Published By: Kensington Books
Release Date: April 28th, 2015
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Young Adult
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. . .
There are those books that get a 5 feather rating because they totally blow you out of the atmosphere from the get go and leave you mentally, and even at times physically exhausted. Then there are those books that are more like a slow burn and you know that you are enjoying the story but it isn't until the end that you realize just how engrossed in the story you were because you find yourself thinking about all the clues that were scattered throughout the story that you didn't catch on top of trying to solve the mysteries that were resolved and what the characters will get involved in next. Cold Burn of Magic definitely falls into the latter category for me.
Magic, monsters, mafia style families and a story told through the eyes of a heroine who had to grow up far faster than she should have and is unapologetic when it comes to what she needs to do to survive? That is definitely my cup of tea, though I’ll be honest that I had my reservations due the story falling under the YA genre, but from the first page those reservations died a quick death. Lila, as well the other teens and young adults in the story, are not your typical teens. There are flashes of teenage angst but the world they have grown up in doesn’t allow much of that to happen. As far as Lila is concerned, I have to say that I like her and how she views her world. She is a survivor with a quick wit, and fingers, and while she is unrepentant as well as unapologetic about what she does in order to live, her moral compass is definitely on the good side of the line, even when she doesn’t want it to be. The rest of the cast of characters that we meet helps to give the story and world more depth and makes it that much more interesting. Oscar is probably my absolute favorite by far, I mean how can you not like a Redneck Pixie? Felix and Mo both got on my nerves and yet amused me in equal parts with their antics and then there is Devon. He’s such a good guy that it’s hard not to like him especially after all that he’s been through, though I am kind of hoping that he loses his cool at some point down the road.
A lot goes on in this book: You learn about the world it’s set in, the Families, the monsters, Lila’s past, the secrets that the other characters are trying desperately to hide (Some of which I figured out, but most I fell just short of seeing the entire picture), but amazingly enough it wasn’t overwhelming. The way that everything was woven together was done very well and only served to make the world more interesting.
Overall: I just really enjoyed everything about this book from the world to the characters and at the time of actually posting this review, which is a few days after finishing the book, I find myself still thinking about all the information that was given in the book and how certain things will play out. So, bring on book two because I want to see if I’ve guessed correctly.
~ I received an ARC from Kensington Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
I’m a Southern gal through and through. Sassy, sarcastic, and just a tad crazy.
I spent my formative years doing the usual kid things – playing, hanging out with my friends, and making up wild stories in my head.
It’s the last one that’s gotten me into trouble.
I don’t remember the first book I read. Or the second. Or even the third. But somewhere along the way, I fell in love with books and reading. Fairy tales, fantasies, adventure stories, mysteries, romances, westerns. As a kid, I read every book that I could get my hands on.
My mom, bless her, encouraged this obsession by taking me to the library every week. It’s one of my favorite childhood memories. Most folks think penicillin, indoor plumbing, and the Internet are the world’s best inventions. Not me. The greatest thing ever created was a library. Indoor plumbing is a close second, though.
The more I read, the more I thought about writing my own stories. I penned a few poems and short stories over the years, mainly for class assignments. Somewhere along the way, I realized that I wanted to write books for a living.
In college, I majored in English because of my love of books. But what can you do with an English degree? I didn’t know. One semester, I got a job with the college newspaper and discovered you could write stories and make a respectable living. Since that light-bulb moment, I’ve earned a bachelor’s degree in English and journalism, and a master’s degree in professional communications. Currently, I’m an award-winning features page designer for a daily newspaper.
Now, after many, many years of toil and trouble, I’ve achieved my dream of being a bona fide, published, fiction author. I plan to keep on keeping on – writing, dreaming, making up wild stories in my head.
And getting myself into trouble.