Yes magic is a big part of the series. I found this book hard to put down because it was so relatable. No I don’t have magical powers despite my deep inner wishes. Come on tell me having magic wouldn’t make life more interesting, it always does in books. The small town feel, the way everyone knows everything about you even if you don’t really know a person. Nothing is really yours. Judgment about you as a whole if you don’t fit into what they consider the norm to be, especially in the South where even if you’ve been somewhere for 15 years you still are not from there and hence still an outsider. It’s crazy, I understand and that made it relatable for me. Then add in the mess with not fitting in and having no friends in school or being judges by your family. Yeah things everyone can relate too I think.
Then there is the romance. It’s beautiful and innocent. It was refreshing, stammering and uncertainty. To be honest that’s why I adore reading YA books. Everything is so intense for the characters you can’t help but feel that intensely about it and it’s amazing. Mix that with the mystical powers and the mystery of the town he thought he knew and it makes for one hell of a story.
I loved this book and I can’t wait to start the next in the series, Beautiful Darkness which I already have but need to do a few things before I lose myself to another book.