Monday, 8 August 2016

Jess Haines - Smoke and Mirrors - Virtual Book Tour

  I award this Mind Blowing Book - 4 Angel Wings

Young Adult / New Adult Fantasy
Date Published: May 1, 2016

A girl who uses her illusions to fool the world into thinking she's just like all the other magi.

A dragon who sees through her lies.

Together they just might survive a world that wants to control or destroy them both.

Kimberly may wield ultimate cosmic power, but even a mage has to pay the rent. No one will hire her for her magic talents until she's got the credentials, so she’s stuck in a crappy rent controlled apartment with her mother, yearning for treats she can't afford at her part time job in a café, counting down the days until she graduates the secret Blackhollow Academy school for magi. Only then will she have the certificate she needs to land her dream job in a coven.
The problem? She needs a familiar to graduate.
As an illusionist, she doesn't have the ability to summon or create a familiar of her own. Her only option is to convince a supernatural creature to let her bind it instead. Since having a powerful Other at her beck and call would guarantee her a place in a coven after she graduates—and legendary treasure hoards are an added bonus—she thinks binding a dragon as her familiar will solve all her problems...

Because sometimes a girl needs a dragon, not a knight.


My Review -

The story is about a 21 year old girl called Kimberley that is trying to master her exams but is struggling due to not having enough power to pass her final exams in classes being taken. To gain success the young girl is seeking out a Dragon, to master the power to finish school and be accepted in the outside world allowing her to be accepted into a coven. The story as a whole is engaging and keeps you hooked throughout. The adventures that are explored are described in good detail helping you to visualise the story  making you feel part of the atmosphere surrounding the story. The Writer explores a range of real life occurrences such as bullying, that can happen within a learning environment helping to link the paranormal world of vampires,werewolf's, Magi and Dragons to the reality of human life.
 Throughout the story I was drawn in to each chapter that featured Cormac attaching myself to the edginess of his personality and the pure interest he had for Kimberley kept me hooked, enticing me to read on, to become part of the characters world  meaning that the journey surrounding them not only effected them but how myself as a reader was also affected. Throughout the story a paranormal romance is brewing making this book ideal for anyone that enjoys a light romance throughout an  adventure filled book with down to earth characters that have relatable characteristics making the book easy and enjoyable to read.  
 If you want to let your mind run wild with vivid imagination this is the book to pick up and read next!

I'm a displaced New Yorker with a penchant for the silly, the obscure, and the fantastical. These days, you can find me in the Tampa area. I'm currently working on the H&W Investigations urban fantasy series and the Blackhollow Academy young adult/new adult contemporary fantasy series. Find out more about my books, drop me a line, or join my mailing list at!

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