“Stolen Magic” is my second book by author Esri Rose. Both books are set in a contemporary world much like ours where elves are struggling to stay alive as humans encroach more and more on the land that gives them life.
Adlia is both elf and orphan. She doesn’t remember her parents (which is odd for an elf) and the elf who took her in functions as the leader of the Boulder elves, but has never managed to truly make Adlia feel loved and wanted. Then suddenly, a strange elf appears in town and elves begin forgetting (once again, a very strange thing for an elf) and are in danger of dying or becoming mortal and eventually dying anyway. As the small group struggles to find a cause, Adlia learns alot about herself and love.
Mark is a human and is very attracted to the remote and rather strange student in his photography class. She seems unsure about her beauty and is uncomfortable in just about all social situations. But when it appears her life may be in danger, Mark is ready and willing to do whatever it takes to keep her safe.
I had difficulty feeling a connection to Adlia. There seemed to be many things about her life left undisclosed or mentioned and then unexplained. She seemed to go from unsure attraction to sex kitten with lightening speed and the pace just seemed ‘off’ to me.
Mark as well was a mostly unformed character for me even at the end of the book. He was teacher, friend, and then BOOM!…lover who would sacrifice all. It just felt forced and I didn’t buy it.
The pacing was jerky in enough places that it pulled me from the story enough to become irksome. The plot and ‘bad guy’ as well were glaringly obvious and the barest of explanations was given for his actions.
My reservations about this book are similar to those I had after reading the first one and I think I’ll probably wait a bit before trying another. I would say that I think these books would likely do well if they were a little tamer in the sex category and were sold as teen fiction. Just my opinion.