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Cold Burn of Magic

(Black Blade #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  6,354 ratings  ·  756 reviews
There Be Monsters Here. . .

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 munic
Paperback, 323 pages
Published April 28th 2015 by Kensington
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Jo ★The Book Sloth★
3 It's Not You, It's Me Stars

This book wasn't bad but it really had many things working against it at the time. The first one is that it is YA and it shows. It is a rare YA book that will keep my attention these days and if it wasn't for the accidental request I wouldn't have picked it up in the first place. The second is that due to lack of free time when I got the ARC, it took me a while to finish it and I tend to lose interest in a book if I have to read it with a lot of breaks.

Still, even I
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.

COLD BURN OF MAGIC’s heroine is a younger, more reckless, less tested version of Gin Blanco, so right away I felt at home in Jennifer Estep’s BLACK BLADE series. Lila Merriweather has two Talents, one of which she keeps on the DL and she has sworn to avenge her mom’s murder—ring any bells? That mostly sums up the correlations between this world, and ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN; as a body guard the protagonist protects rather than kills, although sometimes the latter happens as a
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
DNF at 71%... I tried really hard to get through this.

*1.5 stars*

Though I consider myself a critical reviewer, I rarely give books less than two stars. In this case, I DREADED picking the book back up, dreaded continuing with the story, so I think my less than two stars stands.

In all honesty, I think I should accept a little responsibility for my extreme dislike of this book. I really, REALLY didn't like this author's other YA offering (Touch of Frost), but so many of my friends love Jennifer E
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
Audiobook Review

I really enjoyed my re-read of this book! I had a lot of fun with this book the first time I picked it up and knew that I wanted to read it a second time before picking up the last book in the trilogy. I decided to give the audiobook a try for this re-read and that was a very good decision. I believe that I liked the book even more because of how the narrator brought the story to life.

I love the way that we are introduced to the world that Lila lives in. It is similar to our wor
This review was also posted on DEADLY DARLINGS.

I'd tell you guys that this book was nice but I'd be lying.

No. This book wasn't just nice. It was freaking fantastic! This book's going to be popular, I'm telling you guys. It already won my heart.

Characters and Relationships:

The heroine Lila reminds me of Celaena from Throne Of Glass, maybe even better than her. She was amazing guys! I can't help but admire her tenacity, her sarcasm, her bravery! She acts all tough but really, she's a vulnerabl
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:

In Jennifer Estep’s Cold Burn of Magic, a 2015 young adult fantasy novel and the first book in her BLACK BLADE urban fantasy series, the world is divided into mortals and magicks, humans who have some type of magical power. The southern U.S. town of Cloudburst Falls, a hotbed of magical power, caters to tourists who want to see magical people and creatures. It’s reminiscent of Harry Potter World, except that it contains real magic, including pixi

Arc provided by Kensington Teen through Netgalley

Release date:April 28 th

DNF at 13%

I give up.
Lila has just looked into... what's his name eyes... and she was struck dumb by insta love/attraction/lust/silliness.
Who cares if her behaviour _up until NOW _ was trying to portray a tough young girl? Someone who has been living all by herself since her mother died. Someone who knows what she has to do in order to survive?
Who cares, right?
It's love.

Also, the girl has this super uber power that
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Cold Burn of Magic is the first book in a new series by Jennifer Estep, author of Mythos Academy and the Elemental Assassin series. It brings us the exciting story of Lila Merriweather, a young orphaned girl with a very special kind of magic. Lila lives in a city where magic is part of everyday life, but only the privileged have it, rich families organized like the mafia.

Lila starts out as a thief, and a very skilled one at that, but soon she’s blackmailed into making a career change. Charged t
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Aug 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
After reading this book, my first thought was this, “Is there anything Estep can't write, and write well?”

Because truly, I do wonder that. She has yet to let me down, nor ceased to amaze me with the intricate, fun, and action packed worlds that she creates, whether in the YA or adult genres.

I loved this series! It was just so much fun to read and I loved the new world that Estep created, where anyone could be magical and monsters lurked anywhere and sometimes, those monsters, weren't always the
Rashika (is tired)
***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato

Last year, one of my favorite series--Mythos Academy-- came to an end. I, like many other fans was left feeling lost because I had fallen in love with the characters and wasn't ready to let go (but when are you ever ready?). So when I found out the author had a new series coming out (why I didn’t find out about it right away is beyond me), I was over the moon.  I was doing the monkey and prancing around, ready to dive into a new world. I, n
About a 2.5-3 star read for me. As I started reading Cold Burn of Magic, it kind of felt like the author's Elemental Assassins series lite for me. First, there is the constant mention of eye color (which is a trademark for this author) and second, each meal or food item is detailed almost like a recipe. By the way, the main character Lila loves her bacon.

