Blood, Smoke and Mirrors

Blood, Smoke and Mirrors

by Robyn Bachar

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Overview

Blood, Smoke and Mirrors by Robyn Bachar

Robyn Bachar’s Bad Witch series blends urban fantasy and romance in a Chicago filled with magic, vampires, shapeshifters and troublemaking Shakespearean fairies.

Even a bad witch deserves a second chance.

Catherine Baker stopped caring about magician politics after the witches threw her out four years ago, convicted of the “crime” of using harmful magic in self-defense. Life as an outcast was nothing new, thanks to her father’s wicked reputation, but the injustice left her heart scarred. Especially since she’d been turned in by the man she loved.

Alexander Duquesne has never faltered in his duties as a guardian—until now. He still suffers lingering guilt over his role in Cat’s exile, and when the old Titania is murdered, Cat is in line to be the next victim. Lex will do anything to keep Cat alive, even if she hates him for it.

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.

What reviewers are saying about Blood, Smoke and Mirrors:

“For a debut book, this story has an incredibly strong and funny main character ... and a strange and interesting world of characters. ... 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

“Blood, Smoke and Mirrors was a compelling read. Catherine ‘Cat’ Baker was an authentic and endearing heroine – big butt and all. ...overall, I was impressed and glad that I had the opportunity to discover Robyn Bachar. I’ll be looking forward to what she does next. But first I have to get something to eat. I have this insatiable craving for chocolate chip pancakes…” –Paul Goat Allen, Explorations: The Barnes & Noble SciFi and Fantasy Blog

Product Details

BN ID: 2940155091264
Publisher: Robyn Bachar
Publication date: 01/29/2018
Series: Bad Witch
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 768,694
File size: 438 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Robyn Bachar enjoys writing stories with soul mates, swords, spaceships and vampires. Her books have finaled twice in the PRISM Contest for Published Authors, twice in the Passionate Plume Contest, and twice in the EPIC eBook Awards.

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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.

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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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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.
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Enjoyed free read
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I will be reading more books by this author
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