Either the wondrous or the perilous awaits us when we play a hand at magic.
A hard boiled detective chases the supernatural, unveiling a frightening world right alongside modern man’s. A mother, able to grant wishes, shows us we must be careful what we wish for. An African Orisha might just pass you in downtown Los Angeles, eager to siphon some of your energy so that he will not fade out of existence.
From heart wrenching, ghostly goodbyes to relatives, to discovering sparks of otherworldly magic permeating contemporary society, these nine tales of magical realism and paranormal fantasy come together to form this enchanting and gripping anthology.
Magic Unveiled is presented to you by USA Today bestselling author Samantha LaFantasie, Seattle Times and Amazon bestselling author Raven Oak, Amazon bestselling authors Alesha Escobar and Devorah Fox, NIEA Finalist H.M. Jones, Alice Marks, Jayme Beddingfield, Ronovan Hester, and Keith Goodno.
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Plot: When Kylie Galen entered Shadow Falls Camp, she left her old life behind forever and discovered a world more magical than she ever imagined. A place where you’re two best friends can be a witch and a vampire…and where love doesn’t happen the way you’d expect.
When Kylie’s most powerful enemy returns to destroy her once and for all, there’s only one way to stop him―to step into her full powers and make a stunning transformation that will amaze everyone around her. But her journey won’t be complete until she makes one final choice…which guy to love. Should she choose to the werewolf who broke her heart but will give anything to win her back, or the half-fae who ran from their attraction before they had a chance? Everything she’s learned at Shadow Falls has been preparing her for this moment―when her fate will be revealed and her heart claimed forever.
Opinion: Ahhhhhh! The end of the end, and it feels tragic indeed. *Sigh*…how will I go on without this series?! I just wasn’t ready for it to be over quite so soon, but alas here I am. I sincerely hope you guys have ACTUALLY purchased book 1 in this series by now. I think the only thing to truly dislike about this series is that you will read it way too quickly, because you wouldn’t DARE put these books down for meaningless things like human interaction or eating and sleeping. HAH…you would never.
Now remember guys…SPOILERS.
As Kylie adjusts to her decision to leave Shadow Falls to live with her grandfather and fellow chameleons, she finds herself missing her friends and the comfort that the school brings. Though her main reason for leaving was to better understand what she is and to learn to control her powers, another more somber reason was because of a were named Lucas that broke her heart. But even as Kylie starts to learn new things about herself, the threat of Mario coming for her becomes too strong and she is forced to go back to Shadow Falls where she can be better protected. Now Kylie and those closest to her must find a way to keep her safe, while also dealing with their own issues at hand. In this last installment, the reader follows Kylie as she finds the answers to all her questions and decides who she really wants to be with.
So let’s start off with something negative. Yes? PERFECT! So…just out of curiosity…WHAT THE HELL was up with that ending?? I was literally reading along and enjoying my little travels in fantasy world, just minding my own business, when all of a sudden that nice hill I was walking over turned into a cliff that I just tumbled the f**k off of. I’m sure you could imagine my surprise as the whole Mario scenario went from this to that, and then to a sudden boring nothing. This should have been an EPIC ending! Something incredible should have happened! Kylie could have unleashed an insanely amazing power on Mario, demons could have come out of the underworld and sucked out his soul, Kylie could have sucked out his soul! But instead I was given something completely downplayed and just…boring. Not only did Kylie not even get to kill Mario, but she told her mother all about the supernatural lifestyle she now lives and it all seemed WAY unrealistic. I mean obviously the supernatural thing is unrealistic…but you know what I mean. I feel like just because of this ending, I am going to have to knock my rating down a star. My love for this series is strong Yoda, but that ending just put another crack in my cold black heart.
Okay, positivity! THANK YOU SATAN, Lucas finally got his shenanigans sorted and Kylie forgave him. *Sigh*…ahhh…young love. How touching. How romantic. It’s just what I needed to not completely give up on the last book in this series. I think the author did a great job of once again showing how strong the character of Kylie is by not letting her forgive Lucas so easily. Her character really stayed strong and didn’t let him get away with anything, and that made me just adore her even more! It seems that all the characters we loved during this series finds themselves a step closer to a happy ending, and that’s really all you can ask for after the craziness they went through. I really liked that another chameleon entered Shadow Falls, especially because that other chameleon has FINALLY gotten Derek away from Kylie. That kid just needed to relax!
