Magic for Liars



Ivy Gamble Has Never Wanted To Be Magic She Is Perfectly Happy With Her Life Life She Has An Almost Sustainable Career As A Private Investigator, And An Empty Apartment, And A Slight Drinking Problem It S A Great Life And She Doesn T Wish She Was Like Her Estranged Sister, The Magically Gifted Professor TabithaBut When Ivy Is Hired To Investigate The Gruesome Murder Of A Faculty Member At Tabitha S Private Academy, The Stalwart Detective Starts To Lose Herself In The Case, The Life She Could Have Had, And The Answer To The Mystery That Seems Just Out Of Her ReachMagic for Liars

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  • Hardcover
  • 336 pages
  • Magic for Liars
  • Sarah Gailey
  • English
  • 15 January 2019
  • 1250174619

10 thoughts on “Magic for Liars

  1. says:

    Ivy Gamble is not magic.She will not be whisked away to train in a magician s school where she will have all the glory her teeth can snatch She is not the Chosen One, standing over her peers like a towering peak all the possibilities of life, death, and magic spinning in her head Instead, she will end up dragging her hopes behind her like a chastised child dragging her stuffed bear thumping up the stairs Her life will settle into a humdrum rhythm, and some forty years later, she will be scrap Ivy Gamble is not magic.She will not be whisked away to train in a magician s school where she will have all the glory her teeth can snatch She is not the Chosen One, standing over her peers like a towering peak all the possibilities of life, death, and magic spinning in her head Instead, she will end up dragging her hopes behind her like a chastised child dragging her stuffed bear thumping up the stairs Her life will settle into a humdrum rhythm, and some forty years later, she will be scraping a meager existence as a private investigator, anchored by the comforting weight of predictability ordinary and scathingly unmagical.Ivy had expended so much passion on this impossible dream, only to stand helpless as it was granted to others Others like her twin sister of whom all she had left were memories, each as fragile as a wisp of smoke unlike her resentment, for that had always been deep and ingrained in a way that Ivy tried to keep buried But when Ivy is personally sought by the headmaster of the Osthorne Academy for Young Mages where her sister works to investigate a grisly murder, the opportunity is like food offered to a stomach left empty for too many days.Ivy feels a surge of longing rising in her like a swell just at the thought of crossing the threshold into the Academy that treacherous, involuntary pull and, not for the first time, it flitted through her mind how simple it would be if this were her life But it s quickly dampened by a lurch of loss and nostalgia for something that has never been hers.No, Ivy Gamble is not magic, but she s an investigator and a damn good one.Rather than coasting on a well worn narrative, in their novel Magic for Liars, author Sarah Gailey deviates refreshingly from the expected.The novel s big triumph lies in the manner in which it celebrates, overhauls, and pokes gentle fun at the Chosen One archetype, while also being an insightful conversation with genre staples and conventions In fact, the book s considerable charm hinges on its ability to work on two levels Gailey attempts to subvert the genre, but they also revel in it, rolling around in fantasy tropes like a kitten in catnip.The plot is simple, and for all its immersion in magic, the novel doesn t fuss over themagical aspects of its setting The world of mages leaves plenty to explore, and because Ivy s grasp of magic and its trappings is tenuous at best, her narrative often asksquestions than it answers And there are only enough bread crumbs to propel the plot, to unveil the fears, hurts, and passions of the characters, to turn over the rocks and expose the wriggling secrets to the light.There are plenty of nuances to that simplicity, though.What makes the book most exciting and worth galvanizing my will to persevere through the often tepid pacing and some repetitive sections is the way the author uses their toolbox of fantasy tropes selectively, looks at them with clinical eyes, exposing them, facing them, and effectively subverting them, all while deftly constructing an intriguing backdrop that s equally outlandish and startingly ubiquitous.When the gloss and mystery of newness, which had kept our narrator Ivy Gamble from seeing the Academy and magic with much objectivity wears off, we discover alongside Ivy that the reality is farinteresting than any idealized version could possibly be Osthorne Academy for Young Mages is not unlike any other high school Students, luxuriant in their own skills, extend their entertainment by spinning spells not to carry out as tedious a task as assigned work, but to draw penis shaped clouds, write enchanted love letters, relieve menstrual cramps and fuck each other without protection It s clear we re in the hands of a playful writer, and, it s what makes for the best bit in the book Even Ivy s resentment begins to flake away at the coltish youth inhabiting the academy, and like her, I soon forgot what I minded, utterly absorbed by this world s abundant charm.Still, Gailey never forgets that Magic for Liars is a thriller at its pounding heart, and the specter of the crime hangs hauntingly over everything But driven as it may be by mystery and unanswered questions, the novel is, ultimately, about family, and the withered ties that bind siblings, even through years of separation Although the author seems somewhat uncomfortable, in her rushed final act, with wrapping up the book, the ultimate reveal still jarred me It was also, modestly, quietly profound When it was all said and done, my mind was bristling out like needles and I was left feeling unsure how to feel about the whole thing.Every detective story needs a detective, and Magic for Liar s is, of course, Ivy Gamble.Resentful, flawlessly petty and occasionally morally unconcerned, Ivy Gamble is not easy to embrace, but nonetheless, her narrative reflects a piercing intelligence and a passion that has never been given a chance to flourish Ivy operates according to a personal code born of ocean deep loneliness and a hunger for a little chaos and reckless danger to cope with the emptiness By the end, however, she loses some of her sharp edges, melted away to smooth curves and my heart thawed for her Ivy must decide the rules of her life and the kind of womanhood that she s going to make for herself She has measured her worth by her lack of magic for so long but there is no set way to be the kind of person that she wants to be, and Ivy lets the realization fill her.All quibbles aside, Magic for Liars is a lovely, assured novel and I m glad I picked it up BLOG TWITTER INSTAGRAM TUMBLR

