Erryn reviews A Kiss to Revive Me (The Magi Accounts Book 1.5) by Michele Notaro. The ebook was released April 19, 2022 and is 190 pages. The audiobook was narrated by CJ Storm. It was released August 15, 2022 is 2hrs and 58min. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I loved book 1.
A prickly mage has me under his spell, and I think I kinda like it.
The first time I met him, I knew I was in trouble, but I hadn’t known just how much. I hadn’t been looking for a relationship, hadn’t wanted one, but it seems that a stubborn little mage did it for me because he’s impossible to resist.
When the NHSO goes on a manhunt for an unregistered mage, I can tell it’s upsetting for Mads and Jude. It’s upsetting for me, too, but even more so when I find out exactly why Mads is so worried about this kid. The more I find out about Madeo’s past and his world, the more I realize how special he is. No one who’s gone through what he has should come out the other side sane, let alone as kindhearted as him. I just hope he wants this thing between us to continue as badly as I do. And I want it to. Bad.
A Kiss to Revive Me is a 30K-word MM urban-fantasy novella and meant to be enjoyed after The Scars That Bind Us (The Magi Accounts, Book 1). It’s from Cosmo’s perspective and takes place between books 1 and 2 of the main series. This is a companion novella, not a stand-alone or the start of a new series.
*Intended for adults only. Please take note of the trigger warnings at the beginning of this novella.
The first book in this series was entirely from Madeo’s point of view. That made sense – he was the magi. This in-between book is from his lover’s perspective, Cosmo. Cosmo’s a lion shifter, making their mage/shifter alliance a challenge. Both are the ‘other’, but both have different rungs on the social ladder. It was heartbreaking to hear the pain and suffering afflicted upon the magi.
This story is a quickie – whetting my appetite for the next book in the series. And I got to know Cosmo a bit better as well. Their team is tasked to track down a previously unknown magi teenager. But Madeo knows what they’ll do to the kid if they send him to the magi academy. He needs to do something – but that could wind up their entire team in a heap of trouble.
I don’t want to give away too much—but I loved how the dénouement unfolded. And I can’t wait for the next big book. C.J. Storm gave a great performance and I hope he’s the narrator on the next book as well. Thoroughly enjoyed this one.
9.5/10 Pots of Gold (95% Recommended) – Compares to 4.75/5 Stars
I’m married to an awesome husband that puts up with me and all the characters in my head—and there are many. We have two young boys who also put up with me and my craziness. We live in Maryland with our two dogs and a fish. And yes, I had to include the fish, otherwise my three boys—hubby included—might just disown me. They love that damn goldfish we won at a carnival. *sigh*
Born and raised in Baltimore, I grew up dancing and swimming. I taught dance—ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop & modern—for ten years before I had my kids. Now I’m a stay-at-home mom who reads, writes and does PTA everything—as long as I have my coffee. Two other tattooed moms and I run the whole damn PTA, and if I may say so myself, we rock it… even if I want to rip my hair out more than half the time.