Magic for Dummies by Dawson & Carter Anderson – A Book Review

Posted January 20, 2020 by Booksandblurbs in PNR, Reverse Harem, Reviews / 1 Comment

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Magic for Dummies

(God Fire Academy – Book 1)

by May Dawson & Lacey Carter Anderson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

PNR, Medium Burn RH (ARC)
Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

Down & Dirty

You’ve never seen the Gods quite like this! Resurrection goes wrong (or right?) with a new series, free on Kindle Unlimited.

What is it about?

(Blurb from GoodReads)

Three things I didn’t know yesterday:

1. The old gods still exist.
2. They can inhabit a human body… like mine…when a girl is just innocently studying at the library (and maybe stealing one small microfiche…)
3. The old gods are cruel and dangerous and oh, also, horny.
Actually, add a fourth thing: There’s a reform school for delinquent supernatural creatures.

After a little mishap where I may have accidentally set my school on fire, I have to choose between human prison or a paranormal academy for the troubled. I look terrible in orange, so it’s a simple call…

But it turns out, all the bad boys of the supernatural world… vampires, shifters, witches… can stop fighting each other in the yard at God Fire Reform School and agree on one thing. They want the gods dead and gone again.

I’m not going into this twisted new world alone though. The four boys I once loved, who have grown into sexy men, are all possessed by the gods. Not only have we inherited their powers, but a shard of their troublesome personalities, too.

Which means even we’re scared of what we might do next… If these men and I don’t master the gods within, this school won’t ‘reform’ us. It will bury us.


Magic for Dummies is the start of a Reverse Harem PNR Romance suitable for more mature readers.

Thoughts on Magic for Dummies

*I received a copy of this book from the Author and am thrilled to share my honest opinion*

There is sooo much to unpack with this novel – the first in a new trilogy that combines the heft and talent of both May Dawson and Lacey Carter Anderson, names that will probably be familiar to you if you venture into the RH, PNR or UF worlds.

Starting off…. Norse Gods have been banished from the Mortal Realm, well, just five of them, the five most diabolical and dangerous. Those Gods have returned, taking the bodies of five ignorant, almost adults. At just 18 years old, this quartet of teenage angst now has to contend with family drama AND Godly interventions, all while trying to figure out their powers, stay alive in a world that wants them dead, and figure out their confusing feelings for each other. What could go wrong?

Told in First Person, with POVs from various characters, this book rocks along at a steady pace, daring the reader to keep up while throwing bombs of revelation and violence at the fledgling Gods. Forced to attend the ‘reform school’, God Fire Academy, they are juggling and struggling, each with baggage from their pasts, temptations for the future and an underlying sense of ‘WTF just happened?’ It’s intriguing, a bit confusing and fairly unique – especially in a genre saturated with Academy romances. I’m eager to see what happens in Book 2, and where they can all possibly go from here.


  • Fast Paced.
  • Emotions feel real(ish)
  • Love the idea that the Gods may not be so great, or even kind.
  • There is mystery in the unspoken history that is being bounced around.
  • The Main Quartet of Characters are very, very interesting.


  • Bit rushed in places, with certain actions moving forward without adequate explanation or description.
  • Mr. Time. This is not a ‘con’ – but I feel negatively towards him atm, so he goes in my ‘ugh’ folder. My feelings will probably change in coming books because… reasons (In other words: spoilers)


First Person, Multiple POV

Ending Type



Mature (R – 18+)

Romantic Dynamic


Character Age Range


My Final Verdict on Magic For Dummies

4 out of 5 Stars

A new adventure starts with romance, danger and Gods that should no longer walk. It’s fast, intense and refreshingly different in a genre oversaturated with Academy Romances. Free on Kindle Unlimited.

Published January 10th, 2020
214 Pages

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Your Turn

What are you reading today? Have you tried this series yet? What do you think? How about other works by May Dawson or Lacey Carter Anderson? Leave a comment, I would love to talk!



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