Wicked Fate (Wicked, #1)-Tabatha Vargo
I knew others found him appealing, but I wasn’t sure if anyone else saw him the way I did. I could practically hear his skin sizzle against the frigid cooler. I’d never actually touched his skin, but I refused to believe it was anything but hot to the touch. It had to be. It would be a crime against nature if it wasn’t.
Adam made me feel like I was floating on gossamar wings; like a tiny, butterfly fairy in an unseen world. He made my life poetic. The whole scene-the water, the historical lighthouse in the distance-it was all so magical and beautiful. He had a way of making me be in the moment. I’d almost forget about everything else when I with him.
Plot: Mage has been an outcast for as long as she can remember. People fear her, stare, and steer clear of all association. Even her teachers are scared of her. Mage doesn’t know why but she’s grown to deal with her loneliness and roll with the punches. Mage has a secret, one that could make her even more of a freak than everyone thinks she is and potentially destroy her. Adam Westcott, Mage’s crush, knows and for years they’ve never spoken about the incident but one day that silence is shattered when Mage is forced to use her magic. Adam slowly joins Mage and her new friend Bernie. Mage, in addition to her magic, has the ability to see ghosts. All her life, Mage has yearned to know what happened to her mother, why she left, and whether she’s still alive. Mage has questions about her abilities, her father, and often tries to pry answers out of her dead grandmother and Thaddeus, a random ghost that haunts her library. Mage starts to have horrific nightmares that always end badly. When the woman from her dreams appears and threatens her, Mage realizes her dreams were never just that, but warnings. Desperate to learn about her powers, Mage digs through journals in the library and what she uncovers changes her life. Mage doesn’t know what’s true and what’s a lie. As her life starts to fall apart, Adam grounds her, together they fight for a future, uncover twisted plots, and struggle to survive the encroaching evil.
Magic has no place in this world, so technically neither do I. Those around me want to see me burn—make me explode underneath their accusing glares—but I won’t. There’s only one person that gets me hot, and we’ve never spoken to each other. He’s clueless to my fascination, but knows too much about secrets I’ve never whispered. He’s different from the rest. The black sheep… Adam.
I want him in my future, but my past threatens everything I’ve longed for. I won’t run, I’ll fight. I don’t know what destiny has planned. I only know love can be cruel, and fate is truly wicked
**16+ Some strong language and sexual situations**
- Mage is a hilarious, sarcastic vixen of sorts. She’s headstrong, determined, she doesn’t care about what other people think and it’s truly liberating to see a character who knows herself so well. She’s a fighter and while her solitude does plague her, she alters between resolved and wide-eyed wonder at the beauty of nature and the love she finds within herself. When Mage discovers that she can socialize, that she’s not a monster her joyful, compassionate side comes out and she seems so much younger and light-hearted than the semi-jaded girl in the beginning of the story. Mage’s poetry is dark but so hopeful, it is a poignant glimpse into the inner turmoil of her feelings about her life.
- Bernie is the best friend that every girl wants. One who is perverted, extroverted, and such a vibrant, powerful character. Her personality is one of fierce optimism. She is loud, proud, and doesn’t have any insecurities. Her confidence is infectious and her devotion to Mage is the sort of loyalty that sometimes falls short in secondary characters.
- The ghosts, the letters, the diaries, and the back story is fascinating. Each secondary character has a story that is interesting, full of mystery and intrigue. Mage’s mother’s story is one of heartbreak, loss, and insanity but never regret. It’s a curious mix of sacrifice, secrets, sinister intentions, and betrayal. Learning about Mage’s family history through journals almost makes their magic seem like mythology. Thaddeus, a southern gentleman of a ghost that lives in Mage’s library, is warm, honest, and his past is one of the most shocking.
- Adam. I was torn between liking Adam and feeling indifferent. While he is hot and gives Mage the most amazing, heartfelt presents, he’s somewhat robotic. His love is bold declarations and sacrifice. The connection, while there, doesn’t feel like mutual chemistry.
- There are some loose plot points. Adam’s association with that rough group of people in the water tower. Knowing Adam’s personality, this doesn’t really make sense and the scene is never explained nor is his friendship with those in it. One of Mage’s powers doesn’t feature into the plot as it should. Suddenly, it’s there but for years she’s been having the opposite effect. Whether it was a recently acquired power or not is unclear.
- Adam and Mage’s love has hardly any build up. While Mage has been obsessing for 9 years, Adam has only recently noticed Mage again and his love isn’t gradual, it’s more of an epiphany that has little basis and is so fast.
- The reveals were piled on and so much crucial information is packed into small sections. Key revelations felt jumbled and rushed.
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