Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Recipe for Magic
Author: Agatha Bird
Heroes: Connor & Landyn
Genre: M/M Young Adult/Fantasy
Length: 64 pages
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Release Date: January 1, 2015
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Connor Roth is a fire mage who’s going places. He’s powerful, popular, and he has a plan. But his plan for fame and glory is disrupted when the Oracle sticks him with Landyn Glendower for Senior Trial. This is an act unprecedented in their school’s history. Landyn is a water mage, and everyone knows mages with opposing elements can’t work magic together.
Connor is left with a choice: work alone and fail or swallow his pride and work with Landyn to find a way to combine their magic in a display the Archmages will never forget—if they don’t get kicked out of school in the process.
When Connor gets bonded with Landyn for the Senior Trails, his life as he knows it complete falls apart. Connor’s popular and the best fire mage in school but Landyn is the exact opposite, a nobody and a water mage. But if they’re to pass the Trials, they’ll have to make their opposing elements work well together and with some surprises along the way, they may just be able to do more than that.
It’s been a while since I read an Aggy Bird book. Granted, I’ve only read a few by her but I’ve always enjoyed her writing and to see she’s finally published something (at least as far as I know) was a real treat, especially since I loved it so much! I just adore her writing because she always seems to bring in likeable characters (even if they aren’t at first!) and make an interesting story out of them. In this one, I loved that Connor was such a spoiled brat and Landyn was so quiet and didn’t care much. Their opposing personalities made things interesting and difficult but it was fun to watch how they dealt with everything.
I enjoyed this one a lot but I wanted it to be much longer, more in depth so we could have seen Connor and Landyn’s relationship develop instead of being told about it. I would have loved to explore more of the world outside of their school and see them fight as mages against all the dangerous creatures.
In the end, this was a fun, entertaining story about complete opposites paired together and their struggle to find a way to get through their Senior Trials. I loved that Connor was such a showoff and Landyn was so quiet. I’m hoping there’s a sequel to come soon because I’d love to read more about these two!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*