Today’s my stop on the Blog Tour hosted by the wonderful The Write Reads for The KC Warlock Weekly: Accused by M.N. Jolley! This was the bronze medal finalist in the 2021 BBNYA competition, there’s some more information about BBNYA near the bottom of this post if you’re interested. Thank you to the TWR and BBNYA teams for organizing this blog tour and providing me with the materials for it.
This was one of the books that I read for BBNYA and it ended up being one of my favourite reads of the year! Be sure to check out the information on BBNYA at the bottom of this post because signing up to become a panelist might just introduce you to a new favourite book.
Author: M.N. Jolley
Publisher: Independently Published
Publication Date: November 3, 2020
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Length: 248 Pages
From Goodreads: My name is Levi. I’m a journalist, I’m autistic, I’m bad at magic, and I swear I didn’t kill her.
Research for the paper usually falls into a few basic patterns. Someone in the city says there’s a troll under Buck O’Neil Bridge, or they’ll call just so a friendly ear will listen to them complain about a pixie infestation.
That sort of content carries me through slow news weeks. It’s rare that I uncover a murder.
Being framed for murder, though? That’s a first.
With the Wizard’s Council hunting me for a crime I didn’t commit, I’ve got no choice but to solve the murder and clear my name. If I don’t unravel this case, nobody will, and I’ll go down for it so hard I might never see the light of day again
I didn’t know what to expect when I went into this book, but I am so grateful that I got to read it because it ended up being one of my favourite reads from the later part of last year.
The KC Warlock Weekly: Accused follows Levi, a normal guy who runs a newspaper. The catch is, his newspaper reports on magical things, a world that he didn’t intend on getting himself mixed up with. In this book, he also happens to get himself accidentally tied up with a murder and now he’s on the run, trying to prove his innocence while trying to solve the murder. This book was an action-packed, wild ride, that had me hooked from the beginning and desperately wanting to know what happened next.
I really liked the main character in this book. I liked reading about him scrambling around, trying to solve the mystery to clear his name. I liked his personality, and I definitely want to read more books that feature him. I also liked that this book had autistic rep in it, though I cannot comment on the quality of the rep.
I liked the world building in this book. Urban fantasy is my second preferred type of fantasy (middle-grade being my first choice) and I thought this book fell excellently into the urban fantasy category. This book takes place in our world, and I liked learning about the hidden magical world that co-exists secretly with the normal world. I liked how the magical community all knows each other, and I also liked the idea of magic existing in plain sight.
I also liked the mystery aspect of this book. I’m a fan of mysteries in general and the mystery in this book did not disappoint. I liked following Levi as he followed the clues, trying to put the story together. I liked watching him fall deeper and deeper into a world he didn’t know existed, uncovering secrets that he wasn’t supposed to discover.
I also liked that there was a tiny bit of romance in this book with Levi and Ben. I enjoyed their scenes together, I enjoyed how they worked together, and I’m hoping that Ben shows up again in the sequel.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I definitely recommend it. I’m hoping to read the second book in this series soon and I am so grateful that this book came into my life.
Rating: 4 Stars!
M N Jolley is a creative professional born and raised in Kansas City, where he still lives. Working with a background in film and cinematography, he began writing seriously in 2016 and has recently completed “The Stone Warrior”, the first book in “The Sacrosanct Records”.
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