Saturday, January 14, 2017

Book Review: Stolen Magic (Shadows of the Immortals, #1) by Marina Finlayson

Title:  Stolen Magic (Shadows of the Immortals, Book 1)
Author:  Marina Finlayson
Genre:  Urban Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Publisher: Finesse Solutions
Release Date:  October 18, 2016

From the Back Cover:

Lexi Jardine may be a thief, but she’s not stupid. When a crooked fireshaper wants her to steal a ring from the boss of his order, she knows it’s a one-way ticket to sleeping with the fishes. Her answer is to drop off the face of the earth.

Safely hidden in a quiet seaside town, she just needs to keep her head down and pretend to be a regular human. Since her only magical ability is the power to control animals, that should be easy, right?

Then a new fireshaper shows up in town. He’s hot as hell but oddly hostile. With his suspicious eyes watching her every move, her safe haven starts feeling more like a trap. When her best friend disappears, Lexi knows the time for hiding is over. Though the fireshapers are more powerful, Lexi’s not one to abandon a friend—but it will take everything she’s got to save them both from the flames.

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My Review:

This was a pretty quick and fun read. From the first few pages, I got sucked into this new world of shapers, shifters and humans -- and I couldn't put the book down. The main character, Lexi, is sort of a thief... and she doesn't quite fit in with the rest of the shapers, shifters, and humans. She's definitely different -- and it's her differences that make the story interesting. Marina Finlayson has developed an enticing world of urban fantasy with a really cool twist that makes this series definitely one to follow!

The pacing of the book was very good. We didn't get bogged down with too many details and the action kept moving right along. My only issue was that there was very little emotional connection between the characters. Other than being told she's attracted to the new shaper in town, I had very little sense of a connection between the two of them (none of those delicious tingles, sorry). I also had a couple of issues with her relationships with some of the supporting characters - particularly her best friend. Their relationship seemed off somehow as though the two tolerated each other, rather than being truly close. I think, if we'd been able to get a little deeper into Lexi's head and really feel her emotions... this book would have definitely been a solid 5/5 on my list.

Other than that, the plot was intriguing, fun, and the action kept me reading until the late hours of the night. In fact, I got so engrossed and interested in the story... and wanting to know more about this awesome world that I picked up the second book as soon as I finished. For fans of urban fantasy and paranormal who are looking for a quick, fun read, you should definitely check out this new series!

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About the Author:

Marina Finlayson is a reformed wedding organist who now writes fantasy. She is married and shares her Sydney home with three kids, a large collection of dragon statues and one very stupid dog with a death wish.

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