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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A Minor Magic by Justin R. Macumber | Book Review

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This novel took me on a brilliant adventure with lots of amazing surprises along the way. I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. I knew it would be good because I recently read Justin Macumber's other novel Haywire, which blew me away, but that book is Science Fiction which is a genre I love. I'm not usually a reader who looks for stories with a young female protagonist learning about her new magical powers in a post apocalyptic world, but this book delivered in so many ways. I loved it and I can't wait for the next one.

The story was fantastic. We get to see a young lady come into her own as she discovers her awesome magical powers. Once it gets going, it doesn't stop. The moments where the story did slow down for a little while were welcome and did a great job of expanding the characters and weaving in some really interesting backstory. I was never even close to being bored reading this story.

So, lots of crazy and really exciting stuff happens in this story, but the characters are a big reason I loved it. We start with action right away and then get to see how the character's life changes forever in a huge way. She grows as we get to meet new characters with her. They all proved to be really important to the story and complemented each other in awesome ways. Annoying each other, saving each other, confusing each other, all making for some pretty amazing action, laughs, and even a bit of horror. The characters were vivid in my mind, living and breathing as they explored a world which captured my imagination more and more the farther they traveled through it. There's also a magical realm I won't get into, but lets just say this story world is really intriguing and it will be awesome to see it again in the next book.

If you get into this book, I doubt you'll be able to put it down. I think I'll probably reread it again when the next book in the series comes out just to enjoy it again. I had a lot of fun with this book. I was amazed by the story world, people, and creatures in it. I think Justin has room to have a lot more fun in this universe, and I can't wait to be there for the next set of adventures. Justin did a great job crafting the story, and the way it ended was very satisfying to me while also making me salivate a bit for the next one. The possibilities for the next novel are pretty exciting, and I can't wait to visit this universe again.

Have you read this novel? How about Justin's other book Haywire? Both are 5 stars in my opinion. What are your thoughts? Did you know he hosts an awesome writing podcast called The Dead Robots' Society? They have a ton of episodes loaded with writing goodness. Thanks for stopping by!

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