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Death would have been easier, but the Siren wasn't through with her. A paradise without fear or want—that is the promise of the Siren. But the time has come to purge her Realm of those who have spent their magic. The Siren dragged Maggie Trent out of a battle and into her Realm, a land where secrets hide in the shadows and pleasure comes at a price Maggie is unwilling to pa Death would have been easier, but the Siren wasn't through with her. A paradise without fear or want—that is the promise of the Siren. But the time has come to purge her Realm of those who have spent their magic. The Siren dragged Maggie Trent out of a battle and into her Realm, a land where secrets hide in the shadows and pleasure comes at a price Maggie is unwilling to pay. Worlds from home and with a past she’ll fight to forget, Maggie hides from those who want to protect her. When Maggie’s new life begins to unravel, following Bertrand Wayland may be her only chance for survival. With Bertrand’s promise of adventure in new worlds, and a chance for riches beyond her wildest dreams, Maggie leaps into a journey of blood and romance. Enter the Siren’s Realm, where your heart’s desire is only a wish away, and death lurks around every corner.


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Death would have been easier, but the Siren wasn't through with her. A paradise without fear or want—that is the promise of the Siren. But the time has come to purge her Realm of those who have spent their magic. The Siren dragged Maggie Trent out of a battle and into her Realm, a land where secrets hide in the shadows and pleasure comes at a price Maggie is unwilling to pa Death would have been easier, but the Siren wasn't through with her. A paradise without fear or want—that is the promise of the Siren. But the time has come to purge her Realm of those who have spent their magic. The Siren dragged Maggie Trent out of a battle and into her Realm, a land where secrets hide in the shadows and pleasure comes at a price Maggie is unwilling to pay. Worlds from home and with a past she’ll fight to forget, Maggie hides from those who want to protect her. When Maggie’s new life begins to unravel, following Bertrand Wayland may be her only chance for survival. With Bertrand’s promise of adventure in new worlds, and a chance for riches beyond her wildest dreams, Maggie leaps into a journey of blood and romance. Enter the Siren’s Realm, where your heart’s desire is only a wish away, and death lurks around every corner.

30 review for The Girl Without Magic

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anna lost in stories *A*

    I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of this book :) this is the first installment in a new fantasy-ish series :) it was the very first book written by this author that I read, and I really enjoyed her writing style :) I definitely will pick up one of her other novels in the future, as well as the next installments in this series :) but don't worry, even though this is the first story, it doesn't end on a cliffhanger, so feel free to pick it up to give it a try :) so let me tell you a little bit m I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of this book :) this is the first installment in a new fantasy-ish series :) it was the very first book written by this author that I read, and I really enjoyed her writing style :) I definitely will pick up one of her other novels in the future, as well as the next installments in this series :) but don't worry, even though this is the first story, it doesn't end on a cliffhanger, so feel free to pick it up to give it a try :) so let me tell you a little bit more about the main character and the plot of this book, and then I will tell you all about what my thoughts are :) We are thrown straight into the events and all the action at the beginning of the book :) we meet Maggie, our heroine, on the very first page, when we discover right alongside of her, where exactly she is... because she is a witch who fell into darkness in the middle of a battle... we don't get to know much, even over the course of the whole book, about Maggie's past or the world she came from... instead we focus on learning about the Siren's Realm, because that's the place where Maggie is now... it's different, with its own rules, that we discover with her... but it isn't until almost half way through the book where the real adventure begins... because our heroine decides to venture into another world through the stitches connecting all the worlds with the Siren's Realm... it's all explained much better in the actual book, so forgive me for not going into too many details about everything :) Maggie is very young, but not as naive as I was afraid she would be :) she's clever and brave and I am very curious to see what's gonna happen to her in the next installments of this series :) Overall I gave this book 4 stars :) I very much enjoyed the writing style, it was entertaining and the whole story was a fast read for me :) since this is the first book in a series, it needs world building... especially when it's the first book in a fantasy-ish setting, with magic and all sorts of differences from the world we live in :) and even though I didn't get as much answers as I wanted to, I think this first installment did a really good job of introducing us to Maggie, as well as some secondary characters I hope to know more about in the future :) I have to honestly say that I was a bit surprised when we took an unexpected turn in the middle of the book, and left the Siren's Realm to visit with our heroine and someone else a different world :) and even though we've been there for a short time, I got really close to the people from that world... I can't really say anything else about it, cause I am already very close to breaking my no spoilers rule, sooo... :) what I can say is that I can wholeheartedly recommend you guys to give this book a try :) it's a story that definitely picked my interest and left me with questions I need answered :) there were quite a few very intriguing teasers and little glimpses along the way and I need to know more :) will be looking forward to the sequel :) XOXO A

