Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Review: Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep

Publication Date: 4/28/2015
Series: Black Blade Series #1`
Rating:  4 Stars


Official Blurb:

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. . 

Jennifer Estep has been one of my favorite paranormal authors for quite some time now. Her books always manage to take readers on a unique paranormal journey. Cold Burn of Magic is no exception.  While not a YA fan, I loved this book.  Lila is the kind of character that woman of all ages can connect with. She has a special kind of magic and a penchant for being a great thief. Mini Gin Blanco anyone? Her life takes a huge turn when she decides to play the hero and defends the son of one of the most powerful families in her town. Her life spirals out of control along with her emotions as she embraces her new position as a bodyguard. 

Estep’s heroines are bar none some of the best in book nation. She has this remarkable ability to turn these everyday women into ferocious females who kick ass first then take names.  Lila is a bit of a watered down version of these strong female leads, but she is still in fact strong. You can tell that she’s a kid and is uncertain in her path.  This book and new series gives you just enough of a YA Gin Blanco taste to keep you coming back for more.  This is a definite must reader for younger adult readers!

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