Review of A Minor Magic by Justin Macumber


Author: Justin Macumber

Genre: Young Adult

Tour Host: Lady Amber’s Tours


Synopsis –

Over the course of a single night, mystical fires tore through the sky and reduced most of Earth to ash. Ten years later magical fire burns again, but this time it’s in the hands of a young girl named Skylar. Exiled from her adoptive home, Skylar must now struggle through ruined lands and religious zealots who believe she’s an agent of the Devil. An even greater threat exists in the form of shadowy sorcerers from another world who covet her blood. Along her journey, she meets a motley band of outcasts who not only know the secret of what happened to Earth, but also of Skylar’s true origin. Will Skylar be able to accept this fantastical truth? But more importantly, can her powers and raging heart be tamed in time to stop those who once burned the world and now seek total domination?

My Review:

4 out of 5 pretty blue fireballs

First off I want to start out by saying the cover is absolutely gorgeous!  I love the way Skylar looks, she comes across as almost smokey.  The color of her hair makes her stand out, as well as that beautiful blue fire.

Before beginning A Minor Magic by Justin Macumber, I was stuck in a total and utter book funk.  It seemed as though I would never be able to get back into a book.  This one was truly magical, it snapped me right out of the funk and threw me into an awesome story.

As the story starts, we are introduced to Skylar, a teenage girl with a less than perfect life.  Her parents died years ago and she is living with an adoptive couple.  Things are going alright, until one day she accidentally roasts the family dog, Buster.  Yes you read that right.  The dog jumped at her, and as she raised her hands to block the attack, a crazy blue flame flew from her palms and turned Buster into a pile of ashes.  From there, Henry, her adopted father decides that she is evil and must leave at once.  Henry’s wife, Abigail was sweet enough to pack Skylar’s belongings along with some food, but she agreed that Skylar had to leave.

As Skylar takes off on her own, having no idea where to go, she is forced to journey through a scary world filled with men who want to take advantage of her as well as overly religious people. This doesn’t bode well for the whole child of the devil belief.

Pretty early on, she meets a preacher’s son named Nathan who is disillusioned with the church.  She decides to stick with him.  Nathan’s isn’t the first of her allies she will meet, though.  As she journey’s forward, the will learn more than she has ever known of The Burning, and where her whole curse/gift will fit in.  Will Skylar be able to cope with her new role in this scary role?  Who can she truly turn to and trust?

I really enjoyed this book.  It put a great twist on magic and a post-apocolyptic story.  Macumber has definitely gained a fan in me and I will be following along with the series.  I am actually really excited to see where the story will go next!

If you are a fan of the paranormal, young adult and dystopian/post-apocalyptic novels than I would definitely recommend this one!!


Book excerpt – 

Skylar’s eyes filled with a flickering blue light as ghostly flames jetted from her palms, and her screams were lost over the roaring of the blaze. Instinctively, she shook her hands, slapped them against her legs, and then clapped them together to try and extinguish the fire. As her hands touched, the flames vanished. To her astonishment her skin wasn’t burned. It wasn’t even warm. Sadly, the same couldn’t be said for Buster. The dog was a smoking ruin at her feet, one more pile of burnt remains in a world already covered in ash. Her heart broke as she stared down at him. Oh god, she thought. What’s happened? What have I done?

“Oh my Lord, girl,” a man said behind her. “What did you do?”

Skylar whirled around, her eyes widening in guilt even though she didn’t understand what had happened, or how. “Henry, he jumped at me! I don’t know why he did it, and I tried to stop him, but…” She fell silent, her thoughts too scrambled to know what more to say. Buster was a dog she’d loved and cared for ever since coming to live on the farm years ago, and without warning, he had attacked her. When she’d held her hands up to ward him off, blue fire had erupted from them and consumed him as though it was a living, ravenous thing. Nothing like that had ever happened to her before, and she couldn’t rightly explain what she didn’t understand.


Author Bio:

Justin R. Macumber is the author of HAYWIRE and A MINOR MAGIC. When not hard at work on his next story he hosts the popular Dead Robots’ Society podcast, which is a podcast made by writers for writers. He and his lovely wife live in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex along with a rampaging pack of dogs and cats that they think of as their  children. He is also a co-host on The Hollywood Outsider, a weekly podcast about movies and television. Currently he is working on two novels – the horror story STILL WATER, and the sequel to A MINOR MAGIC entitled A BROKEN MAGIC.


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