The Book of Peril by Melissa McShane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This world is so unique and engaging, I found it incredibly hard to put this book down. Even as the second book in this story, it kept me guessing every step of the way.
If you’re new to this world, you should really start from book 1 (but could probably muddle through from here). Helena is the newly appointed custodian of a bookstore that doubles as a sort of oracle. Opposing factions of the magical world come by to get their future read or to find answers to their troubles. It’s not free, and requires a certain gift to deliver, so Helena has been trying to find her way through this exciting new occupation. As if that wasn’t enough of a challenge, she’s also finding some strange irregularities to the prophecies given. Since there isn’t really a FAQ for the bookstore, she’s forced to detective answers out on her own.
To compound her drama, she’s also dealing with her forbidden feelings for Malcolm (the magical hottie), and trying to free her only qualified assistant from a nonsense charge. Oh, and there’s still a lot of bad guys that want to kill her. All of this pretty much sums up the life of Helena. Surprisingly, she manages to conquer just about every obstacle, whether by accident or not. I’m absolutely loving this world and cannot wait for more!
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