Smoke and Mirrors-book review

Smoke and Mirrors

Smoke and Mirrors


Smoke and Mirrors by Jess Haines
My rating: 3 of 5 stars



I received a free copy of this book from ReviewSt in return for an honest

This book belongs to the genre of YA-urban fantasy-romance.
I found the first chapter unimpressive.
From the second chapter, the tempo builds up, though slowly. The plot is interesting. A struggling girl who is hiding from everybody that she is a sorcerer and had limited skills. She needs something to give her cover for the rest of her term and help her complete her education and get her dream job.

I appreciate the fact that unlike the horde of urban fantasies out there, the author creates a real person as her protagonist, portrays her poverty, struggle, and sense of responsibility pretty well. I like the character of the love interest, the villain (could have been scarier), the secondary characters. Hero (the love interest) is reliable, endearingly possessive and lovable, but the protagonist is unreasonable. They had barely met, and all of a sudden we find that they are in a relationship! So I guess, unjustifiable crankiness is acceptable.

The author has a good imagination, but her writing style is more ‘tell’ and less ‘show.’

The book is repetitive; character development is incomplete, world-building, vague. Better editing could have given the book a new level.

Nowhere in the book could I find the difference between a sorcerer and a mage, and I don’t think I am the only one.

The book should have been half its length. The ending felt forced.

Overall, this book had potential but could do with another revision.

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