Book Review | The Last Magician

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Title: The Last Magician

Author: Lisa Maxwell

# of Pages: 498

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

In modern-day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.

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March Wrap Up

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An Ember in the Ashes – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

A Torch Against the Night – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Truly Devious – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (Review here)

Smoke and Iron – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

A Reaper at the Gates – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

The Poppy War – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (Review here)

Golden State – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

The Last Magician – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐


March Reading Stats

Books Read this Month: 8

Young Adult: 6 / Adult: 2

Rereads: 2

3 ⭐ 1

4 ⭐ : 4

5 ⭐ : 3

Favorite Book of the Month: The Last Magician

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April Reading Goals

  • March was the first month that I had read one of my Book of the Month selections so I want to read two in April to catch up on that yearly goal.
  • I want to make this month my best reading month so far by reading 9 books.
  • As I previously said in my April TBR, I would like to read at least half of the remaining V.E. Schwab novels that I have not gotten to yet.

 

What was your favorite book of March?

TBR Alphabet Book Tag

The TBR Alphabet Book Tag is a way to organize your ever-growing pile of unread books in a creative way by choosing a book that starts with each letter of the alphabet. I did add a few rules for myself and you’ll find them down below in bold. I found this wonderful blog at Read By Tiffany , make sure to check out her blog!

Rules –
  • Name a book title from your TBR for every letter of the alphabet (can exclude words like ‘the’ if need be) these must be books that you have physical/e-book copies of and not ones you intend on getting but haven’t yet.
  • Try to include different authors for every single one.
  • At the bottom of your list put how many you could fill in (out of 26).
  • Tag other people to join in and link back  to the person who tagged you.
  • As I have been trying to use the library more often, I did include a few library books as long as they were ones I was already planning on borrowing soon. 
  • I also included a few books coming out in the next month or so that I plan on immediately buying upon release. 

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Read-Alikes

Are you familiar with the ‘If you liked this book, you’ll like this one’ recommendation posts? This blog post is a little different as I put my own twist on it. The book on the left is a recent read that I greatly enjoyed. The corresponding book on the right is a book I added to my TBR because I enjoyed the other one so much.

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I LOVED The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. A historical fiction taking place in 1940’s France, it shows us how two very different sisters dealt with the occupation of Germany and showed us that love could still prevail in the toughest of times.

Much like The Nightingale, All the Light We Cannot See is a highly praised historical fiction also based in World-War II France. This book is also written in two perspectives and I am excited to see whether Anthony Doerr can interweave these different perspectives into a smooth narrative.

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First Line Friday – The Poppy War

Happy Friday everyone!

For First Line Friday this week, I chose The Poppy War, my current read. First Line Friday is hosted by the wonderful group of girls over at Hoarding Books. Go and check them out!


The Poppy War

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The First Line is….

“Take your clothes off”

Comment with the first line of your current read!