Monday, October 26, 2015

Blog Tour +Giveaway!: Dark Heart of Magic by Jennifer Estep (Review, Favorite Quotes, and Playlist)

Dark Heart of Magic (Black Blade #2)
by Jennifer Estep
Publisher: Kensington
Release Date: October 27th 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal, Magic, Supernatural,
Rating: 4 stars


Something Wicked This Way Comes...

As a thief, I stick to the shadows as much as possible. But when the head of the Sinclair Family picks me to compete in the Tournament of Blades, there's no escaping the spotlight—or the danger.

Even though he's my competition, Devon Sinclair thinks I have the best shot at winning what's supposed to be a friendly contest. But when the competitors start having mysterious "accidents," it looks like someone will do anything to win—no matter who they hurt.

As if I didn't have enough to worry about, mobster Victor Draconi is plotting against Devon and the rest of my friends, and someone's going around Cloudburst Falls murdering monsters. One thing's for sure. Sometimes, humans can be more monstrous than anything else...


I am so excited to be a part of this blog tour! Jennifer Estep is one of my favorite authors. Her Mythos Academy series is a part of my "I love you forever don't leave me" list of books. Seriously, I was so sad when she said it was done! ...But then she announced a new series, and I'm happy to say that we are now on book two and there is so much more to come. *sigh* (But pretty please still consider a spin off or something of Mythos: I love you.)

So I jumped headfirst into this book and read it entirely in one go. I already need the next one.

Honestly, I think my favorite character has to be Deah. She's not my favorite person, but definitely my favorite character. She has to go through a lot, and while people think she's so powerful and safe because she's one of the Draconis, that's not how it is at all. Lila sees that even though other people don't and it's only one of the reasons why I think they could truly be friends. They really do have a lot of history to sort out though. and I mean a lot. Even Felix, who is in love with her, is a little blind to what she's going through.

I'm probably mostly going to focus this review on Deah and Lila because they're cool and 'cause I can lol.

Anyway, I enjoy reading about Lila. She's one of the pretty few protagonists in a book that I don't feel like rolling my eyes every five seconds at, and I appreciate that. I really love how Jennifer's characters act, for the most part, rationally. There is nothing more annoying then reading about someone who just acts on impulse all the time. Lila is very focused. She knows what she wants to accomplish, and she is trying so very hard. I will say that at times things between her and Devon get kind of "either make out or don't" (Felix says it better than I do.), but it's a YA romance, what can ya do? Plus the girl loves food, and how can I Not respect that?

As for the rest of the characters, plot, etc. it was all enjoyable and I definitely want to keep reading. I just wanted to highlight Lila and Deah in particular because I find it so fascinating how they are basically opposite sides of the same coin.


Favorite Quotes:

"Tell me again why we have to dress up like extras from a Three Musketeers movie while we're fighting?"

-Lila Merriweather (with classic movie references)

"Bacon made everything better"

-Lila Merriweather (my god she loves bacon)

"Don't you worry about a thing, cupcake. I'm going to keep watch tonight."

-Oscar (i love him so much he's awesome)


1) The Veronicas- You Ruin Me

Kaita, I was really feeling this song for her. 

2) Phildel- The Wolf

You'll find out who this one is for once you read the book. It will creep you the hell out.

3) Brandi Carlile- Dying Day

Oscar, this one's for you! 

4) Adele- Skyfall

Lila and the Sinclairs' struggle in general I feel has this kind of edge to it.

5) Pain of Salvation- Sisters

Don't even look at me, I'm crying.


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Jennifer Estep is a New York Times bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.

Jennifer writes the Black Blade young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington. Dark Heart of Magic, the second book in the series, will be released on Oct. 27.

For more information, visit Jennifer’s website at or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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