Friday, April 10, 2015

Review: Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep

Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Publisher: Kensington Teen

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. . .

Is Jennifer Estep just awesome or what??  I adored her Frost series so much that I was eagerly anticipating this new series, and I am loving it just as much as I expected to!  Cold Burn of Magic started out perfectly, hooked me right in, made me love the characters, and then took me on an amazing and fantastical thrill ride.

Lila is exactly what I love to see in a good heroine, smart, kinda quirky/funny, but badass.  This girl can kick some serious butt, obviously, or she wouldn't be hired to protect Devon who is, after all, no weakling himself.  You just couldn't help but be enthralled by this heroine because her many nuances, plus her magic, just made her fantastic.

I thought Devon was a perfect foil to her strength and sass.  He is strong himself, honorable, gorgeous, kind, but hot.  You can't help but like him either because he was just so darn endearing. And even though he was kind, there's this little bit of bad boy lurking under the surface, something that tells you he can and will protect what's his.

What I loved about this book, and with most of Estep's other books as well, is that there is no Insta-love here.  If there's one thing this author does extremely well, it is the gradual development of romantic interest, that slow building of sexual tension between her characters that just makes you feel like you're there with them, falling in love as well.

I've read so many series books before where everything happens in the first book... the love, the declaration of love, the kiss, and sometimes even the consummation.  What is there to read on for?  In Jennifer's books, however, she doesn't rush it because what would be the hurry anyway?  She lets it build.  It gives you something to look forward to because you know it's coming, and when you finally get it, you'll squeal.

I thought the bad guy, Grant, was a bit predictable, but then again, he's just a small piece of the big picture and there will be more villains.  He was just a red herring, and so it didn't ruin anything for me.

The writing was fast and furious, the story well-plotted and extremely engaging.  I am literally hopping up and down in agony waiting for the sequel.  Great book!!
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