Book Review: Magic Heist by Mary Karlik

Hey everyone how are you all doing this fine Wednesday morning? I’m coming at you with another book review! I was lucky enough to be chosen as a tour host for the book

Magic Heist
by Mary Karlik
(Fairy Trafficking #2)
Published by: Ink Monster LLC
Publication date: July 9th 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Layla rescued fairies that had been kidnapped and brought the human world. But now they can’t find their way back to the magic realm and time is running out.

Layla is a powerful fairy with magical ability that stretches beyond throwing spells. But with all that power, she still doesn’t know how to get over one-hundred fairies back to the magic realm. With their magic gone, the rescued fairies have no immunity to protect them from the toxins of the human world, and they’re slowly dying.

To find the path home, Layla knows she must team up with the one man who can make her insides quiver with an accidental brush of his fingertips. The same man who’s alter ego dragon is the natural predator of fairies. The man she knows will give his life to keep the fairies safe—Scotland’s finest Specialist Crime Division leader, Ian Cameron.

Ian has only been a dragon shifter for a few days. He struggles to control the dragon spirit locked inside his human form, doesn’t know what magical powers he may or may not have, and has never been to a magical world. But none of those things frighten him as much as the little spark that ignites in his soul when the half – human fairy is around.

But this little fairy is no Tinkerbell. She is brave, powerful, and can wield a sword like a medieval knight.

With growing feelings toward Layla, he couldn’t refuse to help her get the fairies back to the magic realm if he wanted to. The problem is the dragon who lives inside him would like nothing more than to feed his appetite with all of those little fairies—especially the half human one who killed its leader.

Review: So I rate this book

Oh my god! I haven’t read many fairy or fae books but if your going to get into the sub genre this series is the perfect one too start off with! Dazzling and broken three dimensional characters will steal your heart as the reader will be left begging to know what their fates are as the clock ticks and time starts to run out. The romance is steamy as the forbidden and dangerous love between complicated characters ignites. And if you’re not one for romance don’t worry this book is full of action that tears your heart too pieces!

Layla is a battle ready intuitive half cast that has been outlasted from her community for her heritage. She’s a strong lead who feels badly about being an outsider but is strong willed and courageously takes on her greatest fears.

Ian and his band of investigators bring strength, cunning, intelligence, and humor as they discover more about the magical world that has been living right under their noses.

The world building is also amazing as the author seamlessly creates a parallel world that dangerously intertwines with our own.

So if magic, danger, romance, and three dimensional characters are what you love start reading this series today cause I know I can’t wait for the 3rd installment!

Mary Karlik has always been a dreamer. When she was a teen, she read The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, and then sat in every wardrobe in her Nanna’s home, trying to open the door to Narnia. She didn’t find it, but she did discover her voice as an author: one filled with her young adult self, and grounded in her roots as a Texan and her Scottish heritage, nourished by obscure Scottish folklore.
You can find her Texas roots in her YA contemporary romance Hickville series , which has been described as “100% solid storytelling,” and begins with Welcome to Hickville High, a “lovely story about growing up.”
She digs deep into her Scottish roots – there is magic there, she just knows it – for the forthcoming YA epic fantasy Fairy Trafficking series, beginning with Magic Harvest.
She makes her home in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountains of Northern New Mexico where she is a certified professional ski instructor, but she also loves visiting Scotland where she is currently studying Scottish Gaelic at the University of Highlands and Islands in Skye. Mary also earned her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, has a B.S. degree from Texas A&M University, and is a Registered Nurse.
Mary currently serves as the President of the Young Adult Chapter of Romance Writers of America and looks forward to raising a glass or two of gin and tonic with her fellow writers every year at RWA’s national convention.

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  1. xpressoreads · July 17, 2019

    This sounds like a very well written and compelling series! I love how realistic and well defined the world building seems especially! Great review!

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