Kindle Edition, 264 pages
Published June 20th 2017 by Speak Now
Devastated by her father’s sudden death, Stella barely protests being shipped off to live in a secluded forest encampment with the mother she never knew. Upon arrival, things go from bad to downright creepy. Everyone in the cultish community stares at her like she’s a mutant, including the two sisters her father failed to mention in her fourteen years, and her mother promptly locks her in the attic. Her only companions are a mouse and fantasies of befriending her own sisters.
Desperately lonely, Stella watches from the window as her family leaves for a night each month to attend mysterious “lunar meetings.” While they are gone to one of these meetings, Stella escapes the attic, only to discover why her mother has kept her locked up her since her arrival—the entire community is made up of werewolves. Intensely protective of their privacy, they would do anything to keep their secret from outsiders…outsiders like Stella. Once she knows their secret, she must fight for her freedom...and her life.
I am a fan of fairy tale retells which is what I thought I was getting with Unlikely Magic. There were some similarities to Cinderella but it wasn’t exactly a retell. There were a mother who wasn’t always nice, sisters who were different, the death of a father, and chores other than that there wasn’t much Cinderella like about the story.
Yet, I could not put the book down. I was pulled into the story, interested in the characters, and anxious for Stella to be okay. The shape shifter part was wonderful. I love a good shape shifter story and Unlikely Magic is just that. It was also nice that there were numerous twists and turns within the story. As I started to get a feel of where the story was heading Lena Mae Hill would throw something unexpected into the story I was would feel the need to read even more.
If you are a fan of the paranormal I would recommend picking up your own copy.
Thank you Heather Hildenbrand for the recommendation and Lena Mae Hill for a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review.