Power corrupts. Magic kills.
Eighteen-year-old Jemmie Carmichael is surrounded by magic in the quiet town of Hawthorne, New York. In her world, magic users are called “kindled”, and Jemmie would count herself among them if only she could cast a spell without completely falling apart. It doesn’t help that she was also recently snubbed by Crowe — the dangerous and enigmatic leader of Hawthorne’s kindled motorcycle gang, the Devils’ League.
When the entire kindled community rolls into Hawthorne for an annual festival, a rumor spreads that someone is practicing forbidden magic. Then people start to go missing. With threats closing in from every side, no one can be trusted. Jemmie and Crowe will have to put aside their tumultuous history to find their loved ones, and the only thing that might save them is the very flaw that keeps Jemmie from fully harnessing her magic. For all her years of feeling useless. Jemmie may just be the most powerful kindled of all.
I wasn’t expecting a lot of goodness in this, writing or plot wise because I wasn’t the biggest fan of urban fantasy ever since I began reading. That lack of expectations probably helped a lot in my rating at the end of this novel. The story was very typical in that there’s the main girl character and the bad boy who is the alpha of the group and their never ending misunderstanding of girl-thinking-he-hates-her-when-in-reality-he’s-just-trying-to-protect-her kinda BS. When I first read that I was like, okay, I don’t mind this, just another fun, popcorn type book. Something anyone can have once in a while right? So I continued with it even when I felt like falling asleep instead of continuing. Sounds hopeless? Not to fear! The action picks up in the last fifth of the book so there’s hope!
While I wouldn’t have minded the lack of action for the majority of the story, it irked me that the pacing and the development of the narrative didn’t offer anything substantial or enjoyable either. There are some point that should have been glossed over and others that should have been elaborated more. Like the magic system. I know this is a fantasy book so you would expect that even if the world building isn’t very good, there should be an adequate explanation as to the magic running in this world. Unfortunately, it was lacking.
The ending I would say is a pretty popular kind used at these types of books but it’s not a bad thing at all since it ties up the story pretty beautifully. It kept my attention to the end so it did its job.
Now this might seem like I have only criticisms of this book but that’s not true. I did enjoy reading it, giving it a 3-star rating only because it wasn’t that memorable for me personally. Despite all those flaws I still had fun and at the end of the day that is all that matters, correct?
I suggest you guys give this a go especially if you like urban fantasy since you might enjoy it more than I did! Have any of you guys read this before? Are you planning on picking it up? Comment down below and let’s talk! 🙂