• Falling into Magic

  • Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic Series, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Pantley
  • Narrated by: Emily Goss
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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Falling into Magic

Hayden falls into a magical portal and meets people in Destiny Falls. But these aren’t just any people. These are unknown members of her family. She finds out what happened when she was a baby. She becomes aware of a certain magic that surrounds her journey and the people of Destiny Falls. I loved the characters and the magical tone of this story. And the humor throughout. It felt as if someone or something magically delightful would appear all of the time. This was definitely a fun story with a mystery as well. I listened to the audiobook and the narration was enjoyable.

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Alternate World

This was a fun story. Normally I wouldn't really think I would like a story like this but I liked it! The characters and storyline are quite interesting. I will have to try to visit Destiny Falls once again.

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Great start to series

New author and series to me. Story was well written and kept you entertained til the end. Narrator did a great job with the different voices.

Hayden goes through a magical port to end up finding her other family and a a very magical place in more ways than one.

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Entertaining mystery

Growing up Hayden knew there was something strange about mirrors. As a child she had a kitten that disappeared seemly without a trace. Hayden was convinced that the mirror took it. As a adult after accidentally falling through a portal she knew her suspicions were true. Hayden not only found out what happened to be long lost childhood kitten but her long lost father and brother. Along with her father and brother, she also found a family she never knew she had. However it appears that someone was targeting Hayden and her newly found family. Can she find out who they are and what they want before it’s to late?

This is an entertaining story. The characters are interesting and relatable. Although you have to suspend a bit of reality as far as Hayden communication with her cat, I believe this is really how some cats personalities are in real life, over the top and self absorbed to an extent but also lovable. The mystery of who is a threat to the family is well written with plenty of red herrings to keep you guessing.

I listened to the audio version of the book. The narrator does a wonderful job during the characters and the story to life. You know exactly which characters is speaking and what emotions they are feeling.

All thoughts and opinions are my own, and in no way have I been influenced by anyone.

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OMG! Fantastic!

I loved my visit to Destiny Falls. I felt like I was hiking alongside Hayden. What a treat. If you love a sassy, smack talking cat, a witch with a penchant for the latest technical gadgetry and a twist to die for, this book is for you! Writing and narration are perfect. Oh, and did I mention that cat? Ah-mazing!

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Wish I could award more stars!

Together the author and narrator have created a story and setting that will draw you in and keep you hooked until the end! You will swear you know the characters and wish you lived in Destiny Falls. I highly recommend you listen now!

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Magical, gorgeous, mysterious…and cats!!

Elizabeth Pantley creates the world of Destiny Falls so wonderfully, I felt she must have lived there!! Magic and mystery, beauty and a little romance, an amazing home and town is where she transports us!! She expertly and beautifully describes all the wonder and adventure, as well as develops some incredible characters, so real that I feel like I have been there, met them, and traveled along! And there’s the cats! Clever, beautiful, and sometimes bossy, Hayden’s precious cat is along for the experience, discovers new cat pals, and shares them with Hayden and with us! When I first read the print book, I spent nearly all of s few full days because I couldn’t put it down, and today I have listened almost every minute, carrying Hayden along around the house. Of course, like any good mystery, the story ends by NOT ending, leaving us with enough unanswered questions and new information to keep us wanting the next book to find out more!
I must say that Emily Goss, who read the book, was excellent and a bit magical! She skillfully read each character with their own unique voice, in the tone coveting the right emotion for whatever action was happening! Thanks to her reading, I feel like I know so much more new that I missed in reading, and remember many details. Thank you to both of you! Am joyfully awaiting my next adventure!

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  • Fred Jones
  • 04-22-22

Loved it

A super cozy mystery with a great premise. A town hidden behind the mirror. Great dialogue, great characters, great setting, a good mystery, if the main culprits were a little obvious the great writing made up for it. I mean who doesn't t love talking telepathic cats, a witch who demands jigsaw puzzles and Wi-Fi boosters as payment and a house that makes you sit in the sun. Glorious. This is a new author to me and I will definitely be reading more books by them. Loved Emily Goss as a narrator. Easy to listen to and the perfect cat voices. Highly recommended

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  • Julie
  • 09-18-21

Fall into a good book and enjoy

I loved this book. It was nothing like I was expecting after reading the blurb. I was thinking witches and spell casting but instead the whole island is magical and changes with the characters needs or wants, which makes this adventure mystery stand from all the rest I have listened too. The author weaves a wonderful world that is easy to picture and a delightful mystery that kept me guessing. The mystery takes a while to get going because the situation the main character finds herself thrust into needed to be developed and when you think back on the story you realise that there was a number of clues right from the start. Having the story told mainly from the main characters point of view and occasional from a mystery character worked well as it built up the suspense over what was really going on and kept me hooked. Even though the story was good it was the characters that really made the story special, I loved them all but especially the talking sassy cat who you just couldn't help but smile over. I can't wait to start the next book.
Hayden aversion to mirrors was for a very good reason. When she looked into them as a child it wasn't her reflection that stared back but that of a boy, her guardian Angel? When her cat disappears she knows the boy and mirror are to blame and she vowels to stay away from them and for the most part she goes on to have a happy normal childhood raised by her Gran, Grandma and best friend's family. Until a strange man starts to turn wherever she is, while trying to get away from him, she falls and wakes up to find the boy in the mirror is real and she and her cat have now joined him in a strange new world. Where talking cats and rooms that move is the norm. That would be weird enough but the boy turns out to be her brother and she has a while family that she knows nothing about. While trying to get to know them, the family members start find themselves involved in accidents. Is this because of her arrival of something more sinister? Then the head gardener is found dead and Hayden has to learn everything she can about the strange new place she finds herself trapped in and the family who have welcomed her into there home, as quickly as she can before some else gets seriously hurt. But could one of her family members be behind it all? And can she find a way to get home to her real life and to the family she has know all her life?
I liked the narrator and thought she helped to bring the story to life with her great narration.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.