Though it is sadly over, THANKFULLY there is a side series called Shadow Falls: After Dark that follows our feisty vampire Della. I for one am kind of burnt out on the whole vampire thing, but I will probably have to give it a try. In regards to this series though, I just adore it completely and will probably be reading it again in the future. You guys HAVE to go out and get this series, I’m not kidding. You will be so happy you took my wonderful advice.
Plot: Even at a camp for supernatural teens, Kylie Galen has never been normal, and the more she discovers about her true identity, the more she wants to know. The truth about who her real family is, the truth about which boy she’s meant to be with―and the truth about what her emerging powers mean. But she’s about to discover that some secrets can change your life forever…and not always for the better.
Just when she and Lucas are finally getting close, she learns that his pack has forbidden them from being together. Was it a mistake to pick him over Derek? And it’s not just romance troubling Kylie. Ghosts are haunting her, and one delivers a frightful warning: someone lives and someone dies. As Kylie races to unravel the mystery and protect those she loves, she finally unlocks the truth about her supernatural identity, which is far different―and more astonishing―than she ever imagined.
Even at a camp for supernatural teens, Kylie Galen has never been normal. Not only can she see ghosts, but she doesn’t seem to belong to any one species―she exhibits traits from them all. As Kylie struggles to unlock the secrets of her identity, she begins to worry that Lucas will never be able to accept her for what she is, and what she isn’t…a werewolf. With his pack standing in their way, Kylie finds herself turning more and more to Derek, the only person in her life who’s willing to accept the impossible.
As if life isn’t hard enough, she starts getting visits from the ghost of Holiday, her closest confidante. Trouble is, Holiday isn’t dead…not yet anyway. Now Kylie must race to save one of her own from an unseen danger before it’s too late―all while trying to stop her relationship with Lucas from slipping away forever. In a world of constant confusion, there’s only one thing Kylie knows for sure. Change is inevitable and all things must come to an end…maybe even her time at Shadow Falls.
Opinion: Well, Its official guys. The happiness in my soul has finally cascaded down a steep cliff and drowned in the Pacific Ocean. *Sigh* Woe is me! How can one little series affect me in such a way?! After reading the first two books, Born at Midnight and Awake at Dawn, all I thought was how intriguing and wonderful these books were as they took me on a fun little ride down Fantasy Highway. Then I started reading the second “2 Books in 1” installment and WHAM, suddenly my pumpkin carriage is now a roller coaster ride to hell and I’m finding myself on the corner of Depression Lane and ThisS**tBetterTurnOutHowIWant Boulevard. I mean honestly, I’m a little pissed the ____ off right now…but as always, I can appreciate this pissed off feeling.
Why do these authors do this to me?
As Kyle adjusts to her new life of being a supernatural, she realizes that going back to her old life would be out of the question. Though she is finding acceptance with being at Shadow Falls and with her newfound friendships, her quest to find answers to who (or what) she really is has just begun. Not only is Kylie struggling with coming across countless dead ends to her questions, she is also stuck with trying to figure out if she is supposed to be with Derek, the Fae that is considerate and sweet, or Lucas, the mysterious Were from her past. But as Kylie finally makes her decision, countless obstacles get in the way of them being together. Soon more strange and miraculous powers start to emerge from Kyle, which only brings more confusion to the Camp leader Holiday, and Burnett, the FRU agent. On top of everything else, Kylie’s ghost situation only becomes more difficult with each visitor. After one ghost tells her of a haunting message someone lives and someone dies, Kylie fears that she might soon lose one of her new friends or family members. But with these ghosts haunting Kylie and dragging her into terrifying visions of their deaths and pasts, Shadow Falls camp is also on high alert as they try to protect Kylie from an intruder who is set on kidnapping Kylie for her unique abilities.
That was probably one of the hardest descriptions I have had to write, for the fact that there is no way to go around spilling secrets from this series. So saying that, please be aware:
THIS REVIEW IS GOING TO BE FULL OF SPOILERS!
So much has happened in these two books, Taken at Dusk and Whispers at Moonrise, that it’s hard to even know where to begin! Firstly, I guess we can start with how much this author has SERIOUSLY pulled me into the life of Kylie Galen. I feel that I have a deep connection with this character and truly care about her well-being and future. It isn’t very often that I still like a main character by the third and fourth books, because frankly, they start to get whiny and annoying. Kylie on the other hand, takes realistic and horrific supernatural visions and family/friend drama like a CHAMPION. I enjoy that I get to have descriptions of the emotional turmoil she is constantly going through, but I feel like it doesn’t go past the point of unrealistic and start to become a story about a girl who is absorbed in drama and teenage angst. The author does a great job of engulfing the reader in the visual experiences that Kylie has with ghosts, which are more or less visions of how the ghosts’ lived or died. If it was me having those experiences, best believe I would not be as calm after those visions as this character; but that is probably why I like her so much.
