Author: Mark Feenstra / Alexis Blakely
Title: Black Magic
Series: Black Records 1
Rating: One Petal
On the Author's Website:
Using her magic to help others is the only way Alex Black knows how to stay out of trouble herself. After years of living on the street and trying to come to terms with the growing ability she had to teach herself to control, she's happy to have settled into the relatively quiet life of finding lost pets, crafting the odd charm, and helping people deal with annoying fae creatures and spirits.
But when Alex is asked to investigate the gruesome murder of an artifact dealer who'd lost his life trying to protect his latest acquisition, she's thrown headlong into a world of paranormal violence threatening to cut her career short at every turn. Desperation forces her to turn to the local vampire crime lord for help, but has she only put herself at risk of losing everything she cares about?
The closer Alex gets to tracking down the killer, the more dangerous the trail becomes -- and the more she discovers what terrible things will happen if the true potential of the artifact is ever unleashed.
I received this book as an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I tried over and over and over to read this book. I started it, put it down and read something else, then went back to this book and couldn't get more than a few pages in before I ended up putting it down again. That cycle happened at least three times before I just couldn't force myself to pick this book up yet again. I kept going back to this book because I couldn't honestly think of any reason why I shouldn't like it. There was a strong main character with interesting powers, a brewing mystery, and the start of good world building, yet none of that was at all able to keep my interest. Needless to say, I didn't finish this story.
I wasn't able to finish this story. There wasn't anything that hooked me, which I found disappointing because this book should have been very interesting. I can't recommend it.
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