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The Black Veins

(Dead Magic #1)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  67 ratings  ·  41 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, the Erase
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 charact
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
Helena Summers
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
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
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

Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: all-time-fav
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.
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.
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
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
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:
♠️ TABI ♠️
this just in: there's an ace guardian of death and yeah they're gonna be my fav
Jul 14, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish
I received an e-ARC of this book in an exchange for an honest review - thanks so much to the author for sending this to me!

This book has been on my currently-reading shelf for several weeks now, and unfortunately I just really can't get into it. I really do feel bad about DNF-ing this one because it has a lot of good points - but ultimately I don't like to force myself to read things that aren't working for me and I just wasn't clicking with this one, so I DNF'd at 30%.

In terms of the strengths
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
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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Jul 17, 2019 marked it as to-read
did someone say ARO REP
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, sci-fi-fantasy
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!
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
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
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Once upon a time, a young girl lost her family and discovered a new one.

The first time I heard about this book was when CW announced about this blog tour and I immediately knew that I 👏 NEED 👏 TO 👏 READ 👏 IT 👏 What makes this book a lot more wholesome is the fact that it’s Ashia Monet’s debut and she’s also publishing it independently! Say whaaat! We support badass, strong, and independent authors in this house!

I recommend this book if you’re into:
⇾ Urban fantasy
⇾ Diverse and POC all aroun
Shannon Rohrer
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Black Veins was an absolutely superb read. The characters were diverse in a myriad of ways, and not a single one felt flat, unimaginative, unrealistic, or stereotypical. In some cases, if they started off seeming somewhat that way (Cordelia, for example, gives off the snooty, posh, "I'm better than you" vibe), that impression quickly faded over time, the story's events, and (this is the aspect I loved most) through their interactions with one another.

That was by and large this story's strong
Feb 12, 2019 marked it as to-read
Layla Cray
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to have been able to read this book and it quickly became one of my favourites of all time! Ashia Monet has an amazing ability to balance beautiful floaty descriptions alongside well-paced action and heartbreaking emotional scenes. The characters are relatable, real teens who are all fully fleshed out and realised, creating a wonderful true ensemble cast - although the story focuses on Blythe, no single character is more important than another. This book is one to definitely l ...more
“Once upon a time, a young girl lost her family and discovered a new one.”

hey uhm... may i introduce you to a book that's sadly slept on? i didn't even heard about this book until it came out, but as soon as i did, i picked it up, because found families, road trips, and urban fantasy is where it's at, and noone can change my mind.

blythe's family has a coffeeshop for people who know magic, so she is usually there, with her best friend and parents, helping out. she is also one of the guardians
em||zayn. a
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
[review originally posted on em's bookish musings on 17/07/19]

Family, friendships, road trips, self discovery and magic; The Black Veins is the platonic YA urban fantasy you didn't know you needed...

I don't think I can accurately describe how I feel about The Black Veins by Ashia Monet in this review because I have so many thoughts and emotions, and I can't properly put them to words, but the bottom line is that I absolutely love this book.

The Black Veins follows Blythe Fulton, a sixteen year ma
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
A huge thank you to CW @ The Quiet Pond and Ashia Monet for sending me a free e-ARC of this novel. This did not affect my opinion of this book and the content of my review in any way.

Reading The Black Veins was a really fun and fast-paced reading experience which I enjoyed immensely. With strong and unique characters, a magical road-trip full of obstacles and discoveries and amazing character development throughout the entierity of the novel, The Black Veins completely took me by surprise, in th
Sakina (aforestofbooks)
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, books-i-own
I don't even know where to start with my review. Gretal convinced me to read this, and then I sort of convinced other people to add it to their tbr.

What I Loved:

- DIVERSITY. I think this is the first book I've read where diversity was woven into the story without it being a major plot line. It was just there and it was normal and amazing. (Jay flirting with everyone and everything was just asdjdkfdjfkd I LOVE HIM SO MUCH WHY IS HE SO CHARMING)

- THE BANTER. I read this book for the banter. Gretal
Elin (annotatedpaperbacks)
(full review here)

if i were to apply one term to this book, it’d definitely be gen z. there are many other ways i’d like to describe it, and i’ll get to those, but the black veins is the most gen z book i have ever read. it is truly magnificent. i can’t wait for more talented, meme loving, internet dwelling teens and young adults to get to put their art into the world. there is just this amazing quality to it that i don’t think can be replicated by someone who isn’t in it. that “the world is end
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
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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.