Title: Visions of Magic
Author: Regan Hastings
Series: Awakening, #1
Release Date: Feruary 1, 2011
In the ten years since magic has reemerged in the world, witches have become feared and hunted. For weeks Shea Jameson has been haunted by visions of fire. When she unintentionally performs a spell in public, she becomes one of the hunted. Her only hope is Torin, a dangerously sensual man who claims to be her eternal mate.
Don’t you just love UF/PNR books that have the soul mates thing. In some UF/PNR it can work, in others not so much. VISIONS OF MAGIC is a perfect example of a book where the soul mates thing didn’t do it for me.
First off the Prologue and chapter 1 is done very well that it keeps you interested, but it goes downhill from there. I just don’t think this book had very much originality in the Urban Fantasy and soul mates department. Other books I have read were so much better. I admit I wanted to quit after chapter 7 and I tried to push through more, but nothing was happening to keep my attention very much.
Shea, the heroine of this story started out accused as a witch and is saved by her eternal, Torin. I didn’t have much of an impression of her until I made it further into the book and when I did I thought, This heroine is so dumb. It amazes me how stupid she is. I was just mad that she was in a completely safe house and knowing that people are after her because she is a witch..She exactly makes in 2 second before someone captures her after she left Torin’s property. I’m sorry, but she really does not appeal to me in way my other favorite heroines have including, Cat(NIGHT HUNTRESS) and Kate(KATE DANIELS). It is o course hard to compare to those two, but I have to draw a line at dumb heroines.
Torin as I said is Shea’s eternal and I thought perhaps he might make an impression on my when I first read the description of this book, but apparently I was wrong. I felt like Torin was a little too dominate. I know Barrons(FEVER) cant compare, but there have a bit of the same attitude and I just didn’t even see any emotion in Torin. He seemed more concerned with what he wanted. He was a bit scary to be the love interest. Shea doesn’t remember him at all and he just wants to push himself on her and force her to remember because he has been waiting forever.
I really wanted to like this book because of the whole soul mates thing, but I couldn’t. The characters were very under developed and the plot was weak. The reviews seem to be all over the place, so I would try it if the soul mates concept interests you.