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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What is the Cairo International Book Fair? And why should I care?

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I’ve wanted to write this post for over a week now, but I just kept postponing it. A procrastinator’s typical life. Here we go!

Note: All prices are converted into dollars by the price of the day Feb 2nd 2017

The What:

The Cairo International Book Fair is one of the biggest book fairs in the world, drawing hundreds of book sellers from around the world and about 3 million visitors each year. It is the largest book fair in the Arab world,as well as the oldest. In 2006, it was the second largest book fair in the world after the Frankfurt Book Fair. The Fair is considered the most important event in the Arabic publishing world.

The When:

It takes place each year in the last week of January and the first week of February. However, the exact starting date is announced at the beginning of the year. This year it will be open daily from 10am until 7pm for book selling, and until 9pm for cultural events. Tickets are sold in front of the fairgrounds for 1 EGP (0.054 $).

The Where:

Cairo, Egypt. Obviously. It is organised in the Cairo International Fair Grounds in Madinat Nasr.

The Why:

As for why you should be keen on attending this fair (if possible), there are a couple of reasons:

  • Sales. As simple as that. You can get a book worth 200 EGP (10.767 $) for only 10 EGP (0.5 $).
  • Variety. The book suits every reader’s taste. You can get academic books, specialized books (history, economy, politics, religion etc.) or as in my case novels. Also you can find books in about 10 languages (that I know of). Arabic and English being the most popular, followed by German, Chinese, French and Russian.
  • The fair is a perfect place for a family outing or picnic or even for a group of friends or an intellectual date.

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  • Lots of books! This year we will see 670 publishers, 451 Egyptian, 200 Arabs, 13 international, and six from African countries.
  • Book signings. The fair is the ultimate chance to meet all of your favourite authors, poets and novelists and all in the same place!

    I’ll post my own trip in another post for the sake of organization. Have you gone to the fair this year? What do you think of it?

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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