going on! Then she meets the enigmatic Prince of Nightmares, a gun-slinging shaman and a bunch more, making her life a lot less glum... until her past comes back to bite her happiness in half. Urban fantasy for me is like YA dys Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...Josie is tormented by invisible creatures haunting her apartment... and they even torment her at school making her an outcast. When things are at there worst... she meets Zeph, the guy next door who seems to know what is going on! Then she meets the enigmatic Prince of Nightmares, a gun-slinging shaman and a bunch more, making her life a lot less glum... until her past comes back to bite her happiness in half. Urban fantasy for me is like YA dystopia... there is a TON out there and you aren't sure how to find the good stuff... You know it exists but its hard with all the copycats muddling the genre waters. Well I'm here to tell you this is a GOOD ONE! Ignore the cover, its not a BAD cover but it isn't giving you a clue about the atmosphere in the book and it doesn't make it stand out from the other urban fantasy out there... The title, again, is not bad but its not doing its job making this book stand out from the crowd... Sit back and allow this review to convince you why this urban fantasy is worth reading...#1 - A Fae Back History that WorksI won't go into specifics because you learn all of it in the book but suffice to say that where the fae came from and why they are there works for me... I enjoyed how we learned about these facts... I enjoyed how they wove into this first book's plot (there is a 1 on the cover so I assume another book is forthcoming!)#2 - Fae Characters that feel RealThe way the book is setup we get that there is something going on with Zeph. I enjoyed this development immensely! It really sells each of the other characters from Zeph's world. Because we sympathize with Josie and we believe in Zeph the other characters are brought to life! Seriously there are some great secondary characters to root for!! (Elderick is my favorite! He loves coffee, is a vegetarian and can fill in for a cuddly reading companion when needed (i.e. shifts into a large hound!).#3 - Relationships that Bond UsHave you ever read a book where the secondary characters just stand around? They have one tiny bit part to play... they bring an item or a piece of information then hang out until the big fight! That is NOT how these characters were. Josie interacts with all the characters and we see a relationship form. It isn't the most depthful but it did form this bond that supported why they fought in the end and why they were invested in the stakes!#4 - Everything is there for a Compelling Urban Fantasy seriesWhy has urban fantasy become so popular? There is strong world building, that makes sense and has room to grow. Mad Magic, check. The MC is someone you want to root for... and their love interest is flawed but dreamy. Mad Magic, check. The secondary characters feel like a group of friends you want to be a part of... Mad Magic, check. And the relationships develop and grow over time. The start of that is here in Mad Magic, check.So if I would continue to read this series, why only 4 stars?The plot is loose... You are really keyed into Josie's personal experience and how she's feeling rather than specific events that are happening. The flow of time was also really loose, feelings advanced quickly and while explained later I felt the loose timing was to cover up thoughts of instalove. While I really loved the premise, world building, and development of the characters it was all framed in storycraft that relies on telling. I enjoyed the narrative and i didn't feel it was info dumping all the time but if everything had been taken a step further with dynamic showing the story would have been more mind blowing! As a Reader...I felt like this world has a ton of promise. I enjoyed every moment of it... it wasn't boring (a mega crime in my book!) and I was compelled by the characters. Yes, there is the appearance of instalove but if you give the story a chance that is explained quite well... I can safely say this is quite a good start to a new FAE urban fantasy. Authentic fae and not vampire / zombies / werewolves crossed with the fae world but authentic fae! That excites me and I hope others give it a chance!! ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Premise & World Building⋆ ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐ Cover & Title⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Development & Storycraft⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Writing & Narrative⋆ ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐ Plot & Pacing⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Relationships⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ FeelingsBOTTOM LINE: A New Authentic Fae Urban Fantasy Worth Reading!______________________You can find this review and many others on my book blog @ Perspective of a Writer. See my special perspective at the bottom of my reviews under the typewriter...
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  • E.A.
