Lives of Magic


How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Dundam


Seventeen-year-old Gwen is settling into her new home in Oregon and looking forward to senior year when she is kidnapped by Kian, who warns her that she is in terrible danger. An ancient war was fought between magical Celtic warriors and three evil magicians. Those magicians are alive and well and need Gwen’s magic to regain their power. If they succeed, they’ll be unstoppable. To save the world, Gwen must unlock the magic trapped in her memories of a past life in Britannia.

As Gwen starts to recover her lost memories and awakens to her power, she suffers the consequences of a divided soul. Gwen and Kian travel to New York and then to England to find others of her kind. Gwen, Garrison, Seth, and Moira need each other to solve the puzzle of their last days in ancient Britannia. They are only as strong as what they remember, but a troublesome history threatens to doom the world. One way or another, a deadly showdown is inevitable, ready or not …


I’ve had this book on my kindle for a long time now, so thought I’d get around to reading and reviewing it. It is the synopsis that initially grabbed me and made me request it from NetGalley. I thought it sounded exciting and intriguing. I’m happy to say that Lives of Magic is an exciting read, but for me it wasn’t as exciting as I’d hoped all the way through. There’s nothing wrong with that, I still thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

Lives of Magic jumps straight into the story. There’s no background information, just full on action from page one. This does give the book a fast pace, but sometimes I just wished it had slowed down and taken some more time to get to know the characters a bit better.

What I love about Lives of Magic was that Gwen was a strong protagonist. All too often our female protagonists can be incredibly whiny. This is one of my biggest turn-offs in a book. I don’t want to be reading a whiny characters point of view. I think it’s only acceptable when the character has gone through so much. I also really liked Kian as a character. He was incredibly mysterious. I liked Seth and Garrison too. I think all of the characters that Lucy Leiderman has created add to the story beautifully.

I think Lives of Magic is a decent read. I’m happy I got around to reading it.

Would I recommend it?:

Reading next:
The Return- Victoria Hislop

Stacking The Shelves #25

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!


Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book image to take you to the books Goodread’s profile.

I’m quite in love with my haul this week. I’ve got quite a selection!


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I loved the synopsis for this book!


I have to admit, the cover drew me in with this book!


Another intriguing cover. I’m looking forward to this one!



I was recommended this book.  It’s a sweet read.


I’ve read this book already for part of a review feature with Luna’s Library. I absolutely loved it. Our review will be published within the next few weeks.


I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book, so when it was going cheap on the Kindle I snapped it up!


I know I’m late with this series, but at least I’m starting it!


I’ve heard SO much positive feedback about this book. I need to see if I feel the same!


Cannot wait to read this!

Please feel free to share your links to your Stacking The Shelves posts and I’ll stop by your blogs sometime this weekend!