The heroine reminded me a lot of a younger Gin Blanco with Mo as a Fletcher character. Lila is a likable character: she is street smart, resour
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Quick review:

Cover: Works
Rating: 3
Overall: Disappointed
Characters: Okay
Plot: Girl trying to make it on her own
Page Turner: Maybe
Series Cont.? Probably
Recommend: Not Sure
Book Boyfriend: Devon

SUMMARY (50 words or less)
I’ve read most everything by this author and I was disappointed. I didn’t mind that it had the feel of Gin Blanco. I just didn’t really care for Lila that much. She was selfish and while I understood, her choices contradicted each other a lot. And yeah, she’s a teen.

For a full r

Despite the promising sounding blurb, I was wary going into this book since two of my GR friends complained about a terrible case of insta-love in their reviews, and I just don't do insta-love. Fortunately, I decided to read it anyway, or I would have missed a really good story.
(As for the insta-love: it really isn't nearly as bad as Lila and Devon's first encounter suggests. In fact, after Lila's initial reaction to him, their relationship is very slow-moving, especially after she finds out wh
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
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My English review

I’m a little late compared to most people, but now, I made it, I finally did read this new novel by Jennifer Estep. I was impatient to get into this new story because besides the beautiful reviews that I had discovered everywhere, Jennifer Estep never disappoints for now. Her Mythos Academy series was very nice and even though I have not finished (yes I only did read the first volume) her urban fantasy series, I enjoyed everything. So it is with great hope th
Sláinte Wanderlust
I have enjoyed reading many books written by this author in the past and this was no exception.
There is action, monsters, mayhem and magic.
Lila's life gets turned upside down by the people she tries her hardest to avoid. She is a spunky girl who seems to run her mouth a lot. She has kickass powers & is a skilled fighter. She had a great backstory, which explains exactly why she is the way she is now. She was my favourite character over all.
I don't think there is insta-love in this book, just i
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
ARC Review

Posted at: Love Affair with an E-Reader

After reading this book, I know one thing for sure; Jennifer Estep knows how to build a darn good magical world with just the right amount of Southern charm.

In Cold Burn of Magic, book one in Ms. Estep’s new Black Blade series, we are introduced to the charming town of Cloudburst Fall, West Virginia – where the magical creatures are the focal point of tourism. Underneath the pretty Disneyland-like façade is the dark and dangerous world of family
Jennifer Estep’s Cold Burn of Magic is an exciting action packed young adult novel set in the fantastical town of Cloudburst Falls where magic and monsters are a tourist attraction. This novel starts off with a bang with a burglary and hunt for the thief over the roof tops. Lila, the 17 year old thief, at the center of the novel, is a fresh character, with the kind of smart mouth, magical ability and fighting skills that seem to be the hallmark of coming of age novels. Sometimes the characters g ...more
Marla Mei
2.5-3 stars

I feel a bit underwhelmed but I'm just glad that after weeks of reading this, I'm finally done with it. I think I'm one of the few who didn't like this book. There are so many things that just failed for me that if it weren't for them I honestly think this would've worked for me. I mean, this revolves around a magical town with mob-type families. I don't think I've read a book with that premise before. This book just screamed interesting and exciting from that blurb alone.

Okay so firs
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Cold Burn of Magic is an exciting, new, young adult series from Jennifer Estep.

Lila has lived secretly in the library basement for a few years now.

Her mother was murdered by a powerful magical family that saw her as a threat.

Little did they know they left behind an even greater threat...Lila, who has two very powerful magical abilities.

When the Lila inadvertently saves Devon, an heir to another powerful magical family, she is forced into protection duty. The magically families are fighting for
Douglas Meeks
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
While YA is not my chosen genre, Cold Burn of Magic was a great story. The writing was good, the characters interesting, throw in a bit of swordplay and a bit of mystery and you have the makings of an exceptional novel.

I seldom give out 5 Star ratings to the first novel in a series but this one hit all the bases for me. Loved the character, loved the world (although a couple of things were hard to buy into) and the story was great.

