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Fractured Magic (Unstable Magic Book 1) by Emily Bybee


As the world’s worst witch, Maddie is mistreated by her own kind. She was born a Defect. Most of her spells blow up in her face, literally. While witches search for the long-lost power of the earth, Maddie spends her time in the science lab.

There, she discovers a clue to the lost power. The only other witness is Jax, a smokin’ hot college bad-boy, who Maddie can’t decide if she wants to kiss or kill.

When the council orders her magic stripped. Maddie’s only chance to keep her brain intact is to find the power with the hope that it can fix her.

Jax is her one true ally on the journey. The two of them must use their smarts to stay ahead of the witches while they follow a two-hundred-year-old trail to the power of the earth and the truth behind Maddie’s defect. 

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I am reading Book 1 of this series to prepare for Fatal Magic, Book 2, which I am reviewing for a blog tour very soon.

Are you afraid someone might hear that your daughter sucks at being a witch? They already know I’m a Defect.” “Don’t use that filthy word,” she said, her cheeks shifting from white to red. “Oh no, another scandal for the family. 

Maddie has to pass the test for witches or her powers will be taken away, her memories erased, or worse.  She doesn’t want to end up like her Aunt Clara who is a Drone and does the council’s bidding, a magical terminator so to speak.  When the handsome and snarky college student, Jax, assists in discovering a clue to her lost power and her secret by accident, she enlists his help to find out more before it’s too late for both of them.

The characters are well-developed in Ms. Bybee’s first book in the series.  Maddie is knowingly frustrated at the belittling and doubts about her abilities as a Defect, but as her confidence increases, the transformation is heroic and oh, so satisfying to watch.  

I enjoyed this fast-paced, funny, and suspenseful start to Ms. Bybee’s Unstable Magic Series and look forward to reading more very soon!


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EmilyBybeeEmily grew up loving to read and escape into stories. She began writing her own at the age of twelve. In college she focused on science and graduated with a degree in Environmental Biology. After college she began writing again but quickly realized she had failed to take a single writing or grammar class. Luckily, she’s a quick learner. Emily now lives in Colorado with her wonderful husband, three amazing children, and way too many animals. She still enjoys making up stories and can’t seem to leave out the paranormal elements because they are just too much fun.

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