  2. 4 out of 5

    OvyReadz

    A tale of Magic and bravery. Maggie, a teen witch lands in a new world called the Siren's realm. Siren's realm grants everyone their wishes in return for some magic. Book 1 of the series revolves around Maggie and Bertrand Wayland and their adventure in a new world called Malina. Together they help the group of people called 'The Wanderers' to fight the evil Jax, leader of 'The Enlightened.' I totally enjoyed the concept of Siren's realm and wish to know more. I will definitely be on the look out A tale of Magic and bravery. Maggie, a teen witch lands in a new world called the Siren's realm. Siren's realm grants everyone their wishes in return for some magic. Book 1 of the series revolves around Maggie and Bertrand Wayland and their adventure in a new world called Malina. Together they help the group of people called 'The Wanderers' to fight the evil Jax, leader of 'The Enlightened.' I totally enjoyed the concept of Siren's realm and wish to know more. I will definitely be on the look out for the sequel. While I did enjoy the narration and the setting, I wished more depth to Maggie's character was portrayed in the book. I kind of felt the book could have been much more effective with addition of Maggie and Bertrand's character and background. I also felt there was very less information on the Siren. I hope to see more of this wonderful world in the sequels and I believe the author has left these gaps only to create curiosity in the reader's mind so that they feast on more of this world in her upcoming sequels. This book will definitely be a treat to YA and Fantasy lovers. Complete review in my blog. https://ovicandid.wordpress.com/2018/...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    A wonderful book full of magic and adventure! I look forward to more stories of Maggie and Bertrand as their lives and magic develop.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Robbins

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  5. 5 out of 5

    Mel (Epic Reading)

    I feel like I just read the beginnings of three different novels and the end of one; and yet somehow they were all in the same book. Without a doubt The Girl Without Magic suffers from a lack of focus, plot, characterization and direction. No Logical Tie-ins Our story starts out with our leading gal waking up from the midst of a battle in a 'dark place' that eventually becomes what's known as 'Siren's Realm'. We go from there to her existing in 'Siren's Realm' before she ends up in another place I feel like I just read the beginnings of three different novels and the end of one; and yet somehow they were all in the same book. Without a doubt The Girl Without Magic suffers from a lack of focus, plot, characterization and direction. No Logical Tie-ins Our story starts out with our leading gal waking up from the midst of a battle in a 'dark place' that eventually becomes what's known as 'Siren's Realm'. We go from there to her existing in 'Siren's Realm' before she ends up in another place (I'm not saying anything more here as it might be considered a spioler). But here's the thing, right from the beginning, she doesn't seem concerned about if she actually 'died' in battle or wonder about getting back to Earth. She does't seem bothered by hew new existence in Siren's Realm and then when she leaves there to our third location she doesn't seem too caught up in how to return to Siren's Realm. It's baffling that a teenage girl would care so little about where she lives, resources, etc. To the point where for me this ruined the entire book. Irregardless of the other issues (listed below) this was the crux of the problem for me. I just don't believe that a teenage girl would care so little what happened to her friends, family, etc. on Earth, would accept her 'death' so easily, and not be concerned about getting back to stability. Sure it's implied in a couple spots that she's thought about it but zero emphasize or energy goes into these issues that I believe should be the dominant thing on her mind. And the hits keep coming I could probably write an essay, as long as this book is, about all of the plot holes (or lack of plot at all!), dull characterizations, insta-love (oh yeah it's bad), and general flaws in this book. Megan O'Russell seems to address things that are burning questions (for me at least) to readers with offhand comments or not until 50 pages after. A good example; our gal and her travelling companion fall (literally) into this new 'third' place and are captured by the locals whom they seem to be able to speak with no problem. No thought or concern about language barriers at all. About 6 chapters later our main gal mentions it to her (insta-love interest) and it's decided that it must be the 'magic' allowing it. This is easily the lamest and laziest reason that could possibly be given. O'Russell might as well written 'because the author decided she didn't want to deal with it'. Disservice to the reader and turns me right off. Overall or The Irony It's ironic that the dialogue and descriptiveness of the story was not terrible. This is the only reason I didn't DNF this (and that I wanted to finish a book!). It wasn't the quality of writing but the content of it that was frustrating (if that makes sense). I would compare it to Twilight in that it's an interesting enough idea and the writing is 'good enough' to read; but that the execution of the story, characters, plot, etc. was so awful that it ruins anything redeeming about the writing style. And to think this is a series (and one that I could go on for eternity the way it's set-up as 'adventures' in new lands). Ugh. I would suggest avoiding this book/series, and maybe even this author entirely. (Unless of course you think that Stephanie Meyer is the best writer of all time, then you might like this...) I'm probably being far too generous to give it even 2 stars to be honest. For this and more of my reviews please visit my blog at: Epic Reading Please note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. This is an honest and unbiased review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anie

    Received from Xpresso book tours Maggie live on Earth, where not everyone has magic. In the middle of the battle she is fell into something and woke in a tent. She is convinced that she died, as she slowly discovers new world, she stumbled on. Instead of dyeing, she was pulled in Siren's Realm, where everything is controlled by the Siren and paid with magic. The magic goes from you, until you have nothing left. Maggie lies about having magic and tries to survive without. She is determined to find Received from Xpresso book tours Maggie live on Earth, where not everyone has magic. In the middle of the battle she is fell into something and woke in a tent. She is convinced that she died, as she slowly discovers new world, she stumbled on. Instead of dyeing, she was pulled in Siren's Realm, where everything is controlled by the Siren and paid with magic. The magic goes from you, until you have nothing left. Maggie lies about having magic and tries to survive without. She is determined to find a way back home, to her friends. After talking with Bertrand, she figures out, that there is a way out and she decides to follow him on his adventure. They stumble on new world, full of magic and interesting people. They gain their trust and offer help in their war. I love the world created and the story line. Pace is slow at first, after about half of the book, it runs much faster. The book wasn't gripping from the first page, it took some time, to pull me in. I love the dynamic between Bertrand and Maggie. They have a bit of Sherlock Holmes/Watson or Eragon/Brom kind of relationship. :) My favourite thing about the story was defiantly the magic, entire new take on parallel words and magical system. I look forward to reading more about Maggie's adventures.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jenn Bradshaw

