Book Review: Virtual Arcana: The Magician

Book Review: Virtual Arcana: The MagicianThe Magician by Karen Amanda Hooper
Series: Virtual Arcana #1
Published by Starry Sky Publishing on November 15, 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Mystery & Detective, Science Fiction, Social Issues, Young Adult
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Mysterious cards keep appearing in Kelsey’s life, stirring up questions and forcing her to keep secrets from her sister, Keekee.

Triggered by Kelsey’s fear and Keekee's worry, the twins become bright blips on their tyrannical government’s radar.

Xander’s magic seems to be their only chance at escaping a dangerous confrontation, but is Kelsey willing to break multiple laws and finally step into Xander's illegal world of virtual reality?

It’s The Magician’s release day! Everyone needs to run out and buy this book, because this series just keeps getting better. I mean, I gave The Fool five stars…am I allowed to go above the normal five star limit I have set for myself here at Ramblings on Readings? KAREN AMANDA HOOPER, YOU’VE BROKEN MY SYSTEM.

I’m not saying this is the end all of books. But it sure as heck is fun, engaging, imaginative, and I am dying to know what happens next.

In the second installment of the Virtual Arcana series, our main girl Kelsey finds herself going even deeper into Xander’s mysterious world of exciting and most likely dangerous possibilities. I like Kelsey; she’s not an idiot. She doesn’t trust Xander right off the bat. Sure, she’s drawn to him, she has a crush on him, but she’s not like “yeah, I’ll follow you off a cliff with no explanation”.

So far, dangerous criminal activities aside, Xander is pretty irresistible. I’m very interested to see his backstory, since he’s so shrouded in mystery. They have good chemistry, and Hooper isn’t rushing things with their relationship. I can see how that would be easy, releasing the books this way, and I’m glad she’s taking her time.

Equatia is the most miserable, most horrible society to live in. Sure, people don’t die of hunger, and they are healthy…but they have zero freedom. The government controls everything they do, in the most stifling ways. They literally can’t do anything without big brother peering over their shoulder and monitoring their every move.  And now they are hoping (which will most likely end in force) that Kelsey and Keekee will work for them. It made me uncomfortable just reading about it. A+ for creating a palpable environment, Hooper.

If you like futuristic dystopian novels, do yourself a favor and start the Virtual Arcana series. You won’t regret it.

5 Stars

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