These two books, once again, are packed with adventure and new twists and turns. I really like how this author writes because she has a knack for giving the reader tiny bits of necessary information, but writing it into the story in such a nonchalant way that the reader has a hard time figuring out what is going to happen. I personally LOVE when an author has the ability to make me so confused with the clues that they lay out for me, that I start reading even faster so I know where the hell the story is going to end up.
There were so many heartbreaking moments in these two books, and it has really put quite the damper on my heart. I was hoping the whole someone lives and someone dies thing was going to be a metaphor or something, but sadly it wasn’t. It is interesting that many of the ghosts that appear to Kylie are ghosts that are either connected to her or someone she is close with. Especially since there is a cemetery full of ghosts that beg Kylie for help, I find it interesting that only the ones close to her circle of people are who she comes in contact with. I think it is a unique quality to add to the book, but I am definitely hoping that she comes into contact with some ghosts that have nothing to do with her or her friends.
Okay, I seriously have to touch on the Lucas and Derek thing now. I know, I know. It is another most annoying love triangle, but alas, I must touch on it because I…am losing my s**t over here guys. Losing. My. S**t. You may remember from my last review of Shadow Falls: The Beginning (if you read it) that I mentioned how in every series with a love triangle there is always one guy that is a complete badass while the other is kind of boring. I also had said, that this might be the first love triangle I have read about where the male characters were actually kind of even. On that note, I would like to slightly change my opinion. Derek, as much as I hate to say it, has been named the male character that is just getting on my nerves. Why? I’ll tell you. I cannot stand a male character that acts more emotional than the female character does, especially when our main female character is going through WAY more insane things. I had really liked Derek in the beginning, but his constant questions to Kylie of “Are you Okay?” just because he is a Fae and can feel her emotions very strongly, really drives me crazy. Enough is enough, I am so tired of hearing him want to talk to her about her emotions and THANKFULLY she gets to the point where she is too. I knew I liked this girl.
On the topic of Lucas, MY OH MY. I could just slap that werewolf in the face. I mean I obviously adore his character because of how mysterious and protective he is, but it is so disappointing to see yet another male figure in Kylie’s life turn out to be a complete idiot. I am still sitting here hoping that the author will mend this relationship between them, because I will be so heartbroken if it doesn’t get fixed. As soon as I had finished this book I literally gasped, opened the next book, and started speed reading so I could find out what will happen.
I am halfway through the last book, and I am still clinging to hope over here.
In conclusion to this way too long review, I read through this installment VERY quickly because of how addicting the series is. Now, as I am currently halfway through reading the last book, I am completely wishing I had slowed down. Obviously because of my emotional investment in the lives of these fictional characters, that would be literally impossible for me to do. I cannot stress enough how much I am enjoying the Shadow Falls series, and I am REALLY recommending that you guys go and give it a chance. It is a great series to get lost in and a great series to obsess over. Which is exactly what I have been doing as of late, obsessing.
Plot: One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever. Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls―a camp for troubled teens, but it soon becomes clear that the kids at Shadow Falls are far from ordinary. They’re supernatural―learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world. Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either. Or does she? They insist Kylie is one of them, and that she was brought here for a reason…if she can only figure out why, and what her burgeoning powers mean.
As if life wasn’t complicated enough, enter Derek and Lucas. Derek’s a half Fae who’s determined to be her boyfriend, and Lucas is a smokin’ hot werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past. Both Derek and Lucas couldn’t be more different, but they both have a powerful hold on her heart. As Kylie struggles to make sense of her feelings and her new abilities, the dark side of the supernatural world emerges and makes life a whole lot harder. An evil enemy lurking in the shadows is about to threaten everything she holds dear…and bring her closer to her destiny.
Opinion: YES! Just when I thought I was running out of great fantasy books and thinking that I wasn’t going to find another great series, I come across this little gem. I had bought this “2 Books in 1” version of Shadow Falls from Bookoutlet.com quite a few months ago, but for some reason I have waited until now to read the series. I can’t tell you guys how sad I am that I waited this long to start it. This series has me hooked in that way where your family is like “Sweetie, I think you have a problem” but you just keep saying “No, no I swear I have this under control. I don’t have a problem, it’s just recreational”. Yeah…that’s what this series has done to me. I’m comparing book obsessions to drug addictions. No big deal.
