Review! | Cold Burn Of Magic (Black Blade #1)

Overall Rating:

★★★★★

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Book Details: 

Author: Jennifer Estep

First Publication: Published April 28th 2015

Pages: 323 pages


Synopsis:

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. . .–Goodreads


Review:

Note: I’ve read this book about a month ago, so my memory’s not so fresh. I’ll try to do my best, though.

Good writting. Intriguing main character. Likeable supporting cast. Fast pace.Throw in a bit of swordplay and a bit of mystery and you have the makings of an exceptional novel. I remember it was sometimes a little predictable. Not so much for plot twists.

So why is this book on my favourites shelf? The main character, Lila! She’s tough, independent and feisty with a bit of a soft spot. She accidentally gets in the middle of a mob feud. Her mother was killed because of the Families and Lila has been trying to avoid them since. But it seems she have no choice but to get entangled in their issues. After she saves the heir of a magical family, she is forced to work as his bodyguard.

I was a little disappointed that she and Devon (the heir) didn’t get together *ship failure*. The will be so cute together -in a tough way, mind you.

All in all, COLD BURN OF MAGIC is definitely a fun read. And while I’m hoping for certain things to happen, I’m also looking forward to the ride that Estep will take us on in Dark Heart of Magic, the second installment in the Black Blade series. I’ve already got the ebook!


Have you read this book yet? Did you like it? If not, are you going to? Do tell in the comments below! And keep reading!

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My trip to the CIBF (A recount or book haul?)

I’ve already posted a blog about what is the Cairo International Book Fair You can see it here.


So, I thought I’d share this wonderful experience with you. I went last week and I’m already wishing I could go again. This isn’t the first time for me to go, but it was the first for me to choose my own books and decide what to get and what to not – I felt like an adult 🙂 . Anyway, so I started by casually checking out the publishers and bargains before I buy anything. It was impossible to see all the fair ground then come back again, so I ended buying from first sight. The first place I bought something from was Dar El Shrouq. They had 50% discounts on 250 titles and 150 other titles for only 5, 10 or 20 EGP (0.3, 0.5 or 1 $). Here’s what i got from there:

  • Beatrice & Virgil by Yann Martel hardcover – 30 EGP (1.6 $)
  • Trash by Andy Mulligan paperback – 20 EGP (1 $)

Next was the AUC Press (they had to drag me out of there).

What I got from the AUC Press:

  • Instinct by Ben Kay – 32 EGP (1.7 $)
  • Indulgence in Death by J.D. Robb – It doesn’t have a price sticker on it but I think it’s the same as the one above or maybe cheaper.

After that I sauntered around for a few hours. My sister got some Arabic novels and my dad got a business book for him and children’s books for my other sister at home. And then we reached the Azbakia section. This is where second-hand, old and fake copies are sold. They are usually the cheapest books in the fair. I got quite some books from there. All of those are paperback:

  • The Selection by Kiera Cass – 20 EGP (1 $)
  • All the Light We Cannot See – 25 EGP (1.3 $)
  • 5 books for 50 EGP (2.7 $)
    • City of Ghosts by Bali Rai
    • Drama Girl by Carmen Reid
    • Distant Waves by Suzanne Weyn
    • The Black Sphinx by Matt Hart
    • A beautiful Lie by Irfan Master
  • 1984 by George Orwell – 20 EGP (1 $)

 


I just noticed the post ended up being a book haul and not a recount. Anyway, what do you think of my purchases? Any idea which book should I start with first?

Review! | The Year I Became Isabella Anders (Sunnyvale #1)

Overall Rating:

★★★★

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Book Details: 

Author: Jessica Sorenson

First Publication: September 2nd 2015 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Pages: 246 pages


Synopsis:

Isabella Anders has always been the girl that never fit in. Most days she feels invisible, especially when she’s around her older sister, Hannah, who catches the eye of everyone, including Kai and Kyler, the boys who live next door.

Isabella has had a crush on Kyler for years, but knows he’ll never see her as anything more than Hannah’s little sister, unless she finds a way to standout.

When Isabella gets an offer from her grandmother to travel overseas for the summer, she seizes the opportunity, hoping she’ll discover more about herself. And she does, but not in the way that she expected.

Three months later, Isabella returns home an entirely new person. The change is enough to catch both Kyler and Kai’s attention. But Isabella is still struggling with what she discovered over the summer and until she deals with the truth, she’ll never truly be herself. –Goodreads


 Review:

I’ve always heard a lot about this author and finally got to read something by her. And I wasn’t disappointed!

The main character, Isabella, who is a down-and-out quirky girl gets a make over and comes back home with a new level of confidence. Her journey from baggy clothes and reading mangas to tube dresses and clubbing is no easy one. It takes a trip with her grandma around Europe and a wonderful cousin to get her out of her comfort zone.

But this isn’t everything! She discovers a truth that will permanently change her life forever. Will she be able to find the rest of the truth?

Aaaaaand, dear gentleman and ladies, here’s our cliffhanger of the year. Make sure to buy volume 2 before you finish this book! Believe me you won’t be able to wait.

This book is super cute and I would recommend it to anybody who can read English.

 


Have you read this book yet? Did you like it? If not, are you going to? Do tell in the comments below! And keep reading!

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Monthly Wrap-Up #1 | Jan 2017

This is my first “wrap-up” post, so I don’t know exactly how to do it. Please write any suggestions or ideas in the comments below.

This month I visited the Cairo International Book Fair ( I promise I’ll make a post about it someday this week) on my birthday! This was the perfect birthday celebration for me. Surrounded with thousands of books. Also, thank you to my friends, Maryam and Habiba, who arranged me a surprise party a couple of days before my birthday. You made my whole year!


Read:

This month, I read only 7 books. All of them in ebook format except for the last two. I’m trying to stop depending on ebooks and convert to physical copies, so I guess that’s a start.

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Walking Disaster (Beautiful, #2) by Jamie McGuire

Rating: ★★★★

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Tommy Hopps and the Aztecs by Max Candee & Austin Briggs

Rating: ★★★★

You can read my review here.

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Cold Burn of Magic (Black Blade, #1) by Jennifer Estep 

Rating: ★★★★★

Review next week.

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The Year I Became Isabella Anders (Sunnyvale, #1) by Jessica Sorensen

Rating: ★★★★

Review next week.

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I Doubt I Will Survive Living With These Guys by Luna Kamar

Rating: ★★★

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Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson

Rating: ★★★★★

You can read my review here.

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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Rating: ★★★

Review next week.


Currently Reading:

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New Books / TBR:

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As I mentioned above, the book fair took part this month, so I got some books with low prices. I know it seems like a huge list, but come on, the fair is once a year and I became weak in front of all those colourful covers and discounts. Also, I received some as my birthday present from dad.

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City of Ghosts – by Bali Rai

Drama Girl – by Carmen Reid

Distant Waves – by Suzanne Weyn

The Black Sphinx – by Matt Hart 

A Beautiful Lie – by Irfan Master

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Beatrice and Virgil – by Yann Martel

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All The Light We Cannot See – by Anthony Doerr

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1984 – by George Orwell

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Indulgence in Death – by J.D. Robb

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The Selection – by Kiera Cass

Trash – by Andy Mulligan


I hope I did that right! Feel free to link your wrap-up post in the comments and I will check it out. Have a good one! And keep reading!

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