Magic for Liars

Magic for Liars

Ivy Gamble has never wanted to be magic. She is perfectly happy with her life?she has an almost-sustainable career as a private investigator, and an empty apartment, and a slight drinking problem. It's a great life and she doesn't wish she was like her estranged sister, the magically gifted professor Tabitha. But when Ivy is hired to investigate the gruesome murder of a Ivy Gamble has never wanted to be magic. She is perfectly happy with her life?she has an almost-sustainable career as...

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Title:Magic for Liars
Author:Sarah Gailey
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:B07GV95CWZ
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

Magic for Liars Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Jun 30, 2019
    A non-magic (muggle) detective is called to Osthorne Academy for Young Mages (Hogwarts) to investigate the mysterious and gruesome death of one of their teachers. It's also where her sister teaches, so it brings up all sorts of memories and what-ifs for her own life. I would say wit...
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    Dec 04, 2019
    This had a really interesting premise but was more a standard detective novel than a fantasy novel. It was okay, but I wanted more of the fantasy world than was there. ...
  • Aidan
    Mar 29, 2019
    A thrilling, thoughtful, funny, cutting, and heartbreaking mystery. Like Harry Potter meets Mean Girls by way of Broadchurch. ...
  • Emily
    Jul 10, 2019
    I really enjoyed reading this. A mystery set at a magic school is right up my alley, particularly because the detective, Ivy, is distinctively non-magical and has to solve a case at the school where her estranged twin is teaching. I liked Ivy's voice, and I was particularly drawn into ...
  • Darcia Helle
    May 29, 2019
    I love the combination of magic with a PI and a murder case, so I was looking forward to reading this book. Unfortunately, I didn't love the book as much as I love the concept. I have low tolerance for characters (and people) who wallow in self-pity. Ivy, the PI and narrator of this...
  • unknown
    Mar 01, 2019
    Books that are billed as ?like The Magicians? are never like The Magicians in the right ways for me, but this is both like The Magicians in that ?magic is actually kind of weird and gross and real? way, and it?s a compelling whodunnit besides. The solution was perhaps a tad o...
  • Lisa Wolf
    Jun 02, 2019
    Magic For Liars may be set at a school of magic, but we're on notice from the very first page that this is not THAT kind of school: Now they were all downstairs at the welcome-back dinner, an all-staff-all-students meal that marked the end of the first week of classes. They'd joke the...
  • Fiona
    Jun 11, 2019
    This time was going to be different. This time was going to be better. This time, I was going to be enough. Like so many of us readers, Ivy Gamble never had the chance to go to magic school and experience a magical fix for everything wrong in her life. Unlike most of us, she's not r...
  • Sonja Arlow
    Jun 24, 2019
    2.5 stars What a bipolar reading experience this was. Initially I was doubtful that a story set in a magic school would interest me but once I started I REALLY enjoyed it?? until I didn?t. It?s such a pity that Ivy turned out to kill my joy with her incessant whining a...
  • Mari
    Jun 10, 2019
    I gobbled this up in a day and that readability and the premise are definitely the strongest pieces here. It's a mystery set at a magic school, I mean come on. I was sold immediately. The overall experience was good, but not great. Because our protagonist was non-magic, it allowe...
  • Celeste
    Sep 05, 2019
    The cover and synopsis and title of the novel were all immediately intriguing to me. Magic for Liars is a murder mystery on a magical high school campus, told from the perspective of the nonmagical private eye who finds herself on the case. You can see why I was intrigued, right? Noir ...
  • Janet Newport
    Mar 21, 2019
    Thank you NetGalley and Macmillan/Tor-Forge for this arc. I wish I enjoyed this read more than I did. It sounded like it would be right up my alley. But it just missed out for me. I was so irritated with Ivy's self pity through out the book, that I was tempted to give up by 37%. I f...
  • Meredith B.  (readingwithmere)
    May 29, 2019
    4 stars! It might take a little while to get there, but I'll tell you everything, and I'll tell you the truth. As best I can. I used to lie, but when I tell you the story, you'll understand why I had to lie. You'll understand that I didn't have a choice. I just wanted to do my job....
  • Lindsay
    Jul 04, 2019
    Ivy Gamble is a private investigator and completely non-magical. Her twin sister Tabitha is magical and a teacher at a magic school. They have a strained relationship for all sorts of reasons, but bitter envy is definitely one of them. When there's a murder at Tabitha's school and Ivy ...