Best of all was the fact that the book ended in a good place, sto
I want a Pixie... especially one named Oscar, these pixies were fabulous they cooked, cleaned, cared, had a little attitude....
This book has been sitting in my electronic library forever, and I am so glad I finally decided to give it a go.....Lila was a fabulous female character, she was strong, smart, and best of all not whiny and stupid.... I also loved the world, the magic, the mortals, the monsters, it was all brought together so extremely well..... The action was very fast-paced and well wr
Something like a 3.5. Review to come either soon (kind of unlikely) or near release date (if I remember.)
Overall: snark main character, better love interest, somewhat mob-ish. (I wouldn't mind that being the next big thing!) However, this doesn't seem entirely different—at least character wise—than her Mythos Academy series.
got myself a copy from netgalley! don't you dare disappoint me.
I was all Hell yeah, another young adult series by Jennifer Estep!! then I read the synopsis and "My
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Five Caffeinated reasons to drop what you are doing and read Cold Burn of Magic

Our protagonist, Lila Merriweather is a kick-ass, orphaned thief who makes her home in the basement of a library in a town filled with magic. The story takes place in Cloudburst Falls, West Virginia where tourists come from all around to see pixies, Fae and monsters. Rich families who are constantly feuding run the town. Estep brought the world to life in vivid three-D imagery from the troll on the bridge to the pi
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another exciting YA series to crave! Meet Lila, one sassy, determined survivor in a town where the tourists think magic rocks, but the residents know better. Orphaned when her mother was brutally murdered, Lila has turned her back on a system that cannot be trusted and survives on her own using her wit, attitude and her prowess as a thief. Lila has Talents, but she keeps one hidden for her own safety, staying in the shadows and out of the limelight that could make her a pawn between the ruthless ...more
Steffi au Penguinbooks
“You might say that I was a sort of modern-day Robin Hood, merrily stealing from the rich. Only I never, ever gave my loot away for free.”

I don't know how, but Jennifer Estep's writing style keeps me so hooked up on her books, so that I forget time or in my case, nearly missed my stop in the train. Well, I did really like this whole idea of a magical city, with magicians and monsters and this whole concept with swords. At first I was a bit taken off with that sword thing, but it did fit well in
❀Aimee❀ Just one more page...
The premise of this book was good, but it was only OK for me. I found it too predictable overall.

Lila lives in a town with families that have special Talents. They can have speed, strength, heightened senses, and some other more rare abilities.

The town also has Rubes (people without any magical Talents). The families are frequently feuding, especially the Draconis and Sinclairs. This is a bit mafia-esque, but not so dark and torture-y. Lila gets pulled into the families' drama without trying to.
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
UPDATE: I revisited Cold Burn of Magic on audio. I really enjoyed listening to Brittany Pressley narrate the story. Her voice and delivery for Lelia was spot on! Exactly how I heard her in my head when I was reading it a few months ago. If you haven't read CBoM I can now highly recommend it on audio as well.

Most of you know I don’t read many YA books but when a few of my favorite adult authors also write YA like Jennifer Estep I’m game to give it a try. I mean I love her adult urban fantasy ser
Ezinwanyi Chinyere
Jennifer Estep writes really enjoyable Urban Fantasy books. I am a huge fan of her Elemental Assassin series, so I really wanted to try her new young adult series. I was not disappointed, it was action packed and the universe featured a lot of supernatural creatures that are not common in the current books I am reading. The monsters included were pixies, trolls, a lochness monster that was kind of like an overgrown octopus and non-mortals who posed various talents of magick.

The heroine, 17 year
3.5 stars for the plot, half a star for Oscar and Tiny.

This book was lots of fun, and although I don't usually like narration that uses a Southern drawl accent, I would totally recommend that format so long as you have the ability to speed it up. All that action and magic made the story a blast to listen to.

Lila is a bad ass female MC, someone who takes care of herself and doesn't back down from anyone. But she also has a sad past and lots of secrets. I also loved Felix and his motormouth and hi
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

COLD BURN OF MAGIC is exactly what one would expect from an author like Estep - excellent and fun. Similar to her Elemental Assassin series, COLD BURN OF MAGIC is a new world filled with interesting characters, creative mythology, and a little touch of romance.

Fans of Estep's Elemental Assassin series will feel right at home here in the Black Blade series. The parallels are more common than not - Lila's mother, like Gin's, was brutally murdered, Mo, th
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Jennifer Estep is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. She has written more than 40 books, along with numerous novellas and stories.

In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys hanging out with friends and family, doing yoga, and reading fantasy and romance books. She also watches way too much TV and lo

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