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Review: Celebromancy by Michael R. Underwood

CelebromancyTitle: Celebromancy

Author: Michael R. Underwood

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Ree Reyes (Book #2)

Publication Date: July 15, 2013

Format: eBook, 400 Pages

ISBN-10: 1451698143 (Pocket Star)

ISBN-13: 978-1451698145 (Pocket Star)

Reviewed by: Candy

Synopsis:

Fame has a magic all its own in the no-gossip-barred follow-up to Geekomancy. Ree Reyes gets her big screenwriting break, only to discover just how broken Hollywood actually is.

Things are looking up for urban fantasista Ree Reyes. She’s using her love of pop culture to fight monsters and protect her hometown as a Geekomancer, and now a real-live production company is shooting her television pilot script.

But nothing is easy in show business. When an invisible figure attacks the leading lady of the show, former-child star-turned-current-hot-mess Jane Konrad, Ree begins a school-of-hard-knocks education in the power of Celebromancy.

Attempting to help Jane Geekomancy-style with Jedi mind tricks and X-Men infiltration techniques, Ree learns more about movie magic than she ever intended. She also learns that real life has the craziest plots: not only must she lift a Hollywood-strength curse, but she needs to save her pilot, negotiate a bizarre love rhombus, and fight monsters straight out of the silver screen. All this without anyone getting killed or, worse, banished to the D-List.

Quick & Dirty: Ree is a Geekomancer and a screenwriter who has just hit her big break. Things start looking bad though when the lead actress Jane, who happens to be a Celebromancer starts having problems with her powers. If Ree can’t help her figure out what is going wrong it may be the end of her production before it even begins.

Opening Sentence: Ree was late to her first public appearance as a screenwriter, and she couldn’t even blame it on a monster attack.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

I really wanted to give this book a chance and once I start a book I hate to not finish, but I could not like this book. There are a few things that could be to blame for this. The first is I did not read the first book to truly understand the dialogue that Ree uses. The second thing is I don’t speak geek in general, so it made it hard to follow. The plot is that Ree Reyes is a Geekomancer who uses her love for science fiction and fantasy to give herself superpower. She watches movies or reads books and can then draw magic from them. Ree has written a screenplay that gives her a big break. It has been picked up by a producer and production on the pilot is about to begin. After the first night Ree and the main actress, Jane Konrad, go out on the town to drink. They end up hooking up and ending up at Jane’s place. While sleeping Jane is attacked by an invisible person and it takes both Ree and Jane’s bodyguard to fend off the entity. Now Ree finds out that the star has her own form of power. She is a Celebromancer who uses her fames to receive magic and make herself more popular. Unfortunately, someone has messed with her powers and they actually attack her if she uses them too much. Now it is up to Ree to save Jane and her screenplay from being ruined by the curse.

Now many people would find that interesting, but I find it too mainstream for my taste. Magic is not in my opinion supposed to be so modernized. Also, like I said, I just had a hard time understanding half the time what was being said. On top of that, there was so many random texts and blog entries just randomly placed throughout the story. I do have to admit I stopped after page one hundred and twenty eight so maybe it gets better, but I just couldn’t read anymore. For those who do not mind some modern magic and can speak geek maybe this book would be for you. For those old fashioned like me who wants our magic left alone this one may not be for you. The one thing I did find interesting was that the author has a wonderful imagination and comes up with some very unique mythical creatures, such as a panther dragonfly.

Notable Scene:

And then something hit Ree in the shoulder and knocked her off the bed. Something that wasn’t Jane.

Ree’s voice and world wobbled as she conceded the point. “Not a dream! Definitely not a dream!”

Ree Reyes Series:

1. Geekomancy

2. Celebromancy

2.5 Attack the Geek

3. Hexomancy (TBA 2015)

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FTC Advisory: Pocket Star/Simon & Schuster provided me with a copy of Celebromancy. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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