  2. says:

    2.75 Murder mystery in a magical school Sounds right up my alley Sadly I ended up being a bit bored The story simply wasn t very memorable.

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    Magic for Liars follows private investigator Ivy Gamble as she investigates a death in the Osthorne Academy for Young Mages, the workplace of her sister and a location she has envied for years While she s living a life she thinks of as simple, her sister is a famous and talented teacher It is a murder mystery wrapped up in an interesting commentary on chosen one tropes and sibling rivalry, and it had me engrossed from start to finish The thing I find the most entertaining about this book, in Magic for Liars follows private investigator Ivy Gamble as she investigates a death in the Osthorne Academy for Young Mages, the workplace of her sister and a location she has envied for years While she s living a life she thinks of as simple, her sister is a famous and talented teacher It is a murder mystery wrapped up in an interesting commentary on chosen one tropes and sibling rivalry, and it had me engrossed from start to finish The thing I find the most entertaining about this book, in a nutshell, is how it plays with established fantasy tropes Ivy is a Petunia Dursley type character, in that she is the sister to a girl with magic, who was the favorite of the family I really enjoyed how that dynamic was explored and tackled, especially as it is mirrored by others The sibling dynamic, actually, is a huge focus of this book The relationship between her and Tabitha reaches a level of complexity I was not expecting There is a chosen one, too, and his sister, whose relationship with him is a neat parallel to our two sisters As the book progresses, Ivy has to ask herself is her sister s world really quite as blissful as she thinks Ivy is a mess of character whose sense of self is in heavy disrepair, much as she d like not to admit it She s been given the chance to be on equal with her sister, and even to be a different person, and she desperately wants this Several reviewers on this page seem to have found her whiny, which I frankly do not agree with Her romantic subplot with Rahul is not so much a romance as a part of her character arc a chance for her to grow and learn It seems like several reviewers on this page really didn t vibe with the writing style here, which is interesting to me, because I really really did I struggled to put this one down If you ve read this definitely let me know how you felt, as I m interested by it being polarizing I also liked elements of the setting the opening being set in the Bay Area was fun The ending of Magic for Liars was, in all honesty, not what I expected I was expecting some kind of heart thrilling reveal, some kind of ridiculous plot twist, and what I got was a sort of faster paced reveal that focusedon the why than on the who But I felt this worked for the book The ending left me thinking, doubting, wondering, unsatisfied but not upset with the book I think the original blurb s comparison to Tana French, whose books I have now read, is warranted TW body horror, death from cancer, view spoiler death of a queer character before story begins hide spoiler Blog Twitter Instagram Spotify Youtube About

