Book Review: Reckless Magic (Star-Crossed #1) by: Rachel Higginson

Publisher:  Reckless Siren Publishing

Publication Date:  March 13, 2011

Origins:  From Author for Review

Synopsis:  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. The students may be different, but so is she. And after meeting Kiran Kendrick, the boy who won't leave her alone and seems to be the source of all her problems, she is suddenly in a world that feels more make-believe than reality. 

To top it off, she is being hunted by men who want to kill Kiran and her best friend Lilly is taken away to a foreign prison. Eden finds herself right in the middle of an ancient war, threatening everything she loves. 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 mystery, 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.

Review: RECKLESS MAGIC starts out with an intriguing scene, a set of twins being split up after their parents’ death. Fast forward 16 years and we meet Eden Matthews, who has had trouble in her previous schools because of strange accidents. Now she is going to Kingsley Preparatory Academy, which is her last chance to make it to graduation. Yet there are secrets she will need to uncover if she’s able to make it through school and in life. Eden’s always thought she was weird and crazy due to her “electricity”, which causes accidents, but she’s about to learn she’s very different indeed. RECKLESS MAGIC has an interesting premise; however, aside from technical/editorial issues which crop up, I didn’t like the characters. Eden doesn’t come across as very intelligent and being kept in the dark about her true nature hasn’t helped much. The fact she allows Kiran to get away with stalker behavior without reporting him or standing up for herself is unsettling - regardless of her feelings for him. Eden hasn’t had any formal magical training or previous control, but somehow she’s able to know exactly what to do when the time comes to fight. The other characters treat Eden as a child, which doesn’t say much for their faith in her abilities, yet time after time she can whip out her powers perfectly. RECKLESS MAGIC has a good background story, but it needs a main character who is sympathetic, not simpering and stilted. RECKLESS MAGIC just wasn’t for me.

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