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Celebromancy (Ree Reyes #2)

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Fame has a magic all its own in the no-gossip-barred follow-up to Geekomancy. Ree Reyes gets her big screenwriting break, only to discover just how broken Hollywood actually is.

Things are looking up for urban fantasista Ree Reyes. She’s using her love of pop culture to fight monsters and protect her hometown as a Geekomancer, and now a real-live production company is shoot
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Kindle Edition, 310 pages
Published July 15th 2013 by Pocket Star
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Mary Robinette Kowal
May 28, 2013 Mary Robinette Kowal rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, narrated, audio
I narrated this for Audible.com, and thoroughly enjoyed it. This is not always the case. Alas. Strong female protagonist and tons of geek cred. I'm looking forward to the next one.
Cyndy Aleo
Sep 06, 2013 Cyndy Aleo rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I... am a little bummed.

I've been looking forward to reading Celebromancy since the second I finished Underwood's first book in the series, Geekomancy. I dove in the second I downloaded it, and ended up reading it in two separate sittings (I had some books that got in the way in the middle).

Like the first book, Celebromancy is chock full of pop culture references, especially as they pertain to the geek world. It also introduces a new type of magic that surrounds celebrity culture, and several ne
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Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Genre* Speculative Fiction
*Rating* 3-3.5

*Thoughts*

After reading Geekomancy last year, I knew I was going to jump at my chance to read Celebromancy its sequel. Celebromancy actually takes place 6 months after the end of Geekomancy. Our kickass heroine, Ree Reyes, is a Geekomancer, or, one who draws powers from Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror. She's a pretty powerful Geekomancer in that she understands how to use Genre emulation to her benefit. I personally love the fact that she has a light
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Cyn Armistead
Aug 05, 2013 Cyn Armistead rated it it was amazing
Celebromancy was even more fun than Geekomancy - and that's saying something! I cannot remember when I've enjoyed a heroine quite so much. Ree is funny, smart, snarky, sexy, and as geeky as they come. Quite a few lines had me laughing out loud, but my non-geek boyfriend didn't understand why I was so amused. You want to read this series, I promise!
Elgalla
Nov 27, 2015 Elgalla rated it really liked it
This was all kinds of awesome. Gret characters, really good plot and the amazing, brilliant mythology we've seen in the first book of the series. These are the books of my people, I feel, books written with a great love for geekdom and great care too. You can find pretty much anything geek in here: CCG, RPG, TV shows, movies, comics. There is just one omission. Where are The Gamers and Dorkness Rising? This is a must-see for all RPG lovers and I'm honestly surprised to not find it in here. Anywa ...more
Whitley Birks
Nov 19, 2013 Whitley Birks marked it as dnf
DNF-ed at 10%.

This book had an interesting premise, but I simply could not get into it. The narration was stuffed so full of pop-culture references (but only certain kinds, of course) that it often turned convoluted or just plain silly trying to work in one or two more. The flow of the story (what little I could tease out) was constantly interrupted by these attempts to cash in on as many different names as possible, and more time was devoted to Ree's social commentary than anything that was act
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Michael Melilli
Aug 07, 2013 Michael Melilli rated it it was amazing
I keep restarting this review because I just can't figure out a way to explain how much I liked Celebromancy. I was a fan of the first book in the series and expected more geeky, fanboy magical fun but I wasn't prepared for how awesome the second Ree Reyes books would be.

Rather than just doing more of the same in Celebromancy, Michael Underwood dives into an entirely new branch of magic; one that investigates and explains America's obsession with fame and celebrity. This book gives us a sense o
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Dark Faerie Tales
Oct 21, 2014 Dark Faerie Tales rated it did not like it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Ree is a Geekomancer and a screenwriter who has just hit her big break. Things start looking bad though when the lead actress Jane, who happens to be a Celebromancer starts having problems with her powers. If Ree can’t help her figure out what is going wrong it may be the end of her production before it even begins.

Opening Sentence: Ree was late to her first public appearance as a screenwriter, and she couldn’t even blame it on a monster att
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Joseph
Jun 18, 2013 Joseph rated it it was amazing
Michael R. Underwood has done it again! Celebromancy takes the reader further into the life of fledgling geekomancer Ree Reyes. From mounting successes in some areas of her life to heart-breaking failure in others, Ree is a real and vibrant person. Underwood has created a character that you could invite to your gaming sessions or visit at Grognards and have a fantastically geeky time.
Kim
Ehh it was alright. A bit too much fan service I think, especially the main characters bisexual nature, but it wasn't too bad. Not sure if I'll read any more that may come out.
Michel Salim
Feb 15, 2014 Michel Salim rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I've thoroughly enjoyed reading Michael Underwood's sophomore effort, as much as I did reading the earlier Geekomancer.

