Judi Fennell has been a long time favorite author of mine. For me her books are the perfect escape from life for a while. They offer a fun adventure into romance and magic and a fantastically imagined world. Her newest Magic Gone Wild is part of her Bottled Magic series and I think this has been my favorite series so far and favorite book as well.
Vana is an eight hundred and twenty-nine year old genie who just can’t get it together. Her magic leaves something to be desired or most often leaves someone with something they don’t desire. The worst part is she comes from a family of genies who are very good with their magic. What happened to her? Whatever it was or wasn’t has left her feeling like she can’t ever be good enough to impress her family.
Her latest mishap was over a hundred years ago when after yet another one of her catastrophic attempts at magic her master put her in her bottle and put her away for a while to keep her and everyone else safe. The problem – he passed away before letting her out and she has spent years locked in the attic. Yet somehow she awakens to find one gorgeous man inside her bottle! Ok, well this has never happened before and shouldn’t either. This is unheard of. So she does the only thing she can do and magicks them both out of the bottle but… Oops, her new master now has two broken legs. Geez, can’t she do anything right?
After she learns that Zane is the great grandson of her beloved master Peter, Vana looks at this as an opportunity to make up for all the trouble she caused Peter. Not to mention there are also those bewitched dinner plates that she’d love to turn back into the children they really are. For Zane’s part he takes the whole situation really well even as he meets Merlin, the talking bird. And wow, there’s absolutely no doubt that Vana is beyond gorgeous. However it doesn’t take long before Zane is going crazy as every attempt at magic that Vana tries ends up in some kind of disaster. Yet neither of them can deny the attraction they have but a genie can’t fall for a mortal. If she does and tells him, she will risk losing eternal life and her magic. Is Vana willing to risk all for Zane?
I really liked the characters of Vana and Zane in this installment. They were really likable and Vana was just too funny with her not so good magic. If Holy smokes came out of Vana’s mouth you knew that trouble was sure to follow. Vana’s magic seemed to always get mixed up like when she wished for the pastry bear claws at a party and conjured up a bear instead. Or when she tries magic to get the old house fixed up and impress Zane and instead sets the porch to spinning around the house like a merry-go-round. Like I said Magic Gone Wild was a great escape for a few hours for me and had me giggling quite a bit. It’s another great read from Judi Fennell!
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Source: Review copy provided by Sourcebooks via NetGalley. No compensation was received and all thoughts and opinions are my own.