Book Review: The Unfortunate Side Effect of Heartbreak and Magic by Breanne Randall

 My review of The Unfortunate Side Effects of Heartbreak and Magic by Breanne Randall.

Title: The Unfortunate Side Effects of Heartbreak and Magic

By: Breanne Randall

Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal

Pages: 322

Release Date: September 19th, 2023

Publisher: Alcove Press

Rating: ★★★★★


Summary from Goodreads:

Sadie Revelare has always believed that the curse of four heartbreaks that accompanies her magic would be worth the price. But when her grandmother is diagnosed with cancer with only weeks to live, and her first heartbreak, Jake McNealy, returns to town after a decade, her carefully structured life begins to unravel.

With the news of their grandmother's impending death, Sadie's estranged twin brother Seth returns to town, bringing with him deeply buried family secrets that threaten to tear Sadie's world apart. Their grandmother has been the backbone of the family for generations, and with her death, Sadie isn't sure she'll have the strength to keep the family, and her magic, together.

As feelings for Jake begin to rekindle, and her grandmother growing sicker by the day, Sadie faces the last of her heartbreaks, and she has to decide: is love more important than magic?


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This was an incredible read. Perfect for a dark and stormy night around Halloween.

The cozy feel and small town vibe really set the stage for this magical mystery. At every turn, the mention of a curse kept me intrigued and wanting more. I wasn't disappointed when the curse was finally revealed and the story became wild as magic surged through the pages.

I have to admit, I found the grandmother to be my favorite character. She was snarky and stubborn, but loving to a fault. Like a mama bear with a dark secret. Good old grandma, preventing the apocalypse daily.

Favorite Quote:

“Hold on to hope no matter the cost, because as long as there's hope, everything else is just the unfortunate side effects of heartbreak and magic.”

This book was given 5 out of 5 stars from me. I don't care how many other people were excepting Gilmore Girls and got One Tree Hill, but if you go into reading a book with expectations, you are bound to be disappointed. Knock it off. 

Loved it. Its in my top 10 for the year. Go read it!

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