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The Black Veins

(Dead Magic #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  271 ratings  ·  112 reviews
In a world where magic thrives in secret city corners, a group of magicians embark on a road trip—and it’s the "no-love-interest", found family adventure you’ve been searching for.

Sixteen-year-old Blythe is one of seven Guardians: magicians powerful enough to cause worldwide panic with a snap of their fingers. But Blythe spends her days pouring latte art at her family’s co
ebook, 428 pages
Published July 17th 2019 by Ashia Monet
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ARC provided by the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.

“The magic wakes at midnight. It arrives in the form of a song.”

The Black Veins is a YA debut that you are not going to want to miss. This story is set in an alternate version of our world, where a young girl and her family have planted secure roots to protect themselves, their home, and their magic. They run a magical coffee shop that only other magic wielders can see, because if you speak about magic to Common people, t
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
This book is going to change urban fantasy as we know it. Y'all aren't ready for this incredible book.

- Follows Blythe, a Black teen who is also one of seven Guardians, the most powerful magicians in the world -- except she just wants to be with her family, make coffee at her parents' cafe, and just... be a teen.
- When her parents are kidnapped, Blythe goes on a roadtrip to save her family. But first, she must find and recruit the other six Guardians to help her save them.
- The characters in th
✨    jamieson   ✨
"You were going to take your shirt off? Antonio teases. "Dude, at least take me to dinner first"
"Just thought I'd show you what was coming after the main course" Jay replies.
"Oh my Goooood, you're corrupting my sweet boy and turning him into you" Blythe whines.

The Black Veins is an inventive and exciting new release that has so many of the qualities I see people asking for in YA lit. I’ve been following Ashia on twitter for a long time and watching them write this story, post about the chara
Feb 12, 2019 marked it as to-read
urban fantasy, found families, no romance, cool magic powers and road trips? THIS BOOK WAS WRITTEN SPECIFICALLY FOR ME, I FEEL SO BLESSED
Fafa's Book Corner
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review posted on Fafa's Book Corner!

Beware spoilers ahead!

Trigger Warning(s): Content warnings are included in the book.

Rep: Blythe is Black and bisexual. Cordelia is British Chinese and will soon identify as queer and questioning. Daniel is white and cishetallo. Antonio is Puerto Rican and will soon identify as demiromantic, demisexual, and only attracted to boys. Storm is Black and straight. Caspian is trans and asexual. Jay is Black and bisexual. Katia is described as Middle Eastern. Jamie
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am literally blown away. This book has magic and action right from the start. It reads like a movie. I absolutely LOVED it!! More than once, I laughed out loud, I cried, I cringed, I hid behind my hands....

Each of the characters is so well-defined that I could visualize them like I was with them, physically. They are so lovable in their own unique way! There is Black, queer and nonbinary representation too.

I loved Ashia Monet's writing. Some ironic remarks here and there were funny and were
Caidyn (he/him/his)
CW: loss of family, violent scenes and some bloodshed, drug use, gun use, and anxiety and panic attacks (these are taken from the front of the book where the author listed them

Yes, I'm giving this four stars. It was an enjoyable book that I'm glad I read. It was incredibly diverse with multiple LGBTQIA+ characters of color. A bi black girl, Latino character, a trans character, a character who was agender. Just very diverse.

And, there was no romance! I hate romance so, so much in books and I love
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get to read The Black Veins and when I say that this book is going to change YA I /MEAN/ IT. Found family, no romantic arc, URBAN FANTASY. This book is one of my all time FAVORITES.

Just you wait for July and I'll be throwing copies of this book at everyones face and be screaming about the children.
Sage (SageShelves)
me: finishes this book
me: methodically goes through my Goodreads and drops all my 5 star ratings to 4 because nothing else is as good as this

sam groves
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
oh my god, let me tell you, i was fortunate enough to read this book and listen. this book is absolutely FANTASTIC. a masterpiece. does not let you down. it's a charming bop of an urban fantasy adventure with a diverse, to-die-for cast, and i love it with my whole heart.

i can genuinely say that i have never been more hyped for a book to come into existence so!!! get ready folks, YA lit will be shaken.
Enne (they/he)
4 stars

This one has been on my list for a while and I’m so glad I finally got around to reading it because I had such a great time with this novel!

This is truly the found family adventure story that I have been on the hunt for. I will absolutely not hesitate to recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the found family dynamic because that’s definitely a major part of the story here and it’s executed incredibly well!!

I absolutely loved the friendships formed over the course of this book and that w
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(I received this book as part of the blog tour. This has not impacted my review which is honest and unbiased).

The Black Veins is wonderfully descriptive and atmospheric. There's care and tenderness in every word. At the heart of the story is a quest for family, reconciliation, and recovery. It is a story that features diversity at the forefront with themes of found family and friendship at its core. Once you finish you'll want to immediately dive into more because Monet will make you care about
BeeButBookish ♡
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
─── ・ 。゚☆: *.☽ .* :☆゚. ───

“Once upon a time, a young girl lost her family and discovered a new one.”

Blythe Fulton is part of a family of magicians but she has no idea what her power is. During her spare time Blythe works as a barista at her family’s cafe The Full Cup and hangs out with her friend Jamie who is non-binary—agender and tries to make her mundane life together. This all changes one day when her family is kidnapped and her bestfriend Jamie is injured in the process.

