Starcrossed by Allie Therin Magic in Manhattan #2 You know that book you have waited for hoping it would bring just as much fun, magic, and joy as the first in the series only to find…it absolutely did and then some? Well, that book was this one and I am now eagerly awaiting book three! This book has it all…with the historical setting, paranormal abilities, magic in abundance, murderous thugs, mysteries to solve, relics to find and use appropriately, friendships and partnerships and romance and…just everything I could have asked for along with knowing at the end of the book there will be another story to look forward to. What I liked: * Rory: a tiny but mighty young man with more magic in his little finger than others put together. He is generous, caring, and gives his all to protect those he loves…and even those he might be jealous of. * Arthur: wealthy war hero who will do anything for his family but also smitten by Rory in book one and still Rory’s hook line and sinker. * Arthur’s family: I think they are close and caring and hope to see more of them in the future * The supporting characters: There were many of them and each has his/her place in the book…some need to be heard more about in the future as they are intriguing in their own right(s). * The plot, pacing, setting, writing, and everything else * Feeling swept into the midst and feeling part of the story * The close regard that the characters felt for one another * Wesley…at least by the end of the story…was hoping he would find a happily ever after of his own in the future, too. * The strings left to be tied up in the future…there wasn’t a cliffhanger but there are bits I want to know more about. What I did not like: * Baron Zeppler: have only heard about him so far but he seems someone who needs to be found and put down * The bad guys – some got their just desserts and others haven’t yet * Thinking about how difficult it would have been to be “different” in the past Did I enjoy this book? Definitely! Would I read more in this series? As soon as possible! Thank you to NetGalley and Carina Press for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars
Not as tightly plotted as the previous book in the series, this one is definitely a bridging middle book, setting up chess pieces for a later series entry. Still has a cool magical world and an adorable couple of romantic protagonists.