TITLE - Unlikely Magic
AUTHOR - Lena Mae Hill
Devastated by her father’s sudden death, Stella barely protests being shipped off to live in a secluded forest encampment with the mother she never knew. Upon arrival, things go from bad to downright creepy. Everyone in the cultish community stares at her like she’s a mutant, including the two sisters her father failed to mention in her fourteen years, and her mother promptly locks her in the attic. Her only companions are a mouse and fantasies of befriending her own sisters.
Desperately lonely, Stella watches from the window as her family leaves for a night each month to attend mysterious “lunar meetings.” While they are gone to one of these meetings, Stella escapes the attic, only to discover why her mother has kept her locked up her since her arrival—the entire community is made up of werewolves. Intensely protective of their privacy, they would do anything to keep their secret from outsiders…outsiders like Stella. Once she knows their secret, she must fight for her freedom...and her life.
GIVE ME MORE! This book is flipping amazing. I went in a bit skeptical, but was pleasantly surprised by it. Unlikely Magic is a retelling of Cinderella, but in a delightful new light. There is mystery, action, and a bit of flirty romance in this book. The book also ends on a perfectly amazing cliffhanger making me NEED more!
The plot of this book intrigued me. Girl is uprooted to go live with her unknown family in the woods? What trouble can't you get into in the woods. I can honestly say this book exceeded my expectations in this area.
The characters in this book were wonderful and awful at the same time. The main character, Stella is written so realistically. I think her actions and thoughts are what could be expected from a girl going through similar situations. The other characters in this book are written very well for their roles. I can't say too much more without giving anything away, but read it and you'll agree.
Usually this is where I talk about heat. This book has some flirty parts, but not a lot. With that being said, it felt organic for the story. I would've been disappointed if there were scenes included that felt forced.
The writing style of the book is a bit different than most, but it felt right. There are some time jumps, but I felt it was necessary you keep the story moving. I hate when authors try to force so much in any unrealistic timeline. I love that this author included the time jumps to make the story more credible. The pace of the story is steady. The author writes in a way that readers can relate. I was so emotionally invested in this story I could feel myself getting angry, scared, and sad for the characters.
In conclusion, I fell in love with this story. I'm seriously dying to continue the series. It takes a special author to elicit real feelings out of me when reading, but this author did it. I have already recommended this book to others. Now I just have to be patient for the next book to come. Hopefully soon. :)
Writing Style: 5/5