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Mini Review ‘Magic For Liars’ ~ Sarah Gailey

41555947Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

Publication Date: June 4th 2019

Publisher: Tor Books

Blurb: Sharp, mainstream fantasy meets compelling thrills of investigative noir in this fantasy debut by rising star Sarah Gailey. 

Ivy Gamble has never wanted to be magic. She is perfectly happy with her life—she has an almost-sustainable career as a private investigator, and an empty apartment, and a slight drinking problem. It’s a great life and she doesn’t wish she was like her estranged sister, the magically gifted professor Tabitha.

But when Ivy is hired to investigate the gruesome murder of a faculty member at Tabitha’s private academy, the stalwart detective starts to lose herself in the case, the life she could have had, and the answer to the mystery that seems just out of her reach.

★★★★/5

Review

Magic for Liars is a short, sharp book about worlds that could have been, the dangerous things you do for the people you love and broken relationships – set against a backdrop of magic.

What I loved about Magic for Liars was how mundane the magic is – yes there are fantastical things you can do with it but the wielders are very human and Gailey nails this. Ivy is a wonderful character to follow, she’s messy, flawed and wants gloriously. It was both uncomfortable and wonderful.

It was a little slow to start but overall a thoroughly inventive and wonderful book that I’ll definitely be rereading in the near future. And finally I cannot leave without a mention to Rahul – bi cinnamon roll extraordinaire.

“Fucking Mages.”

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Waiting on Wednesday…Crier’s War

41951626._SY475_Crier’s War by Nina Varela

Publication Date: October 1st 2019

Publisher: HarperTeen

Series: Crier’s War #1

Blurb: After the War of Kinds ravaged the kingdom of Rabu, the Automae, designed to be the playthings of royals, usurped their owners’ estates and bent the human race to their will.

Now Ayla, a human servant rising in the ranks at the House of the Sovereign, dreams of avenging her family’s death…by killing the sovereign’s daughter, Lady Crier.

Crier was Made to be beautiful, flawless, and to carry on her father’s legacy. But that was before her betrothal to the enigmatic Scyre Kinok, before she discovered her father isn’t the benevolent king she once admired, and most importantly, before she met Ayla.

Now, with growing human unrest across the land, pressures from a foreign queen, and an evil new leader on the rise, Crier and Ayla find there may be only one path to love: war.

First off, before even getting to the content, can we take a minute for THAT COVER. Because it’s fucking stunning! I was always planning to read this, but that cover single-handedly ensured that I will be buying a physical copy, without a doubt. I really, really hope it’s as shiny as it looks.

And now to get to the content, it sounds like it’s going to be absolutely incredible. I am so excited for this. I also hear that there some intense slowburn which I am here for. Slowburn AND f/f AND enemies-to-lovers – need I say more?

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Book Reviews

Book Review ‘Amnesty’ ~ Lara Elena Donnelly

AmnestyAmnesty by Lara Elena Donnelly

Publication Date: April 16th 2019

Publisher: Tor Books

Series: Amberlough Dossier #3

Blurb: The revolution has come and gone, with Amberlough City striving to rebuild itself from the ashes. The Ospies have been ousted, and the very face of the nation has been changed in the process.

Now, a rising politician is determined to bring Amberlough’s traitors to justice.

Including double agent Cyril DePaul.

Everyone believes Cyril deserves to suffer for his crimes… except an old lover and an estranged sister. Soon, they become entangled in another web of high-stakes politics, underground crime, and personal deceit. Only the most extreme actions can save them from the iron reach of the law, before it is too late.

★★★★★/5

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Waiting on Wednesday…Docile

40522814Docile by K.M. Szpara

Publication Date: March 3rd 2020

Publisher: Tor.com

Blurb: There is no consent under capitalism 

Docile is a science fiction parable about love and sex, wealth and debt, abuse and power, a challenging tour de force that at turns seduces and startles.

To be a Docile is to be kept, body and soul, for the uses of the owner of your contract. To be a Docile is to forget, to disappear, to hide inside your body from the horrors of your service. To be a Docile is to sell yourself to pay your parents’ debts and buy your children’s future.

Elisha Wilder’s family has been ruined by debt, handed down to them from previous generations. His mother never recovered from the Dociline she took during her term as a Docile, so when Elisha decides to try and erase the family’s debt himself, he swears he will never take the drug that took his mother from him. Too bad his contract has been purchased by Alexander Bishop III, whose ultra-rich family is the brains (and money) behind Dociline and the entire Office of Debt Resolution. When Elisha refuses Dociline, Alex refuses to believe that his family’s crowning achievement could have any negative side effects—and is determined to turn Elisha into the perfect Docile without it.

The cover for Docile dropped Monday so I can finally publish a Waiting on Wednesday post of my single most anticipated book of 2020! Words cannot describe how excited I am for this book.

Tor.com Publishing has been teasing us for a goddamn week in the lead up to the reveal and it had me on tenterhooks. The cover didn’t disappoint, I love it so much.

I’ve loved the short stories Szpara has written so I cannot wait for a full length novel.Not to mention how enticing that blurb is. The early reviews are only increasing the anticipation. And that tagline? 🔥🔥 Bring on March 2020 for the love of god.

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Book Reviews

Book Review ‘Ace of Shades’ ~ Amanda Foody

38423521Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

Publication Date: April 23rd 2018

Publisher: HQ Young Adult

Series: The Shadow Game #1

Blurb: Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…
and secrets hide in every shadow.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.  

★/5

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