Title: Mistake of Magic (Power of Five #2)
Author: Alex Lidell
Date Published: June 29th, 2018
Publisher: Danger Bearing Press
Genre: Reverse-Harem, Fantasy
Goodreads Rating: 4.48
Synopsis: Three trials stand between Lera and exile. Unless the training kills her first.
Quint magic has never chosen a human before, and the Elders Council is convinced Lera is a mistake.
When the quint refuses to be cleaved apart, the enraged elders give them a choice: exile from Lunos or demotion to the lowest of trainees. Subject again to the humiliations and deadly trials they endured centuries ago, the males now face a new challenge—training Lera to survive.
River, Shade, Coal, and Tye will do whatever it takes to keep Lera safe. But Lera will do whatever she must to keep them together—even if it means putting herself in mortal danger.
How are you all?
Welcome to my stop of the Mistake of Magic Book Tour! Hosted by Rockstar Book Tours! Mistake of Magic is the second book of the Power of Five series.
Without further ado, let’s get started on the review!
This book is about a girl who got bonded as the fifth member of a quint, a group of fae warriors. They all thought that having a human as a member of a quint, and a girl no less, is a mistake. So they took the girl, Leralynn, with them to severe the bond. But they all got too attached with her and it became hard for them to part with Leralynn. So they must face the consequences that came with keeping the human girl.
First thoughts about this book, this is my first reverse harem read! And also my first non-SJM fae themed read. So I didn’t know what to expect with this one. However, when I read it, I got hooked and I love it immediately that I couldn’t put it down. I managed to finish reading the first book in a day and I started the second book right after.
The second book was off to a good start. I’ve expected more magic and more answers in this book. Answers as to why Leralynn was chosen as part of the quint knowing that she’s a human and a woman too. It was said that mixed quints are very rare and that there’s only one quint that has mixed members, and that’s the elders of the Citadel. So why did the Magic chose Leralynn to be part of the quint?
But first, let’s talk about the characters! Let’s start with the human girl, Leralynn.
I don’t know what to feel about this girl. She was a slave in an estate near the border of Mystwood, the place where the human territory and fae are divided. It was said that Lera’s master, Zake, is having sexual advances towards her but didn’t really reached a point where he raped her. So from that being said, there should be a bit of repulsiveness from Lera towards sexual advances. However, when she was taken by the four fae warrior, she didn’t have repulsiveness at all. It’s like she like the sexual tensions she have with the males. And from a girl who has no experience towards men in the human territory, she seems to be a bit sexually aggressive towards the fae males. I mean, there’s no hint of innocence in her at something that she has no experience from. A small touch of innocence would’ve been okay at first and understandable too.
There are times that I like Lera. She’s the kind of heroine that has a strong mental state and accepts her situation whatever it is. That’s a good thing for me. I mean, she always follow her gut instinct which is mostly right when it comes to the males. And I like it that she cares for the four males in her quint. And that she claimed all of them as hers. She didn’t second guess herself as being part of the quint because she wants to be a part of the group whether the Council Elders like it or not. And I didn’t get the greedy vibe on her towards her males. Well, maybe there’s a little greediness but it wasn’t the annoying level.
She’s also a strong woman. Being the only woman member of the quint, the men are overpowering her. But she did not allowed to be overpowered at all. The males are protective towards Lera but she didn’t even consider being dependent to the males. She fights her own battle and she stands toe to toe to the males showing them that she is not some lassie that could bend to their will just because they want to protect her. Although having that mentality made Lera have some reckless decisions all throughout the book. She didn’t back down and didn’t let herself look or be useless even having four fae males to do the fighting.
I couldn’t wait to see more or Lera in the next book! Knowing the reason why she was chosen by the Magic. Turns out she’s not a mistake after all.
Let’s go next to the males, Tye, River, Coal, and Shade. I’m gonna talk about them as a group and maybe specify some of their individual traits.
These males are possessive motherfckers! (Sorry for cursing. :D) And if you’ve been following me from the start, you’d know how possessive males do to me. I love possessive males! And having four possessive, gorgeous males are just too much! My heart couldn’t take it!
They are not just possessive; they are also protective; like super duper protective. They’d go to the ends of the world just to protect Lera.
And can I just say this little detail I noticed while reading the book? Tye, the fae warrior that has the power of fire and is a smooth male when it comes to females, was described as having the scent of pine and citrus. Uhm… does that sound a bit familiar?
He’s got the combination of Rowan and Rhysand’s smell! Oi! Hahaha!
Anyway, I love the fae males. I love their group, and their alpha male aura towards Lera. What I don’t like about them though is that they spend too much time growling. I lost count as to how many times these males growled all throughout the book (including the first book). I understand Shade growling a lot of time. He spend most of his time in his wolf form, he’s a shifter, so there should be a lot of time of him growling. However, the rest of the male are in their fae form. Their growling reach the annoying point.
Not let’s go to the story.
The story is good. I love the idea of human and fae being the protagonists in this book. I mean, it’s a new feels reading a human and fae themed book. The concept is nice. Though there wasn’t much plot twist in the book. Even revealing the reason why Lera was a part of the quint didn’t felt like a plot twist where I think it should feel like that? I don’t know. I haven’t encounter a huge plot twist in this book just yet. Maybe on the next one. But all in all, I love the story. Couldn’t wait to read more.
The ending though, I don’t know what to feel about that. The ending of this book felt like an ending of a chapter. Like a literal chapter. I thought there was still a next chapter after reading the last one only to find myself on the acknowledgement part of the book after turning to the next page. I even took a look back thinking maybe it was just wrong or I must have skipped another chapter. But no, it was the end. How was that an ending? I know it shouldn’t have a closure or something but that doesn’t feel like an ending at all.
Lastly, the narration.
This has multiple points of views but only Lera’s point of view is being told in the first person POV. The rest have third person POV. Lera’s chapters are easy to understand and are faster to read. The other’s chapters are a bit slow to me because I’d sometimes forget who’s narrating the chapter because it was written in third person. I’m glad that the majority of the chapters of the book was on Lera’s point of view.
Also, there were handfuls of repetitive phrases in the book. I didn’t noticed it at first but it came to a point that the phrases were being repeated in the same chapter and probably in the same page too. There were a lot of “growling” and “catch my breath” phrases. Every time I see one, I sigh. Hope this won’t be the case on the next book.
To wrap this up, the story of the book is great. Despite lacking of plot twist and an unusual ending, I love this book. I couldn’t wait to read the next book if this series!
1 winner will win a Signed copy of the book, notebook, & swag, US Only.
3 winners will win an eBook of MISTAKE OF MAGIC, International.
Alex Lidell is the Amazon Breakout Novel Awards finalist author of THE CADET OF TILDOR (Penguin, 2013). She is an avid horseback rider, a (bad) hockey player, and an ice-cream addict. Born in Russia, Alex learned English in elementary school, where a thoughtful librarian placed a copy of Tamora Pierce’s ALANNA in Alex’s hands. In addition to becoming the first English book Alex read for fun, ALANNA started Alex’s life long love for YA fantasy books. Alex is represented by Leigh Feldman of Leigh Feldman Literary. She lives in Washington, DC.
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What about you bessies? Have you read this book? What are your thoughts? What are other fae themed books you’ve read that is not a work of Sarah J. Maas? Let’s talk in the comments!
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