Magic for Liars
But when Ivy is hired to investigate the gruesome murder of a fac ...more
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I wish I enjoyed this read more than I did. It sounded like it would be right up my alley. But it just missed out for me. I was so irritated with Ivy's self pity through out the book, that I was tempted to give up by 37%. I found it to be a slow read as it lacked the tension I usually find in murder mysteries and I had a tough time connecting to any of the characters. There was plenty of teenage angst and drama (as expected for a story set ...more
This book was a fun, interesting read, and a book that managed to successfully combine multiple interests of mine into a coherent narrative!
Ivy Gamble is a messy protagonist, which might put some readers off but made me like and understand her. She has a lot of problems she hasn't dealt with, her life never went according to plan, and now she's being asked to investigate a murder at a magical academy--the same academy where her gifted twin Tabitha teaches. And it ...more
I love the way they view the world. From alternate history featuring heists and hippos to a new take on the "chosen one" trope that turns all detective tropes on various heads and asses: I am there for all of it.
Ivy Gamble is a hard-drinking, no-qualms private investigator from the gritty part of town. She is approached by the headmaster of an elite magic academy to investigate the death of one of the teachers there (who was found, you know, in the Theoret ...more
Every reader I have ever been, from the 12-year-old whose favorite writer was Raymond Chandler to the tired lady who tries hard every day, loves everything about this book. Incisive on so many levels and a sheer joy to read.
She insists she's fine with the fact that her sister has magic and she doesn't. I spent some of the time nearly believing her, and I think she spent some of the time nearly believing herself. She's a deeply ...more
The setup is great, obviously, and the writing is top notch. It's snappy and well-crafted, really giving a nice feel to this P.I. story without ever going too ham on i ...more
Written with balance and humor, Gailey writes in a believable manner that keeps you wanting more. She opens it with a traditional scene of a gruesome murder and then develops the main character with ease. Using tr ...more
Somehow, Sarah Gailey manages to build an entirely believable, magical world all the while hooking you into a grisly schoolyard murder. Peppered with compelling backstories, family dynamics, a slightly-unlikeable-but-root-worthy pro ...more
(I also thought the romance was a little out of place? It didn't add much to the story and it felt very sudden. I don't think it hurt the story, but i think it helped either)
It's got a bitterness to it; it's dark and smart and full of magical suspense -- but it's still full of wonder. I loved Ivy's voice, completely and utterly okay with her sister Tabitha being magical, and also just such a liar, to herself and to everyone around her - sometimes for the job, sometimes for her own (questionable) well-being.
I loved the mystery and the twist and the oh-so-privileged young mages who are even scarier than normal teenagers. I loved the magical theory ...more
Gailey casts their own spell with the premise alone: privat ...more
The magic in this story is subdued, focusing more on the mystery and relationships, but the magic that was present was weirdrously imaginative. Gailey's got a funky, descriptive angle on the magical realm and hey girl honestly if you're reading this can we ...more
I enjoyed the world that Gailey created and how she merged magic into the everyday world and even explained how it worked. I also loved how the teenagers were teenagers, despite their magical ability. Her writing is lovely and is full of vivid descriptions.
Ivy is a great character — fallible, self doubti ...more
I wanted to like this SO much. I loved the American Hippo books. The concept for this was exceptional. And it was touted as being a cross between The Magicians and Tana French.
Unfortunately, the book failed to live up to the premise it set up. While it simmered with potential almost right up to the end, the story often felt flat, the plot had a lot of threads that never quite knit together properly, and worst of all, the "solve" was a complete cop-out (and an overu ...more