Mask of Shadows // Assassins & Morally-Gray Characters

Title: Mask of Shadows

Author: Linsey Miller

Pub: To be released Aug 29, 2017

Genre: Fantasy

I received an eARC via NetGAlley in exchange for an honest review

Sallot Leon is a gifted thief and wants out of the dog-eat-dog world of crime and poverty. They steal a flyer for an audition for the Left Hand, the Queen’s personal force of assassins, and determines this is the way to escape they’re monotonous and dangerous life and seek revenge on those who destroyed their home.

Mask of Shadows offers morally ambiguous characters (stab, stab, poison!), an engaging take on what it means to be an assassin, and adds a dose of inclusiveness with a gender-fluid character like Sal. However, it lacks the foundation of a large fantasy world, world building, and setting.

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Miraculous Tales // Great Addition for Fans of Show

Title: Miraculous: Tales of Lady Bug and Cat Noir: Akumatized vol. 4

Illustrator: Michelle Wong

By: ZAG Entertainment

Pub: May 2017

Genre: Fiction, Graphic Novel

I received an eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Akumatized vol. 4 brings together Miraculous tales #10 – #12 in one volume continuing Lady Bug and Cat Noir’s courageous, and often comedic, attempts to keep Paris safe from Hawk Moth and his dangerous akuma.

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The Best Kind of Magic // Fun Urban Fantasy, With Rather Passive Characters

Title: The Best Kind of Magic (Windy City Magic #1)

Author: Crystal Cestari

Pub: May 2017

Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

I received an eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

The cover pulled me in and the premise sounded interesting and angst worthy. Amber Sand is no witch, but comes from a well-known family line of witches. But she’s a matchmaker, capable of seeing someone’s true match by only making eye contact.

She grudgingly goes about her life, surviving school bullies and going to her job at Windy City Magic, her mother’s magic store. But when school cutie Charlie Blitzman, son of the mayor, comes to her form help, she says “why not?”, and enters a pact that might be too much for her.

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