It's not as great as you'd think, living in a tourist town that's known as "the most magical place in America." Same boring high school, just twice as many monsters under the bridges and rival Families killing each other for power.
I try to keep out of it. I've got my mom's bloodiron sword and my slightly illegal home in the basement of the municipal library. And a couple of Talents I try to keep quiet, including very light fingers and a way with a lock pick.
But then some nasty characters bring their Family feud into my friend's pawn shop, and I have to make a call--get involved, or watch a cute guy die because I didn't. I guess I made the wrong choice, because now I'm stuck putting everything on the line for Devon Sinclair. My mom was murdered because of the Families, and it looks like I'm going to end up just like her. . .
Oh gosh, what a surprise this book was. It's exactly what I have been waiting for after a run of pretty bad to average books. I have never read anything by Jennifer Estep before though I have heard great things about her other series and I have to say that Cold Burn of Magic did not let me down. From the first page I was invested in Lila's story and from then to the very end I was so gripped in the story.
Lila was such a strong character. She was witty, she admits when she makes mistakes and she was absolutely just a likable yet bristly tough gal. Sure, this did mean that I was sort of upset when she fell head over for heels with Devon without really having much to do with him. That being said, I liked Devon enough that I totally got it - he was swoonworthy - actually, I think that Devon is the first love interest in such a long time where I really understood why the main girl fell for him. He was lovely! Sure, Devon could sometimes be a bit cold but he was just a nice guy most of the time. The love was a little bit too fast, buuuuut there was no love triangle which I loved because it seemed like there was going to be one.
One thing that pretty much blew me away was the worldbuilding. The setting was a typical American tourist town, except the tourism is because the place is the most magical place in America. The world was so amazing, the magic was the forefront - this happy, bustling town - in the background is the magic gangs.
I really can't wait for the next book in the series, Lila is so far one of my favourite heroines in YA in 2015 and I am so excited to find out where her story goes from here.
Overall Rating: A
Book released 28th April 2015 by Kensington
Book received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review