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Null and Void: A Royal States Novel

(Royal States #1)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  494 ratings  ·  63 reviews
In the Royal States of America, magic rules all, but life—and love—always finds a way.

Born without magic, Mackenzie Little has few prospects. In a futile attempt to break her out of the null caste, her mother ropes her into participating in a charity auction, where anything can be bought with enough money.

She never expected her ex-boss, Dylan Mason, an elite with a love
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Paperback, 390 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Pen & Page Publishing (first published November 15th 2017)
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Mara
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
First, don't let the cover or else misguide you. This is samewhat plain romance, there's really not much UF or paranormal. Yes, in theory you are in a world where magic rules, but it doesn't really impact the story. It's just a backdrop.

This is a story that had much potential both as a PNR and in plot. But unfortunately it's totally wasted, and by 40% of the book you realize it. Sadly.
In theory it touches racism, poverty, class society. In reality? Not so much.

This is fantasy and not as in genre
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Lexie
Apr 12, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-in-series
Ok folks. I feel horribly misled here.

This cover promises me AT THE LEAST urban fantasy fun, but the book does it level best to keep all of that out of here.

The description promises me a MC who has it rough and has to navigate a society where she's barely worth knowing, but the book only shows that in how much she complains about being a Null.

The romance that could have been is both underwhelming and far too present as the "hero" seems to be such a BIG DEAL in the MC's thoughts, but not such a b
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Lori S.
2.75 stars - Bought this book on a whim and because the summary sounded interesting. It's very rare for me to read straight up m/f anyway, but I thought, what the heck? So I gave it a shot.
Note: this story (is supposed to be) set in a post-apocolyptic world where magic upset the old balance and helped to create a new world ruled by 12 royal families and people capable of wielding magic.

This book is supposedly a PNR, but since we never get much of a demonstration of magic until the very end of th
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Sarah Peters
3.5

I have FEELINGS ok.
So, overall, I really enjoyed this book. I never thought I'd say this about a book that I enjoyed but I really wish that it was shorter. Like, 100 pages shorter. Maybe it's because I'm not a horse person. Maybe it's because i give zero farts about horses. Maybe it's because I wish the author had spent more time actually explaining how the Royal States of America functioned rather than talking about Pat's obsession with horses. (HOW DOES THE ROYAL FAMILY PAY FOR EVERYTHING
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Anita
Generally speaking, I'm a fan of this author (she also goes by RJ Blain and possibly some other names.) She always tries to be funny in her books, with some significant success, but she has some areas for improvement as an author. She wastes a lot of words on repetitive dialogue. (For example - two characters were talking, then someone else walks into the room, so the character starts over to bring the new character up to speed on the conversation. Problem: the reader already HAS that informatio ...more
T.
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Null and Void was an absolutely awesome read (in fact, I immediately went to my eRetailer and bought the rest of her books--which messed up this month's book budget).

Two words: Goat dowry.

This book is all about the characters and relationships. While the heat level never exceeds simmer, the romance and tension is heated. I laughed so hard at the relationship between Mireya and Mackenzie, and Mackenzie and everyone else. And the goat votes will make you laugh even more. Yeah, some of the plot w
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P Henderson
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: RJ Blain fans
I am somewhat conflicted about this book. I enjoyed reading it, I might even read it again sometime. It was a fun read, with great characters and dialog. The cute quirkiness of most of the major characters is a Hallmark of this author (for all of her pseudonyms). The plot was decent. Not earth-shattering but with enough twists to feel as though something actually happens)

The worldbuilding is barely adequate at best. There's enough info for a reader to get a feel for things, but it falls apart m
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Shasha
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hea, urban-fantasy
Fantastic

I'm really excited about the alternate fantasy future this story is set in. If you like Ilona Andrews paranormal romance series, you will like this.

The sexual tension is delicious, all while keeping the bedroom door closed. The family dynamic is humorous and precious. The supporting characters are solid. The foreshadowing helped me to figure out the mystery before the heroine, but that was part of making it funny.

