Welcome to the Devil’s Own || Magic under the Moon


In Lisa Maxwell’s The Last Magician, there are magical objects that are infused with power. They allow their user to hone their own magic and become more powerful. In the case of Esta, she’s able to walk further through time, which is a really cool affinity to have. Ordinary objects have power in the world of The Last Magician and for this round I’ve been asked to think about an object I would infuse with some sort of power.

I wear a lot of necklaces. If I was a Mageus who had an object of power, I’d want it to be something unassuming. If it’s obvious I would worry that I’d lose it or it would get stolen. So for my magical object I’ve chosen my moon necklace.


This necklace was given to me as a gift and is already unique even without magic. The moon on this piece is actually from the day I was born, which I think is really cool. Since it’s already special to me, I thought I’d make it even more so by giving it some powers.

If you found me wandering the world of old Manhattan, sipping a drink or catching a show, I’d be wearing this necklace. It would allow me to travel unseen when touched, similar to Jianyu’s power of bending light. There’s limits to power, however, so the necklace is strongest at night under the light of the moon. It can work during the day, but it’s not as strong.


I think I’ve made a good choice with an object I want to make magical. I’d get a lot of use out of this one, especially when I want to avoid crowds. What sort of object would you make magical? What power would you fill it with? Let me know in the comments! And if you’re curious about The Last Magician and its upcoming sequel The Devil’s Thief, check out the website here. The sequel is out October 9th, 2018! I’m getting so excited for it and will continue promoting it for the next couple of months.

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Welcome to the Devil’s Own || Music in the Night


I listen to a lot of music. When riding on the trains, when walking from place to place, or when cleaning. I really love listening to music when I’m writing and sometimes find myself inspired by certain songs. There’s a certain ambiance that music can give a scene or the setting and I love conveying that through my words.

Likewise, there’s music that reminds me of certain places or things, such as books. As part of the Devil’s Own I was tasked with creating a playlist of songs that reminded me of Lisa Maxwell’s The Last Magician, be it characters, setting, or scene. I had a ton of fun doing it and wanted to share it with you here!


1. “Shine on, Harvest Moon” sung by Ruth Etting.

I get Harte and Esta vibes from this song. It reminds me of how slow their friendship (possibly more!) built up. Plus it’s just a really great old song. I love the voice of the singer.

2. “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” sung by Cage the Elephant (though my SoundCloud link has a Foo Fighters cover).

I mean, this one basically reminds me of all of the Mageus. They’re doing things for a reason, but sometimes they’re quite wicked according to others. This song is about people who do what they can to survive and I thought it fit Dolph, Esta, Harte, and the other characters quite well.

3. “Dream a Little Dream of Me” sung by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.

Ella and Louis are two of my favorite old singers and even though the era of the song is later than the setting of this book, this song gives me so many Last Magician vibes. I feel like it’s perfect for walking the streets of Manhattan in the early morning after a party and there’s a slight drizzle of rain falling down.

4. “La Vie en Rose” sung by Louis Armstrong.

I hope I’m not cheating by including two from the same person, but I love these songs so much. This one reminds so much of hanging out on rooftops with your beau and watching the sun rise. This one is for all the couples in The Last Magician.

5. “O Valencia” sung by The Decemberists.

This is my Dolph song. The story the song tells reminds me a lot of the things he went through. I’m going to keep it spoiler free here, but if you’ve The Last Magician you may know what I’m talking about.

6. ” 鎌倉(Kamakura)” performed by Moe Shibata.

This song is for Esta. It’s the song that I imagine playing when she walks through time.

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My playlist can be found here. I know SoundCloud isn’t accessible in every country, so I included YouTube links as well!

Let me know what you think of my playlist! Did you make a playlist? Put a link in the comments so I can check them out!

