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The face is the same, but —" "We're not that kind of twins," I replied. Torres cleared her throat. I decided to accept defeat. Continues… Excerpted from "Magic For Liars" by. Excerpted by permission of Tom Doherty Associates. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. Show More. Average Review. Write a Review. Magic for Liars 3. I had impressions from other early readers that it would be along the lines of a murder-mystery in Hogwarts, which turned out to be less-than-accurate.

Instead, Magic for Liars is about the lies we tell ourselves, and each other. It is about the disastrous things that result from these lies, no matter how well-meaning they were, or how innocent they seemed. After an investigation by the authorities concludes the death a suicide, the heads of the Academy are unsatisfied. Enter Ivy Gamble, PI. Ivy isn't like her sister- she isn't magic like Tabitha and she doesn't want to be. Though she spends most of her days following cheating spouses or investigating insurance fraud, she is reluctantly convinced namely, by a large sum of cash to re-investigate the death at Osthorne.

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Ivy Gamble is a hot mess and an absolutely fascinating character. She is morally grey from head to toe and maybe a little bit out of her depth, but at her core intelligent and trying her best. The story unfolds entirely from her perspective as she sleuths around Osthorne, allowing herself to slip in to Tabitha's world. There is some time given to the magic in this world as Ivy peaks into classroom and gets to know staff, but there isn't a deep dive into its limits and intricacies.

This seemed to be a sticking point for some readers, but I never found myself bothered by it. The narrator of this story is non-magical, so it felt right that we only had topical glances at the various subjects via Ivy's encounters with them.

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Their relationships and interactions drive this plot forward without losing any of the atmospheric tension you'd hope for in a good mystery. It beckons you forward page after page and doesn't let go until the very end. I found myself hanging on as I came approached to the conclusion thinking there was no way it was possible, skimming through previous pages making sure I hadn't misread the the final discoveries because I couldn't fathom how it could be. This book doesn't give you that feeling of satisfaction that comes at the end of a typical mystery novel: the evil-doer unmasked, justice is served, our grizzled protagonist reflects with contentment on another case solved.


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No, the end of Magic for Liars is devastating. It is devastating and brilliant. While this book sits firmly in both the realms of mystery and fantasy, it subverts both. The evil in this book does not manifest in the form of a sadistic killer, nor is it a dragon to be slain. Ivy Gamble is not our hero, nor is this the story of her redemption. She arrives at Osthorne Academy as a deeply flawed person, and eventually departs in similar form. We don't get to see her redemption. The choices she makes throughout her investigation are not always good, sometimes even amoral, and some of them will even make you uncomfortable.

You might even see a little of yourself in their choices. I received a copy of Magic for Liars from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. PenKay More than 1 year ago This book was not really what I was expecting. The book was very well written, the characters were very real, and the plot was interesting.

My attention was kept through every page in the book as I really wanted to find out what was going to happen next. The characters really felt like real people with very real failings which leads me to something that bothered me. Ivy, the main character, really bugged me at times. She was filled with such angst about not having magic I wanted to tell her to grow up. I was pretty sure I knew part of how the murder went down, but there was a better way to tie the events together that would have made a tighter and tidier…event-ender again, vagueness to keep from spoiling it. However, I did really enjoy this book and I do recommend it.

I was provided the e-book which I voluntarily reviewed. Anonymous More than 1 year ago Setting a murder mystery in a magic high school is a cool move, especially when that high school is like Osthorne: exactly like every other high school.

Even magical high school kids will play pranks, pass notes, swear, form cliques, and occasionally have a murder in the library. The school serves as the backdrop for a murder investigation when one of the staff is found dead in the library. Ivy Gamble, completely non-magical PI, is drafted in to solve the murder.

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Ivy also happens to be the sister of one of the professors at Osthorne. The novel really succeeds in its setting and resolution. The school is a fascinating setting and the limits of magic help to make a more believable coexistence of magic and non-magic worlds. The conclusion is also very well done, and includes a nicely done twist.

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The pacing of the plot felt slow to me early on but eventually settled in nicely. Ultimately those issues did not really detract from my enjoyment of this novel which was a very fun read. I love the noir flavor mixed with this grim, otherworldly fantasy that she has going on in this world; I love the exploration with relationships, especially that of Ivy and her twin sister Tabitha—one non-magical person and one exploding with power; and I love the school setting and how students are shown as just being students, even if they have magical powers.

I enjoyed being in the moment like this, because it really helped me to connect with Ivy, who went through the same emotions and setbacks. Her sister Tabitha is a teacher at the Osthorne Academy of Young Mages, a school for those who have "the magic" in them. Ivy never wanted magic. Magic is all Tabitha ever wanted. When Ivy is called to investigate a murder at Tabitha's school, the retainer is enough for Ivy to want to do the job.

As Ivy navigates the murder investigation, she finds that things are not always as they seem.

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Ivy can finally see herself with a guy, she is living in the murdered teacher's apartment, she is trying to put back her and her sister's relationship, and students are leery of Ivy. As the investigation continues, all is not as it seems at the Osthrone Academy. There is romance between a man and woman, LGBT, magic, and mystery. This genre is out of my comfort zone but liked it nonetheless.

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Thank you to the author, publisher, and BookishFirst for the opportunity to read this book. BookFreakOut 6 months ago Magic for Liars throws off the notion that magic imbues people, institutions and settings with some kind of higher moral standard simply by virtue of its existence. The Osthorne Academy of Young Mages is no Hogwarts, rejecting the setup that everyone magical is automatically accorded a certain level of "goodness" except for the few Slytherins clearly delineated as evil.

Author Sarah Gailey's magical teens are, first and foremost, teens. They - and their teachers - use magic as a tool. Sometimes for good, sometimes for ill, sometimes for the merely mundane.

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Locker graffiti, passing notes, keeping students away from the staff coffeepot Against the backdrop of a gruesome murder, Magic for Liars forces readers to consider that magic is not a force for good - it's just a force, and whether it results in good, evil, or neutral actions is entirely dependent on the person wielding it.

FreeReadAndWrite 6 months ago For this type of book, it had some cool stuff to it.