The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic, by Emily Croy Barker
Even when a book is 87% off, I still check out the sample. But when I literally laugh out loud twice in the first two pages and it’s only $1.99, I have to buy it. I just have to. And then, after I fell in love with it (hashtag insta-love-is-real, hashtag yes-i-know-thats-not-how-hashtags-work), and after I bought it, I happened across a reviewer, moaning in agony: the sequel wasn’t out yet. Nooooooooo!!! [Pops open Google in a panic.] Turns out, things look hopeful.
The author posted on her blog in March. The sequel is coming. And again in May, on Goodreads. Definitely coming. And then the publisher posted this sale–this crazy, wonderful sale–which they like to do to bump demand just before the next one. So, even though the sequel isn’t out yet, all signs point to an announcement soon. And, hey, I’m still on pins and needles for book three of The Kingkiller Chronicle. But I’m not sorry I read the first two. Some things are worth the wait. I’m betting The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic is one of them.
Especially while that bet is only $1.99.
From the Publisher:
Nora Fischer’s dissertation is stalled and her boyfriend is about to marry another woman. During a miserable weekend at a friend’s wedding, Nora wanders off and walks through a portal into a different world where she’s transformed from a drab grad student into a stunning beauty. Before long, she has a set of glamorous new friends and her romance with gorgeous, masterful Raclin is heating up. It’s almost too good to be true.
Then the elegant veneer shatters. Nora’s new fantasy world turns darker, a fairy tale gone incredibly wrong. Making it here will take skills Nora never learned in graduate school. Her only real ally—and a reluctant one at that—is the magician Aruendiel, a grim, reclusive figure with a biting tongue and a shrouded past. And it will take her becoming Aruendiel’s student—and learning magic herself—to survive.