    This is the second Megan O'Russell book I've read, and I so didn't want to put it down! Ms. O'Russell has scored another hit with her most recent (January 8, 2018) release of The Girl Without Magic. From the starting block, I wasn't sure if I should be laughing or crying for Maggie Trent, as she stumbles and staggers her way through the first few chapters. (Incidentally, Maggie faces life much like I do - with a sarcastic "Well, this is great. What's next," way of viewing and tackling each obsta This is the second Megan O'Russell book I've read, and I so didn't want to put it down! Ms. O'Russell has scored another hit with her most recent (January 8, 2018) release of The Girl Without Magic. From the starting block, I wasn't sure if I should be laughing or crying for Maggie Trent, as she stumbles and staggers her way through the first few chapters. (Incidentally, Maggie faces life much like I do - with a sarcastic "Well, this is great. What's next," way of viewing and tackling each obstacle in her way. She adjusts quickly to her new life, once she realizes she isn't dead, and decides that she's going to stick to the lie that she's not a witch. The adventures and misadventures that ensue had me breathlessly clinging to my Kindle to find out if Maggie and her accidental companions would win the day. (okay, so perhaps some of the breathlessness was the head cold I was fighting... The story was exciting, none-the-less!)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jo

    As the start of a series, this initial book necessarily has a reasonable amount of world building and character introductions that need to take place.  However, it is written in such a manner, with the reader thrown right in the middle of things, that the scene setting becomes an integral, essential part of the story.  The reader discovers more alongside Maggie. Intertwined with that is the story arc which is a decent plot with colourful and three dimensional secondary characters. There is good ch As the start of a series, this initial book necessarily has a reasonable amount of world building and character introductions that need to take place.  However, it is written in such a manner, with the reader thrown right in the middle of things, that the scene setting becomes an integral, essential part of the story.  The reader discovers more alongside Maggie. Intertwined with that is the story arc which is a decent plot with colourful and three dimensional secondary characters. There is good character interaction throughout, as well as decent pacing.  Overall a solid, entertaining read. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shakera

    Believing she was dead, Maggie wakes up in a realm of the Sirens. The currency of choice however is magic; which Maggie does not want to give away. While in this realm, Maggie meets Bertrand, who has been there practically forever. He serves as a bit of a mentor for her. Through Bertrand, she learns she can travel to other realms and go on a adventure. Through her adventures, she meets Tammond, in a realm on the verge of war, and they are in desperate need of her help! The attraction is immediate Believing she was dead, Maggie wakes up in a realm of the Sirens. The currency of choice however is magic; which Maggie does not want to give away. While in this realm, Maggie meets Bertrand, who has been there practically forever. He serves as a bit of a mentor for her. Through Bertrand, she learns she can travel to other realms and go on a adventure. Through her adventures, she meets Tammond, in a realm on the verge of war, and they are in desperate need of her help! The attraction is immediate and I adore this. The world and character development is great. There are twists and turns and all of this keeps you quite interested. It’s a quick read and a promising start to a new series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sabetha

    I read it straight through in one night because I couldn't put it down. The author puts a spin on your typical magical world and it made for a great story. With this being the first book in a series, it does a fantastic job of introducing you to all the main characters and dynamics of the series. This book gives you just enough information about the new world Maggie calls home with still leaving you wanting more, but it's great that she holds back on info dumping the world on us because it leave I read it straight through in one night because I couldn't put it down. The author puts a spin on your typical magical world and it made for a great story. With this being the first book in a series, it does a fantastic job of introducing you to all the main characters and dynamics of the series. This book gives you just enough information about the new world Maggie calls home with still leaving you wanting more, but it's great that she holds back on info dumping the world on us because it leaves more to be discovered by Maggie and us.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Traver cashen

    Fantastic read, I couldn't put it down. Fast paced, full of adventure, great world building. Well written, great plot and characters. Maggie Trent is fighting and next thing she knows she is in another realm, the Sirens Realm. She meets a nice man Bertrand Wayland and he tells her of the rules in the realm. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from Netgalley. Fantastic read, I couldn't put it down. Fast paced, full of adventure, great world building. Well written, great plot and characters. Maggie Trent is fighting and next thing she knows she is in another realm, the Sirens Realm. She meets a nice man Bertrand Wayland and he tells her of the rules in the realm. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from Netgalley.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nancy (The Avid Reader)

