Friday, January 20, 2017

Book Review: Double-Sided Magic (Legacy Series, #1) by McKenzie Hunter

Title:  Double-Sided Magic (Legacy Series, Book 1)
Author:  McKenzie Hunter
Genre:  Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Release Date:  November 5, 2016

From the Back Cover:

I am Levy Michaels. Once my kind were the hunters—now we are the hunted. 

Supernaturals are out of the closet but I have to stay hidden because of the type of magic I possess. I’m a Legacy. It sounds like the title should come with reverence, a trust fund, or at the very least a cool backstory—instead it comes with a death sentence.

I have to hide in plain sight and pretend to be just human. I’m pretty good at it. I live a simple and somewhat normal life, and I work in antique acquisitions. Everything’s going fine until a dangerous and enchanted dagger that was once in my possession is stolen. I didn’t think things could get any worse until I woke up next to a dead shifter, fae, and mage, without any memory of the past twenty-four hours.

Considered guilty of murder by most of the magical community and humans, I must work with Gareth, the sexy and dangerous leader of the Supernatural Guild. If he’s as good as rumored, it’s only a matter of time until he discovers the truth about me—then being found guilty of murder is the least of my worries.
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My Review:

I haven't read anything by this author before, so I really didn't know what to expect with this book. I was pleasantly surprised! The story line was fascinating -- Levy is a Legacy, a magical practitioner who's masquerading as a human to hide from those who would destroy her race.

I immediately got sucked into this world of shifters, fae and mages. Levy is a very likable, snarky and feisty heroine with a tragic past. I loved learning about the history behind the Cleanse and would have loved to have gotten more background about Levy's early life. I got a little bit confused about her parents though... and how they got caught and she didn't. Some of those little tidbits were glossed over.

The world-building needed a little bit of work. While the background of the Legacy seems to be pretty good, there wasn't much information on the rest of the races and how they fit into society. All the races seemed very... human, except for the shifters in their ability to shift. I had some trouble understanding the differences between the mages and witches, for example. Other than the book stating that they had different types of magic, it didn't really explain.

The mystery surrounding Levy's missing memories was intriguing, but the plot was a little bit predictable. You could see where it was going within the first couple of chapters. I also had a couple of issues with the love interest, Gareth. In reading the story, I just didn't get the sense he was all that interested in Levy. It felt more one-sided, but even she was more into his physique than anything else.

The ending also felt a little bit rushed and there was no real sense of closure at the end. That was a bit of a disappointment. I wouldn't say it ended on a cliffhanger, but the ending was just... not very satisfactory.

Overall, I'd probably recommend this series for fans of Urban Fantasy, but I'd like to see how it develops in the next book. The author is definitely talented with a skill for crafting fantastic stories. So for now, I'm putting this series on my "Watch List" and I'll wait to find out how Levy's story continues.

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About the Author:

McKenzie, as a child, discovered that her life could be a whirlwind of adventures by simply opening a book. To this day, reading is still her favorite activity. She has a fondness for fantasy and mystery, which is probably why she writes urban fantasy.

When McKenzie isn't working on her next book she is usually binge-watching paranormal and comedy shows, maintaining her title as "favorite auntie", or trying to create a tasty low-calorie pizza. McKenzie loves to hear from her readers. Feel free to contact her via her website, Facebook, or email.
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