With nothing but an
Sep 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-once
Okay I'm so torn. I loved the characters! The plot was fine, the world building excellent. But there were inconsistencies, typos, grammatical errors. They were frequent enough I was jarred from the story. Some of the scenes had continuity issues and the spatial awareness was a little off. Things like talking while on the back of a motorbike. That's pretty hard to do, especially going full speed on a loud Harley. The characters redeemed the story. The pacing was good, though there is no breather ...more
Kate (Reading Through Infinity)
Thank you so much to CW and Ashia Monet for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for being on The Black Veins blog tour.

I had a lot of fun reading this book and loved the characters! Check out my full review and author Q&A here:
Charlie Todd
This is my favourite book of 2020 so far and perhaps my third favourite of all time?? I'm fully in love with everything about these characters and Ashia's writing and I can NOT wait to read book 2 holy heck.
“The magic wakes at midnight. It arrives in the form of a song.”

“Once upon a time, a young girl lost her family and discovered a new one.”

3.5 stars. Ashia Monet’s The Black Veins is as fun and clever as a novel about a queer found family full of POC deserves to be. This is one of those books that caught my attention around the time it first came out, I bought it, and subsequently read the first chapter and let it sit on my shelf for a while. I tried picking it up again several times but each
rebeccca elane (pistachiobooks)
 I was kindly sent an ARC by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Do you like YA road trip novels with a shit ton of magical realism? Do you like diverse YA road trip novels with a shit ton of magical realism? Do you like novels that will make you laugh and then punch you in the proverbial stomach ten minutes later. THEN BUCKLE UP BITCHES BECAUSE I HAVE THE NOVEL FOR YOU. This book has a really interesting premise, and it 100% follows through with it. It has a great mix of worldbuilding a
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Black Veins is proof that YA Fantasy can be diverse af. The main character, Blythe is a bisexual black girl, her best friend is a nonbinary agender magician who can control water. On the way to save her parents, Blythe comes across Katia who’s on her way to collect Blythe and take her to Frost Glade where her and the other Guardians will be safe. But Blythe has plans that don’t involve hiding away and hoping that someone else will save her parents. So with the help of Candice, Gaudian of the ...more
Tabi⁷ (ᕗツ)ᕗ
this just in: there's an ace guardian of death and yeah they're gonna be my fav
Jul 17, 2019 marked it as to-read
did someone say ARO REP
✧ tina ✧
what i like about this book? well, basically:

1. magicians
2. friendship instead of romance
3. so much fun

i mean, can i ask for something else? probably no, this is great enough.

but i do need the sequel asap, I NEED TO KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN WITH MY BABIES !!!
3.5 ⭐️

Trigger warning: violence

I wanted to give this book 4 stars, but the amount of typing errors is just too big to ignore.

It's a good book, very engaging and with action that develops quite quickly once you've met everyone. The stakes are high and the adult vs teen thing is realistic. Bonus points for the diversity. But it kinda ends there.

This book should have gone through another round of copy edit. We'll never say it enough: if you want to self-publish, you NEED editors to read through you
Linked Soul
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Tl;dr: Loved it to bits and would 100% read it again, but would have loved it even more and five-starred it if the Asian rep had been better.


After reading some okay books, I was so glad to find one I was so invested it I just could not put it down. The Black Veins combines a cast of very endearing characters with high-stake, fast-paced plot, fun bonding moments, and a booming final. I also near-cried twice. The book has its emotional moments and never lacks of
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ahhh what a wonderful, wonderful surprise. Such an entertaining, fast-paced read with an awesome cast of characters. Definitely recommending this one!
Full review coming soon :)

Thank you to the wonderful CW @ The Quiet Pond for sending me an e-ARC of this book and for allowing me to take part in the Black Veins blog tour. This did not, in any way, influenced my thoughts and rating.

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Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I feel so lucky that I got the chance to read this amazing book! One of the best YA fantasies I have read. Ashia is such a talented writer and in The Black Veins she has created a cast of characters and a world that is truly unforgettable! Can't wait for Summer 2019 when everybody can experience this brilliant book!
this book was dedicated to queer POC and had trigger warnings at the start and I’m just...
Ashia Monet is a queen. that’s all.

I started reading this book the night before result day, and I was looking for something to distract me from my anxiety and keep me from fleeing the country, obviously
but this book just had me hooked from the start and the subliminal message it conveyed about the collateral damage of war, the inevitable corruption that blooms in every government, and the importance of fami
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, review-copy
*I received a copy via the author in return for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book.*

After Blythe witnesses her family being kidnapped right in front of her and her best friend injured, she’s forced into a road trip like no other. In search of other powerful magicians like her or “Guardians”, she must make her way to Electric City. But in a world where magic thrives and an imminent war between the two magician governments forces Blythes and her new friends to think o
Claudie Arseneault
First of all, I want to thank the author for providing an eARC of this in exchange for a honest review.

I devoured THE BLACK VEINS a while ago, while on vacation at a cabin by the lake. Just totally flew through it--not just because I had the time, but also because it was just that good. While THE BLACK VEINS has interesting worldbuilding and a solid pacing, where it truly, absolutely shines is through its cast of characters. The seven Guardians are all strikingly memorable and diverse, with dis
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
DNF @ 62%

I put this book down with the hope that i will come back to it but it's been a month and it's just...not happening. Everytime I look at it the last thing I want to do is pick it back up again. We just didn't vibe unfortunately no matter how much I wanted to love it, the plot unfolded way too easily and was too predictable for my liking so the stakes didn't come off as high as they should have been.
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Ashia Monet is a speculative fiction author. Her work often includes queer people of color and equal parts humor and drama. You can follow her on Twitter at ashiamonet and Instagram at ashiawrites.

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