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    Keep it coming

    Loved reading more from Jennifer Estep! Somewhat predictable in terms of a story but definitely fun to read.
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    A little too 'on the nose'

    I've really enjoyed the first 2 books in this series, until it reaches the revelation of the antagontist. I find there is plenty of foreshadowing and hints throughout the books alluding to who the villain is. When the author finally reveals it in the storyline, however, the explanation of the antagonist's motives are a little overdone since the reader has already been able to put most of the pieces together. Especially when the revelation is presented in such a way that the protagonist is still asking the antagonist for clarification of their motives. As a reader I assume that I have all the same information as the protagonist (especially if the story is told in a first person narrative). So for me to be able to figure out the direction of the plot before the leading character, makes her seem weak and incompetent. That being said, I'm still really enjoying the stories and look forward to reading the third book in the series. I'm certainly not trying to critique the author with this review or turn people off of reading this series. Just thought I'd give my two sense.
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    LOVED IT

    From the first sentence I was in love.It was impossible to put dow and when i did all I thought about was it.
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    Magic, Monsters, and the Mob

    I liked this book but I didn't like it quite as much as I did the first book in the series. My 4 star rating is probably a bit generous but it is really a fun read. This book really has a lot going for it and the world that it is set in is amazing. I just love the combination of magic, monsters, and the mob that this world is built upon. This book picks up right where the first book in the series, Cold Burn of Magic, leaves off so I would recommend that this series be read in order. Lila has assumed her role as bodyguard to the Sinclair family bruiser, Devon. It is time for the annual Tournament of Blades competition. This competition will consist of selected members from each family facing off against each other until the champion is named. Lila doesn't know a whole lot about this tournament from her prior life as a thief but she may be the Sinclair family's best chance at winning. When some unusual things start happening, Lila works to try to find out what is going on through the use of her magic and the skills that she has developed from her work as a thief. The tournament was interesting and I liked that it allowed members from the different families to interact. Some of the characters from the other families are actually pretty interesting and others are just ugly to their core. The action during the tournament was exciting but not quite as exciting as the action that occurred outside of the tournament. There were a few twists and turns in this story which I really loved. Lila had grown as a character and seems a bit more sure of herself as she learns more about her parents' past. The only thing that bothered me about this book was the romantic pieces. I know that this is a YA novel and I am just an old lady but the romance felt so very young and was distracting at times. I do appreciate that the story is not centered on a love triangle but Lila's indecision regarding her feelings for Devon are becoming old. I kind of wanted to slap her so that she would either act on her feelings or stop thinking about it. I am hoping that the next installment will have some forward momentum in terms of their relationship even if it means that they don't have one...I just want someone to make a decision and quit talking about it. I would recommend this book to fans of Young Adult novels. This story is set in an interesting and creative world and there is a lot of action to keep things exciting. I have read several books by Jennifer Estep and plan to continue with this series when the next installment is released. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Kensington Books via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.
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    Great second book in the Black Blade Series!

    I received an ARC from Netgalley via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This is the second book in Jennifer Estep's YA-Paranormal Black Blade series. I have mostly read and really enjoyed her adult series, Elemental Assassin, but I took a chance with the first book in this series, Cold Burn of Magic, and I loved it! This one continued off where the first one left off and was equally as impressive. This is quickly turning out to be one of my favorite YA-Paranormal series. Lila is an amazing character and some of the bombshells dropped in this book will only make the series more interesting. Can't wait for more!
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