Waiting on Wednesday: A CRIMINAL MAGIC by Lee Kelly

This wednesday take a look at a magical Realism novel I’m waiting on!

Waiting on Wednesday Theme: THOSE COMP TITLES OMG *dies*

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Title: A Criminal Magic
Author: Lee Kelly
Pub Date: February 2, 2016 from Simon & Schuster
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THE NIGHT CIRCUS meets PEAKY BLINDERS in Lee Kelly’s new magical realism, crossover novel.

Magic is powerful, dangerous and addictive – and after passage of the 18th Amendment, it is finally illegal.

It’s 1926 in Washington, DC, and while Anti-Sorcery activists have achieved the Prohibition of sorcery, the city’s magic underworld is booming. Sorcerers cast illusions to aid mobsters’ crime sprees. Smugglers funnel magic contraband in from overseas. Gangs have established secret performance venues where patrons can lose themselves in magic, and take a mind-bending, intoxicating elixir known as the sorcerer’s shine.

Joan Kendrick, a young sorcerer from Norfolk County, Virginia accepts an offer to work for DC’s most notorious crime syndicate, the Shaw Gang, when her family’s home is repossessed. Alex Danfrey, a first-year Federal Prohibition Unit trainee with a complicated past and talents of his own, becomes tapped to go undercover and infiltrate the Shaws.

Through different paths, Joan and Alex tread deep into the violent, dangerous world of criminal magic – and when their paths cross at the Shaws’ performance venue, despite their orders, and despite themselves, Joan and Alex become enchanted with one another. But when gang alliances begin to shift, the two sorcerers are forced to question their ultimate allegiances and motivations. And soon, Joan and Alex find themselves pitted against each other in a treacherous, heady game of cat-and-mouse.

A CRIMINAL MAGIC casts a spell of magic, high stakes and intrigue against the backdrop of a very different Roaring Twenties.

I am so excited for this book because:

  1. PEAKY BLINDERS. I devoured that show in a day. Season 1 was basically perfection to me.
  2. THE NIGHT CIRCUS. The book is also basically perfection to me.
  3. Alex sounds like my Amazing Grace from Peaky Blinders.
  5. One of my favorite tropes is In Love With the Mark & and then of course THEY CAN’T BE TOGETHER BECAUSE THEY’RE ON OPPOSITE SIDES.
  6. Ummm, that strangely epic cover.
  7. Just that entire blurb again.
  9. Seriously what else is there? (insert Derek from Swan Princess stammering “…what…else…is…there?” ;D)




Check out what I thought about National Book Award finalist BONE GAP by Laura Ruby!

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Author: Laura Ruby
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Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps—gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years before, their mother had high-tailed it to Oregon for a brand new guy, a brand new life. That’s just how things go, the people said. Who are you going to blame?

Finn knows that’s not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turned up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone, and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go.

As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap—their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures—acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness—a story about how the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.

Reading Bone Gap was a magical experience. I fell fast. I fell hard.

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I was like, “Talking corn! Cats! Magical horses! Badass ladies! Sad boys! GOATS!”

I think you go into this book expecting it’s about Finn and his brother Sean, and then discover it’s really about two women: Roza and Petey. And it’s about society and male gaze and the expectations put on girls. And what happens when people see your worth based on your beauty (Roza and Petey) or your ‘quirks’ (Finn).

The characters made this book. Roza could have easily been the manic pixie dream girl who saves Sean and Finn from their sad life, but she’s not. She’s her own wonderfully fleshed out complex character. This was apparent to me as I read and marveled over it, but more so when I saw Laura Ruby at Books of Wonder last week. She talked about how the myth of Persephone fascinated her, but annoyed her because the story was never about Persephone. Bone Gap is about Roza. The girl who goes missing.

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The amazing Children’s National Book Awards Finalists panel at Books of Wonder on Monday November 16, 2015.

I love Bone Gap because of its amazing characters, vivid-heartbreaking writing, and the goat. Its critique of fairy tales, exploration of beauty, and unexpected diversity make it a must read!

Cover Thoughts
i don't know what's going on but i am excited chandler friends

Favorite Quote
I’m sorry, is THE ENTIRE BOOK not a valid answer?

She read and reread all kinds of books for all kinds of reasons. When she was little, someone gave her some weird book called The Wife Store. It was about a very lonely man who decided that he wanted to get married. So he went to the wife store, where endless women lined enormous shelves. He picked himself a wife and bought her. She was bagged up and put in a cart. He took her home. After that, the two of them went to the children store to buy a few kids.

Petey read this book over and over. Not because she liked it, but because she kept waiting for the story to change, kept waiting for the day she’d turn the page and a woman would get to the husband store. She kept waiting for justice. But, of course, the story never changed. She never got justice. If Petey were keeping one of her lists of the things she hated, she wold have to add: the fact that there was no justice. But The Wife Store was still on her shelf at home, if only to remind her that there were assholes in the world who would write such things, believe such things. (page 207)

Favorite Character
If it wasn’t obvious: ROZA ROZA ROZA. Ross sums up my feelings:why do bad things happen to good people