In a hidden world of wizards where only men hold the power of magic, one girl arises with the power to change everything, if she isn’t killed first…
Adriana Victoriana Evangelista (Addie), daughter to the High Chancellor of the Wizard’s Council, has always been the perfect wizard girl. She never questions why men possess magical powers and women have no power at all, magical or otherwise. Male wizards blend into the modern human world, leading huge corporations while wizard women are sequestered away.
On her sixteenth birthday, Addie discovers she possesses magic. Under wizard law, she is a desecration. An ancient prophecy surrounds the emergence of a girl magic-wielder, the wizard queen, who is destined to bring about the downfall of the wizard-kin.
Addie has long had a forbidden crush on a human boy who lives in the wizard stronghold, Rory Devlin. As she delves deeper into the dangerous mysteries surrounding her own destiny, she suspects Rory might be more than just human.
Addie’s fate sends her straight into the path of a powerful and evil sorcerer, but the worst danger of all may come from right inside her own home.
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It's been a long time since I've read a YA Paranormal book, no reason other than getting caught up with other genres. When I saw the cover and blurb for this book, I knew I had to jump on the tour. SO freaking glad I did. I aboslutely ADORE this book and I need the next book, so if you are reading this Hadley Holt, can I get that next book pretty please! Reading this book reminded me why I love Paranormal YA so much. It's more than just a love story, its building the world, a wizard world, and Hadley Holt executed it perfectly.
Addie is turning 16 alongside her twin brother Zarius... don't like the kid, but we all have our evil counter parts right? Without giving too much a way, I'll just say that this group of wizard-kin has things barbaric. Only men having power and being able to go out into the human world, didn't care much for the attitudes of these men, but what can you do? They hold all the power....or do they? Addie has power, great power, but in gaining that power she's put in danger. A prophecy foretells of a Wizard QUEEN and what she must do. What is it you ask? Trust me when I say that you are going to want to read it. I completely fell in love with this story down to the individual familiars that Addie receives and the first kiss with Rory.
Hadley Holt had my attention from the moment I started and kept the attention for days after I've finished. Addie's friendship with Izzy and Hugo remind me of the friendships I had when I was in school. It's refreshing in a weird way to see the dynamics between all of them. Then there's the forbidden attraction with the 'human' they call Rory. Then again, maybe he's not so human, and if he's not a human what exactly is he? Just when you think you have everything figured out and where it's going to lead, Hadley Holt will leave you guessing, on the edge of your seat begging for the next book to see what happens because it's far from over... if anything it just begun. I can't wait to see what Addie, Rory, Hugo, and Izzy are up to in the next installment of this series.
It's been a while since I read a YA paranormal book. When Dani suggested this one I was like okay. I'm happy to say that Hadley Holt hit Desecration out of the ball park! I loved the interaction between Addie and her BFF's Izzy and Hugo. Addie is a twin with her brother Zarius. Who is a huge jerk. They are part of a predominant wizard family. But only the boys and men do the magic. It's their 16th birthday. Well the boys get something then. However some changes happen in Addie too. Can she keep the magic flowing in her from her parents and family? Her friends Hugo and Izzy are by her side. And the Amazing choice of familiar (animal that's assists the wizard) is just so fun.
Then there is Roary. He and Addie are friends and you can tell they like each other. However, he's human and they shouldn't interact. But is he entirely human or not?
This book is Fabulous!!!! Can Addie keep her magic a secret? And what of Roary? You'll have to read to find out!! I can't wait for more!!!
Hadley Holt, author of paranormal, and fantasy YA (Young Adult) has always loved to write. She also nurtures an incurable fascination with all things supernatural and fantastical. From a young age, she imagined stories about dragons, wizards, witches, ghosts, shape-shifters, vampires, and other magical creatures. As life often does, it blessed Hadley with family - a hunky husband and amazing children, and with family came a rewarding career. Hadley spent many years in the not-so-magical world of finance and mortgage banking, but the stories were always there in the back of her mind, demanding to be set free.
Thanks to the housing market crash, Hadley finally realized her dreams. She now breathes life into her magical tales of reluctant young heroes finding their inner power to stand up against terrible creatures and even more terrible odds.