    One minute Seventeen-year-old Maggie Trent was fighting and the next minute she was falling through the blackness and fell into another realm, the Siren’s Realm. After waking up in the Siren’s Realm Maggie thinks she is dead but she meets a nice gentleman, Bertrand Wayland who explains to her that she is indeed not dead and explains how all the rules of living in the Siren’s Realm and that magic is used as a form of currency. Maggie tells Bertrand that she has no magic. Maggie doesn’t like all t One minute Seventeen-year-old Maggie Trent was fighting and the next minute she was falling through the blackness and fell into another realm, the Siren’s Realm. After waking up in the Siren’s Realm Maggie thinks she is dead but she meets a nice gentleman, Bertrand Wayland who explains to her that she is indeed not dead and explains how all the rules of living in the Siren’s Realm and that magic is used as a form of currency. Maggie tells Bertrand that she has no magic. Maggie doesn’t like all the rules of life in the Siren’s Realm but if that is how it is to be now then she can handle it but not without complaining. Maggie is a talker and can talk a person’s ear off so to speak. She soon learns that all though she can’t leave the Siren’s Realm for good there are things called the stitches that she can use to go to other worlds to gain magic so she can buy the life that she wants to live. So Maggie follows Bertrand through the stitches to another world one day and lands herself into a world of adventure all her own. With the help of her good friend Bertrand as a guide and mentor they set out to find more magic. They find a group of people who are on the brink of war and have no clue how to fight so Maggie and Bertrand decide to stay to give them a hand with the war. Maggie has a lot to teach this group but this little group has a lot for Maggie to learn as well. Maggie meets a nice young man, Tammond who is about her own age whom she finds an immediate attraction for. And there was this one little girl Mina who touched my heart and Maggie’s too. Between Tammond and Mina I think they helped to show Maggie that she can learn to trust others again and that she is capable of being loved. I can see Maggie growing up and maturing a lot after meeting Tammond and Mina in the other world. The Girl Without Magic was a very fast read once I picked it up I didn’t want to put it down and devoured it in one sitting. I think anyone who loves a good story with a touch of magic will fall head over heels in love with Maggie and The Girl Without Magic. The Girl Without Magic is suitable for all ages young and the not so young alike. Moms this is one book you can share with your daughters.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    This was a really excellent story, well-written and with the usual amazingly-developed characters that this author gives to us. I was a little unsure how the story could be brought back into the realm of the Siren, but I was both surprised and pleased when I found out how this could be done, yet giving us a whole new set of characters and place. I shall not tell you what I mean by that, you need to buy a copy for yourself to find out! Suffice to say that I found the story fascinating, intriguing This was a really excellent story, well-written and with the usual amazingly-developed characters that this author gives to us. I was a little unsure how the story could be brought back into the realm of the Siren, but I was both surprised and pleased when I found out how this could be done, yet giving us a whole new set of characters and place. I shall not tell you what I mean by that, you need to buy a copy for yourself to find out! Suffice to say that I found the story fascinating, intriguing, and born of wonderful imagination. This story could be read alone, but those who have read the Tethering series will particularly enjoy it. When's the next one out, Megan?!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dave Higgins

    O’Russell mixes an intriguing magical economy with a character-driven plot, producing fantasy that is both fresh and familiar. Maggie Trent died in a battle against sorcerous evil—or at least she thought she did. Instead, she awakens trapped in the Siren’s Realm, a world between worlds where any wish can be fulfilled, but at the cost of losing a little magic. Magic that doesn’t refill. Keeping the fact she’s a witch secret, Maggie settles into a life among the non-magical of bartering and trading O’Russell mixes an intriguing magical economy with a character-driven plot, producing fantasy that is both fresh and familiar. Maggie Trent died in a battle against sorcerous evil—or at least she thought she did. Instead, she awakens trapped in the Siren’s Realm, a world between worlds where any wish can be fulfilled, but at the cost of losing a little magic. Magic that doesn’t refill. Keeping the fact she’s a witch secret, Maggie settles into a life among the non-magical of bartering and trading. However, with the Siren randomly purging some of the mundane from the realm and gangs of those who’ve discovered how to steal magic from others lurking in the shadows, Maggie’s only choice seems to be how she runs out of magic—until she hears of a way to bring magic from other worlds. The Siren’s Realm provides an interesting twist on fantasy economies: magic makes anything possible, removing the question of why life isn’t as nasty, brutish, and short as real-world pre-industrial societies often were; but magic is also a strongly limited resource, removing the question of why every problem isn’t simply wished away. This dynamic both allows O’Russell to mix fantasy tropes in new ways and maintain a plausible and challenging world. The use of magic rather than items as money also adds an interesting blend of economics and tribalism. Each person who arrives adds the same burden of basic needs to the society, but brings anything from immense to no magic depending on their previous life; giving some people a head start in accruing luxuries, and thus current status, but still leaving everyone on a path toward poverty or working. Or, in the case of those who drained themselves utterly, lurking in the penumbra of society like a ghoul. However, this is novel is more fast-paced adventure than social polemic: although O’Russell provides an interesting glimpse into both the emotional and practical impacts of trading part of oneself, these occur only as part of Maggie’s personal experience of the world and any parallels between economic structures and vampirism are left for the reader to consider as they choose. While the majority of the book possesses this balance of relevant background and immediate action, the opening might strike some readers as too focused on moving forward rather than providing history. The story begins with Maggie thinking she’s died in an important battle, but the reader is provided with no details of where the battle occurred, what the battle was about, or even where Maggie came from: as such, the reader is told she wants to find her way back to her own realm but is not shown any emotional connection to make that feel important. This disconnection is swiftly replaced with immersion once Maggie encounters the challenges of her new home, so readers who find the opening a little hollow might benefit from persevering for a while. Maggie is, once the initial lack of connection has passed, an engaging protagonist. She responds to her sudden transfer with a mix of naïvety and paranoia that feels plausible, resulting in challenges that are—while clearly avoidable to some readers—the result of a coherent character. She wants to help other people and is prepared to work, preventing her from seeming spoiled or shallow, but is also a seventeen-year-old witch recently yanked from what she sees as a vital struggle, so has the risk-positive personality of a fantasy hero. The supporting cast are equally strong: standard figures of fantasy literature such as shallow nobles and lumpy trolls are given odd depths by a world where they can have their heart’s desire rather than whatever options the society they originally lived in provided; yet people are still people: drunk, arrogant, compassionate, and slightly irrational. Overall, I enjoyed this novel greatly. I recommend it to readers seeking a fast-paced fantasy that displays but does not flaunt a variation on the norm. I received a free copy from the publisher with a request for a fair review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tonja Drecker

