Botanist Dr. Gloriana Morgan comes from a large, cozy,
sibling-riddled magic-oriented clan who are all invested in
the family’s organic herbal farm. Having that background,
it’s no surprise she is a proponent of traditional magic
working. Think messy magic, lots of practicing, cauldrons,
Gloriana’s nemesis, Dr. Marcus Forscher, is a mathematical
genius who has come up with a way to formulize and
“clean-up” the magic working process. Marcus is really
Gloriana’s opposite. Though aware of his successes, his
parents are both stuffy folks with careers of their own.
He’s an only child and a neat freak.
Ed Hearst, the Editor of The Witches and Warlock Journal, is
the catalyst that brings these two folks together. He
concocts a city-to-city debate tour to garner attention to
and generate a buzz in the magical practitioner community.
Whether he’s expecting the swarm of angry hornets that
emerges from the shake-up is something that’s not really
addressed in the novel. But as with most debates, sides
form, radicals emerge, and someone is bound to get hurt.
Don’t get your grundies in a bundle. No one is ACTUALLY
hurt. The threat of bodily harm just lingers like a
leftover-from-lunch garlic breath specter. Along the tour,
Marcus and Gloriana realize they’re soul mates. The
Imperative, a nebulous ancient magic, strongly encourages
them to consummate their budding relationship. Due to his
upbringing, Marcus has already decided he’ll never take a
soul mate. And Gloriana is looking for someone to share more
of her interests than just a taste in the same breed of dog
and a need to go jogging whenever life shakes her up.
At nearly five hundred fifty pages, Your Magic or Mine
is not a book to be picked up by the casual reader.
I don’t want to sound shallow, but when I read a
paranormal-type story, I expect a somewhat action oriented
plot. You know – killing, kidnapping, magical spells gone
awry- that sort of thing. Not the case here. The book is a
slow, meandering, and sometimes excruciatingly detailed
exploration of the attraction between two college professors
who just happen to practice magic. Having worked in a
college environment I can say, without a doubt, Ms. Macela
nailed these two characters’ personalities. I’m just not
certain they are dynamic enough to carry a rather ho-hum
plot for over five hundred pages.
That said, there is nothing wrong with the writing. Clear,
articulate, and well-thought out, the type of reader
concerned about head-hopping dialogue, proper editing and
such won’t be disappointed. The destined-mate plot line has
been redone a zillion times, but Ms. Macela does manage to
insert some creativity into that arena. Perhaps if I had
read the previous two Morgan-sibling stories, I would have
been invested in the first thousand pages of these
characters’ lives and eagerly awaiting the next five
hundred. Reading this as a standalone novel, Your
Magic or Mine doesn’t suck me in like other
paranormal authors’ writing does. The glimmer of subtle and
intellectual humor doled out like a selfish child forced to
share his Halloween candy makes me wish Ms. Macela would
have dipped her toes a bit further into that area. I’d like
to see her try her hand at a humorous contemporary romance
or something a little lighter.
Looking for a book with just a dash of the paranormal?
Your Magic or Mine is perfect. For the hardcore
paranormal reader, however, you’re better off seeking for
sorcerers, spells, and gory battles elsewhere.