Book #24 of 2016: Magic of Worlds by Lexi Ostrow

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Alcott was a Guardian that failed to be everything his Word Speaker needed and it got him cast out of her world. Anger and betrayal pushed him over the edge. Rather than behaving like the good witch he was, he put up a fight. He struck a bargain with a virtual God to remain outside his book so he could not only train to be the best Guardian, but hand pick his next Word Speaker.

Kellie loved living in New Orleans; the city fostered everything magical and it allowed her to safely be who she wanted to be and allowed her imagination to soar. Despite being immersed in magic herself, she isn’t prepared when a man appears out of the blue and tells her she’s a Word Speaker destined to pull life from books and fight in a war. In love with magic being real, she embraces her destiny with open arms, even if Alcott doesn’t appear as interested in her.

When Alcott picks Kellie their connection rocks through them both quickly and like a storm. The pair have no problems adjusting to one another and learning what it takes to be the best force the side of good might have in the upcoming war. But when the dark side takes fate into its own hands, the pairs connection and powers will be put to the test. If they’re going to survive they must decide if what they have is strong enough to bring to life.

I received a copy of this book from the author, Lexi Ostrow, in exchange for an honest review.

Magic of Worlds is the third book in the Guardians series written by Lexi Ostrow. Ostrow constructs a world that every bibliophile has wished could happen: there is a small group of people with the ability to bring to life a fictional character. They can obtain powers the character has in order to fight in an epic war of good versus evil. The Word Speaker and Guardian have to be close, most often intimately, in order to keep their bond strong. At the age of twenty-seven, the Guardian is no longer a fictional character, but a real person.

If that doesn’t make you wish you had this ability while reading about that book boyfriend or girlfriend, there is something wrong with you. Because, for me, there are quite a few fictional men I wish were walking around with me. Like Henry from The Time Traveler’s Wife.

Now that I gave that little bit of info, I would say that this book wasn’t my favorite in the series. That isn’t to say that it was bad. The writing is up to par with the rest of the series, the story is still good, and I do want to see more of what happens in this world. You do learn a bit more about Trench Coat guy as well as see the beginnings of the war. I just didn’t feel as strong about this book as I did with the others.

Alcott is a decent character. He’s loyal and a passionate character. However, his way with words is a bit lacking. I don’t see that as a bad thing about him. It gives him some kind of personality. He even saw the times he was kicking his own ass for his foot in his mouth.

I liked Kellie more. She has deep rooted insecurities, but she holds her own in stressful situations. I could understand her feelings about Alcott’s constant talking about Ciara. It made it feel like he was comparing them, and maybe at first he was. I can relate to that and the pain it causes.

The story was a bit slow even though in the background you know people are being killed left and right. There is a good fight scene and the climax for Kellie did have me flipping the pages fast. However, I still feel that it was a bit slow and not a lot of drama. Not that every relationship needs drama. It was nice there was only a bit of relationship drama. I was just wanting more Word Speaker war drama. I feel I only got a taste.

All in all, it wasn’t a bad story. I still love Ostrow’s works and how she can pull you into a world. I just didn’t like this book as much as her others. Still a solid piece though!

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