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Kill it with Magic

(The Lillim Callina Chronicles #1)

3.37  ·  Rating details ·  839 ratings  ·  100 reviews
Sixteen-year-old Lillim Callina is good at two things: running away and magic.

Now, Lillim's half-demon ex-boyfriend is contacting her for help, she has somehow gotten herself mixed up in a kidnapping, and her long-dead rival has risen from the grave.

So when a dragon plotting to take over the world offers her a choice: Work for him or else.

Lillim Callina is going to choo
ebook, 189 pages
Published September 22nd 2014
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Kill It With Magic is book one in the Lillim Callina Chronicles by J.A. Cipriano. I read this book as part of the Powers, Spice, and Not So Nice anthology.

Lillim Callina uses magic to fight demons, vampires and all other such creatures that threaten the world. When Lillim receives a message that her ex-boyfriend, Joshua, needs her help, it sets her off on a crazy sequence of adventures where everything that could go wrong, goes wrong.

In searching for Joshua, she is sent to retrieve a jeweled box
I received this audiobook free from Audiobook Blast! in exchange for an honest review; thanks. I just wish that I could honestly give it a more positive review, especially since it’s my first book through the program.


It’s a sort of odd young adult-flavored cross between Gardens of the Moon and the Dresden Files. This is not meant as a compliment. It attempts the cocky quippy fast-paced style of Dresden, and also boasts many similar features: it’s in the first person; there are vampires
So, I Read This Book Today
Here’s the thing. I don’t normally like “YA” books. Hey, been there, done that, didn’t even want the flipping “I lived through being a teenager” T-shirt. But I was looking for a Whispersync book, I had downloaded this book from a “freebie” email, and though there was no description on the “About this book” on my Kindle, the first couple of paragraphs grabbed my attention and made me laugh.

“What kind of a tip do you give someone you’ve just blown up? That’s the thought that ran through my mind as
My actual rating is 3.5 but we don't have half stars here so I'll round it up to 4.

This was a good read though at times a little confusing. I'm going to list my likes and dislikes for this review so let's do the negative first.

What I Disliked:

There are many many characters and some that I still have no idea why they were part of the story, though maybe it will be revealed in future books.

The world building was lacking a little aswell. It had the potential to be explosive but it fell flat.

Montzalee Wittmann
Kill it with Magic (The Lillim Callina Chronicles #1) by J.A. Cipriano continues the story of Lillim, the kick ass monster killer. Now she has her hands full! Her crazy ex wants her help, she accidentally kidnaps a baby prince of the weres, and she has to ask her psycho mentor for help to try to stay alive against a dragon. There are all kinds of creatures in this book and poor Lillim is bruised and battered but keeps on going. Loved this book but the girl needs a vacation!
Aug 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
Attempted to listen to this twice on audible it was too boring to hold my attention.. Embarrassingly I kept falling asleep. DNF
J.B. Garner

I know I start many of my thoughts on literary consumptions with a question, so bear with me as I do it again.

Have you ever sat down to a grand literary banquet ready to really stuff your face only to have every course crammed at you before you’ve even had a bite of the last one? New flavors, new foods, soups, salads, puddings, meats, cheeses, each one is thrown down in front of your, begging you to consume. Try as you might to enjoy the whole thing, to savor each t
Kill It With Magic is a paranormal urban fantasy story and book 1 in the Lillim Callina Chronicles written by J.A. Cipriano. I listened to the audio version of this book.
Lillim is a 16-year-old reincarnated girl who draws on magic to fight demons, vampires, werewolves, dragons etc etc.
First person narration coupled with Lillim's sarcasm and sense of humor made it quite easy to like her and root for her.
It became tricky for me with the huge number of characters the author was introducing. While I
I loved this book

It was fast pace, action packed, and fun; but there was just enough moments, to get the girl feels going.

Lillian is quite the character. She's head strong, and that annoyed me at times, but she is by far one of my favourite female leads of the year. She's strong, determined, and she was not the damsel. There was love interests, but at the same time, they were more deeper then the normal boy meets girl, and falls head over heals. There was preexisting history, and that made the
Patricia Kearns
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dragons, vampires and magic

Lillium seems to attract trouble, regardless of what, how, when and who.
This storytelling is magical. It will keep you glued to this action packed adventure.
Well done.
Jason Crawford
May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Today, I am reviewing the Paranormal/Urban Fantasy story Kill It With Magic by J.A. Cipriano. The first in the Lillim Callina Chronicles, we’re exposed to a world of magic, vampires, ghosts, and dragons all fighting for control of the world. Our protagonist, Lillim herself, is the reincarnation of a famous monster-hunter and is constantly being judged by her former life.

I give this book a 3.5/5. Here is my breakdown.

Characters: 4/5. Kill It With Magic introduces a rather large cast of characters
The author offered this book for free a while back and i finally decided to read it....

This book isn't bad but could have been better.... there are some funny moments, the main character Lillim is one we want to follow, the plot is well thought to keep us out of balance until the end...BUT it's a tad too confusing to be enjoyed fully.

For example suddenly we learn that in that world people can get reincarnated... who, why, under what condition, by answer. Around the end of the book we d
Holly Booms Walsh
This book felt a lot like Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels series. Our heroine is a scrappy ex-magical police officer that is swept into the darker paranormal world of politics and intimidation. She's half simple mercenary and half trying to do the right thing and eliminate the bad guys. Unfortunately, the writing is overwrought with similies and adjectives (a light didn't just flare, it shone like a miniature sun; the dripping ichor of a fire demon reminds the character in the middle of a battle for ...more
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, series
Vampires, Dragons, Werewolves, Human guards and more in this action packed adventure that pits the species and groups against each other in a new manner. There are different worlds, ways to travel, gross castles, babies to safe, magical abilities, previous lives to avoid and ex's to run from in Lilliam's world.