I anticipate the next book!
Cas Meadowfield
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. Re-read four times.
Jeanne
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though there were some weak spots I really enjoyed the book! It was a bit weird but fun read :D
Cindy
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the distant past magic rose and the world crashed - taking the United States with it. At some point powerful family talents took power and created the Royal States out of the areas they organized out of the chaos. They retained the US names although not necessarily the boundaries - for example New York contains Maryland. At the time of the story everything has settled down – no zombies, no screaming thugs – but magic is power and being without magic [a null] makes you less than nothing. And, ...more
Diane
3.33 stars Goodreads; 3.75 stars Amazon. Fun, w/likable, if implausibly slow-to-catch-on, lead.

The world is similar in some ways to that of Ilona Andrews's Hidden Legacy (a system dominated by a small number of families with magical heritage), but this is much less an action fantasy. It's a little bit Cinderella, though part of that trope is given a twist.

I find it implausible that a woman so politically canny and determined would remain willfully ignorant about the royals, and even the Royals
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Carrie Gulledge
Well.

I am completely unsure of what I think of this book. I'm not even sure whether the rating I gave it is what I really want to rate it or not. Props to Susan Copperfield for completely baffling me.

For the first 50 percent of this book, I vacillated between DNF'ing and pushing forward. I struggled with how completely unrealistic all of the characters actions were, their reasons for said actions, their interactions with each other, etc etc. I was SO frustrated.

At about 50 percent, I walked aw
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Frances Law
Dryly funny.

In a dystopian North America magic is the norm and the United States have become the Royal States. If you have no magic you are a null. It doesn't matter how intelligent you are you will go nowhere fast. Mackenzie Little is a null, just as her parents are and their parents before them. Mackenzie had a business degree but works on data analysis and spread sheets
until, one day, she snaps and walks out. She has already come to the notice of her boss, Dylan Mason, who tells her that he i
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Sandra
Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, own-it
It was interesting and I liked the world with US states as kingdoms ruled by magic users. I did felt it dragged a bit and was quite drawn out. It also annoyed me how long it took for her to figure out who he was and I didn’t like the way he and her daughter where conspiring behind her back. I have no problem with them building a relationship –it was just the sneaky manipulative behaviour that went with this that made me uncomfortable. And speaking of uncomfortable there was that whole relationsh ...more
Kate
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is now become one of the best books i have read this year. Susan Copperfield’s writing in this book will grab you by your seat and wont let you go. The book i freaking laughed from page one all the way to the end. The sass that Mac has and her kid, oh lord i wanna be her when i grow up.

This book was fantastic and Mac was a character that was sooo well developed that i wish i could meet her in real life to become friends.

In the world now magic power and strength rules all and if you don’t
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Kei
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It is fun. It is heartwarming. It has a badass main character who works her ass off in not easy situations. It has a crowd of lovable and too-good-to-be-true side characters. I'm a fan.

I also have to say that I made my experience reading this better and more exiting by avoiding spoilers, and because I had no idea where the book was going to go for the whole first part of it. I thought this was one of the most unpredictable books I've read, since it's wasn't before about page 120 that I begun to
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Lara
Apr 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good not great

I love this author. I've enjoyed her books and so I usually buy them. This one was only ok. The plot was extremely slow and the story could have been told without quite a bit of the filler. However, the story needed to have more detail so that questions could be answered. I felt like the story ended when we were getting to the good part and as a romance, the love interests spent way too much time apart. Also, it is far fetched to think that if a father is absent from a child's life
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Paranormal Books R Us
I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up this book but the blurb and cover intrigued me so I figured I would give it a shot.
I absolutely loved it!
Even though I had an idea of how it would end it completely threw me off with the road it took to get there. It was different and a very pleasant surprise.
More than once it had me snickering out loud and Mackenzie's antics and shenanigans and I enjoyed it from beginning to end. I fully intend on grabbing the next book in the series and highly rec
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Christinaraven
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this story. The world building was great and I loved the idea of magic existing and the US divided into Kingdoms. The story line itself was a hoot. And I loved Mackenzie Little's character. Her interactions with her daughter and everyone else was especially funny. The poor names she calls her too smart daughter made me laugh. I liked the bit of mystery about the King on Montana was great. Just a great story that caught my attention and kept me reading until the end. I loved the st ...more
Bailey
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, most of the other reviews express legitimate criticism on everything from the glossed over magic, lack of world-building, and too much talk of horses, to the classism, sexism, and problematic discrepancies with the Royals system. I completely agree with all of them.

