Saturday, June 2, 2012

Mind Magic

Title: Mind Magic
Author: Poppy Dennison
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-61372-456-9
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Shape-shifter
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Apprentice Mage Simon Osborne is well aware of the regulations that govern his life. Mages don’t mix with other magical creatures and vice versa. Ever. He also knows he can’t ignore the cries of children in pain either. He has to do something. Rescuing the werecubs from a demon trying to kill them gets him into all kinds of trouble from the other mages, but earns him the gratitude of the High Moon Pack. 

Having a mage in his pack makes Alpha Gray Townsend a little uncomfortable but what’s he going to do? The man saved his son and four other children from certain death. Gray also can’t explain his attraction that demands he keep the man close instead of pushing him away. His desire isn’t the only problem. Simon’s apprenticeship is threatened and the demon’s still out there. If he and Simon can’t find him, Garon and the other children could still wind up dead. 

Mind Magic is the new release by Poppy Dennison. As you may have noticed from other reviews, I’m very fond of paranormal books and the concept of this one, the three components of magic …mind (mages), body (shifters) and soul (vampires/demons) is a nice twist. The author took these ideas and interconnected them well throughout the story. And yes, according to the author, the next book, coming out in the fall, will be Body Magic 

Simon is the heart of the story and the way he went about rescuing the cubs pulled me into the story immediately. You have to like this guy. He’s determined to do the right thing, despite the consequences to himself. Descriptions are vivid throughout the story, giving the reader a good feel for what’s going on. The same goes for personality development. They are well-rounded, giving me a nice idea of who they are as individuals. Of the secondary characters, that’s particularly true of the children. They’re all sweet and endearing and really opened their hearts to Simon, feeling protective of him.  

I enjoyed Gray, even with all his Alpha tendencies and I loved the interaction with his son, Garon…Ms. Dennison nailed it. Then there’s Cormac, another unique individual and he’s a nice twist to the plot, and has an interesting connection to Simon (spoiler alert). Body Magic is a fast-paced read that grabbed my attention at the beginning and kept it while I raced to the end. I like Simon and Gray as individuals and how they relate to each other as they become a couple and mates. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book.

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