Reckless Magic (Star-Crossed, #1) by Rachel Higginson
on March 14, 2011
16 year old Eden Matthews has been in and out of private schools for the last two years. Kingsley is her last chance to finish high school and she is determined to simply do that. But when she meets Kiran Kendrick and her world opens to something she thought only existed in fairy tales, she's unsure what her future will hold. Suddenly she is captivated by a boy who seems to be the source of all of her problems and struggling to rescue her best friend from a foreign prison. When attempts are made on Kiran's life, Eden alone must save him. Thrust into a world that is more make-believe than reality, Eden has to find her own destiny without losing those she loves most. Reckless is an intricate story of mystery, adventure, magic and love. Eden Matthews is an unlikely heroine set on a path to save the world and her loved ones before its too late.
We truly live in a wonderful age. With the convenience of modern technology, authors not only have a greater chance of getting their work read, but also expanding it’s reach. Lately I’ve come across so many wonderful, self-published “diamonds in the rough” through e-book stores. Reckless Magic is no exception. It is truly a captivating and insanely-addicting book that kicks off an, as I’m sure — amazing series. When you’re up to 3 am reading a book, you know you’ve hit the jack pot. There may be a few usual elements in Reckless Magic but the majority and the combination of these “elements” are unique and refreshing. I couldn’t devour the pages quick enough and now that I’m finished I can barely contain myself on “one-click” purchasing book two.
The story begins in a shadowed home presumably owned by a man named Amory. It appears that he has been in hiding for a while now. He feels another’s presence approaching and immediately thinks that “they” or “it” is coming to reprimand him like he expected them to many years sooner. However, the presence is actually a woman he closely knows named Angelica. Angelica has sought out Amory under extreme cirumstances for she is caring two bundles that turn about to be a set of twins, one girl and one boy. We don’t learn too much at this point, only that these twins are regarded as being extremely special. It appears that they have an important role to the play down the road and it order to guarantee they do, Angelica and Amory agree that they must be separated in order to be protected.
Fast forward about 16 years and we meet Eden Matthews. Eden is grudgingly making her way through a new private school named Kingsley where she has been forced to enroll due to getting kicked out of her last school (and a couple others). See, Eden has a problem. Things just sort of happen around her. She has an uncontrollable ability that causes various disasters to occur, mostly in school settings. These disasters range from swarms of attacking tropical bugs, massive flooding, or even crazy fires burning buildings to a crisp. Not only does she have to try and control an ability that she doesn’t understand, she also catches the eye of one of Kingsley’s other newest students, hot, snarky, and spoiled, Kiran Kendrick. Many urge her to keep her distance from Kiran but this proves to be quite difficult due to the fact that Kiran is deeply intriuged by Eden. It also doesn’t help that Eden feels a strange connection to Kiran making it very hard to stay away. Among trying to navigate her new school and keeping her feelings in check – throw in a tyrant king, rebels, shapeshifters, oracles, forbidden love and curses, and you’ve got one heck of a story!
Let’s talk about the characters a bit. Well for starters – they’re pretty awesome. I found them to be wonderfully described and well plotted out. Kiran is that overly spoiled, snarky boy who is also of course, gorgeous. He’s used to getting what he wants due to the fact that he’s treated like royalty. Then you have Eden. She’s very fierce, not in an aggressive way but in a “I’ll do whatever it takes to protect those I care about” way. She also doesn’t let people push her around which I really liked and respected. Although everyone is immediately enamored with Kiran’s charm, Eden immediately finds him to be overly pompous. Some of the best parts of this book are the sarcastic banter that goes on between these two. There’s also quite a selection of secondary characters that greatly enhanced the story. For instance, Amory’s character really opens up as the book progresses. It was great learning more about his past and how he also plays a crucial role in the story. He’s a such a warm, kind, and fatherly figure for Eden. I basically instantly liked him.
I was so close to giving this book 5 stars but I just couldn’t do it. I loved everything about this book except the pacing. It just bugged the heck out of me. Sometimes books start out really slow and then they hit a point where the action and suspense heats up and carries you through the rest of the story. That was not the case with Reckless Magic. Although I was interested in the beginning it took quite some time for me to really get hooked. I finally got to the “hooked” part, eagerly anticipating a thrilling ride, however I feel like this book was very hot-n-cold when it came to pacing. I’d get hooked, anxiously reading, and then the plot would simmer down. Up then down, up then down — is basically how I felt. I don’t need a highly action filled book but I felt like sometimes the less or non action-y scenes were pretty darn snoozable.
However I still thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters were real and extremely likable. There was action, mystery, suspense, and sizzling romance enhanced by forbidden love. I urge anyone who loves paranormal books with the aforementioned elements to try out this book. It’s a fantastic read and a wonderful journey. With unique story lines and awesome plot twists you’ll constantly be left guessing. There’s already a couple other books out in this series and you can bet I’ll be reading them as soon as I can.