Book Review: Hidden Magic by Melanie Crouse

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hiddenmagiccover 3.5 Stars

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When Jenny has the opportunity to spend the summer with her sister, a small slice of freedom is all she’s really hoping for when she has the opportunity to spend the summer with her sister. Instead she finds something else altogether: electricity.

That’s what Jenny feels when she looks at Arram. She knows he’s drawn to her too, but the mage-in-training does his best to hide it.

Stung, Jenny turns to Arram’s former best friend, Jack. But Arram and Jack’s rivalry is much darker than Jenny suspects, and so are Jack’s intentions. Soon she’s caught in a mystery of old murder, ancient prophecies, and magic hidden where no one has thought to look.

When Jenny uncovers a secret magic, she is offered two choices. Arram wants her to do the safe thing. Jack wants to show her the easy way out. Whatever Jenny decides, her life will irrevocably change.

Either way, freedom may be the one thing Jenny can never have.

Excerpt

Jack put his finger to his lips and motioned toward an empty bedroom across the hall. Not knowing what else to do, she went in, her heart thudding against her ribs. “Jack,” she whispered. “What are you doing here? How did you get in?”

“What? No welcome home kiss?” His voice was mocking.

Trying to keep her voice steady, she said, “So Arram was right. You do want to kidnap me after all.”

“Kidnap you?” Jack looked horrified. Underneath the horror though, Jenny could see that his eyes were sparkling with mischief. “I should have known Arram would fill your head with something stupid like that. No, you wonderful, impossible girl, I’m here to rescue you.”

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MY REVIEW: 

I received an ARC of this book for a honest review. This book was a major surprise to me. From the beginning, I was drawn in trying to figure out WTH was going on. Now if a paranormal book does this from the first page, then I’m hooked.

Innocent Jenny, just likes excitement and adventure in her life and you see that from the beginning. She’s an undercover rebel in a family who chooses to shelter and treat her like a child when she is no longer one. Jenny has a naive vulnerability that grabs at your heart and you can see that she has a big heart but is also very curious. Living in a world where paranormal beings exist, Jenny’s upbringing tells her to steer clear of these individuals, however she feels drawn to them.

There are so many twists and turns in this book and all of them are very exciting; many I didn’t see coming. But I did feel like the romance between Jenny and Arram was rushed. It seemed like he was there then not, and all of the romance and relationship blossoming didn’t take place. I had a better feel of the relationship between Jenny and Jack as you could read and feel the attraction and mutual connection to “courting” taking place. However once you read the book you will better understand the disconnect. Both Jack and Arram were complete jerks at many points through the book, but there were traits about each that you would like.

The magic that happens in this book was great, and no I’m not talking about sex. It’s a paranormal book so magic  should appear somewhere, and when it did, it was at the right time. From shapeshifting, to manipulating fire, dragons, magic stones  and so much more; this book will keep your attention. I’m looking forward to the next book.

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