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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
Magic Bound by GK DeRosa is the first book in The Hybrid Trilogy and a spin-off of Wilder: The Guardian series. Aria Negrescu has finally gotten her life in order: she's living with her best friend, Ricky, she has a job, and everything seems ordinary. Then on the night of her birthday, she meets a mysterious stranger named Damian. Since then she's shot fire from her hands, demons are trying to kill her, she's accepted into a college in Oak Bluffs that she never applied for, and she's pretty sure the townspeople all have a secret. On top of that, she has two men vying for her affection and to protect her. Determined to save herself, Aria must get to the secrets of the past and discover who she really is.
GK DeRosa has a fun and snarky writing style, with a strong voice and prose. DeRosa delightfully mixes the gritty city with the quaint and mysterious small town vibe, giving Aria two very different locations to play off. Aria is a lovable heroine with strengths and flaws, who's clearly just beginning her hero's journey. She also has an arrangement of quirky and delightful characters, from her best friend to her new roommate. The scenes with Ricky particularly shine. He was a familial anchor for Aria as she discovered this supernatural world, and at any time he never fails to be charming. The other characters have distinct personalities and fit well into Aria's part of this world. This is a spin-off of another series, but it's easy to read on its own. Magic Bound is a fun adventure with humor and heart as Aria takes a stand for herself against this supernatural world. It's an addictive must-read!