    January 1, 1970
    ( I received this book free in exchange for my honest review ) Mad magic by Nicole Conway was a epic magical, action packed ride that had me hooked from start to finish. I finished this book in a day, I couldn't stop reading. The flow was smooth, the plot stayed on point and I felt that this story, tied up it's major plot question at the end; leaving the ending open just enough for a sequel. Now I did have one problem with the story. It it has to do with the noticeable age difference. Now I get ( I received this book free in exchange for my honest review ) Mad magic by Nicole Conway was a epic magical, action packed ride that had me hooked from start to finish. I finished this book in a day, I couldn't stop reading. The flow was smooth, the plot stayed on point and I felt that this story, tied up it's major plot question at the end; leaving the ending open just enough for a sequel. Now I did have one problem with the story. It it has to do with the noticeable age difference. Now I get that Zeph is not human, and he doesn't age the same as humans, but that wasn't the issue. It was how he looked like he was in his mid 20's. Josie being only 17, made this pairing uncomfortable with me. It didn't help that it was repeatedly brought up, as if to drive the point home that he was an adult. It was a bit of a turn off at first, because I didn't want them as a couple. ( Towards the end, they grow on me) I've never been fan of these types of paring's for YA. Even if she turned 18 in the story, and was legal; I still felt like it was a bit much. (These another bit that comes out towards the end that really, really, was a nope for me.. but I won't tell you that.. No spoilers here)Now you might feel like that one problem would ruin the whole story, and you're probably wondering why I still gave it a five star, well because this is a freaking amazing story. Josie, though started out like other YA heroine's (useless), she stepped up, she didn't want to be a damsel in distress, and actually took it upon herself to learn how to use her powers. She put time and energy, and strived to perfect for craft. She developed a plan, reached out for help when things got to deep, she didn't go in alone. She used her head, she not only saved herself but she saved the ones that she loved. That my friends is why this is a 5 star. Our heroine, was an actual freaking heroine. She didn't stand in the background like a lump, she was in the action, she got hurt, bleed and she stepped the f*** up. There is also no love triangle, there could have been, the set up was there, but I'm delighted that the author took the unbeaten path and opted out. She created a true friendship, build on leaning how to trust, forgive and platonic love. It was sweet, and it made me feel a gushy on the inside, because it was true connection. It also paved the way to the epic ending.That ending! What at battle, it was so well written and choreographed. I could see the action like a movie. It had ups downs, and it was explosive. For a minute I wasn't sure how they were going to pull it off. But like I said, Josie stepped the F*** up. I highly recommend this truly stunning work of fiction. This book is everything done right, how YA should be written. It broke away form the overused cliché's, troupes, and scripted nonsensical filler. It was a well-rounded story that kept your attention, kept you guessing. It's more then a page turner, it's a legendary journey that will suck you in body and soul. Happy Reading. E.A. Walsh
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  • Raven_Blake
    January 1, 1970
    Same Review Also Published On My Blog: Dreamy AddictionsMad Magic was a super fun urban fantasy read with intriguing plot and interesting characters. I totally fell for this book when I first read its synopsis and I knew I had to read it because it has fae and other mythical creatures. I'm total sucker for fae books. The story has captivated me from the start and it was even better than I had expected. It was a perfect entertainer filled with magic, romance, action, and handsome faeries. I haven Same Review Also Published On My Blog: Dreamy AddictionsMad Magic was a super fun urban fantasy read with intriguing plot and interesting characters. I totally fell for this book when I first read its synopsis and I knew I had to read it because it has fae and other mythical creatures. I'm total sucker for fae books. The story has captivated me from the start and it was even better than I had expected. It was a perfect entertainer filled with magic, romance, action, and handsome faeries. I haven't read Nicole Conway's Dragon Rider series but this was pretty good and definitely a great start for a new series. Although I had some few issues, I immensely enjoyed reading it. The author was very creative and she has done a great job in weaving this story. I really can't wait to know what she has in store for us next. The story follows a seventeen year old high school student Josie Barton whose parents has been died when she was young. She's been taken care by an anonymous guardian named Ben. She's always a social pariah in her school because of her weird hallucinations of monsters which always gets her into trouble. Something invisible haunts her Apartment but Josie can't tell anyone about it because she didn't want to end up in a mental asylum. When something invisible attacks her, her handsome neighbor across the hall comes to her rescue. Josie finally learns that the monsters she's been hallucinating are actually real and the guy named Zeph who came to her rescue wasn't even human. Zeph Clemmont is a changeling who's been fighting a curse that threatens to end his life. He works as a bounty hunter for a shaman and he's surrounded by so many enemies. He leads a dangerous life and he doesn't want to drag Josie into it but when a powerful evil faerie brings a huge threat to both faerie and human realm, Josie, Zeph and an unlikely ally team up together to defeat him. I loved all the characters in the book! Josie isn't really my favorite protagonist but I did enjoyed her character. She's vulnerable yet strong. At the beginning, she did seemed like any other typical YA heroine but eventually I found myself liking her. I loved her character development. She's started as a weak and naive character but she doesn't want to be a useless damsel in distress so she struggles hard to become strong. Zeph is a mysterious and captivating character. I loved his fun attitude and cool personality. He has some beautiful magical runes on his body which glows whenever he uses his power. He loves honey, he turns into a crazy fae in front of a honey bottle. He's very protective of Josie and he wouldn't mind sacrificing his life to save her.  