Just to clarify though, this version includes book 1, Born at Midnight, and book 2, Awake at Dawn, in the series. I could have done these reviews separately, but I honestly was reading through this series so quickly that I didn’t have time to stop. Addictions, remember?
Though Kylie Galen assumes she is a regular teenager going through typical teenage problems, she soon finds her life getting way more complicated. While dealing with her parents’ divorce and her boyfriend Trey dumping her, Kylie finds herself in a rut where she feels like her world is collapsing around her. To make matters worse, she has a tendency to wake up in the dead of night screaming and there seems to be a man she refers to as “soldier dude” following her around. Not only is the soldier stalking her, but it appears that she is the only one that can see him. After a party that Kylie attends gets shut down by the cops and drugs are found on the premises, Kylie’s mother insists that she be sent to a camp for troubled youth per the request by Kylie’s therapist.
Soon after Kylie’s arrival at Shadow Falls camp, she is told that the camp is actually for gifted supernatural teens and not troubled youth. The camp consists of werewolves, witches, shapeshifters, vampires, and Fae. But to make things even stranger for Kylie, the camp leader, Holiday, confesses to Kylie that they actually have no idea what supernatural group she falls into. The reader follows Kylie as she acclimates to a world where fairytale creatures are real, while also trying to find out what she is. To make matters worse, Kylie finds herself stuck on an emotional roller coaster with a Fae named Derek and a werewolf named Lucas, who just so happens to be a neighbor from her past. As she learns more about her fellow supernaturals, unknown powers start to emerge in Kylie and she finds out that her frightening night terrors are more than just bad dreams.
I know this may sound like a typical fantasy series that has an annoying love triangle tangling up the plot and making it too mushy, but I assure you…well, okay yeah it’s kind of like that. Though I will say that this author has done a WONDERFUL job of making sure the story-line and plot has more substance than just a dramatic teenage love triangle. Something about this series makes me want to shut the world out and just read for the rest of my life. The characters are unique and each have their very own likeable quirks, there is a twist on these supernaturals that differentiates them from the typical myths, and there is a wonderful quest that the reader gets to take with the main character as she tries to discover what she is. These books are evenly paced but really give a lot of detail and dialogue to give the reader a vivid picture of everything that is happening. I like that Kylie has many adolescent moments that keep her character seeming realistic for her age, but she never gets to the point of being annoying or too dramatic.
Our two main male characters are Lucas and Derek, who make up the love triangle with Kylie. Usually in these types of stories, the author always seems to make a decision to make one character highly mysterious and macho while making the other goofy and boring. I mean think about it: Edward and Jacob, Morpheus and Jeb, Jace and Simon. There is an obvious Alpha in every mix, and let’s face it, we all know a girl can’t resist a bad boy when her life is in turmoil. It’s just a fact, we have problems 😉 . The interesting thing about this series is that though I once again favor the “alpha” male character in this story, which is Lucas, I keep finding myself not completely hating Derek. I think this might be the first series EVER where I actually like both male characters and where one isn’t overly annoying me. That shows me that the author put a lot of time into her character development to ensure that the reader felt Kylie’s struggle between having feelings for the two, and for that, I love this author even more.
I think this series has captured my attention so much because there is CONSTANT action and excitement happening. As Kylie gets closer to finding an answer to what she is, more dangerous obstacles jump in front of her and it shows the strength that the character has. The author also gives the reader a closer look into the other supernaturals lives by the roommates that Kylie lives with as well. Miranda is a witch that has a tendency to mess up her spells, and Della is a vampire with a spunky and sarcastic attitude. Holiday is also a prominent character in this story. Though she is the camp leader (director? Counselor? Whatever) she creates a strong bond to Kylie because of a gift that they share. Throw Derek, Lucas, and the shapeshifter named Perry into the mix, and Kylie has a friend in every supernatural group. You go girl.
There really isn’t too much I can say about these two books without giving the entire read away. I tried my best to give you guys a more in depth summary of what it was about, so hopefully that persuades you to give this AMAZING series a read. I am already on the book 4, and it is actually in another “2 books in 1” installment called Shadow Falls: The Next Chapter. I am glued to this series and am SO GLAD I found it on Bookoutlet.com, because it was only $2.49. Yes, you read that correctly. GO GET IT!!