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. . .
Lila has street smarts and enough attitude to seriously ruffle more than a few feathers but she backs it all up with intellect and sheer cunning. I got a kick out of her thoughts as she takes on any and all comers; it matters not if it's humans (rubes) those with magic or the monsters that stalk all, Lila does not run.
In the most magical place in America, which also happens to be the most dangerous, Lila has found a way to survive by being very good with a lock pick and using her wits and you just know that her "Talents " are about to become very useful indeed. A chance encounter with the well connected Devon Sinclair sees her life taking a huge turn as she's coerced into doing the one thing she does not want to do. In a world where powerful families control everything, the thought of being a pawn in their mafia type games and coming face to face with her mother’s murderer is not something that sits well with Lila. Yet, if she can survive, she will and if it means taking down her enemies? Well that's a huge bonus!
Cold Burn of Magic uses a unique idea with magical mafia type families mixed with scary monsters. Billed as a Young Adult (YA) series, it does remind me slightly of Ms Estep's Elemental Assassin series starring a kick ass confident heroine with a serious addiction to food, but I found I didn't mind that at all as the story progressed. There's not a lot of romance, if honest, but it doesn't really need it. There is the possibility of relationships being formed and there's a certain drunken Pixie who is very entertaining.
Imaginative, well written, and chock full of action. Cold Burn of Magic was, for me, a very satisfying read and I can't wait to see Lila's life progress. YA at its finest!
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.