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Chapter by Chapter Blog Tour: Mad Magic by Nicole Conway

The Book:

side+crop+of+paperback+image+TSTME (1)Book Title: Mad Magic

Book Author: Nicole Conway

Page Count: 300

Publishing Date: November 14th, 2017

Publisher: Month9Books

Date Read: November 20th, 2017

Synopsis: After being orphaned, high school student Josie Barton only has one person she can turn to when things get rough—a mysterious legal guardian who calls himself her Benefactor. “Ben” takes care of everything for her. He pays her bills, provides food, clothes, and even a cell phone. But there is one thing Ben doesn’t know: Josie Barton sees scary imaginary creatures everywhere she goes. Even her apartment is being haunted by an invisible monster! And just when Josie thinks things couldn’t get any worse . . . she meets the guy from across the hall.

Zeph Clemmont is a man of many faces. He’s a changeling with enemies in all the worst places, fighting to undo a magical curse that could end his life. He loves a good argument and has incredible magical power, but he may have met his match in Josie. So far, she’s the only one who seems able to rein in his childish tantrums and magical explosions. Zeph will have to swallow his pride and finally let go of all his dark secrets if he really wants to break his curse. And with Josie at his side, he might actually stand a chance this time.

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The Review:

Mad Magic is alluring, dangerous, and magical! This one will take you for a ride through a stunning world of enchantment and Faeries! With plenty of twists and turns, excitement, and passion, this one is sure to impress all YA lovers!

Can we just talk about the cover for a second? It is STUNNING! I was drawn to reading this one by the beautiful cover photo, and the synopsis. The book had a bit of a slow start for me though. It took me roughly 50 pages to really get in to this one, but once I did, it was smooth sailing from there.

Conway did a nice job with building and creating this world where faeries exist with humans. It had a similar feel, and system, to the world of Shadow Hunters. It had an immense amount of imagery, and creativity, and felt almost dream like.

The plot was quite intriguing too. It felt slightly formulaic, as far as YA Fantasy reads go, but still had enchantment and originality. It also felt like it gather inspiration from The Mortal Instruments series, Blade, Twilight, and Supernatural. After trudging through the slow, and slightly confusing beginning, I fell in love with the story line. I really enjoyed the unexpected plot twists, as well as the enjoyable predictability. I also loved the characters and their nice personality development!

Josie had a few “typical YA girl” qualities, but also had a few strong qualities. She was a little naive at times, but also had quite a bit of intelligence. Sometimes she was a little too “lovesick”, but other times she was level headed and strong. She had a nice amount of confidence for a 17 year old, and seemed quite mature for her age, when it was necessary.

Zeph was dark and alluring. He was mysterious and caring. He felt like a “typical” YA Fantasy love interest at times, but still had depth and charm that helped him feel original.

Eldrick was my favorite character. He was definitely dark and mysterious. He added quite a bit of humor to the story, and seemed to have a nice character transformation. He was full of surprises, and was so alluring to me.

Mad Magic held charm, humor, fantasy, and excitement. It was well written, and definitely drew me in to the world Conway created. It made me think of faeries in a different way, and had a lot of originality as far as magic is concerned. I am looking forward to reading book 2, and would rate this one 3.5-4 stars (or Faeries).


Thank you to Chapter by Chapter for providing me with this free e-copy in exchange for my honest review, and as part of the blog tour!

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About The Author:

side+crop+of+paperback+image+TSTME (1)Nicole is the author of the children’s fantasy series, THE DRAGONRIDER CHRONICLES, about a young boy’s journey into manhood as he trains to become a dragonrider. She has completed the first two books in the series, and is now working on the third and final book. Other works include MAD MAGIC (Sept 2017), FAULBENDER (tbd), SCALES (tbd), and THE DISTANCE BETWEEN STARS (May 2017).

Originally from a small town in North Alabama, Nicole moves frequently due to her husband’s career as a pilot for the United States Air Force. She received a B.A. in English with a concentration in Classics from Auburn University, and will soon attend graduate school.

She has previously worked as a freelance and graphic artist for promotional companies, but has now embraced writing as a full-time occupation.

Nicole enjoys hiking, camping, shopping, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends. She also loves watching children’s movies and collecting books. She lives at home with her husband, two cats, and dog.

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The Giveaway:

• One (1) winner will receive two rose gold necklaces – one with a crown pendant (for Eldrick) and the other with a feather (for Zeph) (INT)

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Tour Schedule:

Week 1:

November 13, 2017 – Chapter by Chapter – Guest Post

November 13, 2017 – I Read Indie – Spotlight

November 14, 2017 – Mythical Books – Guest Post

November 14, 2017 – Chapters through life – Review

November 14, 2017 – White Sky Project – Spotlight

November 15, 2017 – Dani Reviews Things – Guest Post

November 15, 2017 – Literary Meanderings – Spotlight

November 15, 2017 – Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – Guest Post

November 16, 2017 – Rabid Reads – Interview

November 16, 2017 – Confessions of an Exballerina – Guest Post

November 16, 2017 – Wishful Endings – Guest Post

November 17, 2017 – The Avid Reader – Interview

November 17, 2017 – A Dream Within A Dream – Spotlight

Week 2:

November 20, 2017 – Omg Books and More Books – Interview

November 20, 2017 – Bookhounds YA – Guest Post

November 21, 2017 – Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog – Spotlight

November 21, 2017 – To Be Read – Review

November 21, 2017 – Darque Dreamer Reads – Review

November 22, 2017 – Don’t Judge, Read – Review

November 22, 2017 – What Is That Book About – Spotlight

November 22, 2017 – Stuffed Shelves – Review

November 22, 2017 – Camillea Reads – Guest Post

November 23, 2017 – YA/NA Book Divas – Review

November 23, 2017 – Perspective of a Writer – Review and Guest Post

November 23, 2017 – Bibliobibuli YA – Guest Post

November 23, 2017 – Rockin’ Book reviews – Guest Post

November 23, 2017 – YA Chit Chat – Review

November 24, 2017 – Smada’s Book Smack – Review

November 24, 2017 – The book slayer – Review

November 24, 2017 – Cindy’s Love of Books – Review

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