Thank You to Netgalley for the chance to read and review this book.
Summary: (Borrowed from NetGalley) When Johnny and his best friend, Alison, pass their summer holidays dabbling in magic, they never expect it to have consequences. Sure, it’d be great if they could banish bullies or change their lives for the better, and what harm could come from lighting a few candles and chanting a few spells? They get their answer in the form of an earthquake unleashed at their behest, which draws the attention of the Marduk Institute, an age-old organization dedicated to fostering the talents of young wizards.
Whisked away to the institute and told they can never return to their old lives, Johnny and Alison must quickly adapt to a new world shimmering with monsters, fraternities, and cute boys like Hunter and Blake. But when they’re pulled into a dark, supernatural fight that could cost them their lives, they’ll have to find strength they never knew they had as they battle for love, acceptance, and their own happy endings―all with the help of a little bit of magic
Thoughts: I really wanted to love this book when I saw that it was own voices and I pushed hard to find some things that I enjoyed. There were aspects that I found were funny and memorable but there was too much parts that I just disliked.
For me it’s really important to like at least one of the characters or to at least build a connection to one and from the start that was something I liked. It was easy to like Hunter and want him to develop as a character and hope for the best for him. What I didn’t like was the sudden change in character for him, I thought okay maybe it’ll turn out that he’s a bad guy so I kept reading and was disappointed. I just thought it was too quick to go from angry, I’m definitely not gay to OMG I love johnny and want everyone to know.
Something else I didn’t really like was how drawn out everything was. Like the whole story just kept going on when it didn’t have to and I felt things were left unanswered or didn’t add up. I liked when we got a bit of action scenes at the beginning or if Hunter and Johnny were not in the same room. I felt that those scenes were a lot more impactful and through since they didn’t stop to love each other every few words.
I think that if you’re looking for a quick magic read with an LGBTQ+ protagonist you might enjoy this. It is a Wattpad book so I also kept that part in mind.
This book comes out tomorrow, October 29, 2019. You can get it at Barnes and Noble or look for it at your local library.