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The Final Formula: An Urban Fantasy Novel (The Final Formula Series, Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Addie is an alchemist with a problem--she has total amnesia. Rescued from the ruin of the Alchemica, the premier Alchemy institute in the U.S., she remembers nothing about her past...except alchemy. And she's darn good at it. But why?
After preparing a memory potion, Addie hopes to remember everything that happened. Instead, she gets sketchy memories of the night the Alchemica burned...and of the Fire Elemental, one of the four leaders of the American magical community. A man who could turn her to ashes with a thought holds all the answers, or so she thinks.
From there, things take a number of twists and turns as Addie, her friend James (who has his own secret) and the elementals race to find out what happened that night before someone else does.
What I love most about this tale is Addie's world view. She's snarky, but vulnerable. Hard, but naive. She hopes everything will turn out for the best, but plans for the worst. She has heart, but knows how to outsmart an enemy. Addie's study in contrasts, and that makes for a compelling character. A big plus--her romance with Rowan is just plain hot. There's a dark side to all this as well, including a double-cross, a pack of zombies and something haunting in Addie's past. I'm dying to read the next installment.
I recommend this book for a fun read, and you may get hooked enough to get the rest of the series.
An interesting storyline and characters and the fact that it spurred me on enough to purchase book two give four stars to this novel.
However, I did love Addie, the main character. I loved her snarky attitude, which many authors have trouble writing without making the person irritating, and even the Fire Lord grew on me. Thus, in spite of the three problems mentioned above and the subject matter I don't normally mess with, I do plan to read at least one more of the series. I'm hoping Addie will continue to be the main focus. Who knows, I may actually end up reading the entire series if the rest are as good as the first.
We are introduced to Addie (an alchemist), Rowan (an element), James (a grim) and Xander (The Deacon, who is over Old Magic - necromancers). We follow Addie in her quest to gain her memories back, and others who want the Final Formula. It is riveting and a page turner, that takes you on a journey of self discovery for Addie. There are twists and turns, and a kicker or a revelation at the end.
If you want to read something different in the world of magic and mayhem, I would recommend this book. It is easy to follow and allows you to feel like you ate part of the story. For me it was hard to put down.
What can I say - I loved this book! Yes, Addie was a bitch, and the Fire Lord a push over, but the story was never boring, the dialogs witty and righteous funny, the characters interesting, the plot mostly made sense, and I was HIGHLY entertained.
On to the next books in the series.
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