Its multilayered plot makes it unpredictable.(...) What I really love about this tale is how the characters grow and develop as the story progresses. Levicorpvs Blog
The plot of the story, though heavy with action and magic, is actually a love story at its core. [...] It's easy to jump in with this second book, like I did. The setting of Whyland is fun and interesting world that will stand out among your other YA fantasy reads. The plot is fast paced and will keep you glued in until the end. Sarah Foil
It can definitely be read as a standalone. All said, it was an enjoyable book. Lots of YA romance. Rosie Rizk (Goodreads)
Kiss him. Don't fall in love.
Break a spell with a kiss. Karina has heard and seen enough weird stuff for this request to sound legit.
At 16, Karina has a shot at adventure--and an odd first kiss--when she's called to Whyland, a kingdom in another dimension, to save Sian.
Sian. Last time she saw him, they were in opposite sides. Still, other than trying to take the kingdom for very selfish reasons and keeping her friend hostage, he was pretty nice. And he sent her a book. Well, she's not going to leave him petrified forever just because he was a greedy jerk some months ago. And kissing him isn't torture. Karina's smart enough not to fall in love--or at least to tell herself not to.
But figuring out her feelings is the smallest of her problems. As an ancient darkness rises in Whyland, Karina will have to take a stand—and face more dangers than she's ever expected.
If you like romantic fantasy and adventure with snarky and witty characters, give Kissing Magic a try. This is book 2 in Portals to Whyland but you can jump straight into it without having read book 1.
This novel is recommended for readers 13 and older.
The characters were interesting and I loved the concept and story-line. Stephanie - Adventures Thru Wonderland's (Goodreads)
Brilliantly written, creative details and some plot twists I hadn't expected. Christine Marie (Goodreads)
The Spell Speakers - prequel novella with background info on characters
Step into Magic - first novel when Karina comes to Whyland.
Kissing Magic - more adventures in Whyland. Can be read on its own or after Step into Magic.
Within Magic - Sequel to Kissing Magic.