Okay, the first month of Keishon’s TBR challenge. I’m not setting my goals too high. I figure if I do one book a month, I’m doing well. I’m going to use the same format for my posts that I used for the old TBR challenges I hosted here, with a few additions to the format.

Title: Magic Lost, Trouble Found

Author: Lisa Shearin

Year published: 2007

Genre: Urban fantasy/Fantasy

Why did you get this book?
I have no idea. I think it was because I saw it discussed on Linnea Sinclair’s yahoo group, but I’m not sure. I may have had it before then. It’s the genre/type of book I’d pick up on my own.

Do you like the cover?
Eh. I will say that the cover wouldn’t have drawn me to this book in the bookstore, as some covers do.

Did you enjoy the book?
I did!

Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again?
I believe this was the author’s debut book and I’ll definitly be buying the sequel, Armed and Magical, which releases next month. I’m kind of glad I waited so long to read it so I don’t have to wait too long for the next release. Waiting a year in between releases is murder. I would have preferred to have the next book immediately, because I’m impatient like that, but I suppose I can stand waiting a little over a month if I’m forced to!

Are you keeping it or passing it on?
I actually have two versions of this book. A dead tree version and an ebook. I got the dead tree format first, but I quickly realized I’m much more likely to read it in ebook. So I’ll keep the ebook version and pass the paper version on.

Why did you wait so long to read it?
You know, I think I’ve started it and put it down a few times, but never got past the first few lines. I have no idea why but I think part of that has to do with originally owning it in paper format.

Anything else?
I know a lot has been said recently about the popularity of urban fantasy and I have to admit, it’s my preferred reading at this point. I see mostly romance for work, so I get burnt on reading straight romance. And I’ve always loved paranormal. Even 20 years ago when I had to scrounge for every paranormal I could find, it was my favorite. That hasn’t changed. But I’ve also loved fantasy as long as I can remember. David Eddings? Still one of my favorite authors of all times. So books like this satisfy my love of romances, with their romantic undertones, and my love of paranormal and my adoration of fantasy. To me, they’re like the perfect blend of all my favorite things in books, which includes a touch of mystery and suspense. I think that’s part of why they’re so popular–they can be many things to many people, they blend many genres and hook the reader into a new world.

Anyway, I’m giving Magic Lost, Trouble Found by Lisa Shearin a recommended read and will report back on the next book, Armed and Magical. In the spirit of the TBR challenge, since Keishon has offered up a great prize for the duration of the challenge, I’ll send a copy (a new copy straight from Amazon) to one person who comments on this blog post between now and Sunday (the 23rd). If you’re overseas, I’ll send you an ebook copy via Fictionwise. You just have to comment here and tell me what you love about urban fantasy or, if you’ve already read this book, what you love about this book in particular, and I’ll pre-order you a copy of Armed and Magical instead!

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