by Andrew Mayne
Copyright: 2012, 2014
Read: Sept. 29 – Oct. 10, 2014
Challenge: RIP IX
Yearly count: 45
Source: TLC Book Tour
Series: Jessica Blackwood # 1
Blurb: FBI agent Jessica Blackwood believes she’s left her complicated life as a gifted magician behind her . . . until a killer with seemingly supernatural powers puts her talents to the ultimate test.
A hacker who identifies himself only as “Warlock” brings down the FBI’s website and posts a code in its place that leads to a Michigan cemetery, where a dead girl is discovered rising from the ground . . . as if she tried to crawl out of her own grave.
Born into a dynasty of illusionists, Jessica Blackwood is destined to become its next star—until she turns her back on her troubled family to begin a new life in law enforcement. But FBI consultant Dr. Jeffrey Ailes’s discovery of an old magic magazine will turn Jessica’s world upside down. Faced with a crime that appears beyond explanation, Ailes has nothing to lose—and everything to gain—by taking a chance on an agent raised in a world devoted to achieving the seemingly impossible.
The body in the cemetery is only the first in the Warlock’s series of dark miracles. Thrust into the media spotlight, with time ticking away until the next crime, can Jessica confront her past to stop a depraved killer? If she can’t, she may become his next victim.
Review: I received a copy of this book for free in conjunction with a TLC Book tour, all opinions expressed below are my own.
I accepted this book for review with the reservation that I am not generally into magic. It just stretches my boundaries of what is believable. But there was something about the description that really drew me in … probably just the FBI aspect, to be honest.
Either way, I am so glad that I was given the opportunity to try this book. It worked. Really, really well, in my opinion. I found myself flying through the pages. There were a lot of twists and turns throughout the book that kept me guessing until the very end – and I never did have things figured out!
Jessica is a great character, but her self-doubting trait kind of got a little irritating at times. I like a little more confidence personally. And Damian – what a character! I don’t really know what else to say about that…
Overall, I definitely think this is the great start of a new series that I think will attract a very wide audience … magic lovers, mystery lovers, it’s just an all-around good book that I would definitely recommend!
Other tour stops:
Tuesday, September 23rd: Always With a Book
Wednesday, September 24th: Living in the Kitchen with Puppies
Thursday, September 25th: Priscilla and Her Books
Thursday, September 25th: Mysteries and My Musings – spotlight
Thursday, September 25th: Why Girls Are Weird
Monday, September 29th: From the TBR Pile
Monday, September 29th: Mysteries and My Musings – review
Wednesday, October 1st: The Road to Here
Friday, October 3rd: Not in Jersey
Monday, October 6th: BoundbyWords
Tuesday, October 7th: Ace and Hoser Blook
Wednesday, October 8th: Book Loving Hippo
Thursday, October 9th: Open Book Society
Monday, October 13th: Tales of a Book Addict
Tuesday, October 14th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Wednesday, October 15th: Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Wednesday, October 15th: A Bookworm’s World
Thursday, October 16th: Book Marks the Spot
Friday, October 17th: Girl Lost in a Book
Friday, October 24th: A Dream Within a Dream