    With magic, action, discovering new worlds and tons of adventure, this is an exciting tale which promises to become the first step in a great series. Maggie is dead. Or so she thinks. Killed in battle, she's not surprised to find herself in the world of the dead, but she quickly learns she hasn't landed in the Underworld at all. Rather, she's been yanked away into the mythical Siren's realm. Magic is the currency, and Maggie is smart enough to want to hold onto hers. Hiding it, she works to survi With magic, action, discovering new worlds and tons of adventure, this is an exciting tale which promises to become the first step in a great series. Maggie is dead. Or so she thinks. Killed in battle, she's not surprised to find herself in the world of the dead, but she quickly learns she hasn't landed in the Underworld at all. Rather, she's been yanked away into the mythical Siren's realm. Magic is the currency, and Maggie is smart enough to want to hold onto hers. Hiding it, she works to survive like a non-magic person, using her hands and strength to trade for needed goods. Except one person seems to have caught on to her secret. Little does she realize that this man is about to open up more adventure to her than she ever dreamed possible. In some ways, this reminded me of Doctor Who, except from the stand point of the Doctor's assistant. Maggie's unexpectedly pulled into a world, where an unseen, very powerful Siren dictates existence. The reader discovers the rules of this world along with Maggie, a place where a mere wish becomes reality, a paradise for most. But Maggie is a practical person, who knows not to trust anyone or anything at face value. She has a big heart, and a very good moral compass. Her determination and down-to-earth decisions make her a heroine to cheer for the whole way through. The Doctor (in my comparison) is a strong magic wielder who has been in the Siren's realm for quite awhile, Bertrand. He's a mysterious man, older (so no romantic interests per say), holds a polite air, and comes across as wise...but maybe not always as right as he appears to be. The relationship between Maggie and him isn't simple, but he's the one who opens up the wonders of traveling between worlds and is her 'guide'. His aloft attitude and constant words of wisdom add a wonderful contrast to Maggie's character to form a duo worth a series. The plot itself is refreshing and full of surprises. The author takes time for Maggie to find her place in the Siren's realm, letting this complex world develop fully before taking Maggie onto the main adventure. Maggie's character is fully unfolded, letting the reader get to know her well while keeping a high level of mystery, adventure and tension. Then, the next world takes hold and the next adventure kicks in, which offers another developed world, more interesting characters, and, for Maggie, even a possible, romantic relationship. It's refreshing to enter a series, where there isn't one main plot line, but rather changing ones as Maggie encounters new adventures. The characters change as well, but that doesn't mean that they come across shallow. Rather, they gained their own depth and uniqueness. Each one has their own relationship with Maggie and leaves an impact on her (and the reader). It's constant development with the promise of much more to come. And all of this is wrapped up with constant discovery, tense moments of action, unexpected surprises, and constant high-stakes with life on the line. I can't wait to see where Maggie and Bertrand go next. I received a complimentary copy and enjoyed reading this so much that I wanted to leave my honest thoughts.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nicole(Newbookcats)