Magic abounds as before, and having Hollywood divas and studios slinging it back and forth certainly makes this book surprisingly ... relatable...

On a technical note, it's been great fun listening to the audiobook in parallel, the seamless sync between the two makes it effortless. I think I found a typo in the book - or simply like Kowal's version better - when Ree reminded Dr
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Mary
Apr 30, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it
HIGHLY enjoyable! Review to come!
Daniel
Mar 12, 2016 Daniel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 3.25 of 5

In the first book of the Ree Reyes series, Geekomancy (read my review here) we learn what 'geekomancy' is (the ability to manifest, for a short time, the power or attribute of anything or anyone in a movie, comic book on a trading card, etc), and are introduced to the geekomancy poster-child, Ree Reyes. In this second installment in the series, author Michael R. Underwood takes us on the next part of Ree Reyes' journey a
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Timothy Pecoraro
Dec 16, 2013 Timothy Pecoraro rated it liked it
The problem I usually have with Urban Fantasy(Dresden aside of course), is that it seems entirely unbelievable. It seems like everyone would be running for the hills or people would just find out. Because that kind of thing would definitely have a way of being found out. In the world of Celebromancy there is the “Doubt.” Which keeps people from believing the impossible things are happening. Especially as time goes on from those impossible things. Which seems like a great way of handling it. I w ...more
Beth Cato
Dec 04, 2013 Beth Cato rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban, ebook, 2013, ree-reyes
I may be a bit biased since I read an early draft of this, but I found Celebromancy to be a delightful urban fantasy romp. It's self-awareness of its own silliness without overdoing it--the best way to describe it is "happily geeky." Considering the first book in the series is titled Geekomancy, you get exactly what you expect.

Ree Reyes is a relatable heroine. I like how Underwood explored her bisexuality here without making it feel like total fanservice. Ree is attracted to movie starlet Jane,
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Ian Wood
This is the complete review as it appears on my blog. Note that links in the blog reviews are not reproduced here, nor will any updates or modifications be replicated in this copy.

NOTE: SPOILERS!

Here's a choice quotation: "Around midnight, Ree got a call on her phone." On what else would she get a call?! Just asking!

Celebromancy is book 2 in the Geekomancy series. I didn't realize this, so please note that I haven't read book 1 (although that's in progress!). I advise you to do this if you're ju
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Scotto Moore
Dec 04, 2013 Scotto Moore rated it really liked it
this is the 2nd book in an urban fantasy series based around the idea of a pop culture-based magic system. in the 1st book, Geekomancy, we learn about an underground culture of magic users who tune in to games, movies, tv shows, comic books, etc., to acquire magic power; the more popular the item and the more personal the connection you have to the item, the greater the juice you can pull from it. the debut was erratically paced and a little maddening, but i got through it via the charisma of th ...more
Steven
Jul 30, 2013 Steven rated it really liked it
Very exciting and engaging follow-up to GEEKOMANCY. The best thing I can say about this is it's about time someone published an urban fantasy hero(ine) with a great sense of humor. Didn't realize I'd missed this so much since Buffy went off the air.

I also like the fact that Ree is seen in total on the cover, not having her head cut off and all the focus going on secondary gender traits or weapons.

Michael Underwood's woven a fascinating world herein with a wide and surprising variety of magic.
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Tammy
This is the second Ree Reyes adventure, and though I didn't like it as much as I did the first book, Geekomancy, I still enjoyed it quite a bit. At times the pop-culture, nerdiness felt like it was a bit too much for me, and since that's exactly what I signed up for when I chose this book I'll chalk it up to personal taste and move on.

I loved the addition of celebromancy and cinemancy to this universe. Especially celebromancy with the idea that an actor or actress holds certain mantles of power,
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Talk Supe
Jul 25, 2013 Talk Supe rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
Braine's Talk Supe review

Once again, Michael R. Underwood gives us major ball-busting action courtesy of her queer, latina, super Geekomancer, Ree Reyes, in his latest urban fantasy, CELEBROMANCY. If you've read Geekomancy, expect to find the same level of fandom in CELEBROMANCY if not more, as MRUnderwood expertly weaves countless pop culture movers and shakers in this latest Ree Reyes installment.

