Book Review: Magnetic Reverie by Nico J. Genes

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Magnetic Reverie (The reverie, #1)Magnetic Reverie by Nico J. Genes
Let’s start this review by discussing the title: Magnetic Reverie. For me, it conjures images of elated happiness and strong, instantaneous attraction. In the first book of a new series by author Nico J. Genes, we find a woman torn between the love she has for her husband and the attraction she has to a woman she met in an airport and continued to dream about. Only… as time and the chapters pass by… we no longer know for sure which of these two relationships is the dream and which is reality.

Genes creates a torrid conflict in the first few chapters. Lana is leaving her country (Slovenia) to get married. Was it arranged or did she fall in love? She’s at the airport when a beautiful woman flirts with her for hours. It ends, and then readers are transported to Washington DC were Lana and Greg are happy but something is missing. Alternating chapters for a while, we learn that Lana has some amnesia and cannot remember her relationship with Claire. The story continues like this for a while, absorbing readers and sharing a tale of two different loves. It seems at first that this is a case of amnesia or dream states, but savvy readers will pick up on a few clues that tell you otherwise… and I’m not giving away any spoilers here, as the truth is a lot more complicated.

I enjoyed this story a lot. At first, I thought… it’s a bit like fantasy where I am lost in terms of what boundaries exist in this non-existent world. Genes clarifies several key ones, enough so I could focus on the dynamic and complex relationships. It suddenly became more about a woman in love with two different people, and how would she choose which one to commit her future to. When Lana finds out she’s pregnant, a whole new element of pain, love, confusion, shock, and intrigue develops. Genes keeps you guessing but mostly forces you to debate which love is stronger. For me, despite my concern over what was happening with the memory loss, I wanted Lana to be with Claire. There was an edge and strength in their relationship, where with Greg, it was solid, dependable, and comforting — that’s a great thing, but it was missing a tiny bit of spark which made me root more for Claire.

When the book ends, I found myself wondering — what’s next? There are answers but there are also questions. A choice is made, but a situation is still open. Will we ever learn what happens with the dreams versus reality? A curious book series, and one I look forward to continuing to read…

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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My stand-alone novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. My new book series, Braxton Campus Mysteries, will fit those who love cozy mysteries and crime investigations but with a twist. There are four books: Academic CurveballBroken Heart Attack, Flower Power Trip, and Mistaken Identity Crisis. I read, write, and blog A LOT on this site where you can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.


7 thoughts on “Book Review: Magnetic Reverie by Nico J. Genes

    robertawrites235681907 said:
    July 13, 2019 at 6:36 AM

    You really had we with the words “a curious series”. Sounds right up my street, Jay. I am currently reading Fahrenheit 451 and boy, is it one freaky dystopian novel.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 13, 2019 at 7:27 AM

      It’s quite interesting. I can’t decide where book two will go.

      I haven’t read that one. I think I’m scared of it… I’ll have to look for your review to see if it’s something I would consider. Thanks!


    robertawrites235681907 said:
    July 14, 2019 at 1:24 PM

    It’s very good. Makes you really think.

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    Mischenko said:
    July 16, 2019 at 7:34 AM

    This sounds really good. I saw your review on GR too. Definitely adding it! 🙂 Hope all is going well with you.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 16, 2019 at 7:36 AM

      Hi! I miss chatting. I hardly ever get to go on blogs anymore and when I do, it’s in spurts where I read everything, then comment and get lost on what I missed.

      I’m doing well. This was an intriguing book, different than I’ve read before. I think you would like this one too. How’re you? All the pups? Fam?

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        Mischenko said:
        July 16, 2019 at 9:07 AM

        Same! It’s hard to keep up with everything. I actually took a hiatus, but I’m slowly coming back.

        I miss our chats too! Happy to see that you’re writing so much. Amazed with how many books you’ve written in a short time. It seems like it wasn’t that long ago that you were writing your first book! Time goes so fast.

        Everyone is doing well here. Kids and pups are growing. Life is good. I hope everything is good with your family too! 😊 Hugs xoxo

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        July 16, 2019 at 8:55 PM

        It’s been a wild 2 years here! 🙂 I’m glad all is well!

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