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This book needed to be brought out from the swirling mind of author Briana Lawrence (fellow nerd, geek, gamer, cosplayer, and secret-not-so-secret magical girl) and transformed into the pages of something magical that now dot the homes of many fans across the nation, as well as their hearts.
As I sat around Kuzco-facing my monitor and wondering how to go around writing this, I thought it might be easier to do this:
Cosmic Green: Precious Bean waifu.
Galactic Purple: Cinnamon Roll waifu.
Radical Rainbow: Kick*** waifu.
Prism Pink: Best waifu.
But then, I thought how… underwhelming that was, considering how spectacular this book really is. So there I sat, trying to form just the right words that would do this book justice. (Even though I could just say, “Read the dang book already! What are you waiting for?”) It was only then the words came to me, though in a way much different than Blaze deciding the ideal moment to appear from behind a closed door and extend a helping hand.
Admittedly, I don’t do as much reading as I probably should despite my collection and fondness for literature. It has nothing to do with font-size, paperback or hardback, or lack of interest in sitting around with my nose between dainty pages filled by blood, sweat, and tears. It was a lack of connection. Most books I have felt just like ink on pages. There was no… connection, no emotion, and no meaning. There was nothing to me. Nothing but words.
This book delivered everything I didn’t know I needed in a blow more powerful than Radical Rainbow herself. It flowed as flawlessly as Prism’s Pink’s “Sewn Together Symmetry”. It pulled me in so far that I only reluctantly ever put this book down to get sleep for the little sanity I have while at work. The characters moved me in ways I hadn’t felt for the longest time. Each one captured a piece of my 8-bit heart, and together, as a team, I hold them dearly while eagerly awaiting the next book in this series.
When they were laughing, I found myself laughing with them. When they were crying, I was a sobbing wreck who horded rolls of toilet paper in my room and praying these babies would get through whatever hardship they faced. And when they felt that certain warmth only friendship could offer, I felt it too. I encouraged them along the way, and finally I felt that connection I once thought I lacked as a human being. It was like watching an anime unfold before my eyes with each "episode", sweeping me away with each page I turned. It may have the lacked ice-skating husbands that I used for bookmarks, but it offered something on the same level. Pft. Who am I kidding? It offered something MORE, something steps far above them. It offered many a chance to connect with characters who would normally have been underrepresented in today’s society. I’m talking about the goddess who would otherwise be known as black queer girls.
This book was something I knew was needed. It delivers, and it represents. Boy does it represent. This is a book I can give to friends I just know who need it, and watch as their eyes light up in ways they didn’t know possible, only to point at the cover and say, “They’re like me!” Yes, hon. They are very much like you. Magical right down to your smile, and ready to show the world that you too were born to make history. I know this because that’s exactly what I did for my yearly Christmas book exchange with a good friend. Ironically, our friendship was founded on conversations of Sailor Moon. So this book… it held a much deeper meaning to us. And I could not have felt that kind of Christmas miracle had this book never came forth. Thank you for making such a memorable time possible, Briana.
My only complaint, and the only thing I didn’t get from this book, was Marianna’s brownies, cookies, or cheesecake. I am a sucker for baked goodies, especially cheesecake. Though had they decided to sprout up from the pages, I highly doubt Bree would be willing to share without pulling out a fight stick and going head-on in a “best two out of three” match. According to her, I’m probably not “Cheesecake worthy” yet. And yes, Marianna, that is an actual thing.
Seriously though. There’s someone out there who needs this book in their lives. If not you, then surely someone you know. Someone who needs to be reminded that they are magical, and that they are very much real and capable of doing all kinds of amazing things. So what are you doing right now? Stop reading this review and get to reading a memorable journey you won’t forget. Trust me when I say you won’t regret it.
But from the moment I finished the first chapter I was hooked. Even though the story takes place in such a magical and fictional world the situations and the characters are so real. This book is something that was needed in the nerd community and the world. Briana is a very talented writer who has mastered pulling you into the beautiful world she has created. I highly recommend this book to anyone who needs some help remembering how magical they truly are and to those who already know it doesn't hurt to remind yourself.