The Devil’s Thief  by Lisa Maxwell will be available on October 9th, 2018. Check out the website for more information. #devilsthief

 

 

Welcome to the Devil’s Own || The Last Magician and The Devil’s Thief

A little over a year ago I read an amazing story full of magic, elements of old New York, and characters that captivated me. The Last Magician was (and still is!) a novel that I couldn’t stop reading until I had turned the final page (or in my case, tapped my kindle screen for the last time). I practically screamed with frustration at the realization that I would have to wait for months until the sequel.

Now a year has passed and I’m taking part in promoting this book’s sequel: The Devil’s Thief. I LOVE the title and the cover reveal!

The Devil's Thief (The Last Magician, #2)

I’m so excited that this novel is coming closer to my eager hands and eyes. I can’t wait to read it! 

To count down the days, I’m participating in a contest to promote this book. It means I get to talk about this book more, which is okay by me.

Here’s a snippet of my review, which can be found here if you’re curious what the first novel is about and why I couldn’t get enough of it!

The Lost Magician starts with a connection, though they don’t know it yet. Esta is a thief who uses her old magic to manipulate time, slowing it down and even jumping to the past and present. Dolph is the leader of a gang of Mageus who use their powers to protect those who cannot. And Harte is trying to blend in as a Sundren magician, hiding his Mageus powers in plain sight in a time when having old magic marked you as a target for the Order of Ortus Aurea in their climb to power. Their stories are connected by the Ars Arcana–a book that was thought to be lost. A book that is said to hold the secret to magic itself. A book that they all want.

If you’re interested in learning more about The Devil’s Thief, check out www.thelastmagician.com. If you’ve read the first book, take a quiz to see how much you remember of The Last Magican! Or find out if you’re Mageus and where you’d fit into Esta’s world.

Ten books I’d slay a lion to get early

I love the prompt for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. There’s a lot of books I want this year that I have to wait for. And for some of them, I have no problem waiting. But for others…others I truly would do most anything to get one early. Apparently that extends to slaying a lion. (Though truthfully, if it came down to it I’d never be able to do it. It’d be too scary!)

Anyway, this is my ultimate list of books I really, really, REALLY want. I will probably cry tears of joy if I got any of them earlier than other readers.

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January 8th, 2019. (I don’t know how I’m going to wait this long!)

This is my number one right now. If I got this one I would disappear to read it in one go. I really loved the first and am so excited for this one!

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July 10th, 2018

This is the final installment in my favorite alternate-historical fiction. Lada is one of the most powerful female characters I’ve ever read. And her brother, Radu, is also extremely well-written. These siblings are two of my favorite characters.

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October 9th, 2018

I loved the first novel in this series and have been eagerly anticipating the second since I finished. I must see how it continues!

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June 7th, 2018

I’m intrigued by this because the author is a bookstagrammer and book blogger who writes books in two days. The story also sounds really sad but hopeful, so I want to check it out.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Wait, so you’re *supposed* to finish your TBR list in your lifetime?

Every bookworm can relate to this problem.

The problem where you have a list of books that you know you need to get to, but then––Ooo, look! So pretty!––and on to your TBR list it goes. Mine has grown considerably since joining the book communities on instagram and on goodreads. I’ve added many a book thanks to these book communities. When I lived back in my home country, I’d visit bookstores roughly every two weeks or so in order to check out what was new or popular. Naturally, that included buying some of the books. Now that I don’t have that luxury, my TBR list has continued to grow but I haven’t read as much as I would like.

Today I’m going to talk about only ten–some are in order of when I added them and others are ones that I am really eager to read–but just know there are 878 books on my list. I really need to start chipping away at it.

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Me in real life. 

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 The Mind Thieves by Lori Brighton, added 2014

This is the second book in a series I started years ago. It also happens to be the first book that I added to my goodreads list of books to read! My tastes have changed a lot. I did really like the first book when I read it, but I have to wonder if I’d like the first book as much if I reread it now. It’s probably on my kindle somewhere. Anyway, this is an example of a book that I don’t know if I’ll ever get to. There’s a lot of those on my TBR. It’s a real problem I have, where I read the first book in a series and then promptly forget about it.  This book is a young adult paranormal romance where the main character has mind reading powers.

