Title: Falling Into Magic
Author: Elizabeth Pantley
Series: Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic (Book 1)
Page Length: 299
Publication Date: Nov. 15, 2020
Synopsis: When Hayden was a child, she lost her cat. Adults told her the cat ran away, but she knew the truth. The mirror had taken her. She knew because the mirror had given her a glimpse of an alternate world and had nearly pulled her in, so she was certain the cat had suffered that fate.
Twenty years later Hayden discovers the secret of the mirror when she is thrust into it. She learns of a world she never knew existed, and a family she never knew she had. But danger brought her here, and it followed her. Now, Hayden is on a mission to remove the threat, so that she can begin her magical, meaningful new life in this enchanted world.
Falling into Magic is a dynamic introduction to the Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic series. The well-developed characters and vivid world-building, as well as an intriguing mystery and a unique found family, make for an immersive and entertaining read.
Smart, kind, and a huge lover of cats, Hayden is such a likable protagonist. She has a lovely relationship with her grand and great grandmother as well as her best friend, and she is dedicated to her career and family. Hayden is caring and astute, and her affection towards her cat Latifa is endearing. I love that when in Destiny Falls, Hayden has this telepathic communication with Latifa. Who wouldn’t love to talk to their pet? Latifa has a fantastic personality, and I enjoyed her role in the story.
Hayden learns so much about the family she never knew, and this found family trope is one of my favorite parts of the novel. Hayden envies her best friend who has a big and boisterous family, and it’s wonderful to see her developing relationships with her newfound family. I particularly like her relationship with her brother Axel. They develop a strong bond in the few weeks they are together, and their brother-sister dynamic is fabulous! Some of the other family members prove a bit difficult to get to know for Hayden, but I have a feeling these relationships will continue to bloom in future books in the series.
The world-building and magic system is also fascinating. Destiny Falls is a wondrous place (especially the library!) that seems to cater to citizens’ wants and needs. I love that Destiny Falls is almost a character in its own right, and I was intrigued by the constantly changing world. Vivid imagery paints a clear picture of Destiny Falls and its inhabitants.
The mystery surrounding who’s targeting Hayden and her family adds a good bit of intrigue that kept me guessing throughout the story. As a newcomer, Hayden doesn’t know who she can trust, and there are many suspicious people who seem less than happy with her arrival. It was interesting to see the mystery unfold.
I enjoyed Falling Into Magic and look forward to reading the next book in the series. I want to find out more about the budding romance, as well as the rest of Hayden’s story! Thanks so much to the author for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
- The setting. Destiny Falls is a unique and magical place, and I want to live in the library!!
- The characters. They are interesting and dynamic!
- The intrigue. Who is targeting Hayden? Why?
Destiny Falls was a peaceful oasis in a world of busy.
It’s not keeping a secret if you’re just waiting until later to share it. That’s what I kept telling myself.