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    Ahoy there me mateys I received this fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review So here be me honest musings .I was excited to read this full length novel from the author who brought us hippo cowboys This is a murder mystery set in a magical school Ivy is a professional PI that spends her time investigating cheaters and such She has always been upset that her twin sister got the magic and glory and she got the grit and mundane But this murder mystery could be th Ahoy there me mateys I received this fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review So here be me honest musings .I was excited to read this full length novel from the author who brought us hippo cowboys This is a murder mystery set in a magical school Ivy is a professional PI that spends her time investigating cheaters and such She has always been upset that her twin sister got the magic and glory and she got the grit and mundane But this murder mystery could be the step that takes her to the next level Unfortunately this was a book that had problems and ended up being highly unsatisfactory.The positive things that made me finish the book were I loved the hippo books so much for their characters and world building that I gave the author the benefit of the doubt It had a very nice set up I was highly engaged by the premise I expected the overall journey to be worth it I liked some of the practical magic on display I particularly liked how healing magic worked I enjoyed the characters Rahul and Mrs Webb There is good use of romantic consent in this book There is some nice diversity in the book.While those things keep me reading, the world building and plot made it harder and harder to finish the book Unfortunately, there were major issues that made this an unlikable read for me The Main Character Ivy is a woe is me drunk who makes bad choices all the time The sympathy from the beginning is destroyed by her desperate and slightly pathetic choices She makes ridiculous decisions and then tries to justify how they work within the investigation She also uses the investigation as an attempt to play act her life as a magician Someone was murdered and she wants to play make believe It was odd The Other Characters I didn t really love any of the characters besides Rahul and Mrs Webb And those two weren t particularly unique despite their enjoyability After the hippo books, I frankly expectedThe Magic I liked the practical, if silly, uses for some of the magic like all the magic of Rahul but how it works is never actually explained Also there is no real indication of what adults do with their magic other than teach Why do the magicians hide it from the world Is it used for the greater good ever It seems from this book that magic seems to be used for things like protecting the coffee machine from students and for the students to pass notes to each other I wantedinsight into the rules of magic and the uses that were only hinted at The World Building I feel like neither Ivy s life in the real world or the school are truly set up as actual places They felt kinda like a two dimensional film set only without the visual clues The suggestion of parts taking place in Oakland or Sunol seemed irrelevant to the story The Chosen One trope This felt shoe horned in There is never a good explanation of what being the Chosen One actually means or what the consequences are going to be The Romance While Rahul was me favourite character, the romance subplot stalled the action and was pointless It did not need to exist at all The Murder Mystery I knew immediately who dun it so it came down to wanting to know the whys and wherefores And I found those to be lackluster and stupid I get why the characters made those emotional choices but frankly didn t care It just all seemed so melodramatic and pointless for no reason And how the solution was exposed was silly The Ending One of the worst endings ever Ivy made two horrible and ridiculous choices The author decided to leave the ramifications of the case and the effects on the students and staff are not discussed The book ends in such an odd fashion that I thought there might another book coming Nope This be a standalone.The author includes lots of dark topics in this book and then never explores any of the actual life consequences of such choices She ends the book with no closure or realistic ramifications Instead the entire plot feltlike a facade for Ivy to realize that a her problem is herself and b for her to fall in lust Shame because I wanted to like this one Unfortunately it must walk the plank Arrrr So lastly .Thank you Macmillian Tor Forge