Just One Day by Gayle Forman, added 2014

This is a contemporary that has first loves, travel, and Shakespeare, which is probably why I added it. I’ve recently started liking contemporaries more (besides anything by Deb Caletti who wrote probably my favorite contemporary, The Nature of Jade), so I may check this one out. It’s also part of a series. I prefer stand-alone contemporaries, but it looks like there’s only two in this one.

The Selection by Kiera Cass, added 2014

I’ve heard conflicting things about this. Despite it being a dystopian YA novel, I’m not sure it’s going to mesh with what I like to read in the genre now. It seems weirdly dated, but I can’t really put my finger on why I feel that way about it. I’ll probably read it one day when I can read all five in one go. The covers are beautiful, which is always a plus.

 

Being Henry David by Cal Armistead, added 2014

I loved Walden. So when I saw that this book was about a teenager who has no memory of who he is but he does have a copy of Walden, I was intrigued. He decides to travel to Walden Pond and along the way he tries to figure out who he is. I love when books have connections to other books and this one also has a mystery!

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Me when I realized how difficult it is to narrow down my books. 

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Upcoming summer releases that I want to read, and you should too! Part two

I’m back with more summer reads! Part one can be found here. There’s so many books that I want to read this summer that I may go broke. Or at least run out my amazon gift card.

The hottest month. Good for reading indoors. Or in the pool.

SHIMMER AND BURN: August 8th Magic smuggling. Need I say more?

THE HEARTS WE SOLD: August 8th A deal with a devil?? Come to me, book!

THIS IS NOT THE END: August 8th If you can resurrect one person in your life by your eighteenth birthday, who would you choose? It’s an impossible choice, but should it be a choice at all?

THE EPIC CRUSH OF GENIE LO: August 8th Chinese mythology, a heroine with powers, and demons that are suddenly plaguing her little town. I’ll be reviewing this one soon!

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Upcoming summer releases that I want to read, and you should too! Part one

Summer is the time for reading: iced tea, cold sandwiches, the warmth of the sun on my back…and a book in my hand. There’s so many books coming out in the summer that I thought I’d narrow it down* by sharing some of my most anticipated releases.

A note: some of the books mentioned here are ones that I’ve reviewed but sometimes my anticipation was greater than my enjoyment.

It’s the first week of June, which means that these could soon be in your (my) hands! Excitement!

ROAR: June 6th  I was lusting after an ARC of this one so bad, but I never was approved. *insert sad emoji here* So basically, the rulers of the land have the ability to harness storms. They reach into it and steal its essence in the form of a stone. BUT the protagonist doesn’t have this power, despite being from one of the ruling families. But she may be able to figure out a way to steal storm power. It sounds so dangerous, and so exciting! And the cover is beautiful.

TASH HEARTS TOLSTOY: June 6th Tash loves Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. She loves it so much that she created a (suddenly famous) web series that’s a modern day retelling. It sounds really cute and it’s right up my alley with the whole loving a book / books so much that you do something creative with said book. ALSO, she’s an asexual character which I hope is done really well because it’s the first I’ve seen in YA.

HERE LIES DANIEL TATE: June 6th This one sounds SO GOOD. When a boy who went missing six years ago suddenly reappears with no memories of that time, his overjoyed family reassure him that the memories will come back. Only one problem: HE ISN’T DANIEL TATE. He’s a CON ARTIST. DUNDUNDUUUUN. But seriously, this one sounds like a mystery and thriller all rolled up in one which I love reading.

THE SUFFERING TREE: June 13th  A mysterious inheritance, a town that doesn’t like outsiders, and a family with secrets–and a curse–they would do anything to keep hidden. I requested an ARC because I thought it sounded interesting, but it was a case of the summary saying one thing but the book being more about another. I’m including it because you can find my review here and decide for yourself. Some readers may enjoy it.

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