Good day, Congress.
I am finally writing this long-overdue review of Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic Book 1 by Elizabeth Pantley. It has been a while since I posted my review of the second book of the series where I admitted to being confused with the main character’s feelings towards her new found family in Destiny Falls—shouldn’t come as a surprise when you jump to the second book without reading the first, you guys.
- Genre: Magical Cozy Mystery
- Publication: November 12, 2020
- Rating: 3/5
An accidental journey through a magic mirror. A portal to an enchanted land. A mysterious family she never knew she had. Hayden’s life is upended with the wonder of Destiny Falls. But it is tainted by the danger that brought her here and that threatens her newfound family. Can Hayden and her sassy sidekick remove the threat, so that she can begin her magical new life in this captivating world?
…When Hayden was a child, she lost her cat. Adults told her the cat ran away, but she knew the truth. The mirror had taken her. She knew because the mirror gave her a glimpse of an alternate world and had nearly pulled her in, so she was certain the cat had suffered that fate.
Twenty years later, Hayden discovers the secret of the mirror when she is thrust into it. She learns of an enchanted world she never knew existed, and a family she never knew she had.
But danger brought her here, and it followed her. Now, Hayden is on a mission to remove the threat, so that she can begin her magical, meaningful new life in this enchanted world.
Well, I liked The Disappearance of Emily, and when Miss Elizabeth Pantley gifted me a digital copy of the first book, I was happy to receive it. However, it took me a while to write this because I don’t really have anything to add besides finally understanding Hayden’s feelings about her situation. So, this review is basically a concise affirmation of my previous review of the second book.
As I’ve mentioned in my other review, this series’ strongest suit is the setting of the story. We have an undetectable town where magic merges with mundane human life—Destiny Falls isn’t just any magical place at all, oh no. I like how in this story, if we disregard its magical nature, Destiny Falls would feel like any normal town on Earth. I’m still entertained at the idea of our magazines reaching this enchanted world—or town—no ordinary human being can easily enter. While reading, I often wondered how they were able to secure copies of magazines from the “known” parts of the world without causing suspicion, or if they have connections to our side that supplies them their share.
The novel is not without its side of mystery as, after all, it is about mystery and magic with Destiny Falls. Hayden, although overjoyed and eager to create a relationship with her new found family, must be wary of the danger that was after her. Throughout the book, she tries to figure out who amongst her family members and close family ties is after her. This leads us to second-guessing every family member. Well, not so much with me because I’ve already read the second book. But still.
I appreciate the characters more now. Hayden was easily liked. I found that I relate to her in a lot of aspects, most especially with her love for her cat. I respect how she dealt with her new life with only the limited experience she’s had from her comfortable, guarded life prior to arriving in Destiny Falls. The other characters added to the fun of this story as well. Her family and friends were all really cool, the witch with her never-ending requests of random things was hilarious, and Latifa was just straight up adorable with her sass.
Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic Series is a treat for fairytale-like adventures with a hint of suspense. It’s a story both adults and children can enjoy and marvel about. Falling Into Magic is just an introduction to Hayden’s adventures from living a simple and conservative life in the common world to adapting and settling in this new, thrillingly magical, and mysterious world of Destiny Falls.