Book Review: The Cheaters Game by CJ Archer

Dear Bookworms,

Book 7 in the Glass and Steele series is another win in my book!

Buffalo Bills Wild West Show is doing a tour stop in London, and with it, a slew of American cowboys and sharp shooters invade the local tavern for drinking and gambling each night. Never one to pass up a chance to play cards, India, Matt, Duke, Cyclops, and Willie spend an evening hanging out and gambling with the shows cast. After a heated argument about suspected cheating with a sharpshooter, Emmett, ends in blows, the crew wonder if something more magical is going on. When Emmett turns up dead in the alleyway that very night, Duke is naturally named a suspect. India and Matt take it upon themselves to investigate the death in an attempt to clear Dukes name. It doesn’t take long before they realize magic is definitely in play, as the deceased is suspected to be a paper magician. There is no shortage of suspects from both the traveling show, and known magicians in town, and India and Matt once again find themselves embroiled in a dangerous mystery where the killer will stop at nothing to elude exposure.

CJ Archer has struck gold with this series! The possibilities for where this sleuthing crew can go and grow is endless. I am super excited to see where the spell casting goes with the introduction of the new character, Fabian Charbonneau. Watching India learn about and develop her magic is so fun to read and I can’t wait to see where she goes from here (I have a feeling she’s gonna be a bad ass). My heart literally melted at India and Matts wedding- I could write my entire review as one long swoonfest to these two but I will spare you the sap. Bottom line…#relationshipgoals. There was plenty of action, adventure, and near death experiences (of course- Archer knows how to get a readers adrenaline pumping!). I am eagerly awaiting the release of the next in the series (hurry up September 8th!) I’ve got my eye on the next budding romance, Catherine and Cyclops. I thoroughly enjoy each supporting characters development and plot lines just as much as India and Matt and those two are ones I’m keeping my eye on over the course of the next few books for sure!

Overall a truly magical read with the perfect combination of magic, action, romance, and mystery!

Until next week friends!



Book Review: The Magicians Diary by CJ Archer

Dear Bookworms,

Continuing on with the Glass and Steele Saga with book 4 and I’m just over here like:

This series has proved to be utterly addicting y’all.

Book 4 picks up right where three left off. Indian and Matt have finally flushed out Chronos who, coincidentally is India’s (thought to be dead) grandfather! With one piece of the two parts magic required to fix Matthews life saving watch, the two track down any and all leads to find the rumored diary containing the spell needed by a doctor magician to restore Matthews watch, and in turn his health. The diary was lost when the doctor magician was murdered over two decades ago, but India and Matt are relentless in their quest. It is obvious they are getting close when Chronos is viciously attacked and the heads of prominent guilds insist they stop their search.

Spellbinding read! (See what I did there guys?) Once again India and Matt use their wits and powers of deception to sniff out clues and long buried truths as Matts clocks magic dwindles. There is that same sense of adventure and mystery that I have come to expect with this series. There may have been audible gasps and frantic page turning during my reading.

Just when I think I can’t possibly be surprised anymore, Archer totally throws a well placed curveball of a truth bomb totally changing the name of the game! That ending?! Absolutely did not see that coming. Well played Archer, well played. There continues to be this back and forth romantically with India and Matt and honestly it’s making me want to smack some sense into India but I’m hoping book 5 can have her open up some more as far as her feelings and fears are concerned. I am convinced Archer enjoys torturing us readers at this point because I just can’t take it with the romantic tension between those two anymore.

Our tried and true sidekicks were an enjoyable bonus to the story, including the blooming relationship between Cyclops and Catherine. How cute are they?! I’m intrigued on Willies plotline and hope more is revealed in the next book. What is she up to?!

On to the next in the series! Until next week friends!