*Note: I always try to not write spoilers, but as book 2 there may be slight spoilers from book 1*
In the first book of this series, Stella Mayweather learns that she is a witch. She was moved from England to America to protect her life from witch hunters, she began training in her magic abilities, and she met and possibly lost new friends. At the close of book 1 Stella is in hiding from the witch council, she is confused and alone, and unsure of what to do next. At her new house, she befriends her neighbors, one of whom is the very sexy Gage who seems to be interested in her. Just as Stella is getting comfortable in her new life, her past catches up with her, and a young witch in trouble is asking for help. Stella is once again drawn into trouble with the council and left to question who is a friend and who is an enemy.
I really enjoy the Stella Mayweather series. Stella is an easy-going, every day type of heroine. She is a powerful witch, but she is new to her power and very humble. She can be socially awkward and unsure, but she is easy to like and relate to. In Unruly Magic, Stella is on her own for a good portion of the book, all of her friends from book 1 are unaccounted for, and Stella felt the separation. She developed a friendship with her neighbors, and began to be interested romantically in Gage. I love Gage, he's confident, sweet, loyal, and determined (and extremely good looking). All of a sudden, Stella's old group of friends show up and turn her newly settled life upside-down. Stella's friends don't ever really seem to think about Stella's feelings and her situation in all their witchy drama. With the return of the friends comes more romantic entanglements and confusion for Stella. I really did not like Evan much in this book, he is moody and possessive, and not in a good way. I hope that as the series continues, Stella begins to stand up for herself more and not tolerate the slights shown to her by her friends and romantic interests.
There was not quite as much magic in this book as there was in book 1. There was more focused story line and character building though. The magic that was in Unruly Magic was fun, and Stella continues to grow in her power and abilities. The paranormal community broadens in Unruly Magic, and Gage plays a larger role in that community.
With a well-written and developed story, engaging characters, and provoking romantic entanglements Unruly Magic is a very good read. I highly recommend this series to paranormal and urban fantasy fans. This is not a very dark series, but the paranormal and urban fantasy elements make for a great story and highly enjoyable reading. I would recommend reading this series in order.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)