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- Print Length: 264 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0994239173
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Finesse Solutions (October 18, 2016)
- Publication Date: October 18, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M117UO1
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,805 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Though there are some interesting concepts (tropes collide with shapers, shifters, gods, and vampires) it was REALLY tough for me to get past Chapter 5. Lexi and her friend Sylvia are in hiding since they snubbed a powerful shaper's (Anders) request to steal a ring. His response? Burn down their apartment block which probably killed a few of their friends and neighbors. Sylvia, a shifter, is so distraught over this she has not shifted from her cat form for months.
The beginning of the book picks up with Lexi stealing something from the Mayor to stick it to him for firing her pregnant neighbor. At first, I thought this was cool since pregnant women often find themselves on the wrong end of a firing because of stigma, however, it's not long that I began to realize that making rash, dangerous decisions is just part of Lexi's character and it becomes quite frustrating at times considering she's putting her VERY traumatized best friend Sylvia in danger. She doesn't mention her plans to her friend even though it is very possible it will (and does) allow Anders to find them.
When Lexi meets Jake Steele, the love interest and a very powerful fire shaper who works with Anders, he threatens her with fire FOR NO APPARENT REASON. Can we say triggered? Abusive? Annoying as all hell? It's so frustrating to read about another female protagonist willing to overlook threats of bodily harm from a sexy, "his cheek bones can cut you" dude because her attraction to him is so intense. Considering the damage fire has done to Lexi, her best friend, and previous life you'd think a strong, stubborn woman would be a little more upset with these tactics and say something to him about his behavior. In fact, it takes another male character to vouch for her for Jake to stop being such a douche.
And Jake! He is so frustrating and not at all hot. When Lexi has just saved two boys, she has a few too many celebratory drinks and he basically forces her to let him walk her home. In fact, Jake doesn't seem to be able to take "no, stop coming onto me" seriously. He just ignores her "I'm not interested" responses. He flip flops so much between flirting and threatening it was honestly disturbing.
While this book may be a quick, sometimes entertaining read there were too many character development and plot holes for it to work.
I loved the characters, and read the book from start to finish in one sitting – I couldn't put it down. The only problem with that is I now have to wait for the next book in the series!
I'm now look forward to book two, Murdered Gods,which I just acquired. Happy reading!
This one was a bit better than most of what I've read. It comes down mostly to the characters. In Stolen Magic, we are introduced to a world where humans uneasily coexist with shifters and shapers (elemental magic wielders). Of course the shapers are powerful and in control.
We meet Lexi as she's attempting to steal from the local, small beach town mayor. We find out instantly that while she's not a shifter or a shaper, and in fact hates shapers, she isn't a regular old human either.
Of course complications ensue, and another powerful fireshaper (who also happens to be built like a romance hero, and we're told that several times in the book) comes to town to investigate and she is attracted to him. Of course.
But what set this apart from other kickass heroine Urban Fantasies with romance is the side characters. I got a little tired of Lexi's internal monologue of "shapers are terrible, they are awful, wow Jake looks like a romance hero" but it was always redeemed by her sidekick sarcastic Syl (a cat) or her friendship with a pregnant werewolf and her mate, or the mysterious Alberto who gave lexi a job and a place to live.
So while the romance is so-so, mostly because Jake just doesn't have much of a character, he is either accusing Lexi of shadowy doings or shooting fireballs at someone, the emphasis in this one on bonds between Lexi and her friends is compulsively readable. (and I know this is my pet peeve, but I do dislike the current trend in UF of short "novels" where I just get settled in a world with characters I like and then the book ends abruptly. But I forgive this book for that. At least it ties up the immediate investigative issue before introducing bigger complications)
I'll probably buy the next one in the series.
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