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  • Writer's pictureCheyanne Lepka

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

Rating: 5/5 stars

Pages: 336

Genre: Fantasy, Mystery

Publisher: Tor

Release Date: June 4, 2019

Ivy Gamble’s life has been just fine. She’s got a more-less stable job as a private investigator. She never wanted to be magic—like her estranged sister, who is now a well-respected professor at the local magic academy.

But when a faculty member is gruesomely murdered, Ivy gets pulled into her sister’s world, and finds herself imagining, for just a while what it would’ve been like to be magic. But with the answers to the mystery at the tips of her fingertips, Ivy can’t afford to get lost in the what ifs.


** Thanks to netgalley and Macmillan-Tor/Forge for providing me with an eARC of this book**

This book started slow for me. I wasn’t really into Ivy’s voice, and I wasn’t really interested in the murder. But then. I dunno, somewhere about 30% of the way through, I was hooked. And I couldn’t put it down. I was fully invested in the book, and it definitely packed a solid emotional punch.

I especially loved the sisterly bonding throughout the book, I think Ivy and Tabitha are both written so well, and the dynamic is very nuanced (cause let’s be honest, sisterly relationships can be very complicated). There were so many emotional layers to this book, and it was laced in with fascinating world-building, a wonderfully flawed protagonist, and fantastic story-telling.

This book is another in the vein of fantasy books mixed with mystery that I’ve gotten lately and another one that I’ll recommend whole-heartedly. So, there it is, if you’re looking for an urban fantasy, but want some murder mystery with some solid subplots that will pull at your heart-strings, this is the book to pick up!

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