Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Review: Smoke and Magic

Title: Smoke and Magic
Author: Patti Larsen

Book Summary:

“Banished to Victorian London


Auburdeen Hayle is the sixteen-year-old daughter of the next leader of her coven.  When the transition of power becomes tense, Burdie is sent from her home in America to stay with old friends in London to keep her safe.  But a handsome young man chooses to hide from the police in her hansom, drawing Burdie into an underground world of magic that challenges even her sense of adventure and puts her at odds with the very people who are meant to protect her.”

            When magic flies… I hide.  That’s always been my motto!  Auburdeen ( Burdie) Hayle, it seems, has never shared my opinion.  Burdie leaves her home in the states to live with family friends in London, for her own protection of course.  While in London Burdie feels very alone and decidedly smothered by her overprotective caretaker.  When she meets a mysterious boy who claims to want nothing to do with her, she is intrigued.  Soon Burdie is caught up in his world and finds that the secrets she is unraveling are closer than she thinks.
              
            When I am first introduced to Burdie, it becomes crystal clear almost instantly that she has a major attitude and a blazing temper.  I almost get the impression that she WANTS to get into a fight with someone.  She doesn’t listen or follow directions particularly well, and when things get tough, she keeps everything bottled up.  Her natural curiosity and fearlessness cause her to be in more than one scrap.  By the end of Smoke and Magic, I really feel like I have a good grasp on her no-nonsense, opinionated character.

            This book is FULL of magic.  Burdie and her whole family are witches and so is the family she stays with in London.  This adds many fantasy elements to the book and definitely helps keep my interest.  Smoke and Magic features other unique types of magic, and I think Larsen does a great job of explaining and working them into the story.  In addition to being full of magic, Smoke and Magic also features lots of plot twists and turns.  Some are predictable, while others… I’m still surprised that they happened.

            Some of the dialogue seems unnatural to me, but it isn’t too distracting. I don’t like how the book ends; it cuts of very abruptly, making me reel in shock. I’m reading along, find some really surprising twists, experience a few moments of “Oh no they DIDN’T”, and then BAM. Story. Over. I guess the saving grace is that the next book is already out. But if it wasn’t, I would be REALLY upset at the abrupt ending!

The Cover:
           
First: I LOVE blue.  Second: This cover has lots of BEAUTIFUL shades of blue in it.  Meaning: I REALLY like this cover.  I like the misty white swirls at the bottom of the cover; they give off a mysterious feel.  The glowing ball of power looks awesome and dangerous!  I also really, really want to steal her top hat… just sayin’.

I give Smoke and Magic 4 out of 5 hearts: Great Read!

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16 comments:

  1. Burdie sounds like an interesting character. It's not often that I come across female characters with attitude and aggression who are just looking for trouble, so I think her adventures should be quite interesting to read:)

    Sarah Bibi Setar

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    1. Ohh, Sounds like you would like it!! :)

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  2. I love reading books about witches, and books with beautiful overs as this one. Certainly interested.

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    1. Then I hope you give it a try! I would love to hear your thoughts!! :)

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  3. This sounds awesome!

    The heroine sounds great - strong and fearless and also curious.

    The cover's alluring too. A little steampunk

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    1. Yeah... I didn't find the carriage steampunk but I can see where you got that from. :)

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  4. nice review..and i like this cover...
    putting it on my TBR..

    thanks

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    1. I'm glad you like the cover... I myself find it very intriguing!

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  5. Glad you enjoyed it, and I definitely also thing the cover looks a little steampunk.

    Where do you find all of these books?

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    1. Hey Christina!! Hmm, I don't really see steam punk maybe historical... and most of the time the authors find me :)

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  6. +JMJ+

    If Burdie is exactly as you describe, then she'd be very off putting to me. And it sounds as if her desire to start fights is portrayed as more of a strength than a weakness--which is the author's prerogative, of course, but not also my delight.

    The problems with the plot that you've picked up on aren't very encouraging, either. I think I'll give this one a pass, but thanks for the review. =)

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    1. Yeah, she might get on your nerves. :/ Thanks for stopping by, I wish the book sounded better to you!

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  7. Nice review, pretty convincing...
    a wicked heroine!! Great!! I think I should five this book a chance :)
    thanks!!

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    1. I hope you do give it a chance and enjoy it!

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  8. Thank you for sharing your review. I have been curious about this and admit it was the cover that made me sit up and take notice LOL I want the top hat also :)

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    1. I WANT THE TOP HAT TOO!! So. VERY. BADLY.

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