Book Review: Ruthless Magic by Megan Crewe

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ISBN-13: 9781989114001
Publication date: 05/30/2018
Series: Conspiracy of Magic , #1
Pages: 350

About the Book:
In the contest to keep their magic, the only options may be die... or kill.

Each year, the North American Confederation of Mages assesses every sixteen-year-old novice. Some will be chosen. The rest must undergo a procedure to destroy their magical ability unless they prove themselves in the mysterious and brutal Mages' Exam.

Disadvantaged by her parents' low standing, Rocío Lopez has dedicated herself to expanding her considerable talent to earn a place in the Confederation. Their rejection leaves her reeling—and determined to fight to keep her magic.

Long ashamed of his mediocre abilities, Finn Lockwood knows the Confederation accepted him only because of his prominent family. Declaring for the Exam instead means a chance to confirm his true worth.

Thrown into the testing with little preparation, Rocío and Finn find themselves becoming unlikely allies—and possibly more. But the Exam holds secrets more horrifying than either could have imagined. What are the examiners really testing them for? And as the trials become increasingly vicious, how much are they willing to sacrifice to win?
"Fiercely intense, Ruthless Magic is a YA dystopian with powerful magic, threads of mythology, and a slow burn romance that had me turning pages and gasping until the very end." -Raye Wagner, USA Today bestselling author


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Honestly, it has been a while since I've been captivated by a book! Ruthless Magic seized my attention and entertained me throughout the read. I found it had the best elements of YA fiction while telling its own unique story with lively characters. What I loved about the characters is they were very real, each one had something I liked about them and something I didn't. The plot is intense and the subtle growing romance kept me hooked! I liked the balance of magic and mythology with the real-life issues like race, class, privilege, and corruption. It leads to a very touching uplifting message. I read this book a couple of times before I posted my review because that is what great books make you do read them again and again! I recommend to everyone, not just the 13-18 YA audience it is targeted too for the adventure, magic, and world with enthrall anyone! 


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Like many authors, Megan Crewe finds writing about herself much more difficult than making things up. A few definite facts: she lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and son (and does on occasion say “eh”), she’s always planning some new trip around the world, and she’s spent the last six years studying kung fu, so you should probably be nice to her. She has been making up stories about magic and spirits and other what ifs since before she knew how to write words on paper. These days the stories are just a lot longer.

Megan’s first novel, Give Up the Ghost, was shortlisted for the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. The Way We Fall was nominated for the White Pine Award and made the International Literacy Association Young Adults’ Choices List, and Earth & Skywas an OLA Best Bet for 2015. She is also the author of the rest of the Fallen World series (The Lives We Lost, The Worlds We Make, and Those Who Lived), the rest of the Earth & Sky trilogy (The Clouded Sky and A Sky Unbroken), and the standalone contemporary fantasy A Mortal Song.

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