Sunday, September 25, 2022

Stolen Magic by Esri Rose


DNF @ 20%

Despite the low ratings for this book, I approached it with an open mind because there is a serious dearth of paranormal books about faeries and elves and Zebra is one of my favorite imprints. The premise of this book is kind of weird. Adlia is an elf who doesn't remember her past who is in serious "like" with her photography instructor. But then another elf named Fia joins their compound and she appears to have suffered some sort of trauma that has obliterated her memories as well.

STOLEN MAGIC is very slow-paced and very dated. The outdated technology references were endearing, but the outdated social mores were not. When Adlia declines an offer of a meal, Mark jokes about her having an eating disorder. And when Adlia commits a social faux-pas, she casts a glamor over Mark to erase his memory (which felt super icky to me). I wasn't a huge fan of the writing style and while I appreciated the author's inventiveness with regard to certain things, this is mostly a no from me.

1.5 to 2 out of 5 stars

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