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epub à The Thinking Womans Guide to Real Magic ê Hardcover » ❰EPUB❯ ✰ The Thinking Womans Guide to Real Magic Author Emily Croy Barker – Dogsalonbristol.co.uk An imaginative story of a woman caught in an alternate world—where she will need to learn the skills of magic to survive NorMagician Aruendiel a grim reclusive figure with a biting tongue and a shrouded past And it will take her becoming Aruendiel’s student and learning magic herself to survive When a passage home finally opens Nora must weigh her real life against the dangerous power of love and magic For lovers of Lev Grossman's The Magicians series The Magicians and The Magician King and Deborah Harkness's All Souls Trilogy A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night LOVED this book Hoping the title won't dissuade men from reading it as it would appeal to all types of fantasy readers as well as literarywomen's fiction readers Read it in manuscript form and was so bummed when I got to the end and had no pages to turn The blurb by Sara Gruen sums it up best mind candy for those of us raised on Harry Potter

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Student into a stunning beauty  Before long she has a set of glamorous new friends and her romance with gorgeous masterful Raclin is Thinking Womans Guide to Real ePUB #8608 heating up It’s almost too good to be true Then the elegant veneer shatters Nora’s new fantasy world turns darker a fairy tale gone incredibly wrong Making it here will take skills Nora never learned in graduate school Her only real ally and a reluctant one at that is the Warning mild spoilersFirst off I bought this book when I was in the store and the cover caught my eye The blurb sounded interesting and I read a few pages All in all not bad Soon after I ended up travelling for 3 days left and right I get cranky when I do that and lots of things were frustrating me so this book was supposed to be my solace Even when it slowed down unbearably in the middle I was invested enough to continue Then the ending happened I snappedLet's start with a summary Nora is graduate student approaching her thirties an ordinary unhappy person because nothing is going right Her boyfriend has left her to get engaged to some other woman her thesis paper is in severe roadblock and life generally sucks It is in this state of affairs that she visits some place for a friend's wedding and gets lost in a nearby mountain while on a morning walk Which should have told me something She gets lured into a mansion by a resurrected Audrey Hepburnesue character called Illisa and soon Nora's partying like her life depends on it But things are not as they seem she should have at least though Botox was involved as Nora discovers when the pretty people and Illisa's son Raclin are revealed to be Faitoren magical uglies that trap unsuspecting females to bear their rare offspring Rare because they kill the mother at some point or the other So Nora's now married to a dragonfly with teeth and pregnant She manages to escape with the help of wizard sorry magician Aruendiel and lives happily ever after The endBut wait you say There are nigh on 600 pages in the book Surely that's not all Ladies and gentlemen I am proud to announce to you that after the first third of the book there is no discernible plot whatsoever We interrupt this broadcast to bring you an episode of Alice in Wonderland minus the chain smoking caterpillar and the psychotic cat See the real problem is whatever the title promises to be it's not about a thinking woman No It's about some passive floaty female who is in a wish fulfilling fantasy I bought the book because I though Nora was one of those down on their luck characters who takes everything in their stride with mild amusement And she was for a while Unfortunately she's so happy go lucky that she doesn't suffer any major psychological trauma from her captivity and miscarriage She cries a bit That's about itMuch later the book became Pride and Prejudice with domestic witchcraft than a woman finding herself in a fantastical setting So Nora became less of a sympathetic person and of a suffragette determined to instil euality in one and only one person Aruendiel I say Pride and Prejudice because the book jabs the totally unsubtle comparison in your eye by having Nora translate the work into the local language Ors The book needed that useless insertion like a rhino needs Botox injections Sure it might look better that way but it's just unnatural and pointlessTo make it even aggravating it desperately tries to portray the hero Aruendiel as a magical MrDarcy by making him unattainable and rude Whatever else Darcy was he was not a walking smirk who murdered his wife in cold blood Nora's attraction to Aruendiel is almost believable but the reciprocation is not especially when it comes at the far end of a book in one itty bitty paragraph And we haven't even taken into consideration the age difference of a 150 years Even sadder the magic premise of this book is only a vehicle for that relationship Which explains why it seems so arbitrary You can't use magic for anything useful in this world like healing wounds or teleportingYou shouldn't bring back the dead It's just the way it is Wizards control spirits but true magicians actually use magic Only some people are magicians It's just the way it is Magic isinsert explanation of your choice here Readers are never given any solid ground on the world and how it works because world building who cares Just string them along with a half baked romance and an occasional scene of the heroine lighting candles by concentrating really hardBut it wasn't all that bad despite this and it was kind of humorous so it could have gone okay HOWEVERSomewhere along the way the author decided that it was time to go check on the plot that had been left to stew discovered it was way overcooked and corrected it by throwing in Tabasco sauce pepper mayonnaise and the neighbour's geraniums Hell they thought let's throw in some milk tooInstead of ending this story in one book like it should have been 300 pages ago the plot takes an abrupt left turn has Nora get kidnapped then remember to use magic to save herself rescue Aruendiel with algebra and fall down a cliffhanger so deep it could fit a congress of whales down thereWhy was this necessary If the idea was to boost sales and keep making revenue through a series this ensured that no one with sense will want to buy this book Internal logic goes totally haywire at the end Nora is tied up and freezing but being the airhead she is doesn't remember to use fire magic of any sort When she does remember to do something it lands her into even trouble As for Norneng carrying around parts of an ice demon in fragile glass bottles in his jacket pockets I can only say he had it coming Even the demon that liked poetry wasn't the last straw The mathematical deus ex machina was Nora saves Aruendiel by using a Cartesian formula to make a binding spell bigger CAN IT GET ANY WORSEYes the book says emphatically Nora's ultimate decision at the end of the book and her lack of a resolution with that unglamorous Snape proved that any character development you sensed was a hallucination on the reader's part Also characters that are seemingly well rounded just die negating the usefulness of their presence for 400 pages So I suggest in the interests of maintaining your sanity you bulldoze the book and then feed it to sharks Afterwards pick up the shreds and

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The Thinking Womans Guide to Real MagicAn imaginative story of a woman Womans Guide PDF #8608 caught in an alternate world where she will need to learn the skills of magic to survive Nora Fischer’s dissertation is stalled and The Thinking eBook #222 her boyfriend is about to marry another woman  During a miserable weekend at a friend’s wedding Nora wanders off and walks through a portal into a different world where Thinking Womans Guide Epub #221 she’s transformed from a drab grad Maybe this is a spoiler but I think books like this should come with a warning label so I'm going to give it to you before you read the book WARNING THIS IS THE FIRST BOOK IN A PLANNED SERIES IT DOES NOT HAVE AN ENDING DO NOT EXPECT CLOSURE OR FULL CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT never mind that it tips the scales at 500 pagesAside from thatit's okay The heroine is halfway interesting she has some gumption There are many fascinating supporting characters and the world building is excellent I appreciated that the main character was able to use her skills as a literature graduate student to help overcome some of the obstacles she faced Tiresome trend in chick lit protagonist who claims to have an advanced degree but never demonstrates intelligence or other skills and has no ambition aside from securing a good husbandAnd on that note I'm really tired of having references to Pride and Prejudice inserted into every recent novel with a female protagonist and female author I may be a woman of a certain age but I have no particular interest in Jane Austen I'm beginning to think the choice is made by someone in the marketing department You know Women loooooove Jane Austen Can you just add some Pride Prejudice references here And here And make the male hero kind of a jerk and pretty much unsuitable then drop hints for 200 pages that our heroine will fall in love with him anywayIf you looooooove Jane Austen and you think magic is neat then this might be the book for you but beware the first book in series trap