A horrible car accident destroys Dolores Reynard's life. But instead of waking up in a hospital bed, she awakens in a teenager's body. Soon, she discovers she is at the heart of the murderous mystery surrounding the death of Mona, the young girl whose body she occupies. Caught between an evil greater than she ever imagined and a wizard who heals her tattered heart, she is forced to play a dangerous game of intrigue in the hopes of finding a way to return to her previous life.
Will magic be her ally, or will it lead to her demise once and for all?
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What if you woke up in somebody else’s body? And what if that somebody else were young enough to be your daughter? When a car accident renders Dolores unconscious, she wakes as a teen and struggles to work out which identity is real. True memories blend with false as she faces an unknown father, uncle and friend, then tries to guess what might have happened and where her true children might be. The blend of teen hormones with adult concerns is intriguing as this story begins, and becomes all the more so as well-timed secrets slowly come to light. The author has a deft touch with the slow reveal, keeping readers guessing at what might really be going on. And there’s a pleasing hint of real romance behind the scenes, untrammeled by hormonal imbalance and surface issues of appearance and control. Real evil, real magic and real love combine, in well-balanced measures and well-measured revelations, in this tale of intriguing mystery, pleasing characters, and pleasingly different plot. It’s easy to read and hard to put down, good clean fascinating fun. Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy during the author’s blog tour.
This story was definitely an interesting read, as your main character is caught in a rather sticky/unusual situation: a middle aged woman stuck in a teen's body. When Eric/Brian (more about this character later) kills Mona and tries to bring her back to life by taking another's life spirit and putting it in Mona's (dead) body, something goes terribly wrong. The brought-back-to-life Mona isn't supposed to remember anything but her own memories, but Dolores, the woman whose life spirit Eric/Brian stole, retains her own memories while trapped in Mona's body. For now, Mona's spirit is in a coma and Dolores has complete control over her mind and body, but as time passes, Mona begins to awaken and let's just say, two spirits in one body is one too many. Okay, onto the Eric/Brian character. Long story short: Eric is Jason's son who died in a car accident. Jason, wanting to save a wizard's life (people with magic in their blood are a rarity) decides to take the life spirit of a person about to die and put it into Eric's body. This person happens to be Brian, an old and twisted and evil wizard now stuck in Eric's body. I found the plot to be quite interesting because nobody except Mona, Dolores, Jason and Brian are aware that the real Mona has died, and so it's a game of cat and mouse as each person tries to predict the other's next move. Only Dolores (and Mona who is in a coma) knows how Mona died: Brian pushed her down the stairs. However, when Brian realizes Dolores knows and is therefore a loose cannon, he knows he must find a way to make sure this dirty little secret never gets out...and so the plot unfolds. I think the main thing preventing me from enjoying Incantation Paradox to its full extent is that I couldn't really connect to Dolores. I think it's partly because Dolores is so much older than me, so that puts a new spin on perspective. I'm not saying her character isn't interesting or anything--I just couldn't connect to her. I would suggest readers to give this book a try--maybe you'll connect with the mc and love the book!
Waking up with the body of a teenager might be a pleasant surprise for a forty-something year old woman. Except, it's not her body. More than a little freaked out, Dolores is desperate to find out why everyone is calling her Mona and acting like nothing is wrong. Right from the beginning chapter, I loved the premise for this book! The concept of a woman's spirit, or essence, being pulled from her dying body into that of a complete stranger is captivating. The repercussions are endless! Not only is Dolores utterly confused and frightened, she also has to deal with the conflicting and often irrational hormones of a teenage girl. Keeping hold of her real identity becomes more and more difficult as the days pass. She doesn't understand, and has a hard time escaping, the teenage lust felt toward Eric, even when he scares her and gives off a serious creeper vibe.v At the same time, grown-adult-Dolores is finding herself inexplicably attracted to Mona's "uncle" Jason. It's a mess. One Dolores has no clue how to fix. On top of the emotional conflict and confusion, Dolores misses the two teenage daughters she was pulled away from. She's desperate to get back to her old life, but reluctant to leave Jason behind. No matter what, she needs help to figure out how to set things right. Eric doesn't seem to be an option, despite her poured-on charisma. She fears Jason is hiding things from her, though, and doesn't know if she can trust him completely. Watching her figure out who to trust was very intriguing. I was pulled into the story and was very eager to see how Dolores would escape the danger she finds herself in. I loved the romantic elements in the story. It was a tricky situation to navigate, but the author handled it beautifully. The last chapter was agonizing as I couldn't wait to see how everything would work out. This is a great read for teens (very clean story) and for adults who want a bit of magic and mystery!