Cold Burn of Magic book review. This is a great start to a new Jennifer Estep series! | Alexia's Books and Such Title:  Cold Burn of Magic
Author:  Jennifer Estep
Release Date:  April 28, 2015
Publisher:  Kensington
Source:  NetGalley

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)

My Review:

Cold Burn of Magic is a great start to a new Jennifer Estep series! Jennifer is one of my favorite authors and she never disappoints, no matter what the genre!

Living in a town billed as the most magical place in America sounds lovely, but not when the monsters are real and think you’d make a nice main course! Love the idea of actual monsters hiding under the bridges and in the alleyways of town!

The main character, Lila, is doing her best to survive after her mother is killed. And how cool that she’s living in the basement of a library! Sure it’s squatting, but she’s living in a library!

Taking odd jobs as a thief and pick-pocketing gullible tourists helps keep her head above water, but she’s also careful to avoid unwanted attention. The last thing Lila needs is Child Services sniffing around!

Her mother’s old friend Mo looks out for her the best he can, but he’s not exactly the parental sort. In fact, it’s in his pawn shop that Lila’s life turns upside down.

An unwilling witness to an assassination ambush, Lila is determined to stay out of things. Feuds between the families are none of her business and the last thing she wants is to bring any attention to herself. But there’s just something about the target and, despite her reservations, Lila steps in. And her life would never be the same….

Cold Burn of Magic has a great premise, with interesting characters and lots of action. Really love that the ruling families were like the Mob, only with magic! I think that the author has another hit on her hands and I’m already looking forward to the next book!

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