Title: Magia Rising
Author: Monique O'Connor James
Source: Received from author in exchange for an honest review
New Orleans is teeming with warring witch clans. Their world goes unnoticed by the people of the city,unseen by the masses. Nixon was one of those people, oblivious to the battles brewing around him. That is, until his eighteenth birthday.
Abandoned and on his own after the deaths of his parents...he'd grown used to being alone. Now he's discovering strange powers, learning secrets about his ancestors, and falling for the wrong girl--or is she the right one? In this new world he can trust no one...even the dead tell lies. Friends are enemies,
and enemies hide the truth. Who can he trust? What's real and what's illusion?
The day Nixon turns 18, something strange starts happening. Unaware that he was born into a witch coven, he thinks he is going crazy. He can suddenly hear people's thoughts, and manipulate their thoughts with his mind.
Poor Nixon has it rough. His parents are dead and he is completely alone in the world. He has nobody to teach him how to control his powers. In a city of rivaling witch clans, he has no idea who he can trust. Nixon falls for a beautiful girl named Liivie, but he doesn't know if she is really an ally or enemy.
The New Orleans setting was nice and the story was well written. I just couldn't connect with the characters though. I definitely couldn't get into the romance between Nixon and Liivie – I just didn't feel the chemistry. The ending was unexpected (in a good way), but yet it was too abrupt. Overall, it wasn't a bad book – it just wasn't for me. It's getting excellent reviews so far, and other fans of paranormal romance/urban fantasy might really like this one.
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