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street magic

Warning: This review contains very slight spoilers.

This is my very first review, meaning I wrote this one before Burning Alive, although I didn’t publish it until now, because I wanted to be closer to the release date with it.  It may not be the greatest review, but I tried. 😀  I read an eARC of this back in January.  Thanks to Caitlin for sending it to me and allowing me to read it!

Street Magic by Caitlin Kittredge was my first new read this year, and I have to say, it was a good way to start my literary year off. The cover flap’s description grabbed my attention and started the “slobbering for more fest.”   Here’s the words on the cover flap: 

Her name is Pete Caldecott. She was just sixteen when she met Jack Winter, a gorgeous, larger-than-life mage who thrilled her with his witchcraft. Then a spirit Jack summoned killed him before Pete’s eyes–or so she thought. Now a detective, Pete is investigating the kidnapping of a young girl from the streets of London…a case that brings her face to face with Jack.

Strung out on heroin, Jack is a shadow of his former self. But he’s able to tell Pete exactly where Bridget’s kidnappers are hiding: in the supernatural shadow-world of the fae. Pete follows Jack into the fae underworld, where she hopes to discover the truth about what happened to Bridget..and what happened to Jack on that dark day so long ago…”

 Street Magic is scheduled to be released on June 2, 2009 by St. Martin’s Press, and is the first book in the Black London series.

Pete Caldecott is a Detective Inspector with the Metropolitan Police Department in London.  (Pete’s a strange name for a girl, by the way, even if it is a nickname).  She takes care of all the missing children cases, and the cases haven’t been tragic in her experience, until a young girl named Bridget gets kidnapped.  A person has information on Bridget’s whereabouts, and requests Pete meet with him to exchange the info.  When Pete goes to collect, she discovers the tipper is Jack Winter-and he’s still alive.  True to Jack’s word, Pete finds Bridget, and the poor girl has been brutalized, including being blinded.  Pete teams up with the reluctant Jack, and together they try to discover who’s behind the kidnappings-before it’s too late.  (I don’t want to give too much away, since I hate it if a book is ruined for me like that!)

Pete Caldecott is a heroine anyone would love.  She’s tough, sassy, and can take care of herself.  She does some soul searching in this book as well.  Most of her life, she’s denied a part of herself that has long awaited to be recognized.  In recognizing that side of herself, she is able understand things about the paranormal that others can’t.  She continually beats herself up over the “death” of Jack in the beginning of the novel because she believes it’s her fault, and has never really gotten over the love and affection she had for him.  Our hero Jack, on the otherhand, is a sort of enigma.  We don’t know what happened to him in the twelve years of his disappearance, and we are gradually brought to light on what made him become a heroin addict.  His dislike and hatred for Pete is mysterious as well, because for awhile it’s not revealed why he feels this way towards her when we saw that he liked her before his “death.”  Kittredge does a good job of drawing out the mystery that is Jack Winter.  He continuously and deliberately battles with drug use because he has the “sight”- he can see the world of the dead-and taking drugs helps to dilute what he sees so it doesn’t drive him insane.  Pete helps him gets sober (somewhat at least :P) and although he is bitter and ungrateful at the start, as the plot builds and the deeper he and Pete get into things, he starts to appreciate what she’s done for him and a kindling of the old attraction starts to rise up, along with some sexual tension.  (It’s a very subtle thing, not a BAM in your face thing).  Jack is my favorite person in the book, because under all the mystery and tough guy demeanor, you can see that he’s a good guy, and he cares about what happens to Pete and the abducted children, although he shows differently.

Street Magic is definitely a book I’ll recommend highly to anyone, and is in a series I look forward to following.  It’s a fresh take on the paranormal world.  It does have hints at attraction, but it’s a very gradual thing since Jack totally hates Pete at the beginning.  The gradual buildup of attraction, the world Caitlin has created, and its characters are enough to want readers to continue the series and sees what happens next.  There is significant plot development and growth in the characters.  I literally didn’t want to stop reading, although it would have went beyond reason to do so, since sleep is very important for the human body 😛  The only thing that irked me just a tad was the fact that the attraction between Jack and Pete didn’t go anywhere.  I understand why; it would have messed the book up if the attraction did go somewhere, when there were/are obstacles that Pete and Jack have to overcome before that can be possible.  I can’t wait for the next book in the series!

