Lose Yourself in The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

Hey, book worms! I feel like it’s been a while since we last talked. Let’s fix that, shall we?

I recently reread The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell and, let me tell you, it is such a magical book. I loved the characters and the magic and the time travel. It was just wonderful. My full review is below, but check out the summary of the The Last Magician below.

Title: The Last Magician

Author: Lisa Maxwell

Publisher: Simon Pulse

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Summary:

51Jpv68VvZL._SX333_BO1,204,203,200_Stop the Magician. Steal the book. Save the future.

In modern-day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.

My Review:

This book is, without a doubt, one of my all-time favorite YA books. This was my second time reading this beauty and it was just as good as the first time, if not better. The plot is exquisite and magical and draws you in.

I was constantly surprised by Esta and the characters. When I first read The Last Magician, I didn’t expect to get so invested in the book and in Esta’s mission. But then I was rooting for her. This book makes you feel like you are part of Dolph’s crew, like you are helping Esta get the Book and save the future.

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I also enjoyed the magic aspect of the novel. Esta has the ability to travel through time, which is amazing and an unique gift. But with that gift comes consequences, and she starts to realize what those consequences are.

I loved everything about this book, especially Harte Darrigan. He is a wonderfully intricate character that I could not get enough of; I reread scenes just so I could get more Harte. I can’t wait to see what is in store for him and Esta in the second book.

Lisa Maxwell’s writing is beautiful and stunning. She pulls you into the story and keeps you glued to your seat. I never wanted to put The Last Magician down.

If you haven’t added The Last Magician to your TBR pile, you need to. You will not be disappointed! And don’t forget to check out the sequel, The Devil’s Thief. #devilsthief is going to be absolutely AMAZING!

On a side note, here are three blogger friends that I feel would really enjoy reading The Last Magician, which you can learn more about here:

  1. Emnemilysbooks
  2. LairofBooks
  3. The Radiant Reader

Happy reading!

♥Nikole

 

The Page 69 Test: The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

Happy Friday, everyone! Most of us have a nice 3-day weekend, which means more time to read!

The Page 69 TestMy co-bloggers and I have started a new weekly blog post: The Page 69 Test! Have you heard of the page 69 test? If not, it’s basically where you read page 69 of a book you think you will like. If you liked reading page 69, chances are you willenjoy reading the rest of the book.

Instead of posting the full page, we will be posting the first 10-20 lines of that page, starting with the first full sentence.

For the first posting of The Page 69 Test, my randomizer chose The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell. As a heads up, a name has been blocked out to prevent any major spoilers (you’ll understand why) 🙂

“Esta hesitated, her body screaming with the effort of keeping hold of her present as the past pulled at her. Her vision cleared, and she saw [NAME] struggling against a trio of hooded figures, his expression determined as he fought free of them.

I have to help him…

[NAME]!”

“Go!” he shouted, looking at her with such determination that her hold of the present slipped.

[NAME]!” she screamed again as gunfire erupted and she watched his large body jerk and slump to the ground. The shock of it knocked her backward, far past the place where the dirty pavement should have caught her.

Esta couldn’t stop. She lost her grip on her own city, her own time, and was falling into light itself, barely catching herself before she landed hard, in a deep drift of snow.”

So, what do you think? Sounds pretty good, right? If you think this is a book you will like, check out the synopsis below!


Synopsis of The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

51Jpv68VvZL._SX333_BO1,204,203,200_Stop the Magician. Steal the book. Save the future.

In modern-day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.

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Have you ever used the Page 69 test?

Have a great weekend, everyone!

♥Nikole

Beat the Backlist 2018 Challenge

Beat the Backlist

Hi, fellow book lovers! I’m coming to you today to talk about the first ever book challenge I will be participating in. It’s a year long challenge and as procrastination is a close friend, I’ll be working on creating a schedule so I do not end up having to read more books in the last month of the year. The challenge is Beat the Backlist and is hosted by NovelKnight! I absolutely love NovelKnight’s blog, so I am super excited to take part in this challenge.

The Rules of Beat the Backlist:

The challenge will run from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. You have an ENTIRE YEAR to complete your goal!

Books must be released prior to 2018 to count for this challenge. Although we love new releases, too, this isn’t the challenge for them.

Luckily for me, I have over five hundred books that I’ve bought in the past few years that are dying to be read. Yep, over five hundred. And I only chose a certain amount. Since I am one of those people that has a hard time reading fifty books a year, I decided to go with a number that I think should be easy to reach in twelve months.

My Goal for Beat the Backlist: Read 24 books in 2018.

That’s two books a month. Easily accomplishable, right? I hope so, considering I have my reviews of 2018 arcs scheduled all the way through May. We shall see.

Since I had over five hundred books, I decided to do a random number generator to choose my twenty-four books. Some are books I started but never finished, some are books I haven’t read yet, and some are books I will be re-reading.

The 24 Books are (in no particular order):

  1. The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
  2. Timeless by Alexandra Monir
  3. Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan
  4. How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather
  5. The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
  6. Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza
  7. A Sky Full of Stars by Samantha Chase
  8. Endure by Sara B. Larson
  9. The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig
  10. The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron
  11. The Affiliate by K.A. Linde
  12. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
  13. Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray
  14. The White Road of the Moon by Rachel Neumeier
  15. The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari
  16. The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead
  17. Hidden by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
  18. King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard
  19. Wires and Nerves by Marissa Meyer
  20. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
  21. Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
  22. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
  23. Ruined by Amy Tintera
  24. Timebound by Rysa Walker

I can’t wait to start this challenge tomorrow!

Do you have a mountain full of books that you need to read? The perfect way to read those books is by joining the Beat the Backlist challenge! You can join any time throughout 2018, and you get the chance to win prizes! More information on the Beat the Backlist 2018 Challenge can be found here.

Happy reading everyone and have a Happy New Year! See you all in 2018! 🙂

♥ Nikole