Alexa Pearce looks like a regular librarian at the Central Library in Portland, Oregon. But she’s hiding a secret. One that if exposed, could allow a great evil to take over the world.I Am Not Alexa Pearce Synopsis
On top of searching for the key to stop earth’s destruction, balancing her job at the library, a social life, and the beginnings of her own romance, Alexa can hardly remember which secrets she’s keeping and which lies she’s telling.
Can Alexa find what she’s looking for in time?
The first installment in an innovative original magical realism trilogy, My Name Is Not Alexa Pearce, will leave you breathless as it cycles in and out of suspense, drama, humor, and twists so unexpected that not even Alexa can see them coming.
So this is the first book that I am reviewing where the author contacted me. All the other ARCS I have requested. As such there was always the risk that this would be a book I wouldn’t enjoy. And this is both accurate and not.
First I’m not sure about the classification, is it magical realism, or urban fantasy, I’m not sure. It’s not really the type of magical realism I am drawn towards but definitely has the urban fantasy tropes I like.
Overall I really liked the major plot line and most of the characters. Milo reminded me so much of Oberon from the Iron Druid Chronicles. That was great cause they are both the best boys ever! I loved Mickey and Cali’s lesbian relationship. Darius is a nasty bad guy who you also could maybe hold a flame for.
I have to say for me personally I wasn’t really into the romance arc in this book, but that’s a “me” thing. In general, I’m not a major fan of cishet romance ins my fantasy books. It’s the reason I stopped reading The Mortal Instruments series.
The writing in the beginning didn’t really connect with me, it felt raw and unpolished. But, I’m glad I persisted, as it really improved, especially when we were in the third person perspective chapters. Anyone who knows me and reads here, knows I don’t like split perspectives. In this case they benefited to style.
Overall, I think while this book isn’t for me, I can see the merit in it and can definitely see others liking it. For a self-published book, it’s better than many.
I give it 3 stars.
My Name Is Not Alexa Pearce by Kerri McLoone is out 7 May 2019. You can preorder it at Amazon.
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A Review Copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers in exchange for an honest review.