Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Jem's review of Hidden Magic by Stephany Wallace

How would you feel if you discovered magic was real, and the kind of powers that until now you’ve only read about are actually part of this world?

Cynwrig "Cyn" Bressall is a Celtic warrior with the unique ability to harness and wield Druid magic in a way never before seen. Making him the only Druid Warrior to ever exist. After surviving a horrible night that began the extinction of his race, Cyn has spent the last two thousand years searching for the only man that can lead the Order of the Druids and mend the scars marring his soul. Instead, his quest leads him to a woman whose essence is unlike anything he's ever felt. 

Orphaned as a baby and raised by her loving but over protective grandfather, twenty-three year old Briana "Bri" Anwell has led an isolated life. Friendless and stuck in a job with no prospect, the self proclaimed flower child finds solace in her only friends. Books. And imagines an adventurous life in a magical world where anything is possible.

So when a sexy stranger suddenly appears in her world as though he stepped out of her favorite story, she dismisses him as a figment of her imagination. But soon she realizes he's so much more than he seems. He signifies everything she's fantasized about, but is there a place for her in his extraordinary world?

So back in October, brand new author Stephany Wallace released her debut novel, Hidden Magic. Whilst I posted my reviews on Amazon & Goodreads, I was lack in posting here on the blog, however after speaking to me fellow St. Sisters today they reminded me that this review should be up here as it's such an awesome book, plus it's on a 99c/p sale at the moment so what better time is there than to tell you about this fabulous book so you can go out and grab it. 

As this is Stephany Wallace's debut novel I have to say that I was pleasently surprised as it is a very well written and engaging read. She has definitely exceeded my expectations for what I expected from her first novel as most authors first works are not necessarily the best of their books as they're still at that learning stage (I'm only saying this as a reader and being my own personal view on some first works that I've read). However if I didn't already know that this was Stephany's first published book then I would never have known as I feel like she's already reached her stride with writing and is comfortable at her job as it came through in the story and writing. 

Hidden Magic drew me in right from the get go and kept me enthralled throughout. From the different points of views, to the flashbacks to previous times, the varied and amusing characters to the many wonderful and beautiful places that were visited through the story, I found I couldn't put the book down until I'd finished it.

It is a NA paranormal romance so be prepared for some steamy scenes (there is a clean version available if that is what you prefer) however as we're no saints here at St. Sisters Book Reviews (see what I did there huh 😉) it didn't bother me in the slightest reading those parts. 

There were definitely some laugh out loud moments for me as I love how some of the characters are portrayed. The main female, Bri, talks out loud to herself and has internal dialogues with herself, I actually do this too which is why I think I laughed so much and there were points where I really did see a bit of me in Bri (a little bit scary actually as I've realised how much I do talk to myself!) . You may think that would be annoying to read about, but Stephany Wallace has dealt with it so well that its not irritating at all and you find yourself connecting to Bri.

The lead man, Cyn, well what can I say? He is HOT (yes with capitals) HAWT & hoooot. He is a 2000 year old warrior druid, who doesn't look a day over 25 and with some amazing dimples that I was wishing I could just reach through the pages and touch (amongst other things of his that I would also love to touch 😜). At first I wasn't sure if he would be my kind of male lead but once he and Bri were together I loved the way he grew and changed, but still kept real to himself that I found myself falling for him right alongside Bri. He also has one yummy, scrumptious and cheeky brother too, Art, who I wouldn't mind bumping into one night either. 

The various locations that are visited in the book has really made me want to go and visit them some day. The way Stephany has described them made me feel like I was there. I never even knew that some of these places existed until I read this book and I don't know whether Stephany has been to them herself or just researched them but she has made them sound magical and I hope I will be able to see at least a few of them one day, although unfortunately it will be without Cyn and the portals he uses to get to them. 

I'm really looking forward to reading the next part of the journey in this series and seeing what Stephany Wallace brings us next. This book gets the full five stars from me & a strong recommendation that you give this a read too. 

Buy links for Hidden Magic are below and is also available on Kindle Unlimited.

Amazon US ~

Amazon UK ~

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