    "We adventure for knowledge and magic. We fight to help a just cause. But it's the people who pull us along when things become dark." 3.5/5 stars This book starts out very interesting as the main character, Maggie, comes to the decision that she is dead. I can somewhat relate to what Maggie had begun to interpret of how her life is over. Some days, which are usually on the weekends after a week without sleep, I will sleep like the dead; however, I always wake up to face the events that fill my nev "We adventure for knowledge and magic. We fight to help a just cause. But it's the people who pull us along when things become dark." 3.5/5 stars This book starts out very interesting as the main character, Maggie, comes to the decision that she is dead. I can somewhat relate to what Maggie had begun to interpret of how her life is over. Some days, which are usually on the weekends after a week without sleep, I will sleep like the dead; however, I always wake up to face the events that fill my never-ending days. So, you know what that means: Maggie Trent is alive! Moreover, Maggie Trent is a 17 year old girl who was a witch in the human world before she stumbled into the Siren's Realm in the middle of a battle. As I have said before, I was introduced to her in an interesting way as she thought she was dead; however, as she is not, she finds herself in a world where she is basically a puppet attached to strings for the Siren the ruler of the Siren's Realm and the one who changed Maggie's fate, to play with. Maggie is very sassy and finds that every situation has to either have a sting of curses or a sarcastic remark attached to it. I would say that I mostly enjoyed this side of Maggie as it was funny; however, sometimes I would find it to be very annoying, especially when they were in a dire situation with lots of dangerous action moves. Once I got used to it and Maggie was going on her adventure, I learned that she is not a sarcastic used-to-be-witch, but instead, she is a very sarcastic, love sick puppy-witch with magical powers once renewed! I do not know when Patrick from "Spongebob Sqarepants" came to play in this scene as he is supposed to at the bottom of the scene, but I think this GIF summarizes my thoughts when I found Maggie to have the ability to use magic in another world or dimension other than the Siren's Realm where she cannot perform magic. Once Maggie decides her decision to trust Bertand Wayland(like Jace Wayland! Are they related?!), she follows that the least she could do is to follow him into some unknown land so she can replenish her magic supply. Yes, Maggie Trent and Bertrand Wayland walk into Malina, a land that they have no knowledge of the adventures they will witness while there. Then, they get kidnapped, fight a war, and do many other things that also occur in several other fantasy books. Many things happen in Malina so it can be a very eventful adventure to look out for. I really enjoyed learning about the Siren's Realm and Malina as I am very interested in learning the geography and different worlds set in fantasy novels. It was also cool to see that magic is used as a currency in the Siren's Realm. On Earth, we rely on pieces of linen and cotton material to buy quantities of things. I just found it really interesting since Maggie described her magic as being part of her and all of these other wizards and witches alike are exchanging their magic to others like it's no big deal. Another quality I enjoyed was that there were no info-dumps to bore me out of this one world. I can only stay in this world so I am glad that I did not have to transport through a tree to escape the boredom. Although I may have really enjoyed so much of this book, there was a complication along the way of my reading journey. I found there to be some insta-love. Once Maggie and Bertrand enter Malina on a quest to refill their magic supply, they get captured by some locals. Among these captors is Tammond, Maggie's love interest that ends up taking all of Maggie's thoughts. Seriously, I thought this might become a romance novel, which I do not read, with a hint of fantasy. Every thought coming out of Maggie's brain had to do with Tammond's physical appearance, on how she wanted Tammond to be closer to her. I am okay with a pinch of romance in a novel I read; however, when it becomes the central point and I am looking for a war-ending warrior to bash in everyone's skull, I want more fighting scenes or more planning, which the book had plenty of, instead of a character who is fully taken away by boy who captured her. The romance is just so cringy The things that caused me to give this book 3.5 stars were: the writing was descriptive and moved the plot at a fast pace; there were no info dumps; and I really enjoyed learning about this world. Also, the action scenes were incredibly done. Although I was the first person to rate this book lower than 5 stars on Goodreads, a lot of people have enjoyed this book and there is the possibility that you will really enjoy it, too. I had fun to joining all of you to discuss the release of The Girl Without Magic by Megan O' Russell. Thank you to Xpresso Blog Tours and Curiosity Quills Press for a copy in exchange for a honest review. - Pre-full review 3.5 stars This book would have been so much better if it did not have an insta-love romance that started the first day these two characters met. Also, it would have been better to see the romance as a smaller detail rather than a huge detail that encompasses the story and the main character, Maggie's, mind. This is all I have to write until my pit stop on the blog tour for this book. Full review on www.newbookcatsreads.blogspot.com.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. The Girl Without Magic is Maggie Trent, although the title is misleading. She is actually a witch but when she finds herself in the Siren's Realm, she lies and tells people that she doesn't have magic. Everything is bought and paid for with magic in this world and she's afraid someone will try to steal her precious magic. She just wants to survive in this new world and makes a I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. The Girl Without Magic is Maggie Trent, although the title is misleading. She is actually a witch but when she finds herself in the Siren's Realm, she lies and tells people that she doesn't have magic. Everything is bought and paid for with magic in this world and she's afraid someone will try to steal her precious magic. She just wants to survive in this new world and makes a life for herself that is boring but safe. One of the first people Maggie meets in the Siren's Realm is Bertrand Wayland. He is also from Earth. For some reason he scares her and she tries to stay away from him when at all possible. She is able to avoid him for months but he ends up saving her during a terrible storm. Bertrand is an adventurer and when she discovers that he is able to go to other lands, she follows him. As soon as she finds her way into this other world, she finds out that Bertrand set her up and wanted her to follow him. Even though Bertrand can be full of himself, I couldn't help but like him. After travelling to other places for a couple centuries, he probably has the right to be a little proud. Maggie is feisty and has a remark for every occasion. I enjoyed her sense of humor. I also liked the sense of responsibility she and Bertrand had when it came to helping strangers in another world. Megan O'Russell does a good job at creating new worlds with just enough description that my imagination could fill in the rest. And how were they able to understand everyone? Simple. They're magical people so they can adapt. Makes sense! The Girl Without Magic is a quick read and written for young adults but adults will enjoy it as well. I'm looking forward to reading about Maggie Trent's next adventure.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Suze Lavender

