Author: Laura Anne Gilman
Published: Luna Books, 2010
Summary: Welcome to P.U.P.I.—Private, Unaffiliated, Paranormal Investigations
A handpicked team trained to solve crimes the regular police can't touch—crimes of magic.
My name's Bonnie Torres. Recent college grad, magic user and severely unemployed. Until I got a call out of nowhere to interview for a job I hadn't applied for. It smelled fishy, but the brutal truth was I needed the work—so off I went.
Two days later I'm a PUPI—me and Nick, Sharon, Nifty and Pietr. Five twentysomethings, thrown into an entirely new career in forensic magic.
he first job we get is a doozy: proving that the deaths of two Talents were murder, not suicide. Worse, there are high-profile people who want us to close up shop and go away. We're sniffing out things they'd rather keep buried.
Looks as if this job is gonna get interesting. The only problem is, we're making it up as we go along… (Taken from Goodreads)
Thoughts: The premise of Hard Magic sounded so good that I was really excited to read it. I did find that the book didn’t really focus on the mystery aspect as much as it just set up the characters and the setting for more books in the series.
I think my biggest problem with Hard Magic was that it starts off slowly and builds up the story and it takes a really long time to get to the main plot of the story.
I liked the characters. At this point I’m not sure I have a favourite but I would absolutely love to find out more about the characters as the series progresses. I love how all of the main characters have an air of mystery about them as it adds an extra layer to the whole story.
I thought that the mystery was really interesting. The way that they used magic to solve a crime involving magic was really intriguing.
The end wasn’t too bad but I have to say that there were a couple of things I felt weren’t explained but overall it wasn’t the worst ending I’d ever read.
I did enjoy Hard Magic but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. However, the book has peaked my interest in the series and I know that I’ll definitely be continuing on with these books.