April 27, 2015

ARC Review --> Cold Burn of Magic (Black Blade, #1) by Jennifer Estep

Title: Cold Burn of Magic (Black Blade, #1)
Author: Jennifer Estep
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Publisher: K-Teen

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. . .

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*ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for honest review*

I’m a huge Jennifer Estep fan. I loved the Mythos Academy series. So, when I saw she had a new series coming out I was ecstatic.

My thoughts…
I really did enjoy this book. I really liked the world and the characters. I’m very excited to see what happens next in the series.
The Characters…
I really liked the characters. There really wasn’t any that I didn’t like. I don’t really have any complaints about any of them.
The Plot…
First off, I’m going to say that I knew it was that guy. I pretty much thought it was “That person” from the beginning. I personally think that this book is very predictable throughout the whole book. Having said that, I still enjoyed, but this book wasn’t my favorite nor did hate it. Just enjoyed it.
Overall thoughts…
This is an enjoyable read with very little romance. I would have liked for there to be more, but hopefully the romance will pick up in the next book. The characters were good. I really enjoyed them. But there was nothing that really made them stand out either. So I really hope the next book in the series will do just that. Happy reading
3.5 stars out of 5

**WARNING: Spoilers  if you haven’t read the first book**

Next in the series…

Book 2

Release Date: October 27, 2015

Something Wicked This Way Comes...

As a thief, I stick to the shadows as much as possible. But when the head of the Sinclair Family picks me to compete in the Tournament of Blades, there's no escaping the spotlight—or the danger.

Even though he's my competition, Devon Sinclair thinks I have the best shot at winning what's supposed to be a friendly contest. But when the competitors start having mysterious "accidents," it looks like someone will do anything to win—no matter who they hurt.

As if I didn't have enough to worry about, mobster Victor Draconi is plotting against Devon and the rest of my friends, and someone's going around Cloudburst Falls murdering monsters. One thing's for sure. Sometimes, humans can be more monstrous than anything else...