Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Review, Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Girl Without Magic by Megan O'Russell - New Review from Belle (YA, Young Adult, Paranormal)

The Girl Without Magic 
Megan O’Russell
(The Chronicles of Maggie Trent, #1)
Published by: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication date: January 9th 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Death would have been easier, but the Siren wasn’t through with her.
Seventeen-year-old Maggie Trent fell out of a battle and into the Siren’s Realm, a land where secrets hide in the shadows and pleasure comes at a price Maggie is unwilling to pay.
The time for the Siren’s reckoning has come, sweeping away all she deems unworthy to live in her realm. Those without magic are hunted by the Siren. Those with magic are hunted by the Stricken. Fighting or hiding seem necessary to survive. But there is a different way.
Bertrand Wayland, unaging and unrelenting in his determination for Maggie to accept her fate, slips in and out through the stitches that bind the Siren’s Realm to other worlds, gaining magic and having glorious adventures. When Maggie follows Bertrand out of the Siren’s Realm, seeking an adventure of her own, she finds instead a world of magic on the eve of war. To save innocent lives Maggie risks her heart, her life, and her only chance of returning to the Siren’s Realm.

The Girl Without Magic, written by Megan O’Russell, narrates the story of Maggie Trent, a young witch who gets caught in another realm. The realm is a very bright and happy place where magic is the main currency, yet the shadows are unnaturally dark, hiding the horrors that live on the edge. The dream that all others are living turns into a nightmare when a storm hits, clearing the realm of those deemed unworthy to inhabit it.

A few people, including Maggie, are left without a home nor any means to earn back what had been lost. However, Maggie soon leaves the Siren’s Realm, and her friends there, to find adventure in another world with a companion named Bertrand. There she finds a tight-knit community in desperate need of saving, and soon falls for one of the members of said community. After the final battle, Maggie is left with a choice: stay or go?

I loved the fairytale aspects of the story. Everything in the worlds is mystical and magical. I also really enjoyed Maggie’s normality. Although she is a witch, she is still very human. She’s a loner who's resourceful, and kindhearted. All of the aforementioned aspects of the novel made this an enjoyable read.

Megan is a native of Upstate New York who spends her time traveling the country as a professional actor. Megan’s current published works include YA series The Tethering and Girl of Glass, as well as the Christmas romance Nuttycracker Sweet. 2017 projects include The Tale of Bryant Adams: How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin’ Days, and The Chronicles of Maggie Trent: The Girl Without Magic.
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  1. I am so glad that you enjoyed this book! I did not find it worthy of 5 stars in my book due to the romance. I cannot wait to read more of your reviews.

  2. Great review, Belle! This sounds well written and the magical elements seems very well done! :)