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!

XOXO,

Coco

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!

XOXO,

Coco

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Book Review: The Apothecary's Poison by CJ Archer

Dear Bookworms,

Back this week with book 3 in the Glass & Steele Series and OH. MY. GOD. So many feels right now guys! That ending?! How can you end it on such a cliffhanger and why was I silly enough to not order the next in the series BEFORE I was on the last few chapters?! Rookie mistake...

A local doctor has been murdered, poisoned in fact, shortly after Matt and India paid him a visit to inquire about a recent "miracle" that had occurred and was reported on in the local papers. As Matt and India were some of the last people to see Dr. Hale alive, they are suspects in his murder. In an effort to help clear their names, the two embark on their own investigation to find the real killer. As they discover that he was murdered with an elixir infused with magic, the two investigate the apothecary's guild, customers, and business partners alike. Suspects are piling up, and Matt and India find themselves in increasingly dangerous situations as someone tries to get them to back off the investigation. The two must race the clock (quite literally as Matt has yet to locate the mysterious Chronos to fix his life giving watch) and locate the real killer before they are taken in by Scotland Year or worse, murdered by the real killer. 

Holy geez guys. This series continues to grow and expand in ways that leave me an insane reading machine, tearing through chapters with abandon. The Matt/India relationship is literally KILLING ME. I will seriously spontaneously combust if this next book doesn't have them communicating their feelings. And fracking Miss Glass! Can you please just give India your blessing already and cut it out with the "you have to marry into society crap"?! You're killin me smalls! They compliment each other so well and their loyalty and devotion to one another is so apparent. Stupid high society London....

I enjoy watching these two work cases together and I can see the beginning to a great segue into a career for the two of them together. They are both smart and clever, balancing out each others shortcomings and drawing on each others strengths to make a pretty dynamic duo. As far as the plot, the plethora of suspects kept my wheels turning and there was no lack of action in this book. Our main characters were placed in plenty of heart stopping (some quite literally) situations which left me sweaty and anxious. You know that's some good writing when you feel physical symptoms after an intense scene.

I suppose I will now be forced to stalk my mailbox as I anxiously await the delivery of book 4! With that shocking cliff hanger I would suggest just going ahead and buying the next one before you start this one! 

Until next week!

XOXO, 

Coco

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