CELEBROMANCY is fast-paced and action-filled novel and FUN to the nth level! MRUnderwood's imagina
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Jeff Raymond
I don't have a ton to say about Celebromancy that I didn't already say about Geekomancy, except that I enjoy the fact that Underwood has gone all in with this bizarro, interesting, fascinating magic system and that, on a whole, the tales are completely unafraid when it comes to offering new ideas in the existing world.

This one is, in some ways, less fun than its predecessor. It makes up for it in a lot of areas, for sure, but those looking for a similar-to-identical experience in the second book
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Jen
Oh man. I love this series. I need more of them.

Snarky heroine? Check.
Out-of-timestream adventurer? Check.
Fast paced plot? Check.
Non-gender normative relationships and considerations? Check.
Surly bartender? Check.
Magic system that I so, so wish was real? CHECK.
Surrounding cast of awesome? Check, check, and CHECK.

So, yeah. I love this series and want more adventures of Ree.

EDIT - Aug 21, 2013 - I just finished the Audible version, narrated by Mary Robinette Kowal. This is me being BLOWN AWAY. The
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Drev
Jul 19, 2013 Drev rated it it was amazing
In the second installment of this series Micheal R Underwood has written another in a hopefully long running series of books. I am not one to often identify with a female lead in novels but with his in depth understanding of Geek culture and nerdy jokes I found this book impossible to put down. I read it from start to finish without stopping and cannot wait for the rest of the books in this series. For readers that like fantasy scifi or are just plain geeks like me this book is for you and you w ...more
Gareth Otton
Feb 23, 2015 Gareth Otton rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, geeky
Hmm... what to say about this book?

I was on the shelf as to whether I liked the predecessor to this book, Geekomancy. The main character didn't grab me as instantly likeable, the magic system was intriguing but felt a little unfinished to my eyes and the plot in general felt like it could do with a lot of work. However, there was potential in that book which was strong enough to carry me forward to this book.

Now that I'm here though I am still struggling to come up with a verdict as to whether
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Anne
Mar 25, 2014 Anne rated it liked it
I can't believe I'm starting off a review by saying too much! Too much world building (especially in book 2 of a series), too much detail, too much info. about non-essential characters, too many pop culture references.

I requested this book from Netgalley (in exchange for my honest review) because I am a big urban fantasy fan and this looked like a fun read. When you feel you have to take notes (not quite, but it was getting there), it's not a light, fun read. I was able to follow along despite n
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Puddlyduck
Thank you netgalley for a free, no-strings-attached copy of Celebromancy!

Celebromancy is the fast paced, quirky sequel to Geekomancy, where geek girl Ree Reyes battles fantastical villains with magic props, her encyclopaedic geek trivia, and bucket loads of witty quips. Underwood uses tweets, magic card stats and 'mental letters to the universe' to create a unique voice which supplements the more traditional first person writing format. It certainly is both entertaining and imaginative being ins
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Henry Lazarus
Feb 20, 2014 Henry Lazarus rated it liked it
Watching sf movies, going to convention, buying associated doodads, that’s the fun of being involved with fantasy. Imagine if there were a type of magic like Geekomancy (ebook from Pocket Star which I bought electronically) in which watching an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer would give you her strength and speed for a few minutes or having a light saber that worked like the real things. Ree Reyes was a twenty-something working at a graphic art, coffee shop and trying to sell a movie script, ...more
Aaron Reiser
Jul 28, 2013 Aaron Reiser rated it it was amazing
I have to say that Michael Underwood has struck upon a wonderful premise with his Geekomancy series. His characters are well written with a light touch of humor provided in every chapter. I look forward to turning each page to find the next gem hidden amongst the pages and I'm definitely looking forward to his future works.

This is a great book for anyone out there who has an inner-geek and needs to let it strut from time to time.
Michael Underwood
Dec 16, 2015 Michael Underwood rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This is the second Ree Reyes novel, but can be read without first reading Geekomancy, though it would likely be best enjoyed read in order.

I find filmaking, Hollywood and celebrity culture both fascinating and somewhat terrifying, so the decision to have the second 'Mancy' of the Ree Reyes series bring in this world's version of Hollywood and foreground Ree's dream of becoming a screenwriter.
J. Miles Wagner
Mar 24, 2014 J. Miles Wagner rated it liked it
Celebromancy is the seqel to Geekomancy. Geekomancy had a novel approach to magical realism. All of our favorite movies and books have a hint of truth, and the collective engagement of fans create magical power that certain people can tap into. Ree Reyes can tap into geekdom. A huge fan of Star Wars, Star Trek, Magic: The Gathering, etc., she can watch movies to absorb Jedi force, or use props to defend herself against mythical beasts. For fans of geek culture, the first book in the series is a ...more
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