Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Northwoods Magic Review

TITLE: Northwoods Magi
AUTHOR: Desiree LaFawn
PUBLISHING DATE: July 24, 2017

FROM GOODREADS: Quinn Reynolds is desperate for answers. After a near fatal accident, Quinn’s life changes and she is suddenly plagued by dreams of ravens, magic, and a boy with copper-ringed eyes. Told by her doctors that she is delusional, Quinn travels to the Northwoods of Minnesota to find out the truth. But Quinn has another problem that she hasn’t shared. Not only does she dream of magic, she also possesses her own power as well.

Corbin Olsen has been battling his own demons for the last ten years. After sacrificing everything to save Quinn’s life, she forgot about him completely. He’s thought of her constantly in the years she’s been gone, but nothing prepared him for the woman she has become. Although angry at her for leaving him, Corbin isn’t able to dismiss his need for her.

But Corbin and Quinn are running out of time for a meaningful reunion, the real evil is back and hunting the prey that escaped it all those years ago. 


MY THOUGHTS: 

So overall "Northwoods Magic" was a decent read and somewhat enjoyable, but nothing really stuck out to me as fabulous. When she was a teen, foster child Quinn was vacationing with her soon-to-be parents in the northwoods of Minnesota when an accident occurred and she nearly died. Unbeknownst to Quinn, she was saved by the woods' Green Man and raven-turned-human, Corbin. Quinn was taken to the hospital and her family eventually dissolved. She spent the next ten years not understanding why plants and greenery are some somehow drawn to her and how her emotions affect the plant life around her. Quinn, a poetic recluse, decides to return the the northwoods inn and see if she can find out why she has had such an odd life. However, she doesn't know that the dark power, which was responsible for her initial accident in the first place, is waiting there for her, along with Corbin who has basically pined away for her for the past ten years. This magical tale is likable enough, but I really had some problems with some of the elements. I understand Quinn is damaged and basically was made to think she was mentally unstable for ten years, but she was very weak and had no self confidence and at times I wanted to shake her and tell her to snap out it. Corbin is also mildly obsessed with Quinn and since he spent at least half of his life as a raven, lacks some serious social skills. I do have to admit I liked the side characters quite a bit, especially Corbin's "sister." I would definitely liked to have seen more from her in the book. So you can imagine there are some pretty strong insta-love elements and even though there are some very good explanations for the attraction, I still found it annoying. Not to mention that once Quinn and Corbin do finally hook up, they end up messing around like rabbits.

"Northwoods Magic" is a short read and resolves itself fairly well. There is the inevitable lead-in to a sequel, and at this point, I can't say that it's on my radar. If you like fairy tales, there is a certain magical quality to this book and you may enjoy it. However, if you dislike weak characters, this may not be the read for you.

I received this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.


RATING: 3 PAWS

21 comments:

  1. I was on the fence about this one. I just can't add another series, right? LOL Sure is a pretty cover:)

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    1. I do love the cover and admit that was one of the reasons I grabbed it.

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  2. this sounds way to magical for me. I'm not much into fairy tales but I'm glad it was a good short read for you :)

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    1. I didn't mind the magical parts but weak characters annoy me - even if there seems to be a reason for their weakness (which is probably sad).

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  3. This sounds like a "meh" read, unfortunately. Although I do like the pretty cover and the idea of a "raven boy."

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    1. The raven boy concept was cool but man, he was like a lost puppy when the MC entered.

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  4. Pretty cover. I hate that so many books are a series. I rarely finish them...you know, so many books I forget.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. Yes, it seems like no one can write a standalone now.

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  5. Yeah I don't much like weak characters!

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  6. It sounds interesting but I don't think it's enough to make me grab it.

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    1. I would probably recommend you skip it. I don't think I'll continue on with the series although I would if a book came out featuring the "sister." I liked her.

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  7. Too bad this one did have an element to really make it stand out a bit.

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  8. I kinda like the premise, with a Green Man/ northern woods vibe and her affinity for plant life, sorry to hear it was kinda disappointing. The characters do sound iffy too.

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    1. Yea, that was the part you don't see a lot in books so I think the concept was refreshing. Could have just been executed better.

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  9. I recently DNF-ed a book I was looking forward to because the character was so weak-willed. There wasn't enough to keep me going, but here at least it seems there was goodness to offset that sort of character.

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    1. Yes, those kind of characters definitely drive me crazy and make me have Bella Swan flashbacks!

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  10. Ah insta-love... never a good time. Great review!!

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  11. I do love fairy tales, but the characters are usually the best part. Sorry that wasn't really the case with this one.

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