There's also another handsome fae named Eldrick. He's a Prince of Nightmares and also one heck of a swoon worthy guy. I absolutely loved his character because I'm into broody guys. He doesn't trust humans because of his bitter experience with them in the past. He mostly keeps to himself, and he loves food and coffee.  There's also an interesting side character named Hank who's a shaman. He's owner of a bar and also Zeph's boss. As for the relationships, I enjoyed the romance between Zeph and Josie but it looked kinda insta-love-ish because they both develop feelings for each other pretty quickly. I didn't minded the age gap between them but some readers might feel a bit uncomfortable with a seventeen year old girl with a guy who's somewhere in his mid twenties. I also enjoyed the friendship between Eldrick and Josie and how they grew to trust each other. I loved their every interaction and Eldrick definitely makes a great roommate. There's no triangle in this book but I thought there's going to be one. The faerie villain in this book looks totally alluring on the outside but inside he's totally evil. The plot was very interesting and engaging! Even though some parts were predictable, It was a well written plot. The story moved in a fast pace. From the start, I was hooked to the plot and it never left me bored. I enjoyed the unexpected twists and turns, and also the action in the second half. This was my first book by Nicole Conway and I loved her writing style. The whole book was told from Josie's first person POV. The world building was pretty great. Nicole created a modern world where mythical creatures from faerie world lives alongside humans. The entire book was set in human world but I was hoping for a glimpse into a faerie realm. I loved the magical system in this book especially the intricate spellworks and how they work. Overall, I loved this book and every aspect of it. It might not be a total perfection but it was a great read. It has intriguing characters, great character/plot development, interesting magical system, and kickass action. There's no cliffhanger at the end but I'm still very eager to read the next book. 
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  • Jan farnworth
    January 1, 1970
    I read other series by this author and she does a fanatsic job with dragons.  Now we get to see what she does with an urban fantasy surrounding my other favorite mythical creature, the fae.  Oh boy oh boy did she knock it out the park.  You got your fun loving puck type fae which is the book he goes by a few names but his main one is Zeph.  Then you got a brooding puca who your not sure is good or bad or just somewhere in the middle.  You got your normal human who has no idea she got magic or sh I read other series by this author and she does a fanatsic job with dragons.  Now we get to see what she does with an urban fantasy surrounding my other favorite mythical creature, the fae.  Oh boy oh boy did she knock it out the park.  You got your fun loving puck type fae which is the book he goes by a few names but his main one is Zeph.  Then you got a brooding puca who your not sure is good or bad or just somewhere in the middle.  You got your normal human who has no idea she got magic or she going to attempt to save the whole dang fae world.   Nicole adds in other delightful fae from the unseelie and the unseelie court.  Cause you can't have a fae book without a battle between those courts. I totally love this book, the romance is just right, the funny laugh out moments are a delight, and the battle for good over evil just pefect.  If your a huge fan of julie kagawa fae series or other fae series for that matter then this one will delight you and keep you reading tell the wee hours of the morning.   I also felt that not only we got the ending to where this current story line was going we got a nice little glimpse into what happens once all was said and done.  I excited to see where things go for these characters in the rest of the series.
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  • Katherine Paschal
    January 1, 1970
    Josie knows that she causes trouble, but she doesn't mean to, it really just happens. But when her guidance counselor tells her it is time to go to a special school for troubled kids, Josie knows she needs to get her act together... but that is easier said then done when she has a mysterious benefactor she has never met, she suffers from strange hallucinations, and something terrifying visits her at night in her apartment. Thankfully, she may have a new potential friend in her surly, very attrac Josie knows that she causes trouble, but she doesn't mean to, it really just happens. But when her guidance counselor tells her it is time to go to a special school for troubled kids, Josie knows she needs to get her act together... but that is easier said then done when she has a mysterious benefactor she has never met, she suffers from strange hallucinations, and something terrifying visits her at night in her apartment. Thankfully, she may have a new potential friend in her surly, very attractive neighbor...maybe. I am a huge sucker for anything having to do with faeries, I will just gobble it up- out of all the paranormal sub-genre, Faeries win my heart. That being said, I am always on the prowl for new reads about the fair folk so when I read the synopsis that this was about Faeries, I jumped at the chance to read this paranormal adventure.I was really excited that the book started in the middle of action and never let up. We find ourselves thrown right into the world of Josie, who is struggling with being "weird" due to her random outburst from her hallucinations, to strange happening in her apartment, an intriguing jerk/cocky neighbor, and some surprising tidbits of information. The story started with a bang (I mean