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    2, how did a Veronica Mars Harry Potter mash up end up flopping so hard stars Full review featured on my blog Recipe and a Read Ivy and Tabitha Gamble are twins They share parents, DNA, a home and a childhood full of beautiful, loving and happy memories What they don t share, is magic Tabitha Tabby , Ivy s twin sister is gifted with powers beyond either of their imaginations and upon their inception Tabby is whisked away to a modern day Hogwarts and eventually begins teaching Theoretical Ma 2, how did a Veronica Mars Harry Potter mash up end up flopping so hard stars Full review featured on my blog Recipe and a Read Ivy and Tabitha Gamble are twins They share parents, DNA, a home and a childhood full of beautiful, loving and happy memories What they don t share, is magic Tabitha Tabby , Ivy s twin sister is gifted with powers beyond either of their imaginations and upon their inception Tabby is whisked away to a modern day Hogwarts and eventually begins teaching Theoretical Magic at Osthorne Academy for Young Mages While Tabitha is away at school learning how to make her skinluminous, change the dreary color of her hair and make plants grow in the dead of winter Ivy is at home watching her family fall apart Her mother is dying of cancer and her father is dying from a broken heart and there s nothing Ivy can do She isn t magical, she s just a normal girl watching her normal mother wither away in front of her.Well, I wouldn t have run my fingers across the letters then, either I probably wouldn t have given them a second glance I ve never been good at recognizing what moments are important What things I should hang on to while I ve got them.Ivy may not be magic, but what she is, is a damn good Private Investigator whose carved out a life of her own from the rubble her sister left behind Color Ivy surprised when after locking her door behind her she receives an unexpected visitor who knowsabout her than she should Headmaster Torres from Osthorne is here to solicit the help of Ivy, a PI with at least a minor understanding of the magical goings on at the Academy A beloved teacher has been found in the library, sliced clean in half and the investigative team has deemed it a spell gone wrong instead of what Torres knows it clearly to be a murder So begins Ivy s foray into a magical world that s always been just beyond her reach As she entrenches herself in her estranged sisters life and the world of spells and magical teenagers she finds a whole lotthan she bargained for.She smiled past the bloodstains on the carpet She treated everyone like a person It s rarer than you d think She drew a breath Her body was there, and there Torres indicated each of the butterfly wings of the stain.What a synopsis though, right When I saw this baby was releasing this year I couldn t wait to get my hands on it I was envisioning the perfect blend of an adult Harry Potter mashed up with the best PI around, Veronica Mars However, what I got was something that left me sorely disappointed I will say that Gailey really deviated from the norm here and the nuance of poking fun at the chosen one trope isn t lost on me While the idea here I think is top notch, the execution left me wantingfor almost the entirety of the read.I don t have to love all the characters of a book to love the book itself However, Ivy took the whining MC trope to an entirely new level that made me not only dislike her, but not want to spend any time with her either That s a bad place to be when it s the only POV you ve got I appreciated the difficulty of what it must be like to live in a world where you know magic exists but you re decidedly not magic and your sister gets the life you ve always dreamed of I can t even say that I wouldn t be exactly the same if I were in her shoes However, when I m reading I want the suspension of reality a bit While you do have to suspend reality because you know, magic I would ve loved to have seendepth and dimension to Ivy She felt very one dimensional to me and her inner monologue of poor me, I m not magic grew tired as the pages wore on.An ache gripped my chest, sudden and overwhelming That s my sister Even after everything even with everything that was still between us, that would probably always be between us she was my sister I was born reaching for her.I appreciated the complexity of Ivy s relationship with her sister and the originality of the idea behind the plot However, in the end I felt consistent disappointment and it was a bit of a chore to keep going The writing, at times, was a bit much and the amount of similes used was astounding The plot genuinely did not pick up past much of Ivy wallowing in self pity for being ordinary until the last 30 or so pages The final twist if you can call it that, was yet another moment where I found myself again, wantingfrom the characters andfrom the story overall I m not saying this book isn t for anyone, but it definitely wasn t for me

