Blood, Smoke and Mirrors

Blood, Smoke and Mirrors

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by Robyn Bachar
     
 

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Even a bad witch deserves a second chance.

Wrongly accused of using her magic to harm, the closest Catherine Baker comes to helping others is serving their coffee. Life as an outcast is nothing new, thanks to her father’s reputation, but the injustice stings. Especially since the man she loved turned her in.

Now the man has the gall to

Overview

Even a bad witch deserves a second chance.

Wrongly accused of using her magic to harm, the closest Catherine Baker comes to helping others is serving their coffee. Life as an outcast is nothing new, thanks to her father’s reputation, but the injustice stings. Especially since the man she loved turned her in.

Now the man has the gall to show up and suggest she become the next Titania? She’d rather wipe that charming grin off his face with a pot of hot java to the groin.

Alexander Duquesne has never faltered in his duties as a guardian—until now. The lingering guilt over Cat’s exile and the recent death of his best friend have shaken his dedication. With the murder of the old Titania, the faerie realm teeters on the brink of chaos. His new orders: keep Cat alive at all costs.

Hunted by a powerful stranger intent on drawing her into an evil web, Cat reluctantly accepts Lex’s protection and the resurrected desire that comes along with it. Lex faces the fight of his life to keep her safe…and win her back. If they both survive.

Warning: This book contains one tough and snarky witch, one gorgeous guardian, explicit blood drinking, magician sex, gratuitous violence against vampires and troublemaking Shakespearean faeries.

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“If I had to grab one word to describe this book, it would be refreshing. Not like a diet Coke or something that’s saccharine and only satisfying in the short term, but refreshing like thinking to yourself, “Oh, that’s new, that’s different” while reading a plot that could have turned on a dime into well-trod cliché-land. Bachar keeps the story firmly in the present with a quick and witty narrator, and I kept reading.” Sarah Wendell, Smart Bitches, Trashy Books.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781605049977
Publisher:
Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date:
05/11/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
386
Sales rank:
446,523
File size:
1 MB

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“If I had to grab one word to describe this book, it would be refreshing. Not like a diet Coke or something that’s saccharine and only satisfying in the short term, but refreshing like thinking to yourself, “Oh, that’s new, that’s different” while reading a plot that could have turned on a dime into well-trod cliché-land. Bachar keeps the story firmly in the present with a quick and witty narrator, and I kept reading.” Sarah Wendell, Smart Bitches, Trashy Books.

Meet the Author

Robyn Bachar was born and raised in Berwyn, Illinois, and loves all things related to Chicago, from the Cubs to the pizza. It seemed only natural to combine it with her love of fantasy, and tell stories of witches and vampires in the Chicagoland area. As a gamer, Robyn has spent many hours rolling dice, playing rock-paper-scissors, and slaying creatures in mmorpgs. Currently she lives with her husband, also a gamer and a writer, and their cat. Blood, Smoke and Mirrors is her first published title.

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Blood, Smoke and Mirrors 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised by how good this free book. I look foward to reading more from this author. About 670 nook pages.
Luv2ReadBookieBaby More than 1 year ago
I normally don't write reviews but this book was a fantastic fine! It was funny in all the right places with a healthy dose of whit and sarcasm to boot. I have to admit at first it was a little hard for me to get into, but after the second chapter it was hard for me to put down. Matter of fact I read the book in one day. True, I had to cut out a lot of things to accomplish this, i.e. eating sleeping, but it was too good to put down! Cat, the heroine, was punish harshly for protecting herself from harm one night and was shunned, or outcast, because of this. Mine you she did not kill anyone so that seemed a little harsh, but the book kind of explained why this happened. So now she lives on the fringe of her society. All the different situations she gets herself into were interesting to say the least. I love the storyline, the flow, and the ending makes you want to buy the next book in the series. I know I can't wait!! :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining, good start to a new series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a 600+ page free book. I read half the book and just had to quit. The fantasy elements are OK, but the emotions and reactions of the main characters are unbelievable. The hot and cold between Cat and Lex could have been an interesting and entertaining part of this book. However the reasoning behind the breaking up and reuniting is weak, unbelievable, and unsellable. It made me so frustrated! The top hat, the fairy ball, the enchanted castle....I thought they were corny and very YA fiction. Maybe someone else would find them cute and funny though. There are a lot more weak points, but I'll spare you further whining. The strong points are 1) it is free 2) it is over 600 pages 3) lots of action 4) librarians are supernatural 5).... I can't come up with a 5th.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can not believe this book was free! I loved it. The charactors just jummped off the pages. Would like to read the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It a keeper.... i buying the next book. ;p
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good for a free read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.
lolamh10 More than 1 year ago
This was a new author for me and I was very happy with the book. Catherine is a witch who is being shunned by her community for using her powers to protect herself. Her dad is a vampire, her mom a witch her cousins are Fairies...this urban paranormal has it all. There is a divide between Cat and the love of her life Alexander(Lex) who is a Guardian of supernaturals. The plot is swift, the characters likeable, and I urge you to give this a try.
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Originally Posted at: www.longandshortreviews.blogspot.com I love the world of Blood, Smoke and Mirrors. It's magic in modern Chicago where Titania and Oberon are job titles (think Ambassador to Faery from the Midwestern region of the United States) and witches have a "do no harm" clause. As an excommunicated witch, Cat shouldn't even be considered a candidate for the position of Titania, but circumstances align to make her the only choice other than her necromancer father, and everyone knows necromancers are one step from vampire and vampires aren't allowed in Faery. And this particular necromancer killed her mother. To make it worse, the man/guardian given the task to convince Cat to try for office (and keep her safe through the pre-selection trials) is none other than Cat's ex-lover and betrayer Alexander Duquesne, Lex. He claims he didn't intend to get her barred from the witching world, but Cat isn't buying his protestations or his declarations of love. How can she trust his or the witching council's sudden about-face? Blood, Smoke and Mirrors contains all the things I love the best in books, great internal and external tension, quirky or slightly flawed protagonists, great dialogue, and a captivating story line. It also has a wonderful world. I really connected with Cat. She made the type of mistakes I could see myself making in the same circumstances-not that there's any chance of that, but still... When I finished Blood, Smoke and Mirror, I immediately Googled Robyn Bachar in search of a sequel or a prequel. None were listed as upcoming, but I'll be watching. Sign me up for book two.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a lot of fun. It carries you and is a delightful read for people looking for Urban Mystery, Romance, and Fantasy. There are a few rough bits as it's the author's fledgling book, but a wonderful read none the less!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having read and enjoyed Bachar's novella, "The Importance of Being Emily," I decided to give one of her longer works a chance. I thoroughly enjoyed "Blood, Smoke and Mirrors." The characters are well-developed, and the world-building is detailed. There was definite chemistry between Cat and Lex, and Portia the punk faerie was awesome. The villains were also well-developed (especially Harrison), and I liked Bachar's new take on vampires. I am definitely looking forward to the next story in the series. -- lyradora
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This was a good book. Though the first of a series, it ties up enough loose ends to stand alone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed free read
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I will be reading more books by this author
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