  • Lata
    Jul 24, 2019
    Ivy Gamble fulfills the trope of noir detective, being a functional alcoholic and a loner, and working a variety of cheating partners and small fraud cases. She also is also still grieving over her mother's death from cancer, her father's pulling away subsequently, and her broken relat...
  • Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    May 07, 2019
    This review can also be found on my blog! I received an ARC from BookishFirst in exchange for an honest review! CW: murder, abortion, cancer, alcohol abuse, and bullying For me, this was a case of coverly love that turned into more intrigue when I read the First Look that Bo...
  • Taryn
    Jun 13, 2019
    I haven't read very many fantasy/mystery mashups, but now I want to scent them all out like a hound dog because this was a fabulous reading experience. I loved the setting of a private school for mages paired with Ivy, the adult outsider narrator, because frankly I can only take so muc...
  • Bee
    Jun 02, 2019
    Magic for Liarsisn't what I expected it to be. I had impressions from other early readers that it would be along the lines of a murder-mystery in Hogwarts, which turned out to be less-than-accurate. Instead,Magic for Liarsis about the lies we tell ourselves, and each other. It is about...
  • Christina - Traveling Sister
    Nov 11, 2019
    2, how did a Veronica Mars/Harry Potter mash up end up flopping so hard stars! Full review featured on my blog Recipe and a Read! Ivy and Tabitha Gamble are twins. They share parents, DNA, a home and a childhood full of beautiful, loving and happy memories. What they don?t sha...
  • Lucille
    Jun 06, 2019
    between 3 and 4, because I loved the idea of this book and the setting, but also because it was not all that surprising to me. I wanted to not see things coming, to be surprised by twists, but I wasn't really. Though might not be the case for everyone! Edit: lowering to 2 because I'...
  • Hiu Gregg
    Aug 12, 2019
    I found this to be a bit of a strange book. It's slow paced in the extreme, and overflowing with mundane description. I'm talking "a few sentences to describe a hand on a doorknob" stuff. And yet... The level of description did mean that it took me a while to fully immerse myself in...
  • Chaima ✨ شيماء
    Mar 18, 2019
    Ivy Gamble is not magic. She will not be whisked away to train in a magician?s school where she will have all the glory her teeth can snatch. She is not the Chosen One, standing over her peers like a towering peak?all the possibilities of life, death, and magic spinning in her h...
  • Alice
    Jun 20, 2019
    First, let me say that I had huge expectations for this. I really enjoyed Sarah Gailey's previous works (I've read both short stories in American hippo) and I've been following them on twitter for a while now and always enjoy what they have to say. I pre-ordered this for more than 20 w...
  • Mellie Antoinette
    Jun 23, 2019
    Magical magicians mysteriously manipulating murderous shenanigans. Possibly perjerous PIs pandering to perilous culminations. In short, this couldn?t have been better if Stephen Fry wrote it! Magical magicians mysteriously manipulating murderous shenanigans. Possibly p...
  • Emily
    Jul 29, 2019
    I desperately wanted to love it. It was a tragedy in the making. First, some things I liked Rahul, the main love interest: He must be protected Magic teenagers being teenagers: YES magic teens would definitely use their magic for the most utterly juvenile things, including lots o...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    Sep 27, 2017
    i absolutely loved this. review to come!! "The Magicians meets Tana French" so hey I haven't actually read either but both sound like My Shit(TM) so yeah this needs to release and be in my hands immediately please serve w morally black characters ...
  • The Captain
    Jun 04, 2019
    Ahoy there me mateys! I received this fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . . I was excited to read this full-length novel from the author who brought us hippo cowboys. This is a murder mystery set in a magical school. Ivy is ...
  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    Jul 31, 2019
    (2.75) Murder mystery in a magical school? Sounds right up my alley! Sadly I ended up being a bit bored. The story simply wasn't very memorable. ...
  • Frank Phillips
    Dec 13, 2019
    3.5 Stars rounded up. Very solid read! This reminded me of a more mature, slightly less fantastical version of Harry Potter, mainly because of the fact this takes place in a school for magic. Our protagonist is what Potter fans would call a muggle, she has no magic, and she is contract...
  • Rumell Khan
    Jul 08, 2019
    I really enjoyed this Mystery Book. I was looking for something like this. I am very satisfied with it. ...