Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Review: Mad Magic - Nicole Conway




Mad Magic is a beautifully dark and rich Young Adult fantasy from Nicole Conway, bestselling author of the Dragonrider Chronicles.

Josie Barton is a high school student living in terror. Invisible creatures torment her everywhere she goes, constantly getting her into trouble at school, and even haunting her apartment. But just when Josie thinks things couldn’t get any worse... she meets the guy from across the hall.

Zeph Clemmont is a changeling with enemies in all the worst places, fighting to undo a curse that threatens to end his life. Survival means he will have to swallow his pride and trust Josie with all his darkest secrets.

With the help of a gun-slinging shaman and the enigmatic Prince of Nightmares, Zeph and Josie are only a heartbeat away from defeating one of the most diabolical faerie villains their world has ever known.




I was super excited when I read the blurb for Mad Magic.  It sounded like an epic adventure.  Unfortunately, I was left a little disappointed.  The story moved slowly and I often felt like I was trudging through mud to make it through the story.  The premise is excellent, I just wish it had moved faster.

Josie is a contradiction.  She is shy and timid at times and fierce at others.  Zeph is arrogant, unapologetic, and protective.  The connection between the two is decent.  I didn't feel passion, but this isn't a smut story so it's not expected.  Sex is kept behind closed doors so to speak.

If you're a fan of YA fantasy, you may enjoy this.  For me, it just wasn't my cup of tea.




My name is Ashley "Nicole" Conway. I'm originally from North Alabama and attended Auburn University where I earned a BA in English with a concentration in Classics & Mythology. I'm happily married and have one son, Ethan.  I also have a cat, Mr. Darcy, and a dog named Phoebe.

Writing has been a passion of mine since childhood, and to be able to do it as a full-time career is something I take as a great blessing and honor. My heart is in children's literature, specifically middle-grade and young adult fantasy. I'm best known for my MG/YA fantasy series THE DRAGONRIDER CHRONICLES, which is published by Month9Books. The second series, THE DRAGONRIDER LEGACY, just launched this fall!

My other works in include MAD MAGIC (2017), THE DISTANCE BETWEEN STARS (2017), SCALES (tbd), and SHATTERBEAST (tbd).

I am represented by Fran Black of Literary Counsel.

Look for my books on Amazon.com and at your local Barnes & Noble Bookstores!


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