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    4 stars It might take a little while to get there, but I ll tell you everything, and I ll tell you the truth As best I can I used to lie, but when I tell you the story, you ll understand why I had to lie You ll understand that I didn t have a choice I just wanted to do my job. This was a fun read for me 1 I got to read something that s completely out of my comfort zone sci fi and fantasy with a bit of mystery 2 I got to buddy read this with my husband Ivy is a detective but right n 4 stars It might take a little while to get there, but I ll tell you everything, and I ll tell you the truth As best I can I used to lie, but when I tell you the story, you ll understand why I had to lie You ll understand that I didn t have a choice I just wanted to do my job. This was a fun read for me 1 I got to read something that s completely out of my comfort zone sci fi and fantasy with a bit of mystery 2 I got to buddy read this with my husband Ivy is a detective but right now the extent of her work is only being hired to find out if someone s spouse is cheating on them Ivy is like any normal person and she has a family but her sister is a little different than yours and mine Ivy s sister Tabitha was born with magic powers and is able to make things happen with spells, etc.One day, Ivy gets called in on a special case and it just so happens to be a murder at her sister s school who she hasn t seen in many years She sets up to move there, and into the dead person s apartment no less, and has to stay on campus until she figures out what happened She interviews students, staff and even tries to reconcile a bit with her sister Through her interviews she starts to put the puzzle pieces together She both is and isn t shocked at all the parties involved in the end but the reasoning behind it really hits homeI gave this book a 4 star rating and my husband gave it a 3.5 star rating We both enjoyed multiple aspects of this story such as the detective storyline and the sister relationship that somewhat evolved during the story I also enjoyed the family story that came about within this book The author touches on the family story throughout the book and you can see how Ivy and Tabitha s actions today translate to what has happened to them in the past.I m glad I took the leap and decided to read something different from what I normally do again I think the magic aspects of this book were still a little too outside the box for my liking again just personal preference but I actually came to enjoy most of the story and the meaning behind it while also opening my imagination.This was a great debut by Sarah Gailey and if this sounds like something you d enjoy then definitely pick it up It releases June 4th Thanks to Tor Books for my ARC and finished copies of this book

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    The cover and synopsis and title of the novel were all immediately intriguing to me Magic for Liars is a murder mystery on a magical high school campus, told from the perspective of the nonmagical private eye who finds herself on the case You can see why I was intrigued, right Noir novels can be very hit or miss, but this one was definitely a hit It was everything I was hoping for, andthan I was expecting.Ivy Gamble is a wonderfully developed character She comes across a bit as a down The cover and synopsis and title of the novel were all immediately intriguing to me Magic for Liars is a murder mystery on a magical high school campus, told from the perspective of the nonmagical private eye who finds herself on the case You can see why I was intrigued, right Noir novels can be very hit or miss, but this one was definitely a hit It was everything I was hoping for, andthan I was expecting.Ivy Gamble is a wonderfully developed character She comes across a bit as a down on her luck gumshoe detective at the beginning of the book, but she grows and changes so much throughout the book When she is approached to look into a mysterious death on the campus of a magic school, the campus where her magical twin sister teaches, no less, Ivy is incredibly conflicted She has no real relationship with her sister and doesn t want to encroach on her world, but the pay is too good for her starving coffers to pass up Ivy suddenly finds herself trying to balance a rekindling relationship with her sister, a burgeoning romance with one of the school s teachers, the teenage drama running wild in the hallways, the questionable death that brought her to the school in the first place and lies Lots and lots of lies.The mystery elements of this novel were really fun, but my favorite aspect was the setting I m a sucker for any kind of school story, especially if that school is magical What I loved so much about The Osthorne Academy for Young Mages is that it s not Hogwarts There s nothing mystical about it Osthorne is exactly like a real life preppy, private high school, but where magic is taught alongside your average subjects I thought the lack of robes and moving stairways and haunted forests was incredibly refreshing, even though I adore all of those elements I also really liked how scientific the magic was, and the medical implications that were discussed throughout And the fact that our main character is an outsider looking in on this magical world was a wonderful change, as well I enjoyed getting to see magic from the perspective of someone incapable of using it.I really liked Magic for Liars Is it a book that I ll remember forever and add to my shelf of lifetime favorites No But it was a fun ride that I would have no problem recommending to others It s great for what it is, and well worth reading You can find this review andat Novel Notions

