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Elizabeth Kirke has always loved writing and the ocean. It was inevitable that she'd combine the two! When she isn't writing or staring at the ocean, she's reading, baking, or crafting!
on Sep. 03, 2013 :
I loved this book just about as much as I loved the first book in the series. The characters are all a lot of fun as they play with their elements and powers. They enjoy topping each other and picking on each other, just like one big happy family. (I am also a New Yorker who is a Lions fan, so I get a kick out of all of the football banter!) Jen definitely feels the most comfortable when she is around them, because she can truly be herself. She seems to be growing into herself, but still has a really long way to go.
In this installment, Jen has been away from everyone else for the past five months. I do wish we would have had more insight into what she did for those five months, because that seems like an awfully long time to go without seeing everyone. I'm waiting for more lessons about her powers and abilities. She does have the opportunity to learn much more about the history of magic and more about their magical world as the new dangers present themselves up on the mountain. She also seems to find herself in the new position of being somewhat of a teacher. Old friends rejoin the cast in this book, as well as a couple of new additions. I love Dani and Charlie. This time around, I didn't confuse TS and Thomas as much. (Their names are too close!) Marianna didn't play as much of a role in this book. Sometimes, I forgot she was even there. Ember is new and has a lot of spunk. Shannon is also new, in that she now has an active role instead of being just someone mentioned. She too smart for her own good and definitely keeps things spicy!
I enjoyed the action in this book and still had a hard time putting it down. I shook my head, laughed out loud, and even got a little teary. I did feel like Jen was a bit more of a passive observer in this book, as opposed to being involved in a lot of the action. The story is told from her perspective, so she does get a lot into her thoughts and emotions. Her biggest change in life revolves around her love life and her cousin's visit. The dynamic of those relationships change drastically.
I enjoy how the series holds true to its name. Yes, magic is involved in each book, but the stories are more about friendship and creating everlasting bonds with your loved ones. It's about finding your place in this world.
I feel like something bigger is being set up in this book. Jen and her friends are working their way up to an epic battle of sorts in the future. I can't wait for the next installment!
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)
on Aug. 09, 2013 :
Snow Bound (The More Than Magic Series #2) is the sequel to More Than Magic Semester Abroad and it takes place when Jen meets up with all her magic friends, that she met on the cruise in book 1, for a ski vacation.
The story is interesting and has a quite a few surprises. The plot line flows so smoothly and makes it hard to put this book down for anything.
I absolutely love the way that Ms. Kirke writes so descriptively - it makes it so easy to envision everything happening. I also love the way that she develops her characters and gives them each such a personality. After reading both books, I feel like her characters are friends of mine and I want to keep in touch and keep knowing whats going on in their lives. The interactions between the characters is so realistic. The banter and joking around had me laughing out loud as I was reading.
If you're looking for a great YA series, then you need to read this series by Elizabeth Kirke!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Aug. 08, 2013 :
I loved the More Than Magic: Semester Aboard Book #1, but this book, More Than Magic: Snow Bound Book #2 is even better! It starts with Jen going to a ski resort to have a vacation with the Magics she met on the cruise. Jen is so excited to see all of them, but is most looking forward to seeing Thomas who she developed a serious crush for on the cruise. She is all perpared when she arrives at the resort with her bag, skis and her familiar, Rak, a cat. Thomas was supposed to pick her up, but as much as she loves TS, he is alone to take her to their cabin. She is so excited and gets to ride TS as a werewolf the three miles to their cabin. She soon sees everyone, Dani, Mariana, Char and Thomas! Also she meets Ember, Char's Niece, who is a fire elemental herself. They all ski and have a great time. Dani tricks Thomas and Jen by getting them by themselves. It happens that they talk and kiss. :) This is the most darlin' scene. I love how it is written. They end up 'going steady' and Dani gets to tease them. Eveything is going great, then Jen's non-magic cousin, Shannon, shows up as a surprise. Jen is tense and doesn't know what to do, but everyone else offers for her to stay in the cabin with them. Jen doesn't think this is a good idea because Shannon is sharp and can pick up little clues to figure out they're magics. No one else is worried and Jen decides to be ok with it. Things start to happen, Shannon starts putting things together and choas erupts.
This is a must read! I love this book! I love how the author make reference to other vampire books.
Some of my favorite lines:
"Thomas shrugged. 'I like the cooked kind. But raw fish reminds me of congealed blood.'" "'That is the grossest description of sushi I have ever heard!' Shannon cried."
"How long have you been twenty-two?"
It was well written and a good length so I didn't get tired of it, but it left me wanting more! I cant wait to read the next book in this series!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on April 17, 2013 :
After reading More than Magic: Summer Abroad, I couldn't refuse a chance to read and review the second book Snow Bound. I love this group of characters and their ingrained friendship. They're fun, loyal, and smart; but, somehow they're always attracting trouble. If you haven't read Summer Abroad, go check out my review HERE! Catch up on the characters and give it a read. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
So, Jen's back with the gang after 5 months of being separated from the only "magics" she knows. When we left her in the last installment, she'd barely learned she was a witch. Now she has her familiar Rak, who I adore, and she's been practicing spells. Her friends have decided a ski trip would be just the thing for their winter get together, and it might have been...if snowstorms and vigilantes hadn't been part of the equation.
As always, I try hard to provide spoiler free reviews, but I do have to say this: GO JEN & THOMAS!!!
Now, outside of the previous statement, there are plenty of surprises awaiting you in Snow Bound. Just as everyone gets settled and is enjoying their skiing, the weather gets bad and bullets start flying: the kind of bullets no werewolf wants to get hit with. As usual, tragedy strikes and the competent MES officers are forced to take things into their own hands, doing some things that could end their lives...literally.
As much as I enjoyed this book, I had a difficult thing with just a couple of things. There's a part in the middle where Dani goes into a detailed explanation about the side-effects of the potions the "magics" use. I found the description to be a bit overboard when a simple explanation would have probably been more effective. As it was, I found myself skipping over large portions of the explanation to get to the action. Also, I felt like the personalities each character portrayed in Summer Abroad didn't shine through as much in this book.
That being said...I highly recommend both of the More than Magic books to anyone who loves the usual mythical creatures as well as water and fire elementals. Everyone has a unique role and a matching personality. They're all connected in one way or another...most often in ways that when one of them is hurt or dying, the others experience the desperation. Elizabeth pushed the characters out of their comfort zone and placed them in situations where they had to make difficult and controversial decisions. I absolutely loved the way she had Thomas think out a certain decision and come to the understanding he did. It showed brilliant maturity and growth!
Another fantastic book Ms. Kirke!!! Keep it up, because I cannot wait to read the next installment.
(reviewed 29 days after purchase)
on Feb. 25, 2013 :
Absolutely fantastic - I thought book one (Semester Aboard) was excellent; it was well written, easy to read and really pulled you into the story. The characters were well rounded, very believable and you really root for them. This book (Snow Bound) is book 2 in the series and is even better. The characters we know and love are back for another adventure and boy does it keep you on the edge of your seat. One of the things I love most about these books is the relationships between the characters - Elizabeth Kirke has a real knack for making you feel like you are right there in the book with them. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down until it was finished. I highly recommend this series especially if you like young/new adult paranormal/fantasy books. Now, is it too early to ask if and when book 3 will be released??
(reviewed the day of purchase)