ARC Review: A Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep (Blog tour + Giveaway)

Title: Cold Burn of Magic (Black Blade #1)
Author: Jennifer Estep
Genre: Urban Fantasy 
Source: NetGalley
Publisher: K-Teen
Publication Date: April 28th 2015 

There Be Monsters Here. . . It's not as great as you'd think, living in a tourist town that's known as "the most magical place in America." Same boring high school, just twice as many monsters under the bridges and rival Families killing each other for power. I try to keep out of it. I've got my mom's bloodiron sword and my slightly illegal home in the basement of the municipal library. And a couple of Talents I try to keep quiet, including very light fingers and a way with a lock pick. But then some nasty characters bring their Family feud into my friend's pawn shop, and I have to make a call--get involved, or watch a cute guy die because I didn't. I guess I made the wrong choice, because now I'm stuck putting everything on the line for Devon Sinclair. My mom was murdered because of the Families, and it looks like I'm going to end up just like her. .


I loved Jennifer's Mythos Academy series (Well, the first few books that I did read) and was thrilled when I saw she was publishing another novel.Jennifer has a writing style that sucked me in and I couldn't wait to see what was in store for her readers this time around. A Cold Burn of Magic was both intriguing and thrilling. 

I loved Lila, she had this wit and snark to her that you couldn't help but like. She was kick ass and tough, not coming off as immature as some lead heroines are. Lila easily could have fell back on people to support her after her mother died, but she didn't. She wanted to do it on her own, and that gave me a respect for her. Lila also didn't use her powers as a crutch as some YA heroines do. It was quite refreshing. 

I really enjoyed the world building in this novel. Jennifer created a town where magic is commonly known, run by mob like families, with fairy tale monsters and creatures. A lot could have went wrong. Jennifer made everything flow together smoothly and make sense. All of the characters, minor ones included were well developed, giving you a clear picture of who and what Lila was dealing with at that specific moment. 

A Cold Burn of Magic was packed with action, betrayal, thrilling moments, and moments that will leave you hanging off the edge of your seat. Jennifer did not fail to deliver in her latest novel. I am egarly waiting for book number two now. I need to know what is going to happen! 


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About Jennifer

Jennifer Estep is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin adult urban fantasy series for Pocket. Books in the series are SPIDER'S BITE, WEB OF LIES, VENOM, TANGLED THREADS, SPIDER'S REVENGE, BY A THREAD, and WIDOW'S WEB. THREAD OF DEATH, an e-novella, is also available. HAINTS AND HOBWEBS: AN ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN SHORT STORY can be found in THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF GHOST ROMANCE. DEADLY STING, the eighth book, is set to be released on March 26, 2013. Jennifer also writes the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington. Books in the series are TOUCH OF FROST, KISS OF FROST, and DARK FROST. CRIMSON FROST, the fourth book, is set to be released on Dec. 24, 2012. FIRST FROST, a prequel e-story to the series, is available as a download. HALLOWEEN FROST, an e-short story, is available in the ENTANGLED e-anthology. Jennifer is also the author of the Bigtime paranormal romance series. Books in the superhero-themed series are KARMA GIRL, HOT MAMA, JINX, and NIGHTINGALE. A KARMA GIRL CHRISTMAS, an e-story, is also available. Excerpts, free short stories, and more information on Jennifer's books can be found at



  1. i want to win COLD BURN OF MAGIC because at this time I can not buy books, no money and must the house first. Love books that leave ne hanging off the edge of my seat. TFS.

  2. I love monsters and magic! :D I just moved and I didn't bring that many books with me; def sounds like something I would love to read over and over! :)
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