Monday, October 26, 2015

Review: Dark Heart of Magic (Book #2) by Jennifer Estep

Genre:  Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal, Magic, Supernatural
Published: October 27, 2015
Publisher: Kensington
Pages: 368
Source: NetGalley and The Fantastic Flying Book Club
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...

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About the Author:
Jennifer Estep is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. 

Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin adult urban fantasy series for Pocket Books in the series are Spider's Bite, Web of Lies, Venom, Tangled Threads, Spider's Revenge, By a Thread, and Widow's Web. Thread of Deat, an e-novella, is also available.

Haints and Hobwebs: An Elemental Assassin short story can be found in The Mammoth Book of Ghost Romance.

Deadly Sting, the eighth book, is set to be released on March 26, 2013.

Jennifer also writes the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington.

Books in the series are Touch of Frost, Kiss of Frost, and Dark Frost. Crimson Frost, the fourth book, is set to be released on Dec. 24, 2012

First Frost, a prequel e-story to the series, is available as a download. Halloween Frost, an e-short story, is available in the Entangled e-anthology.

Jennifer is also the author of the Bigtime paranormal romance series. Books in the superhero-themed series are Karma Girl, Hot Mama, Jinx, and Nightingale. A karma Girl Christmas, an e-story, is also available.

Excerpts, free short stories, and more information on Jennifer's books can be found at

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My Rating:
I received this book from The Fantastic Flying Book Club for the book tour, all reviews and opinions are my own.  If you would like to check out the rest of the blog tour click here for the official schedule.

I also have a review of the first book here.

This novel picks up right where the first one left off except a few weeks may have passed by. This time there is a friendly competition between the houses that takes a turn for the worse right off the back. I liked this part because we get to see how the different magics are used to help the user in a fight to win. The only bad thing I thought again is like in the first book there was the lochness monster in this one there is only one real monster that is seen through out. A land filled with monsters one would expect to see more than just the one.

I love how Devon and Deah are slowly coming together, one hears that over and over again when reading about instant love, that does not happen in this series. They still work really well together even though Deah tries to keep Devon at arms length. If they work well now how well will they work if or when they get together?

Lila is another story we get to know here a bit more about in this second installment but I am happy with where it is going and hope it may solve the little problem with Felix. Katia is a new character thrown in to the tournament and we learn about her as well since she and Felix used to have a thing. It was funny seeing Lila deal with the jealousy that she clearly didn't want to/ couldn't feel because of their complicated feelings/ relationship.

I am highly anticipating the third and final book of the Trilogy. Will Victor finally get what he deserves? Will Deah get caught with all her sneaking around? Will we hear about more monsters in this next installment or maybe figure out why Deah is so good with the monsters?

Some of my favorite quotes I picked below because they were just to funny to pass up. The one that is just basically description I had to put in as well because it mentions the Pork Pit from the Gin Blanco series and I am loving that series as well.

Favorite Quotes:

"I am not a monster whisperer." He rolled his eyes. "Did you or did you not feed three guys to a lochness a few weeks ago?"

"So you'll do your best in the tournament, and Felix will do his best to juggle two girls at once," Devon snarked. 

I laughed and we got in line in front of the stand that Reginald and the Sinclair pixies were manning, with Oscar fluttering over to help them out. Tonight's menu was barbecue, which meant meat and lots of it. Pulled pork, pulled beef, smoked brisket, and lots of grilled sausages slathered with this spicy barbecue sauce Reginald told me he'd gotten from a restaurant called the Pork Pit. 

"Please," I scoffed. "You couldn't beat me on your best day. And trust me. Today isn't that day."

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