I give this book a 5/5 rating.

Buy it at Amazon: Street Magic (Black London Novels)

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This is the fourth week for A Book Blogger’s New Discovery, hosted by J. Kaye.

This week I discovered one new-to-me blog, and that blog is: Brimful Curiosities.  There’s good children’s books reviews, as well as the occasional adult review and giveaways.

Who’d you discover?

I can’t actually post them here, because unfortunately, wordpress.com doesn’t like widgets. So I’ve posted them on my other blog for your viewing pleasure. There are some great deals here!

Here’s the link for the deals: Amazon Deals

Here’s the link for my picks: Amazon Picks

Mailbox Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page.

This past week was pretty hefty.

First up, I got Mistress of the Sun by Sandra Gulland.  I won it from Booking Mama:

mistress of the sun

Next, I got Girls in Trucks by Katie Crouch.  I won it from Diary of an Eccentric, courtesy of Hachette Book Group:

girls in trucks

Next, I got My Heart Will Find Yours and Forever Faithful by Linda LaRoque.  I won these from NOR chat:

my heart will find yours

forever faithful

Next is Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin.  I got this from Goodreads, courtesy of St. Martin’s Press:

something-borrowed

Next is Testimony by Anita Shreve.  I won this from So Many Precious Books, So Little Time, courtesy of Hachette Book Group:

testimony

Next is Captive of the Beast by Lisa Renee Jones.  I won it from Embrace the Shadows:

captive of the beast

Next is Gauntlet by Richard Aaron.  I received this from Pump Up Your Book Promotion:

gauntlet

Next is One Deadly Sin by Annie Solomon.  I won this from Wendy’s Minding Spot, courtesy of Hachette Book Group:

onedeadlysin

Next is Made in the USA by Billie Letts.  I won this from Never Not Reading, courtesy of Hachette Book Group:

made in the usa

From the library: The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley:

the madness of lord ian mackenzie

I found some books at a local thrift store in pretty good condition.  They are: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien, Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice, Thief of Hearts by Teresa Medeiros, The Greek Tycoon’s Convenient Bride by Kate Hewitt, The Greek Tycoon’s Virgin Wife by Helen Bianchin, The Kouvaris Marriage by Diana Hamilton, The Crystal Rose by Rebecca Brandewyne, The Donor by Frank M. Robinson, Cardinal Rules by Barbara Delinsky, and Warrior’s Lady by Madeline Baker:

lotr rotk

queen of the damned

thief of hearts

the greek tycoon's convenient bride

the greek tycoon's virgin wife

the kouvaris marriage

the crystal rose

the donor

cardinal rules

warrior's lady

That’s it this week.  What did you get?

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This is week 3 of A Book Blogger’s New Discovery, hosted by J. Kaye.

This week, I’ve discovered 3 new-to-me blogs: Book Roast, Reverie Book Reviews, and Bloody Bad Book Blog.

I discovered Book Roast through Readaholic. Book Roast has about a giveaway a day, so that’s cool. 

Reverie Book Reviews has, obviously, book reviews lol.  I enjoy the reviews.

Trin at Bloody Bad Book Blog discovered me through J. Kaye, hence I discovered her in that way too.

Who did you discover?

Linda Gerber’s Death By Denim Release Party is almost over!  You still have a chance to comment on all her posts to win books!  Some of the books include: Lovestruck Summer by Melissa Walker, Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby, Invisible Touch by Kelly Parra, and much more!  There’s also a chance to win a cute Sourpuss bag, and the Grand Prize Deadly Denim gift bag that includes all three of Linda’s Death By… books, plus giftcards, French and Italian treats, and more.  Hurry, you’ve only got a few more hours!

Here’s the link: http://lindagerber.blogspot.com/


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