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Jessica (HDB)

I'm a bookworm of the highest caliber! If you see me, I'll probably be reading. There's nothing I love more than finding a good book, and then sharing it with the world!

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Cold Burn of Magic (Black Blade #1) by Jennifer Estep

Cold Burn of Magic - Jennifer Estep

Okay, let's be honest. We all know why I picked up this book. I've been meaning to pick up a book by Jennifer Estep for ages, and I love a strong female character. I was so excited to read Cold Burn of Magic. What better place to start my Estep experience than with a brand new YA book? Coming in at the beginning of a new series sounded perfect.

Now that I've rambled at you about why I chose this book, I can tell you that I definitely have a soft spot in my heart for Lila. As the main character, she was instantly built up as this girl who could handle herself. Full of fire, of haunting memories, and of the kind of loyalty that can only be held by a person who has lost someone before. Lila was really what kept me reading. Not only did I constantly look forward to uncovering something new about her, but there was just something so fierce about her personality. I was entranced.

That being said, I'm thrilled beyond belief that this was never horribly overshadowed by romance. Oh, I'm sure that's coming around the bend. It always does. However the simple fact that there was more character development, and forward moving plot, than insta-love made me giddy. I'll admit that Lila's thoughts about Devon threw me off for a bit. I was terrified that he'd manage to smash the strong person that I had fallen in love with. Luckily, that never happened. I'll admit she may have made some decisions I didn't quite agree with, but I gave her a pass. Teenagers, no matter how bad-ass they may be, are still teenagers.

So why the three-star rating? It's hard for me to pinpoint exactly. I definitely wanted more action, and less description. There were some points of this story that moved a bit too slow for my taste. In truth, I also believe that it was because Devon was just a bit too perfect. I'm all for a swoon-worthy guy, but he needs to feel real. No one, and I repeat no one, is as perfect as Devon was. In terms of this being the first book in a new series though, it absolutely has me intrigued. I'll be looking for what comes next.