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Reflections of You by Yumoyori Wilson
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Slow/medium-burn RH, Paranormal, NA
Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited
Like many of Wilson’s other works, this book is a creative whirlwind that sucks you in and throws you into a new world with completely different rules. Mages are real, magic is known throughout the land and Mana rules it all.
Jewel Starfire is a triple threat when it comes to magic; she can hold a lot of mana, recover it quickly and even has a high casting caliber. It makes her literally a magical prodigy, and the perfect candidate to become a Mage Warrior when she is older, except she has no interest in ever actually using her talents. When her brother died at the all-male magic Academy, something broke inside her.. and in her mother. Now, fast forward 15 years and Jewel is sticking to her convictions – no magic. Yet all that changes when her ailing and often confused mother switches up the script and enrolls Jewel in the same All-Male Academy her brother died at… as Jinn Starfire, a man. Determined to keep the smile on her mother’s face, Jewel uses her impressive magic to change herself into a male and joins the elite… what is the worst that could happen?
I always enjoy the plots of this author’s books – she is so inventive! I do, however, find myself bogged down by the over complicated dialogue she SOMETIMES employs – dialogue used to explain situations, etc. it just doesn’t feel natural to the characters, especially since they do not alway talk like that in other interactions.
Written in First Person POV
- Jewel/Jinn – she/he is a spitfire, no matter what guise is worn. Yet there are differences between the male and female version, which makes this an interesting study in genders.
- Logan – He is the sweetest character, even when he is jealous!
- Fast Paced.
- The Evolving Harem. Many harem’s lose character definition, but Wilson allows each man to come alive and reveals more about them.
- Long winded dialogue at times.
- Some editing issues, minor and doesn’t really detract.
- Zane – read the book, you’ll get the complaint.
I rated this a 3.5 instead of a 4 because it dragged in places, as if the plot became stuck between the characters and action. It was a bit confusing at times, and the overarching ‘villain’ of the book – and the almost hero who tried to help – made little sense. Conversely, there were also moments of laugh out loud humor and enough gender exploration to make you think. What does a girl do with a penis when she is suddenly a man? I mean, have YOU tried peeing standing up with one of those things??
All in all, this novel was sweet and rather charming, eliciting soft smiles and quite a few grins as I went along. Worth a read.
Published: May 8th, 2018
Please note, this is a Reverse Harem Novel that features sexual content more suited to older audiences, 18+.
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