Title: Lives of Magic
Author: Lucy Leiderman
Publication date: January 28th, 2014
Genre(s): Young Adult (Fantasy)
Gwen has always thought she was a normal person-a socially withdrawn person, yes, but a person all the same. Excited to go to high school in Oregon, she promises herself that she will no be an outcast. That all changes when one day, Gwen is chased by Kian, a handsome man who tells her about wars and Celtic warriors and other things that are impossible to believe. Apparently, Gwen has the soul of a Celtic warrior, who sent her soul forwards in time to escape 3 evil magicians and still have a chance to save the world. Gwen and Kian travel all around the world, given leads by Kian's "mysterious source", who sends messages through text. Is Kian really only looking for the other 7 souls, or is this all part of a bigger picture?
Gwen is a really likeable character, and while she was witty with her narration, she was also able to clearly add a more serious tone to the story without making it dull. I sorta can relate to Gwen, because I almost always have some kind of resolution for a new school year, and I always think of ways to fulfill it. The plot and characters were very well made, and the story was engaging and fun to read.
I love the way Lieberman crafted this amazing story with a unique plot and made it seem like magic could actually exist. The writing style was first person, narrated by Gwen. It seems like there will be a second book, which I am super excited to read! I would Definitely recommend it to teens (13-17) and fans of magic YA books.