REVIEW by Ginny: Magic Unbound by Jill Nojack

Not-quite-sixteen year old Lizbet Moore expects a boring last month of summer vacation — and she gets what she’s expecting until a fifteen hundred year old Fae named Eamon shows up in her backyard disguised as a down-on-his-luck garden gnome. When Eamon slips an ancient amulet around her neck, the memories of Lizbet’s many past lives come slamming back to her to change her summer plans in a way she could never have expected.

Forced to go on the run when murderous monks show up at the back door, Lizbet hops a plane to Scotland accompanied by Eamon, the whispering voices of her past lives, and geekily cute James, the college boy from next door. Not only does she have to dodge the monks, but she’s racing against time and greedy land developers to prevent the entire race of the Fae from being destroyed.

The only thing Lizbet knows for sure is that if she fails and can’t produce a few live fairies at the end of her journey, she is going to be grounded for life…and probably for her next life, too.


So Magic Unbound is the YA tale of a half-fae girl tasked with rescuing the Tree of Life and saving all the fae. All she has to do is put on an amulet to remember all her past lives and figure out some cryptic messages left by a long dead druid.

Total cake walk …

What I liked:

All in all, I really liked the idea behind the story. Even when the author took Arthurian Legends and shifted them around to fit their story ideas. Especially since she managed to explain the differences between “history” and legend well.

What I didn’t love:

That being said, there execution of the story wasn’t exactly where I would’ve liked it. It’s not a bad story, by any stretch of the imagination, it was just that there wasn’t as much detail as I would’ve liked, and at points the story was a bit too obvious for my liking. Also, near the beginning, if I had to read the name “Lisbet” one more time I was going to punch someone in the throat.

Am I going to read the next book in the series?

Fuck yes. And I know that this isn’t part of the new PT review format, but I feel like it gives a better feel for if the cons outweighed the pros. Which they do not.

Who would I recommend this book to?

People (teenagers and up) looking for a different spin on the whole YA fae thing.

I received a free copy of this title from Story Cartel in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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