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Review: Cold Burn of Magic (Jennifer Estep)

Cold Burn of Magic (Black Blade, #1)There Be Monsters Here. . .

It's not as great as you'd think, living in a tourist town that's known as "the most magical place in America." Same boring high school, just twice as many monsters under the bridges and rival Families killing each other for power.

I try to keep out of it. I've got my mom's bloodiron sword and my slightly illegal home in the basement of the municipal library. And a couple of Talents I try to keep quiet, including very light fingers and a way with a lock pick.

But then some nasty characters bring their Family feud into my friend's pawn shop, and I have to make a call--get involved, or watch a cute guy die because I didn't. I guess I made the wrong choice, because now I'm stuck putting everything on the line for Devon Sinclair. My mom was murdered because of the Families, and it looks like I'm going to end up just like her. . .

Let's pause for a fan girl moment, please. I have loved Jennifer Estep's books since I stumbled across the Mythos Academy series years ago. When I saw Cold Burn of Magic a while ago, I really didn't think it could be as good as her mythology based novels, so I waited to read it. But when I finally got around to reading it, I knew within the opening chapter that I was wrong for putting it off.

I enjoyed this book so much!

It's fast-paced, full of smoldering romance, and a super kick-butt female lead.

Books that drag on bore me. I'm like a little kid. I want something awesome to happen in the first chapter and never stop. Well, Cold Burn of Magic did not disappoint in that department. The story is told from Lila's perspective, which is fantastic. She's full of snark and sass, which I fully enjoy. She's also incredibly resourceful, given her trade, and that makes for very interesting plot twists along the way.

If you've read the Mythos Academy books, you know what I mean by smoldering romance. One of the things that I like about Ms. Estep's books is that there is no love at first sight nonsense. But if there is, the characters are horribly resistant to it, so it takes a long time to develop. Needlesstosay, there is a lot of tension between Devon and Lila. Knowing how the other series played out, I can guess what will ultimately happen between these two, but that's okay. I enjoy the ride just the same. Even when you know what might happen in the end, sometimes just getting there is half the fun.

Cold Burn of Magic ended up being one of those books that I did not want to put down once I started it. In fact, I stayed up into the early hours of the morning so I could finish it in one sitting. And as luck would have it, because of my awesome procrastination skills, books 2 (Dark Heart of Magic) and 3 (Bright Blaze of Magic) are already available for my reading pleasure. So, yay me for getting to finish Lila's story without publishing delays. 


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The Search for Delicious Natalie Babbitt
Product Details

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Square Fish (August 21, 2007)
ISBN-10: 9780312369828
Source: My personal book

Summary from Amazon: Gaylen, the King’s messenger, a skinny boy of twelve, is off to poll the kingdom, traveling from town to farmstead to town on his horse, Marrow. At first it is merely a question of disagreement at the royal castle over which food should stand for Delicious in the new dictionary. But soon it seems that the search for Delicious had better succeed if civil war is to be avoided.

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