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Book Review: Magic Harvest by Mary Karlik

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Name: Magic Harvest (Fairy Trafficking #1) by Mary Karlik
Date Published: Expected September 18, 2018
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Magic, Paranormal, Fae
Goodreads Rating: 4.0/5 Stars
How I acquired it: I received an ARC from the author via Xpresso Book Tours and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinions below.

Goodreads Summary

Young fae girls are disappearing.

Layla has never belonged to the fairy realm – at least, half of her hasn’t. She’s never known anyone with human blood, not even her father. When she was three, the dragon Fauth attacked the fairy festival, murdering her fae mum & stepfather. Frankly, some fairies think she should’ve been eaten too.

As she grew, despite being called names like “fuman” for being a half-blood, she’s discovered that being half-human isn’t terrible. She may lack magic, but she is immune to iron sickness, and she can wield a sword with elven skill.

Magic in the human world is disastrous.

Sixteen years later, when Layla’s half-sister is kidnapped and taken through a portal to the forbidden human realm, Layla rushes to the rescue. She’s older and stronger, and she’s not about to let her last living family member be taken from her without a fight.

Only someone who belongs to both worlds can find the truth.

The portal spits her out in the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, but neither her sister or the kidnapper are anywhere to be found. Stuck in a world she only knows from school books, Layla forges unlikely alliances to find her sister. As she becomes tangled in the dark world of fairy trafficking, magic harvesting, and murder, Layla will have to find the strength within if she is to survive and save her sister.

Writing: ★★★★
Plot: ★★★★
Romance: N/A
Reading Level: ★★★★
Ending: ★★★★★
My Overall Rating: ★★★★ 1/2
My Review:
When I first started reading I was immediately drawn into Mary Karlik’s writing. It’s not uncommon for authors to have the same overall idea of a fairy world. Bright sky, everything a beautiful green, etc. However, Karlik was able to explain this same landscape in a way I’ve never read so it was really interesting. When we entered the human world you could definitely see and even feel the difference. It was dark, dirty and busy. I will admit I wish we would have gotten more landscapes/locations in the human world (the characters kind of stayed in the same 3 places the whole time). Especially since Karlik described several different places in the fairy world.

The story starts in Layla’s fairy world and when her sister is taken she enters the human world. Layla is determined she will find and save her sister even if she has to do it alone. That’s when she runs into Ian and his team. They spend the rest of the book searching and trying to free Layla’s sister and other fairies that were captured over time. I loved the plot line of this book. It was very unique and interesting. It was interesting to read how different the human characters were from the fairy.

There wasn’t really a romantic aspect to this book. However, I can definitely tell this book sets up the sequel to allow for more romance. It’ll be interesting to see how it progresses and how the characters interact.

I will admit it was a little hard to read the book at certain points. It was almost like the author was really excited about a scene and as a result she explained it really fast. A couple times I had to go back and reread a couple paragraphs because I was afraid I was missing something.
The ending of this book was fantastic!!! I cannot believe the plot twist Karlik threw in and now I’m dying to find out what happened. I can’t explain more without spoiling anything but I will say this, if you like a good cliffhanger this is definitely the book for you!

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  • Giselle

    Great review! This sounds like a fun read and I love a good ending that you don’t see coming! Those are always the most memorable for me.

    • Anna

      Thanks! The books with surprises at the end definitely are the most memorable. It’s hard to forget the twist and how it will work out. I can’t wait for the next book in this series!

    • Anna

      It’s funny you mentioned the cover because that’s what really got me reading the book. I’ve been noticing all the books I read have pretty dark covers so I wanted to find something bright (silly I know lol). It was such a good book. I can’t wait to read more.

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