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3.0 out of 5 starsCracked window
Reviewed in the United States on April 25, 2019
This was not the kickass heroine I was hoping for, instead I got an unrepentant drunk with self esteem problems. The storyline itself was interesting and could have been much better with a different heroine. She was way too irritating for me, making stupid moves and yet coming out ok by pure luck. I don’t plan on reading the second installment.
5.0 out of 5 starsThis story grabbed me from the very first line.
Reviewed in the United States on March 4, 2017
This story grabbed me from the very first line. Madison is mysterious and cool and there's a whole mythology here about magic that's different than what I've read before. The narrative manages to be adult and fun at the same time. And Winn is a real craftsman. Things flow so well one scene to the next that you really can't put it down. And there are interesting details in every scene. I want to go back and read it again!
5.0 out of 5 starsWelcome to the world of magical drug dealing
Reviewed in the United States on March 20, 2017
The story was fast paced and engaging. I especially love some of the clever and vivid descriptions and similes. It might seem small, but they add a lot of character to the story. The premise itself intrigued me, and I found the story and its progression satisfying as a reader.
5.0 out of 5 starsThis book seems to be a great mix of all the right stuff to keep me ...
Reviewed in the United States on August 13, 2017
Been on the look out for a new book for quite a while. picked up many but couldn't get into them. This book seems to be a great mix of all the right stuff to keep me entertained and engaged while painting vivid charters that move the story forward perfectly. - picky reader happy
WOW WOW WOW -- Jason Winn is a new author for me to read and OMG!!! His writing is awesome!!! He really knows how to write a book and keep you totally engrossed from the start to the finish!!!
Madison Mosby is the main character -- she is a cook at her grandmothers former restaurant. Since she is buried in credit card dept, she lives day to day. She also sells pills on the side. --- The next part of the story is about Moonmilk - a magical mixture that her grandmother made and sold. Madison meets Langston (a friend of her grandmother) and things get wild!!! I don't write spoilers, so I won't tell you what happens, how it happens or why it happens. You just need to read the book for yourself!!!
This is an awesome beginning to a new series. I will warn you that one you start reading this book, you will find it hard to stop until you get to the finish!!! YES - it is that good!!! Now to get to read the next book in the series - I can hardly wait!!!
4.0 out of 5 starsA series with great potential and a kick-butt heroine!
Reviewed in the United States on March 14, 2019
Madison Mosby is fantastic - her snark and blatant disregard for societal norms jump off the page and make for hilarious sequences. I loved that - she's a take-no-prisoners character, and her wry acceptance of her crap life (which self-admittedly, is her own doing) is self-deprecating and fun(ny) to read. Until all of a sudden it isn't, and it becomes overwhelmingly "woe is me" and the recitation of drunken escapades/regrets starts weighing the story down...
Frankly, the story could use some editing there. It's one thing to have a screw-up character make good - that's a common enough story arc but it works (most of the time). But it just kept dragging on, and it slowed the narrative pacing quite a bit. Particularly when blended with the Finale-oriented chapters, which I understand are necessary to set the stage but which trudge along a bit in the beginning. It wasn't until the prison sequence that the Finale chapters started to really engage me. From then on, the back-and-forth felt much smoother and more involved and the story read a lot more consistently and the pacing felt right on track.
The overall story is a cool one, full of original concepts and a novel slant on magic and how it enters/leaves the world. Madison is surrounded by some very interesting side characters - particularly Langston and (surprise of all surprises) Sarah, who actually turned out to be one of my favorites by the end. The development of those two proceeded really well, with tidbits teased out throughout the book. Madison eventually gets over herself and comes into her own, but does so rather abruptly in a manner that required me to suspend disbelief rather a lot. She's a drunken mess for the majority of the book, then suddenly - WHAM! - she's a bad-ass who stops drinking and pulls rabbits out of her hat to defeat the bad guys. It was a sea change that didn't ring entirely true - although the new and improved Madison was so cool that I almost didn't mind.
I really enjoyed this - despite an abundance of typos (mostly spelling/homonyms, but also extra/missing commas) and an unlikely arc for the protagonist. This is a series with great potential. The characters and plot are engaging, interesting, and - most importantly - original and fresh. With a bit of editing, I think this could really be a hit... I'm definitely in for book two!
I received an ARC of this book from Reedsy Discovery.