I received a free copy of the book bundle “Dark Magic with a shot of espresso” from the author for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review and all words and conclusions are my own.
The entire bookseries is called the Demonic Café Series. I’ll try to write this review without revealing spoilers.
In my world you can’t go wrong with both magic and coffee in a title – that is just awesome and a great trigger for me personally. Hence the reason I wanted to read this series. This bundle consists of book 0 (you may read this in the end), 1, 2 and 3. The covers of these books need some serious work, it looks a bit outdated and won’t trigger a younger audience. Please note that this is a Young Adult Urban Fantasy book about a 17-year old high school girl.
My conclusion? Read book number 1, but be prepared to be disappointed in the other books.
Book number 1 “the problem with black magic”
I loved the first book! The handsome mystery guy aka barista from the coffeeshop who turns out to be a very powerful demon who may or may not have feelings for the 17-year old MC Cassie (YAY!). Their destinies become intertwined because of some mysterious magical timeshift.
The MC is not over the top immature or “whiney” like in some of the YA books I’ve read. I also like the fact that she is suddenly the most wanted familiar in the supernatural world due to the huge well of power she seems to carry. In addition she always chooses what is morally right instead of what is the safest choice for herself.
Romance is not the main storyline in this book, it’s more about getting to know the supernatural world, friendships and some of their species you’ve only read about in books. And I love that about it.
Books number 2, 3 and 0
Unfortunately I didn’t like book number 2, 3 and zero. It was written from multiple points of view, not only by Cassie and Sam but also some of the other characters. I’m a one man kind of girl and the fact that Sam “practiced” with someone else while still being attracted/involved with Cassie bothered me. I did like to see the other characters evolve and mature like Ethan and Jay, but I’d like to have read about it from Cassie and Sam’s perspective. That would have been enough for me. Now it sometimes confused me, like what character are we going to read about now when starting a new chapter? Still not a very bad book, it just wasn’t meant for me.
Karen Mead made me curious to read with her first book and I can’t wait to read more of her work in the future. Let me know what you think about this Book Series and leave a comment.