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    2.5 starsWhat a bipolar reading experience this was.Initially I was doubtful that a story set in a magic school would interest me but once I started I REALLY enjoyed it until I didn t.It s such a pity that Ivy turned out to kill my joy with her incessant whining and insecurities about her inability to do magic The author repeated this fact one too many times for my liking.What I do think was done well is the way the complex relationship between Ivy and her twin sister Tabitha was portrayed.Th 2.5 starsWhat a bipolar reading experience this was.Initially I was doubtful that a story set in a magic school would interest me but once I started I REALLY enjoyed it until I didn t.It s such a pity that Ivy turned out to kill my joy with her incessant whining and insecurities about her inability to do magic The author repeated this fact one too many times for my liking.What I do think was done well is the way the complex relationship between Ivy and her twin sister Tabitha was portrayed.The mystery itself was a little light in the pants and to be honest I think Ivy was not the best of detectives to start with She basically stumbled upon clues rather than deduct them from solid investigative efforts.This was not a bad read but not on that will leave any lasting impression on me.I was hoping that this would be a great substitute for my beloved Dresden books but alas it was not to be

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    Magic for Liars isn t what I expected it to be 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 It begins with the gruesome death of a staff member at The Osthorne Academy for Young Mages Magic for Liars isn t what I expected it to be 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 It begins with the gruesome death of a staff member at The Osthorne Academy for Young Mages 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 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.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 peeks 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 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 No, the end of Magic for Liars is fucking 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.P.S Sarah Gailey wrote a piece over on the BN Sci Fi and Fantasy Blog called What Makes a Story Queer They use Magic for Liars as a jumping off point for this discussion and it s wonderful Read it here

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    Magic For Liars may be set at a school of magic, but we re on notice from the very first page that this is not THAT kind of school Now they were all downstairs at the welcome back dinner, an all staff all students meal that marked the end of the first week of classes They d joke there about house elves and pumpkin juice or at least the freshmen would By the time they were sophos, that vein of humor was worn beyond use.After a bloody murder at Osthorne Academy for Young Mages located in Magic For Liars may be set at a school of magic, but we re on notice from the very first page that this is not THAT kind of school Now they were all downstairs at the welcome back dinner, an all staff all students meal that marked the end of the first week of classes They d joke there about house elves and pumpkin juice or at least the freshmen would By the time they were sophos, that vein of humor was worn beyond use.After a bloody murder at Osthorne Academy for Young Mages located in the vicinity of Sunol, California less than an hour s drive from San Francisco or Oakland , private investigator Ivy Gamble is called in to help solve the case Magical authorities have deemed it an accidental death due to a spell gone bad, but the school s headmaster thinks there sto be discovered and since Ivy is the non magical twin sister of a professor at the school, she seems to be the right choice to lead the investigation.The assignment at Osthorne is fraught with tension and high emotional stakes for Ivy She and sister Tabitha have been estranged for years, really since Tabitha was selected to go to an elite magic school when they were teens Their paths diverged sharply from that point onward, and the two have never managed to reconnect, especially in the aftermath of their mother s death while Tabitha was away at school.Now arriving at Osthorne, Ivy sets out to solve the murder while also trying to understand who Tabitha is now, and who she herself might have been if she d had magic too Ivy s journey is painful to witness, as she drinks herself through her tumultuous feelings every night and lets herself become consumed by the mysterious death and the suspicious undercurrents at the schoolI love Sarah Gailey s writing I loved it in the American Hippo books, and she s totally on point here as well, conveying the otherworldliness of the magical world while rooting it in a grim and grimy reality that hasthan a shade of noir to it What magical school doesn t have a library with weird and dangerous sections Here at Osthorne, Ivy hears the books murmuring to each other like a scandalized congregation of origami Presbyterians.Isn t that delicious Some other choice bits Across the bay, San Francisco bled money like an unzipped artery. andThe drive through the Sunol hills was as beautiful as the novocaine that comes before the drill.Certain magic school tropes makes appearances too there s a Prophecy and a Chosen One, for starters, as well as themundane clique of popular girls who flutter around the central Mean Girl and all sorts of relationship drama, both appropriate and not.The plot zooms along quickly, and sometimes reality can be a slippery thing Ivy s investigations are often clouded by the magical elements around her, but even so, she applies her skills and street smarts to get to the shocking truth The resolution is pitch perfect, and even though I guessed at the outcome ahead of time, that did not detract at all from the impact and the shock when the answers are finally revealed.Magic For Liars is, plain and simple, a terrific read Don t miss it Review copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley Full review at Bookshelf Fantasies.

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