The Glass Magician, The Paper Magician Series Book 2, Charlie N. Holmberg
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews.
Book 1, The Paper Magician, was a truly magical read, showing me how that book could appeal to all ages, not just YA/NA. I enjoyed it so much I was keen to get on to book two, which has proved just as entertaining, and I’m keen to read how things finally end.
I love all the magic used here, the paper folding ( Fennel the animated dog – what a great creation, he feels so real), and in this book the glass magic with enchanted mirrors that can be used for all sorts of spells. Once again Ceony is in danger, and the more she tries to sort problems the bigger the danger grows. It’s linked to the experiences she underwent in book one, and poor Ceony really can’t do anything to avoid it. As the danger grows her friends and family get drawn in, and she’s terrified for them. Alongside that is the romance, the feelings she has for Emery, which at times she feels are unrequited and at others he seems to be getting closer. Though this book contains only one searingly hot kiss its amazing how sensual touches and glances can be, and I was desperate for more. Mg Avieosky has noticed their growing closeness too, and doesn’t approve. Despite there being a lack of action the romance here is wonderful, woven through the book in the way they react to each other, try to protect the other and those little touches and glances. I love erotic romance but books such as this show that its not necessary to have page after page of sex for a book to be full of romance. Done this way its actually better than many of those, as there’s a solid and intriguing storyline backing it up which makes the attraction more meaningful..
I felt “in” the story with the characters, and really enjoyed being transported into a world of magic. It brought back more of those feelings I had as a child when I was convinced magic was real ( and inside I still have a bit of that feeling – maybe just maybe….)
Stars: once again its a five, a book I’d re read and really enjoyed.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers
Starstruck, A Bluewater Bay Story, L.A. Witt
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
I love this type of story, where there’s all the love and drama of a great romance. I enjoy the celebrity side of it too – not that I’m a celeb watcher, but that it brings out all the sides and difficulties that being famous presents. Personally I love my privacy, and really feel for anyone who’s in the public eye, it seems that all parts of their lives are open to ridicule and scrutiny
So, we’ve Levi, famous but typecast in the sort of roles that gave him the fame. He’s given up acting, tired of only being offered the same old roles, but he really misses it. He’s also bisexual but has always kept that quiet, partly for his career but also he knows his parents wouldn’t like it. That’s really sad, that at nearly 40 he’s still trying to win their approbation – they’re awful parents, he had a terrible upbringing and I just couldn’t see why he was so desperate to get them to approve. So far everything he’s done has been met with negativity, so to me its a lost cause but to him its very important and plays a huge part of how he tries to live.
Then there’s Carter, he’s a long time fan of Levi, its his acting that made Carter decide to be an actor himself. Carter is gay, and makes no secret of it. When he and Levi meet there’s an instant attraction sears between them. Levi has been offered a role in the new series- its the kind of role he’s dreamed of, so he needs to decide both if he’s going to come out of retirement, and can he cope with losing his precious privacy. Of course it’ll mean working closely with Carter, and as there were rumours years back about Levi’s sexuality when an Ex tried to Out him, giving in to the appeal between them could bring real difficulties, not only from his family but from the film studio. The studio feel the show has plenty of gay appeal already with Carter, and with the director being a lesbian, they want someone clearly heterosexual. There’s been comments about how much the series appeals to gays and they want it to be broad appeal not a niche market. That could be problematic, there’s nothing between Carter and Levi yet but he can feel that they both want more. Can he keep away from taking things further?
They become good friends, sharing a love of films, music, theatre and spend more and more time together. Levis family keeping pressing for him to get married, and are always prodding him about his sexuality. The friendship grows closer and deeper all the while though, they can spend hours just talking and then…well, there’s choices to be made. Levi isn’t sure how ready he is to come out, and Carter makes it clear that, unlike Levi’s ex, he won’t be his dirty secret. If they are together he wants the world to know. That’s fine for him, but for Levi it means he could lose this dream role, and his parents may disown him…Tough choices and its easy to see both points of view.
There’s some real tenderness here, some sensual sex scenes and as always LA produces a story full of secrets and drama, love and emotion and dilemmas to ponder over. What would you do?
Stars: Four and a half, its not quite a five star from me but very close.
ARC supplied via Netgalley