Book Name: Booked for Murder (Vigilante Magical Librarians #1)
Author: R.J. Blain
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Publication date: August 18th, 2020
Published By: Pen & Page Publishing
Book Acquired: ARC, Xpresso Blog Tours
Life as a bodyguard and driver for the rich, famous, and powerful is dangerous on a good day, and after sustaining a crippling injury while on duty, Janette’s left with few options. Having signed a ‘for life’ contract but unable to work, she uses her skills to disappear.
Her new life as a librarian suits her. Nobody cares she limps and sometimes requires a cane to walk. She’s wanted for her knowledge, not her lethal magic. She’s surrounded by books, a woman’s best friend.
But when her former employer’s best friend is murdered on the steps of her library, old loyalties and secrets might destroy her—or set her free.
Teaming up with her co-workers to find the killer might keep her from being booked for murder, but unless she’s careful, she’ll find out exactly how far her ex-boss will go to reclaim what is rightfully his.
Her. For life.
It took me a while to understand the story. The initial chapters has a lot of background which is needed as the new magical world is difficult to understand. I couldn’t understand between adepts, mundanes and the magical rating at first but once you start reading the book, it sucks you right in.
What intrigued me the most is the dual personality that the protagonist lives in, Janette from the present and the Janette from the past. In the past, we see Janette as a strong bodyguard who drives the fastest cars with precision and is loyal to her boss. The present Janette is colourfully dressed librarian with funky glasses and a cane with a cat.
Nobody can recognize her, and that’s what she wants. This new life was solely created so that she can live away from a for-life contract between her ex-boss and her parents. But what I loved is the clash of Janette’s two worlds.
When her boss shows up at the steps of the library she works at, investigating his friends murder, Janette doesn’t know what to do. In order to not be found, she tries her best to stay hidden under the stairs but soon her boss Bradley finds her. They both in different ways start investigating the case all the while arguing with each other.
I also loved the dynamo that Janette has with the various characters. The author has done well in merging the personalities of Janette and given us a new Janette to look at. The most fascinating things among all is the magical percentage that allows different people to use magic differently. This is one of the first books that I’ve read with this plot and it’s brilliant.
There are parts in the book that are a bit too draggy but overall, its a great book that I enjoyed reading. Lots of investigative questions are asked and the answers are yet to come. I cannot wait to read the next book that answers all my questions! This book is perfect for those who want to escape from reality and join in Janette’s magical world that is full of mystery.