Book Review: Kill it With Magic by J.A. Cipriano

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Book Review: Kill it With Magic by J.A. CiprianoKill It With Magic by J.A. Cipriano
Series: The Lillim Callina Chronicles #1
on September 22nd 2014
Narrator: Rebecca Roberts
Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
Genres: Fantasy & Magic
Pages: 189
Source: AudioBook Reviewer
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Sixteen-year-old Lillim Callina is good at two things: running away and magic.

Now, Lillim's half-demon ex-boyfriend is contacting her for help, she has somehow gotten herself mixed up in a kidnapping, and her long-dead rival has risen from the grave.

So when a dragon plotting to take over the world offers her a choice: Work for him or else.

Lillim Callina is going to choose else.


My thoughts

What a strange story. I expected to check and see that this was part two or even three of a series but it is part one.

This story has Lillim working with werewolves, and then she’s against vampires, but then demons and even dragons. I do know that all of these creatures can be in fantasy books, and sometimes they make fabulous stories, but it seemed way too convoluted for this one.

Then, Lillim tells her stories as in she was doing such and such way back then. Or the fact that she was the other person in another life. That’s all great but how did this stuff happen and why? I never felt like I understood her story and never cared if she lived or died while fighting all of these mystical creatures. There was no real connection because it is sort of flat.

The narrator does a great job of acting the way the book says Lillim would act, but again, the story says that she will or will not do something and I would rather just feel it than be told how something is supposed to go. Rebecca Roberts does do a good job of inserting emotion into Lillim and allowing the listening to try to get close to her.

Sadly, for me this was just too far fetched. Way too much stuff going on and too many characters to understand why they were in the story.

The Author


When J. A. Cipriano was in second grade, his teacher gave everyone in class a journal to write down whatever they wanted. Their first subject was to write about something they didn’t like. J. A. chose to write about why he didn’t like writing. His reasoning was simple. He had bad handwriting. Even then, he was destined to be an engineer due to his messy scrawl.

Unfortunately, he found through the course of this little adventure that he actually liked writing. That year was sort of the high point for his writing career because he won a writing contest for the state. He got to go to a big dinner and his teacher was all dressed up.

He kept writing little stories, year after year, and in sixth grade, won another contest. In seventh grade, he broke his arm and got the cast signed by both Dean Koontz and Stan Lee. It is, by far, the coolest cast he’s owned. That was about the time he found video games and anime. His writing turned mostly toward fanfiction until about ninth grade when he wrote his first novel, a small book about twenty thousand words called Revelations. In sophomore year, he wrote two more books to complete the trilogy because he saw Star Wars that year and learned trilogies were the cool thing to do.

He rewrote Revelations during his senior year, and his wife swears it is the best thing he’s written. J.A. is not so sure. Every time he reads it, he cringes, but then again, he hates everything he writes, so there is that.

It was about that time, he got heavily involved in a fanfiction writing group, but that isn’t one hundred percent accurate. It was a world based on a popular anime but everything was created especially for this world. It made it so that every story someone wrote was unique.

Imagine writing a Star Wars novel set 1,000 years after A New Hope, where everything that happened was a distant memory and you get the idea. You have the force, some distant memories of the past, and that’s pretty much it.

He wrote about a million words (863K to be exact) for them before he decided to do his own thing. He wrote another novel. He put it in a drawer. He wrote another one that eventually became the basis for The Hatter is Mad. His next novel was Kill It With Magic, his first real novel. It’s not bad, but it’s bumpy. This is unfortunate because the books get loads better as the series progresses.

Since then, he’s written six more novels, four of which are in the Lillim Callina Series, and one in the Abby Banks series. The other is stuck in a drawer for time undetermined. He’s writing his next book now which is about werewolves fighting mummies in Ancient Egypt. After that, he will move onto Abby Banks 2. The Spy Within will come out in June or July.

J.A. also has three chinchillas. Two of them are grey, and because of this, they are named Slate and Cadmium. The third is named Jet because he’s black, and Jet is old English for black. See, creative. He also has a cat named Turtle. This does pose problems for his two-year-old from time to time.

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