JAC creates a world where action is the norm and remembering your previous lives is part of the everyday. The writing style is very vivid and well developed. There were quite a few charact
WOW - what a fast paced all action Urban fantasy novel this is! Don’t you dare blink, you might miss out on some of the action! The story is told from the viewpoint of Lillim and she takes readers along on her dramatic magical journey full of twists, turns, weird and wonderful strange characters and unexpected happenings. If you like your reading slow, relaxed and comfortable, sorry but this isn’t for you. If you like it to grab you and drag you along a helter-skelter rollercoaster at a rip-roar ...more
Overall 4 Stars
Performance 4 Stars
Story 3 Stars

This book was okay, but it was not my favorite. I am not much for fantasies and that seems to be mostly what this book is.

Lillim is a 16 year old girl who has run away from her abusive mother. She has magic powers that allow her to hunt down and kill just about any creature, be it a demon, a drake or a dragon.

When she gets tricked into kidnapping the prince son of a powerful werewolf all heck breaks lose. Thus begins the adventures of Lillim Callina
This was my second free book, which I have only just realised seems to have been a YA book, who knew?
It definitely didn't come across that way unless I was being particularly dense, this is where you say NO! that's not possible :) Anyway Lillim is a reincarnated run away Dioscuri, (no idea what they are except they fight monsters) with mommy issues.
Its a fast paced book which, yes, as mentioned in other reviews, can get a bit confusing especially since with Lillim, where no good deed goes unpuni
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Non Stop Action!

Lillim is a Dioscuri that has left the Dioscuri to live among humans and try to live with her feelings of inadequacy. She gets sucked into one battle after another that begins when she receives a Twizzle candy requesting her aid from her former lover. Through bad vAmpires, werewolves, and dragons, the lavender hair warrior gets beaten up but never beaten down. My only negative comment is that she is always getting thrown into walls and at one point it was just a bit too much. I r
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book

There is so much magic used in this book, I'm surprised my tablet didn't melt. Loved the book. The characters were wonderful and the story was so good, I couldn't put it down until I was finished. I can't wait to read the second one.
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I got this as a free e-book from the author. I enjoyed reading it. It is my first book by this author. It had a good story to it. The author has a good imagination. I hope to read more books by this author.
Mar 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is so packed with action that it seems to go from one fight scene to the next with barely a pause in between. Just as well these people have supernatural healing, because they really needed it.

The action is thrilling but for me there was too much of it. The action left little time to get to know the characters or the world where the story is based. When I reached the end I realized I didn't know why any of the story had happened, just that it did. It seemed purposeless and a bit disap
Guinevere Sowell
Solid, seems to be written in the vein of books like Ilona Andrews/Kate Daniels. The writing is clean, could use some more life breathed into it I feel. Not a regrettable purchase. I think it's worth sticking with to see if the author improves on the story. It did read in parts like it was hastily written. More execution on a rigid plot than letting the characters breathe. But, it wasn't bad again. Just stiff.

I bought it based on the sample, and I think based on what I read throughout it, it he
I just couldn't finish this. I tried, but the story jinks around without enough explanation and I just couldn't take anymore. This needs a prequel to "leisurely" explain her back story. Saying she is reincarnated and throwing in details as she goes along just isn't good enough. She's 16. she's magic. She's got a pair of magic swords but no explanations of why or even practice routines, she's got an ex and a elder supporting her, but not....*sigh*. ...more
Maggie Mcdonald
what a train wreck. so many characters, so many changes of venue, and absolutely no explanation for any of it. there were pieces of a wonderful book, I was interested in the characters but I had no reference for who she was talking to or what their backstory was or why I should care about this person or that experience.
Travis Hamon
Creative urban fantasy

But not worth your time. Aside from the fact that the story was so formulaic that you just expect every fight to start with the protagonist being grabbed by the hair and thrown the crux of the story turned out to be that the girl can't take care of herself so the people closest to her have to abuse her. Not a winning storyline.
Andoni Garcia
The writing felt a bit rushed and spur of the moment, like the author just wrote whatever popped into their head and didn't bother slowing it down or cutting. It's not bad, it just runs away at times or trips over itself. Still a good read. For the price, you could really end up enjoying it.
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lillim has some badass magic and magical weapons too.
She gets the help of a ghost and of Caleb.
When she confronts the villains in charge they almost react amicably towards each other.
Not intense hatred but inevitability, things have to happen because they are part of a greater plan.
Jan 13, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Too much going on and no set up to explain anything to the reader! This is just too many strands going in crazy directions. Japanese swords with Egyptian gods inside. Just done.
Renetta DeBoer
It wasn't bad. Lots of creativity but there was too much to really focus on. The plot jumped many times and I didn't understand what the point really was until almost the end. I kept asking myself why I was still reading. I was really confused. Not sure if I would recommend this one. ...more
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When New York Times Bestselling author, J. A. Cipriano was in second grade, his teacher gave everyone in class a journal to write down whatever they wanted. Their first subject was to write about something they didn’t like. J. A. chose to write about why he didn’t like writing. His reasoning was simple. He had bad handwriting. Even then, he was destined to be an engineer due to his messy scrawl.


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