Falling into Magic by Elizabeth Pantley


Falling into Magic by Elizabeth Pantley

(Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic #1)

Publisher: Kindle Direct Publishing

Publication date: November 15, 2020

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars


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Publisher's description


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.


My review


I received a free copy of the ebook from the author. All opinions shared are 100% my own.


Magic and talking cats. Um… yes?! Do you even know me? The book also has an overall “long-lost princess” vibe to it. I love a good fairytale and, on that front, this book definitely delivers. The story is told primarily from Hayden’s perspective, though the reader is occasionally taken to the cave of a witch where we hear the voice of the unknown bad guy of this fairytale. Overall, the story follows along pretty classic lines, but it has enough fun quirky extras (like the aforementioned talking cats) to leave a lot of fun paths forward after this solid world-building first effort. There are a LOT of interesting plot threads still waiting to be pulled. The first book did lean more heavily on world-building instead of the mystery aspect of the plot.


A couple of things I didn’t love: I am not a fan of love triangles and there’s some strong foreshadowing to the presence of one in future books of the series. And the very occasional breaking of the fourth wall is jarring. Either do it or don't do it. The smattering here and there of the reader "you" was irksome and broke my reading flow. [2022 Update note: both the love triangle and the random fourth wall breaking are resolved and gone quickly as the series progresses.]


Overall, I would recommend the book to anyone who loves a cozy mystery with talking animals and magical elements. The magic isn’t explored as much in this installment of the new series, but the potential is there for it… and, you know, talking cats who help save the day!


Author's website: https://www.nocrysolution.com/books/