    Seventeen-year-old Maggie was part of a fierce magical battle that ends in blackness. Thinking she'd died she ends up in the Siren's Realm. She can't go back to her previous existence, so she needs to make a life in this strange new world. The Siren grants wishes, but they come at a price Maggie doesn't want to pay. Maggie has to learn how to navigate her new surroundings, but just when she's found a new rhythm the Siren causes a storm to clear her realm from everything that is wrong. That means Seventeen-year-old Maggie was part of a fierce magical battle that ends in blackness. Thinking she'd died she ends up in the Siren's Realm. She can't go back to her previous existence, so she needs to make a life in this strange new world. The Siren grants wishes, but they come at a price Maggie doesn't want to pay. Maggie has to learn how to navigate her new surroundings, but just when she's found a new rhythm the Siren causes a storm to clear her realm from everything that is wrong. That means those without magic have to go and those with magic will keep paying. Maggie initially runs away from Bertrand. He wants to show her the possibilities of living in the Siren's Realm, but joining him would mean she has to embrace her powers. Bertrand can take Maggie on an adventure, a journey she'll never forget. Will she be brave enough to accept it? Following Bertrand will mean leaving the world she's only just entered, how will Maggie find her way back and is she ready for whatever fate has in store for them? The Girl Without Magic is a wonderful gripping story. Maggie is an intriguing main character. She's brave, talented and smart. She can be impulsive, but she's wise when she has to be. I liked that she's got strong survival instincts, they keep getting her far. She has to learn how to navigate a completely different world where she doesn't know anyone, but she doesn't despair. She makes the best of what she's been given and when a challenge presents itself she never runs away from it. That makes her an admirable person, someone I had fun reading about. Megan O'Russel has a fabulous descriptive writing style. I loved her world building skills, they captivated me straight away. She knows how to make her settings come to life and that makes her story a joy to read. I also liked the way she writes about magic. It's creative and fascinating. I enjoy it when a book is filled with unexpected twists and turns and Megan O'Russel kept me on the edge of my seat with her surprising story. I was enchanted by The Girl Without Magic from the first page and absolutely loved this thrilling adventure.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Candy Borjas

    I found this book to be wonderful. We start with learning about Maggie Trent and how she slipped in to the Siren's Realm. Here we figure out that she hides her magic and the new place that she calls home is brilliant and a place of trade but tormenting for those who run out of magic. Having magic or not puts a target on your back as you can either have the magic stole from you, it runs out with each item you ask, and those who have no more are swept away in a storm. We met Brent Wayland who, for I found this book to be wonderful. We start with learning about Maggie Trent and how she slipped in to the Siren's Realm. Here we figure out that she hides her magic and the new place that she calls home is brilliant and a place of trade but tormenting for those who run out of magic. Having magic or not puts a target on your back as you can either have the magic stole from you, it runs out with each item you ask, and those who have no more are swept away in a storm. We met Brent Wayland who, for some reason, has an interest in Maggie and takes her on an adventure that helps saves other lives and helps show her that the magic that is within her should be nurtured and embraced. I liked his character. I found him to be levelheaded and a bit of a weight to keep Maggie on the ground. This book did great with intertwining the secondary characters into the plot. What I enjoyed the most was Maggie's decision in the end of the book when it came to her adventures. She was quick witted and sassy in all her situations and that fact that she assumed she was dead in the beginning was priceless. The fact that each world was explained (Malina and Siren's Realm) was very helpful and brilliant. The book was well paced and creative.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Denise Belt

    What an interesting and exciting adventure Maggie Trent experienced in the first book of The Chronicles of Maggie Trent: The Girl Without Magic. One minute Maggie was fighting a battle with witches and wizards and the next moment she’s dead. But instead of dead, Maggie finds herself in the Siren’s Realm. A place where magic buys you anything you wish for but once your magic is gone it’s gone and that’s not something Maggie is willing to risk One of the first people Maggie meets in the Siren’s Re What an interesting and exciting adventure Maggie Trent experienced in the first book of The Chronicles of Maggie Trent: The Girl Without Magic. One minute Maggie was fighting a battle with witches and wizards and the next moment she’s dead. But instead of dead, Maggie finds herself in the Siren’s Realm. A place where magic buys you anything you wish for but once your magic is gone it’s gone and that’s not something Maggie is willing to risk One of the first people Maggie meets in the Siren’s Realm is Bertrand Wayland. He wants to help Maggie accept her new world but Maggie doesn’t know if she can trust him and tries to avoid him at all costs. After witnessing a cleansing of the realm, Maggie decides to follow Bertrand to another dimension so she can refill her magic and see what’s on the other side. What she finds is whole other world that is similar yet different than the one she came from and that is in desperate need of help This paranormal, young adult book is not only good for the younger audiences but for all adults. There are witches and wizards, spells, other realms, romance, and war, just about a little bit of everything that makes this an exciting, unique read that you’re sure to enjoy!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    I *loved* the world building in this novel. It's not often that world building is done so well you don't realize you're learning about the world while the plot is actively moving forward. Megan's descriptions are wonderful, leaving very few questions about how everything works and why. Maggie's adventure starts after she's killed in battle. Falling into a realm where the currency is magical power, she conserves hers, hiding it away until someone figures out her secret and then we're off... As a I *loved* the world building in this novel. It's not often that world building is done so well you don't realize you're learning about the world while the plot is actively moving forward. Megan's descriptions are wonderful, leaving very few questions about how everything works and why. Maggie's adventure starts after she's killed in battle. Falling into a realm where the currency is magical power, she conserves hers, hiding it away until someone figures out her secret and then we're off... As a character, Maggie is kind hearted and strong, with a strong moral compass. Bertrand is a levelheaded opposite, keeping her on the ground and helping her to nurture her magic to help the people around her. Between the world building, trying to figure out what would happen next, and all the fast paced adventure, I have a hard time putting this down once I started it. I'm certainly excited to read more from this author and can't wait to see where this series will go. It's the start of an adventure series, for sure, and in some ways like a weekly SFF serial. I'm interested to see if future books in the series will pick up where this left off or be written in such a way where you can start in any book without complications. **I received a free copy of this book from the published via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Strand

