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text 2018-03-23 18:51
Great world building and characters!
The Last Magician - Lisa Maxwell

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell is full of surprises. Every time I thought I had the plot figured out the author would throw me another curve ball. By the end of the book I was wanting more. I want to know all about this world and more about characters, such as Dolph Saunders and Harte Darrigan. Their stories are begging to be told.


However, this story is about Esta. She is one of the few people remaining that have an affinity for real magic, one of the Magues, and a talented one at that. She can manipulate time. She is also a first class thief, she can steal anything. Her teacher and mentor has sent her back in time to steal the book Ars Arcana.  It is the definitive book on magic that contains the secret to destroy the Brink, the magical barrier around New York that lets Magues in, but not out.


The Brink has trapped Magues for over a century now and today magic is almost gone. With the help of the book, the Brink can be brought down and the Magues freed. Of course, things are never as straight forward as they sound. The Ars Arcana is kept under lock and key in a stronghold of the Order, the sworn enemies of the Magues. As great a thief as Esta is, she will need help from Dolph Saunders and his gang. Unbeknownst to her some of Dolph’s people have their reasons for getting the book. In the end, she may have to betray the ones she has come to love in order to complete her mission.


I loved all the characters in the book, even the bad ones. This is what sold me and makes me want more. The story was excellent too. There is a lot going on and the reader could have easily gotten lost in the details. Yet, the author was very good about not throwing information at you all at once. Each tidbit revealed seemed to come at just the right time. It is obvious that careful thought when into the details.


The pace of the plot was perfect. It never felt rushed or forced and there was enough action and tension to keep any reader interested. There was a good balance of all things: characters, plot, setting, etc. I could not have asked for more.


If you are a fan of Leigh Bardogo, author of Six of Crows, you will love this book. I highly recommend with no reservations what so ever. Also, if you enjoy time travel stories and books with badass heroines this is a must for your TBR list.


I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.


For more of my reviews, and author interviews, see my book blog at www.thespineview.com.

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text 2017-10-01 13:48
September Re-Cap
The Fixer - Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Mad: A Novel (Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know Trilogy) - Chloé Esposito
The Last Magician - Lisa Maxwell
Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon
The Pact - Karina Halle
The Kind Worth Killing - Peter Swanson
The Orchard: A Memoir - Theresa Weir
Everything Under The Sun - Jessica Redmerski,J.A. Redmerski
World After - Susan Ee
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - Tantor Audio,Becky Chambers,Rachel Dulude


A mediocre reading month...some good...some not so good, some good but long (everything under the sun).  I listened to more books than I physically read this month by far, including a re-listen/read for an old favorite.  I did not read a single arc...I think that's due to me feeling like I don't want to be a guinea pig for new books.  Essentially, that's what you are, after all, which is the price you pay for being able to read books before they come out.  I'm just not sure if I want to do it anymore.




(eBook) The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Finish Date:  09/02



(Audiobook) Mad by Chloe Esposito

Finish Date:  09/03

4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-


(Audiobook) The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

Finish Date:  09/10

4.5/5 STARS - GRADE=A-


(Audiobook) Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Finish Date:  09/12



(eBook) The Pact by Karina Halle

Finish Date:  09/13

2.7/5 STARS - GRADE=C-


(Audiobook) The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

Finish Date:  09/16



(Audiobook) The Orchard: A Memoir by Theresa Weir

Finish Date:  09/20

3.5/5 - GRADE = B-


(eBook) Everything Under the Sun by Jessica Redmerski

Finish Date:  09/24



(Audiobook) World After by Susan Ee

Finish Date:  09/25

4.8/5 Stars - GRADE=A


(Audiobook) The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (review pending)

Finish Date:  09/30

4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-


10 books Total for a total of 4,083 pages (including audio).

7 Audiobooks and 3 ebooks.






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review 2017-09-16 15:00
One of the best covers…ever!
The Last Magician - Lisa Maxwell


Book Title:  The Last Magician

Author:  Lisa Maxwell

Narration:  Candace Thaxton

Series:  Book 1 of a duology, I think…

Genre:  Magic, Historical, Time Travel

Setting:  New York --Past and Present

Source:  Audiobook (Library)




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Ratings Breakdown


Plot:  5/5

Main Characters:  4.3/5

Secondary Characters:  4.2/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4.2/5

Theme or Tone:  4.3/5

Flow (Writing Style):  

Backdrop (World Building):  4.8/5

Fantasy Elements:  4.8/5

Book Cover:  5+/5  Love it…

Narration:  4/5 She's not bad, just bad for me, I think…

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Yes…and I didn't even know it was a duology

Total:  4.5/5 STARS - GRADE=A-



My Thoughts


I think I would have liked this even more than I did if I had read it…I don't know if it just the narrator that I didn't like, or something else.  I only took a little off for that, though, because The Magician is addictively entertaining.  A time traveling, magic wielding, good time.  The history, the splashes of romance and the intrigue make this a very worthwhile read.


Will I continue this series Yes, I totally will…I just wish it had a different narrator.


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review 2016-06-23 18:42
A darkly creative tale of Pan and Hook
Unhooked - Lisa Maxwell

Book Title:  Unhooked

Author:  Lisa Maxwell

Series:  Stand Alone

Genre:  Fantasy, Fairytale Retelling, YA

Source:  Kindle E-Book (Library)

☆My Pick for Book Theme Song:  Lost Boy by Ruth B  -a beautiful song...despite the lyrics being a little off kilter.



Ratings Breakdown


Plot:  4.8/5

Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4.8/5

Theme:  4.5/5

Flow:  4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  No


Will I read more from this Author?  I'm tempted…



4.5/5 STARS


My Thoughts


I wasn't expecting to like this as much as I did…it took me on a intriguing ride.  I don't really remember much of the actual tale of Peter Pan, but I didn't really need too.  This is part fantastical fairytale retelling mixed with a healthy dose of paranormal, and a splash of romance.  It's quite dark, and it thoroughly blurs the line between good and bad.  I think the latter is the reason I relished it so much.


Sex Factor:  None really, but it hints at some…sort of.


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text 2016-03-01 23:37
February (e)Book Haul #2
Unhooked - Lisa Maxwell
Passenger - Alexandra Bracken
After the Woods - Kim Savage
Infinity Rises - S. Harrison
Behind Closed Doors - B.A. Paris
The Shadow Queen - C. J. Redwine
The Lost Girls (Book #2 in The Suburban Murder Series) - Alexa Steele
The Dreamer (The Dreamerland Series Book 1) - E.J. Mellow
Ruin: Dystopian Romance (Unbelief Series Book 2) - C.B. Stone,Book Covers by Design
Bird Box - Josh Malerman

Update #2 on the books I bought on February

❁ Bought:

Unhooked - Lisa Maxwell 

Passenger - Alexandra Bracken 

After the Woods - Kim Savage 

Infinity Rises - S. Harrison 

Behind Closed Doors - B. A. Paris 

The Shadow Queen - C.J. Redwine 

The Dreamer (The Dreamerland Series Book 1) - E.J. Mellow 

Bird Box - Josh Malerman 

❁ Some of the freebies I got from amazon:

Monday or Tuesday - Virginia Woolf  (and numerous other classics)

Witch Is When It All Began - Adele Abbott 

The Hungering Saga Complete - Heath Pfaff 

Haunted on Bourbon Street - Deanna Chase 

Ruin: Dystopian Romance (Unbelief Series Book 2) - C.B. Stone,Book Covers by Design 


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