Friday, 27 January 2017

Review: Everyday Magic by Emily Albright.

Thank you, Merit Press, for the review copy.


For once, Maggie McKendrick just wants to control her own life. Her overbearing Hollywood director father has it all planned out for her: UCLA, law school, then working as an entertainment lawyer, preferably for him. But Maggie has other, more creative-spirit friendly, plans. Namely, Thrippletons School of Fashion and Design in England, and then onto becoming a designer, preferably a wildly successful one. The big snag in her plan? Getting it past her dad.

A movie shoot takes the family to the Scottish Highlands for the summer, and closer to Maggie’s dream school. While there, she runs into the charming Preston Browne. Maggie is intrigued and decides to bend her no guys rule—instituted after her ex used her to get close to her dad. Forced to keep secrets from Preston in order to protect the future plans she’s made, Maggie finds herself falling for the tall Brit. And for once in her life she knows that he’s interested in her, not her Hollywood connections. When Maggie's father blackmails her into dating his lead actor, she isn’t left with a choice. The biggest problem isn’t having to date hunky, mega-hottie, Ben Chambers. No, it’s praying she doesn’t lose Preston in the process.

Excelling at her dream school, Maggie’s personal life is a tangled mess. She needs to decide if living a lie is worth losing Preston or chance going against her father and facing his wrath. When the tabloids expose the truth of her fake relationship with Ben, Maggie's world is thrown into a tailspin. Ultimately, Maggie must find the courage to take risks and forge ahead on her own path.


After reading, loving and considering "The Heir and The Spare" one of my best reads of the year 2016, "Everyday Magic" came to my shelves ready to make my heart melt again. In this novel, Emily Albright introduces us to Maggie, the daughter of one of the most famous movie-directors at the time, and her race towards freedom and happines against her Dad's opposite wishes.

Maggie was a brilliant main character. She had everything a main character needs to have: strength and personality. Though some of her feelings are, I must admit, rushed and unbelievable, she is somehow a pretty real girl with believable frustrations and contradictory feelings. Forced into dating movie-star Ben Chambers, but actually in love with Preston (yes, Preston!), fighting her Dad and his demands in order to become the designer she has always wanted to be, and protecting her Mom at all costs, Maggie will have to make some decisions she may regret. Risking her happiness seems to be the only way to deal with everything going on in her life.

Shall we discuss Preston? I love him. That simple. He is a sweet guy with realistic feelings towards the awful situations he is forced to take in. I get why he reacts te way he does in some scenes. Come on, who would be down to watch the person you are keen on dating the hottest, most acclaimed guy of the moment? He will have to make some decisions as well, which leaves both main characters at a pretty miserable place.

Maggie's Dad is probably the most disgusting character I have ever read about. Honestly, I was expecting a tough and controlling guy, but never would I have imagined him to be such a prick. Not only is he controlling, but also abusive and disrespectful to his own family. I hate him with my whole soul. A person who is able to blackmail their own children to benefit themselves is just someone I could never accept into my life.

Ben, the actor Maggie is forced to date, is one of my favourite characters in this story. I think I have something for guys named Ben in books. Anyway, what I wanted to say is that his personality is very well structured, and though I could imagine what the reason why he was being blackamiled was, I was very happy to see it happen. I think this book covers important topics, ones teenagers should get familiarized with.

What I liked the most about this novel was getting to see characaters from The Heir of The Spare again, such as Edmund, Evie and even Preston. It was so nice to follow them arond in someone else's life. I am just silently (not really) hoping Emily Albright decides to write a third book in this companion series about Ben.

Everyday Magic is the novel of a girl following her dreams and fighting all the way to get what she wants, even if that means losing other things. With a really admirable protagonist and wonderful secondary characters, Emily Albright gifts us with a new stunning, funny and loving YA novel in which two different worlds collide.


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