Friday, April 20, 2012

Review: Illicit Magic by Camilla Chafer

Published: May 1, 2011
Publisher: Audacious
Pages: 221 
Received: as part of Bewitching Book Tours
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More than three hundred years after the most terrifying witch hunts the world has ever known, it's happening again.

Young witch, Stella, has to put her faith in strangers just to stay alive but she might not be any safer in their midst than from the danger she is running from.

There is more than one dark secret in her new family: √Čtoile’s sister is spoken of in fear and sadness; Marc is supposed to be a powerful witch but is missing his magic; where does the owner of their safe house vanish to every day and why does Evan have the eyes of someone not quite human? There is only one secret that someone will do anything to keep quiet, but whose secret is it and will Stella have to pay the price for silence?

Honestly it took me a bit to get into this book. I almost gave up and said not my thing, but with the insistance of my best friend (who had read it previously) I kept reading and I am so glad that I pushed myself that little bit further into the book. Once I got past the third chapter, I devoured this book. 

I think the reason I loved Illicit Magic so much was that Stella made it easy for me to like her. She wasn't born into a life of privilege, she was down to earth and made due with what she had. From the start I felt for poor Stella, an orphan at the age of five and never having even made very close friends with anyone. She's the kind of girl I would befriend if I met her and I would show her all the wondrous things there were to offer - friendship, love and laughter. 

Ms. Chafer did an excellent job of writing the story of Stella, from being the poor lonely orphan to a young woman of disbelief that she is actually a witch and following through with a woman who is more self assured. Watching as Stella makes true friends for the first time, discovers love and finally come into her magic was such a wonderful journey. 

The supporting characters in Illicit Magic were interesting and I would love to know more about some of them. Sisters, Etoile and Seren, are a bit of a mystery to me - though their powers are explained and their missing sister brings some surprises that I hope will be followed up on in the second book,  Unruly Magic. Marc and Kitty are another set that I would love to see their stories fleshed out a little bit more. But mostly I want to know about sweet and sexy, Evan!

Illicit Magic has some pretty amazing magical happenings including some pretty hilarious scenes where Stella is still learning to control her magic and some pretty freaky scenes filled with death and carnage. It's interesting to see two sides to magic, but it helps to realize that there are always the sides of good and evil.

Sincerely looking forward to reading book two, Unruly Magic and book three, Devious Magic. Camilla Chafer has created a world that I would like to return to soon. 

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Author bio:
Hi, I'm Camilla and I'm the author of the Stella Mayweather Series, an urban fantasy/mystery. The series starts with Illicit Magic and a lonely young woman, Stella, who has been caught up in a terrifying witch hunt and is whisked thousands of miles away to what she thinks is safety to learn her craft. The series is a blend of magic, mystery and romance with a splash of humour - and while the girls really do go all out to save themselves, there's always a hunky guy or two on hand to help them out. The series continues with Unruly Magic and Devious Magic, both out now.

I live in London, England, but I try to travel as often as I can – I’ve been all over the US and Europe. In my day job I'm a journalist and editor so I write for magazines, newspapers and websites throughout the world (my favourite assignment was spending a week riding rollercoasters - if you listen carefully you can probably still hear me screaming) but writing fiction has always been my first love.

Find Camilla on the web: Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter

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