    Maggie Trent is a 17 year old that fell from battle into the sirens realm. Those that are without magic are hunted by the Siren because they are deemed unworthy. Those with magic are hunted by the stricken. So it's a lose-lose situation either way. Bertrand can slip through the world's stitches to gain more magic and going on epic adventures. He's determined to help Maggie get out of the sirens realm. At first the Sirens realm seems like a paradise. Where no one starves or suffers. You can earn ma Maggie Trent is a 17 year old that fell from battle into the sirens realm. Those that are without magic are hunted by the Siren because they are deemed unworthy. Those with magic are hunted by the stricken. So it's a lose-lose situation either way. Bertrand can slip through the world's stitches to gain more magic and going on epic adventures. He's determined to help Maggie get out of the sirens realm. At first the Sirens realm seems like a paradise. Where no one starves or suffers. You can earn magic by working which you can basically use as currency. Maggie lives in a tent by the rocks and fishes every morning from the endless sea and trades the fish for magic so she doesn't have to touch her own magic for anything. She keeps her magic a secret. But paradise never lasts forever. The ones who have used up their magic are on the hunt for more. Maggie has to get out of the Sirens realm quickly. This book was absolutely intriguing, definitely a five-star read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Meegy

    EDITING: I had to pick my Daughter up from School, so I only had time to do a quick review. I loved absolutely everything about this book. The setting, the travelling and of course our main character Maggie. She has been dragged into a new world, and decides to keep the fact that she is magical a secret. (Won't say anymore as I may have a potential to spoil a lot of things for you guys) My favourite character though is Bertrand, I just knew I was going to love him when he first entered the book. < EDITING: I had to pick my Daughter up from School, so I only had time to do a quick review. I loved absolutely everything about this book. The setting, the travelling and of course our main character Maggie. She has been dragged into a new world, and decides to keep the fact that she is magical a secret. (Won't say anymore as I may have a potential to spoil a lot of things for you guys) My favourite character though is Bertrand, I just knew I was going to love him when he first entered the book. <3 Cannot wait to read more about him. The reason I gave it a 4 star rating is because I feel like there should have been more of Maggies backstory, as we only got tiny glimpses. But I did check out the Authors GoodReads page, and there are 2 other books which could be possibly linked to Maggie, and may explain more of what happened to her in those.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jan farnworth

    Lets take a trip to the Sirens Realm where adventures are to be found and lessons to be learned.  We meet Maggie who is swept into the sirens realm in the middle of a battle with her friends.  She is not sure how things work their so she keeps her true identity a secret until a nasty storm comes to wipe away all that angered the sirens.  After the storm clears off on a adventure out side the stitches of the sirens realm maggies goes.  Her true nature will be tried and tested as she risks herself Lets take a trip to the Sirens Realm where adventures are to be found and lessons to be learned.  We meet Maggie who is swept into the sirens realm in the middle of a battle with her friends.  She is not sure how things work their so she keeps her true identity a secret until a nasty storm comes to wipe away all that angered the sirens.  After the storm clears off on a adventure out side the stitches of the sirens realm maggies goes.  Her true nature will be tried and tested as she risks herself among a group of wanders on the brink of being destroyed.  This story is unique as we don't get a whole lot of world building or much in the way of explanation of the sirens realm.   Most of the story focuses on Maggie and Bertrand adventure with the Wanderes.  I am eager to see what other adventures are awaiting our characters and just how if possible Maggie will get back to her world. 

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kirstin (chooselovebooks)

    I received an ARC of The Girl Without Magic in exchange for my honest review, so a big thank-you to Netgalley and Curiosity Quills Press for the early read. A super fun magical realism story that I would definitely suggest to anyone who likes magic and bad-ass heroines! The Girl Without Magic was fast-paced, adventure packed, and had me absolutely hooked on the enchanting world building! Definitely interested in continuing the series!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nobonita - The Bengali Nomad

    I am sure that some may like this book, but it just wasn't for me. Wouldn't want to go into the details of this (because I, for one, am not a big fan of negative criticism) but I wasn't able to finish this. I do thank the publisher for allowing me the opportunity to read the book, and am always open to reviewing more titles from Curiosity Quills Press. This one just wasn't my cup of tea. I am sure that some may like this book, but it just wasn't for me. Wouldn't want to go into the details of this (because I, for one, am not a big fan of negative criticism) but I wasn't able to finish this. I do thank the publisher for allowing me the opportunity to read the book, and am always open to reviewing more titles from Curiosity Quills Press. This one just wasn't my cup of tea.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lindberg

    Truly a magical feast The characters were most believable and the plot kept young on the edge of your chair right to the last page. I highly recommend this book to all fantasy readers. Enjoy!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sheri Baldwin

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Girl Without Magic was SO FUN! I found the main character totally believable and the world building was great. This book (and I assume the ones to follow) are great for fans of Doctor Who! I can’t wait to read more.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jojn

    I look forward to more adventures with Maggie. It is definitely worth the time to read, I would recommend this book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Barb VanderWel

    I love this & I can't wait for more. I will be also leaving a review on Goodreads @ Amazon. And letting everyone know about it. So i gave it a 5 Stars. I love this & I can't wait for more. I will be also leaving a review on Goodreads @ Amazon. And letting everyone know about it. So i gave it a 5 Stars.

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