What have you been reading lately? Below are various reviews and opinions of what our staff and members have been reading lately and believe are worth sharing.
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First Sentence: I never expected cookies at the end of the world.
Back cover blurb: But everything was not normal. Not at all. We were about to enter a war with two of the most powerful creatures who had ever used magic. And we were nowhere near ready for this fight.
For most of her life, Allison Beckstrom has used magic and accepted the heavy price it exacts. But now that all magic is poisoned, it’s no longer just using people-it’s killing them.
With Portland about to descend into chaos, Allie needs to find a way to purify the wells of tainted magic beneath the city. But the only options left to her are grim: attempt to close down magic forever or follow her father’s plan to get magic into the right hands-even though she’s learned never to trust his word.
Now Allie will have to make a choice and face the darkness of her deepest fears before time runs out for them all…
First Sentence: I had a headache.
Back cover blurb: We knew as soon as we stepped out on those streets, we were walking blind into a war. All of us were going to bear the pain for the magic we called upon. And I was going to have to bear the pain for carrying a weapon that made me face what I had become. A killer.
Allison Beckstrom’s talent for tracking spells has put her up against some of the darkest elements in the world of magic, but she’s never faced anything like this.
Magic itself has been poisoned, and Allie’s undead father may have left the only cure in the hands of a madman. Hunted by the Authority-the secret council that enforces magic’s laws-wanted by the police, and unable to use magic, she’s got to find the cure before the sickness spreads beyond any power to stop it.
But when a Death magic user seeks to destroy the only antidote, Allie and her fellow renegades must stand and fight to defend the innocent and save all magic…
First Sentence: It had taken Bartholomew Wray, the overseer of Portland’s Authority, who was apparently my new boss, exactly forty-eight hours to contact me for a standard-procedure meet and greet.
Back cover blurb: I took a deep breath, set a Disbursement-a headache this time-and drew a Sight spell. I pulled magic into it. The world broke into shades of old magic among vibrant new spells, bright neon dripping down buildings, pastels drifting along the empty street.
Allison Beckstrom has willingly paid the price to use magic and has obeyed the rules of the Authority, the clandestine organization that makes-and enforces-all magic policy but when the Authority’s new boss, Bartholemew Wray, refuses to believe that the sudden rash of deaths in Portland could be caused by magic, Allie must choose whether to follow the Authority’s rules or to turn against the very people for whom she’s risked her life.
To stop the plague of dark magic spreading through the city, Allie must put all that she values on the line; her magic, her memories, her life. As dead magic users rise to feed upon the innocent and the people closest to her begin to fall, Allie is about to run out of options…
First Sentence: Zayvion Stretched out in my bed wearing nothing but his boxers under the covers.
Back cover blurb: In theory, I could call on enough magic to burn this place to the ground. but the price I’d have to pay would be as big as the spell I cast, and then I’d be nothing but ashes and burnt bones.
There aren’t many girls who can say they’ve gone into the realm of death and lived to tell the tale. But to restore her lover Zayvion’s soul, Allison Beckstrom had to pay a bitter price-and things are about to get worse.
It turns out the leader of the Authority, the council that decides what can-and can’t-be done with magic, is being held hostage. But when the trail leads Allie and Zayvion to the secret prison where the Authority locks away magical criminals who are too dangerous to be held anywhere else, they find more than they bargained for. An undead magic user has possessed one of the prisoners, and he wants his freedom-and then some. Now Allie and Zayvion are the first line of defense against the chaos he’s about to unleash on the city of Portland.