Having said that: 5 stars for congressional goat dowries. I was rolling. 😂

I think it’s the voice of the narrator of the audio book that makes it so great. She slays it. She does fabulous Gilmore Girl-speed repartee between mom a
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Airwreckah
Readable and the writing is good but the plotting is totally unbalanced and the pacing is out of whack- lots sections that go nowhere, diversions and filler make lots skimmable- the big reveal is waaaaaay to obvious and too long in coming and the explanations are totally unsatisfying.

Really it needs a strict editor - something great and unique could be crafted but it needs a lot of cutting.

I dnfd it at some point when I decided that I could not bear the skimming anymore and I concluded the story
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Kelly
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting world

This is a well written book with an interesting setting and characters. The mix of quasi-dystopia with some class mobility is interesting and lightens the mood considerably. Mackenzie experiences success far beyond what would be available to her without her patrons, but the author's subplots need that plot device to move forward. Very entertaining book, not preachy.
Serena Freitas
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Formulaic but very cute

I was about to guess who was ending up with each other about five minutes into the book and knew immediately who the mystery man was and other elements. Which is a bummer yet totally worth the price as it's still a cute and funny story, interesting for sure. Could use an editor going back through for some grammar as missing words/wrong words but doesn't detract too much
Savannah Acheson
Jan 01, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Terrible and not worth it.

Sadly I felt like this book was a chore. Sure I like the occasional wild moments and not getting what I expected, but this book was so random that I didn't even see the point in the content. It took forever to find out who "Dylan" which took up to much time. I don't mind the time jump of ten years and loved the beginning, but the weird mannerisms that Mackenzie had was just well... weird. I admit I wastes my time and urge people not to date theirs.
sr6253
Apr 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the story although felt that the author changed her mind partway through as there was a large chunk of dialogue that, a little later, didn't fit. Also felt that the book needed better editing. There were a number of words missing and typos. Liked Dylan and Mackenzie, although felt M acted in a very immature way for a 36 year old woman at times. Rolling on the floor in hysterical laughter in the office? Unlikely.
Kaitlin King
I would have given this an extra star for clearer world building as it has more of a contemporary romance feel that just happens to be set in an ambiguously “magical”/UF world, unfortunately the magic is almost non existent and seemed superfluous. Still engaging just not exactly as labeled on the tin
Lyssa Sue Shaffer
Next please

Brilliant, to put it simply. There are laughs, there are tears, there is passion and amazingly good parenting. There is innovation and style and an amazing amount of stubbornness that I fully support.

Our Texas should be so lucky to have an ethics officer like MacKenzie.
Kim Power
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Captivating story

This is the most original premise for a love story I have ever encountered.there is more to this HEA than you can imagine. There is selflessness, generosity, commitment to,a,cause, and a delightful ‘miracle’ of a child. All leavened with humour, flavoured with a mysterious murderer and amazing chemistry between Dylan and Mackenzie..,
Cryogenic Fire
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant

I literally laughed myself hoarse at some parts (imaginary goat dowry anyone? And pregnant flight risk). And yes, some parts are blatantly obvious, but Mackenzie is such a fun, engaging protagonist, and the ancillary characters are mischievous and well drawn that it really doesn't matter. The whole book is a scream from start to finish and I loved it.
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