Sunday, February 8, 2015

Book Review of The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

Goodreads Summary: Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she’s bonded to paper, that will be her only magic…forever.
Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined—animating paper creatures, bringing stories to life via ghostly images, even reading fortunes. But as she discovers these wonders, Ceony also learns of the extraordinary dangers of forbidden magic.
An Excisioner—a practitioner of dark, flesh magic—invades the cottage and rips Thane’s heart from his chest. To save her teacher’s life, Ceony must face the evil magician and embark on an unbelievable adventure that will take her into the chambers of Thane’s still-beating heart—and reveal the very soul of the man.
From the imaginative mind of debut author Charlie N. Holmberg, The Paper Magician is an extraordinary adventure both dark and whimsical that will delight readers of all ages.

Goodreads Ratings: 3.57 stars with over 10,000 ratings

Genre Listing: Fantasy, Young Adult, Magic, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance, Steampunk, Paranormal

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My other reviews for Charlie N. Holmberg's Books: The Glass MagicianThe Master Magician


Edited: 12/1/2016

I try to write thorough reviews, but this is not going to be one of them. I started The Paper Magician a few days ago and am just now finishing it. If I'm perfectly honest, I only finished it because I skimmed through the last few chapters. This book was just not for me.

For me, this book started out slow. Early on I felt like I was missing some key piece of information. I'm not sure what information I needed, but I never really got it. Once Ceony started learning her craft, it got a little more interesting. I thought that all of the animation spells were enchanting.

Eventually, the spells got old, and I found myself wishing for more action. I guess I got more action, but I honestly have no clue what happened. It went from slightly slow and tedious to weird. Because there wasn't a gradual change I was left confused. The later half of the book Ceony is stuck in Thane's heart, which brought me back to the feeling like I was missing some vital information. I ended up losing interest because I was just so confused. I had to force myself to finish this book, and as soon as I read the words on the page, they left my brain. I probably won't be reading the other two books in the series.  Based on the ratings a lot of people seem to like it, but it's just not for me.

Two out of five moons

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