Book Review! The Book of Secrets by Melissa McShane

The Book of Secrets
by Melissa McShane
Series: The Last Oracle #1
Publication: February 20th 2018
by Curiosity Quills Press
Category: YA
Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Source: Publisher

My Rating:

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Helena Davies just wants a job that will get her out of her parents’ basement. Abernathy’s Bookstore is disorganized, out of the way, and smells funny, but it pays well and promises to at least be interesting. She has no idea how interesting her life will become. By the end of the first day, Helena has a dead boss in the basement, an unexpected promotion, and the news that she is now a part of an endless war against creatures from another reality.

As Abernathy’s newest custodian, Helena is responsible for its secrets, including the most important one: Abernathy’s isn’t just a bookstore. It’s the world’s only living oracle, producing prophecies to help fight the war against alien invaders bent on draining this world of its magic. Helena’s job is to find books to answer questions put to the oracle by the Wardens, fighters in the Long War. It seems simple enough, but Helena’s new job is anything but.

She has allies: her best friend Viv, from whom she has no secrets; Harry and Harriet Keller, elderly magi skilled at uncovering secrets; and the enigmatic Malcolm Campbell, warrior magus and one of the few who have faith in Helena’s abilities. But not everyone is thrilled that an outsider now has charge of one of the world’s most powerful magical entities. Helena must defend herself against the antagonism of Judy Rasmussen, who’d expected to be the next custodian of Abernathy’s, and her father William, powerful leader of the Wardens and someone with an agenda of his own.

Without training, without any knowledge of the magical world, and facing the hostility of those who’d wanted someone else to be Abernathy’s custodian, Helena must navigate the treacherous waters of her new world and find a place for herself within it. But there’s still a murderer on the loose, someone who intended to control Abernathy’s by killing its custodian—and Helena might be next on his list.

~My Thoughts~

The Book of Secrets is the first book in the Last Oracle series. Based on what I’ve read it promises to be a great ride. This is the first I’ve heard of this author and I’m happy to know her now. Great cover, right? The contents inside are just as wonderful.

As the story begins we are introduced to Helena Davies–just a normal girl trying to find a job so she can get out of her parents basement. Ha! Not for long. As she waits for her interview at Abernathy’s Bookstore the setting is described in great detail. It honestly made me want to run out the door myself. There’s no way I could stand to be in that place like that. What a mess! But Nathaniel Briggs offers her a job on the spot and she accepts-or should I say she signs her life away? Little does she know that in a matter of hours she will no longer be just a normal girl that landed a decent paying job today.

This story is packed with intense, whimsical details and a unique approach to the realm of magic. This is truly unlike any other urban fantasy I’ve read and I am grateful to have gotten the chance to experience it. I will certainly recommend The Book of Secrets to all who love magic and urban fantasy!

~About the Author~

Melissa grew up a nomad, following her family all over the United States, and ended up living in the shadow of the Wasatch Mountains with her husband, four kids, and three very needy cats. Her love of reading was always a constant during those uncertain years, and her love of writing grew out of that. She wrote reviews and critical essays for many years before turning to fiction, and was surprised at how much she liked it. She loves the fantasy genre and how it stretches the imagination.

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