WLP ARC Reviews: Spellcrossed – Barbara Ashford (Spoiler Free)

It’s not easy losing the love of your life…

But when Maggie Graham freed Rowan Mackenzie from the curse that bound him to this world, she took the first step toward her new life as director of the Crossroads Theatre. As a hectic new season begins, magic takes a back seat to ticket sales as Maggie balances the demands of her interfering board president and a company of actors that includes bewildered amateurs, disdainful professionals, a horde of children, and an arthritic dog. But magic is hard to banish from the old white barn, where memories lurk like ghosts in the shadowy wings and the unexpected is as time-honored a tradition as the curtain call. And when the tangled spells of the past turn Maggie’s life upside down, it will take more than magic to ensure the happy-ever-after ending she longs for.

  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • List Price: $7.99
  • Publisher: DAW (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075640729X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756407292
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Maggie is now the director of the Crossroads Theatre since freeing Rowan from the curse that kept him trapped there. She’s lost him but she’s gained a family within the staff of the theatre. There’s still magic there, but Rowan has taken most of it away with him, along with Maggie’s heart no matter what she tries to tell everyone.

While mounting a ton of summer productions, Maggie’s past and not so distant pass, collide in ways she didn’t think possible. Afterall, there is always room for magic at the Crossroads.

“HE’S the idiot! Mei-Yin hissed. “If the Archangel GABRIEL had touched down on that stage tonight, he’d that it wasn’t Jesus CHRIST!”

You know how a really good song just gets to you? You can feel it in your bones & you kind of space out after you hear it just to think? That’s exactly how I feel about Spellcrossed, I just want to sit silently & space out while I think of the lyrical wording in this book. I’m not a huge fantasy fan, but there’s something about these books that draw me in & make me shut out the world until I’m finished reading. I even slow down my reading speed so I can savour the words, the story is just so beautiful.

A lot of the story mirrored some of my own experiences, hell there’s even an agoraphobia mention in it. So I feel like that influenced even more of my love for the story, add in fairies & I’m sold! I laughed out loud and I even cried a few times, but I can’t tell you why or I’ll ruin the story for you. It really made me want to read The Secret Garden script something fierce, and go sit in a dark theatre & watch a play.

Spellcrossed is one of those stories that make you feel apart of it, like you are sitting there witnessing it all unfold & you feel as if the characters are real people. You root for them, you cry for them & your heart feels heavy when you are finished reading because damnit you want more. I really loved the evolution and growth in Maggie, she’s still a little bit lost but she’s trying so damn hard to pick up the pieces & keep her head attached.

Mei-Yin had me cracking up, I feel like I can actually hear the tone of her voice in Ms. Ashford’s writing. There’s even a sweet brief appearance by a character with a name you’ll recognize 😉

Spellcrossed is whimsical, lyrical and one hell of an emotional journey. Do yourself a favour & read this book as soon as it comes out, but start with Spellcast ASAP!

Books in the Series:

  1. Spellcast
  2. Spellcrossed
  • Lee @shewolfreads May 10, 2012 at 9:33 am

    I have had Spellcast on a shelf for a long time. Your review makes me want to read it asap.

  • BookaholicCat May 10, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    I want this book so much but still almost a month to wait. *cries*

  • Sonia May 12, 2012 at 7:52 am

    I’ve read Spellcast because of your review and I loved it so much, it was the best book I’ve read last year! I have this one pre-ordered since november or something. I really can’t wait!!

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