really, what is a bigger bang than a special school for damaged kids?) and the pace never slowed, keeping me engaged with all the crazy situations that Josie stumbled into through no fault of her own. And dang, that girl is a trouble magnet. I think my favorite part of the story was the relationship dynamics between all the character as well as the random assortment of people that found their way into this story. For the two main characters we have a lonely, incredibly socially awkward girl who is fairy convinced she is crazy and may smile creepily at inappropriate times when she thinks she may have a friend, and a winged man full of attitude and snark, is a bartending vegetarian, who could change his features at a whim. Watching the interactions between these two just made me giggle, it was so perfect. There were so many other quirky unforgetable people Nicole created making for the best kinds of story. This was my first book by Nicole and I really enjoyed her writing style as well as her characters and fast-paced plot. I really enjoyed this story and look forward to what else she was and will write. I highly recommend this story to anyone looking for a read with a lot of magic, mystery, a quirky main character and a dash of love.Follow the book tour at my blog https://smadasbooksmack.blogspot.com/
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  • J. Ford
    January 1, 1970
    This book has it all: romance, danger, magic, changelings, evil villains, sexy faeries (and not the flittering-about kind, I might add). These fae are not to be trifled with and they will have you salivating.Zeph is your rough, tattooed biker looking dude. Eldrick is your dark-haired, swoon-worthy, sophisticated hottie with a mysterious side that will leave you breathless.The story unfolds with high school student, Josie Barton, getting in trouble once again for something she has no control over This book has it all: romance, danger, magic, changelings, evil villains, sexy faeries (and not the flittering-about kind, I might add). These fae are not to be trifled with and they will have you salivating.Zeph is your rough, tattooed biker looking dude. Eldrick is your dark-haired, swoon-worthy, sophisticated hottie with a mysterious side that will leave you breathless.The story unfolds with high school student, Josie Barton, getting in trouble once again for something she has no control over. It’s been this way for a long time, with invisible creatures reeking havoc on everything around her. Just when her world goes really south and she feels there is no hope left, in steps Zeph, the scraggly neighbor with that ‘you’re-so-hot in a bad way-I could-eat-you-up’ swagger. But there’s something weird about Zeph and in a short amount of time, Josie discovers just what his secret is, as well as the secret behind the invisible creature living in her apartment. But the secrets and intrigue don’t stop there. Nope, they just keep coming and coming, and the life Josie thought she knew shatters all around her. She discovers things about herself and her father she never dreamed possible, and with the help of Zeph and Eldrick, she figures how who she is and becomes everything she is meant to be.There is a climactic battle in the end that left me riveted on the edge of my seat, but the novel also ends with a fantastic HEA, at least for now.It’s really hard to write a review of this book without giving spoilers away. Let me just say this novel was full of unexpected twists and turns, the characters are layered and I enjoyed peeling each layer back to expose their true selves. This was a fun book that can be read in one sitting. It’s got everything in it for YA fantasy readers, and fans of Sarah J. Maas’ Court of Thrones series will find this equally enjoyable. I hope to see more books in this series.
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  • Emmyjo
    January 1, 1970
    4 out of 5 stakes!This book starts off great, I mean we meet Josie who is seeing things or is she? At school she has these episodes that people call her crazy. They don't believe she has a guardian who takes care of her. Because they have never seen him.Well news for them she has never met him either, but he takes care of her from afar. Provides everything but being there. Josie calls him Ben.Since she has no friends she spends a lot of time knowing her cute neighbor's work schedule.Josie has ep 4 out of 5 stakes!This book starts off great, I mean we meet Josie who is seeing things or is she? At school she has these episodes that people call her crazy. They don't believe she has a guardian who takes care of her. Because they have never seen him.Well news for them she has never met him either, but he takes care of her from afar. Provides everything but being there. Josie calls him Ben.Since she has no friends she spends a lot of time knowing her cute neighbor's work schedule.Josie has episodes in her apartment where everything gets broken and destroyed inside and it has happened for years. She doesn't remember doing any of it, but she must be the one doing it because when she comes home her door is always locked.One night when things get so bad and she's screaming for help, that cute neighbor breaks down the door to help her. That is the night everything changes for her.  Josie finds out that she has magic and her cute neighbor isn't just some guy, but her caretaker.And her being tortured in her home is really a magical being.The adventure just begins for all of them, Josie learns old family secrets and learns to control her life better.For she has to because someone is coming for her.. I don't want to give anymore away then I already have. But I love this book and do hope there will be more to come. Because that ending, come on...
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  • Ashley McCartney
    January 1, 1970
    Conway has done it again. Her skill at bringing magical worlds alive is extraordinary. While reading you become attached to each character, feeling everything they do. At some point in life everyone feels like Josie in Mad Magic. If only we all had hot saviors swooping in. Looking forward to the next installment of this series, which pulls the reader in just as well as the Dragonrider Chronicles.
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