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July 18, 2013

Loved It: Celebromancy by Michael R. Underwood + Giveaway

Series: Ree Reyes 2
Format: eGalley
Release Date: July 15, 2013
Publisher: Pocket Star
Source: Pubisher via Edelweiss
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Fame has a magic all its own in the no-gossip-barred follow-up to Geekomancy. Ree Reyes gets her big screenwriting break, only to discover just how broken Hollywood actually is.

Things are looking up for urban fantasista Ree Reyes. She’s using her love of pop culture to fight monsters and protect her hometown as a Geekomancer, and now a real-live production company is shooting her television pilot script.

But nothing is easy in show business. When an invisible figure attacks the leading lady of the show, former-child star-turned-current-hot-mess Jane Konrad, Ree begins a school-of-hard-knocks education in the power of Celebromancy.

Attempting to help Jane Geekomancy-style with Jedi mind tricks and X-Men infiltration techniques, Ree learns more about movie magic than she ever intended. She also learns that real life has the craziest plots: not only must she lift a Hollywood-strength curse, but she needs to save her pilot, negotiate a bizarre love rhombus, and fight monsters straight out of the silver screen. All this without anyone getting killed or, worse, banished to the D-List.




Once again, Michael R. Underwood gives us major ball-busting action courtesy of her queer, latina, super Geekomancer, Ree Reyes, in his latest urban fantasy, CELEBROMANCY. If you've read Geekomancy, expect to find the same level of fandom in CELEBROMANCY if not more, as MRUnderwood expertly weaves countless pop culture movers and shakers in this latest Ree Reyes installment.

In CELEBROMANCY, Ree Reyes tries her hand in carving a niche for herself as a screenwriter in Hollywood when her story, Awakenings, got picked up for a TV series by permanent tabloid fixture, Jane Konrad, hoping that the series will revive her failing career. Unfortunately there's more to Jane's infamy, apparently Jane is cursed after an attempt on being the ultimate Celebromancer failed. Jane coveted the title America's Sweetheart but her plans were thwarted when the current title holder, Rachel Mackenzie, found out what she was up to. Since then every time Jane uses her Celebromancy magic it backfires, landing her in the covers of every tabloid and gossip show, fueling her infamy and descent to has-been-dom. With Ree's help, Jane is now trying to lift the curse but there's more to it than a simple ritual as the two quickly discovers.
Celebromancy is a strange style, both complex and simple. Put simply, adoration in becomes your power out, but each star's persona is distinct enough that there are as many Celebromancies as there are practicioners.

Celebromancer: Your power comes from being seen, known, and thought about. And whoever controls the images people think about controls the power.
Hats-off to MRUnderwood for his imagination.

Hats-off to MRUnderwood for being the ultimate geek! As I've mentioned in Geekomancy, my handicap lies in my limited knowledge about fanboys and what stirs their soul. Star Wars alone is a universe in itself and to master its ins and outs will max out the hard drive which is my brain. And for MRUnderwood to employ that along with numerous other pop culture staples and still make it accessible to "normal" folk like me is plain genius in my opinion. Ree Reyes every fanboy's wet dream and the poster child for every boy and girl who had dreamt of getting "Inkhearted" into their favorite story.

The world-building is simply spectacular. It's familiar because it's inspired by every famous game, movie, series, etc. that managed to have a cult following. It's complex because how does one bring it all together and have it make sense at the same time? The fight scenes are exceptional however my limited knowledge on various "fu" had me struggling on some parts. In my head, when Ree was going at it with gorillas, orcs and the like, I see her as a grown-up playing make believe in the sandbox. It's cute and ridiculous, depends on how you look at it, but nevertheless, it's sweeping and very entertaining. I guess I still have some Doubt left in me. I'll work on that later.

The guest stars are quint-essential Hollywood. Jane Konrad represents every young Hollywood actress who shot out to fame only to burn brighter as the sun on their way down the steep hills of Mount Lee with commemorative mug shots to help them remember the pinnacle of their infamy. Rachel Mackenzie is your older, much established, snobby multi-awarded actress who refuses to "pass on" the crown to the next IT girl. Alex Winters, the annoying gossip blogger, is very Perez H. with his inflated reporting and misplaced arrogance. These three embodied most people's stereotypes about Hollywood and IMO, it helped make CELEBROMANCY fangirl friendly and accessible to people like me who are not familiar with the other universes like Star Wars, Marvel, D.C., D&D, etc.

Ree is the ultimate pin-up girl for fanboys and her brief F/F liaison with Jane will add more points to her charisma and popularity. She still kicks ass and her witty comebacks and snarky one-liners are a joy to behold. Despite being surrounded by fake, plastic, popularity, Ree is still the same person she was in Geekomancy albeit more knowledgeable about other magic. I sure had a blast reading her fight scenes especially when she channeled Trinity. That was good! Moving to her personal life, I wonder which way she'll swing in the next novel (to stay or not to stay in the lady pond) plus the storyline that's Ree's mom is still looming, I'm anxious to read how that will go down.

CELEBROMANCY is fast-paced and action-filled novel and FUN to the nth level! MRUnderwood's imagination is a class on its own and I'm hoping that both Geekomancy and CELEBROMANCY become graphic novels. Now I'm probably the least qualified person to review Michael R. Underwoood's work because his world is so cool I can't give it justice. To conclude: Ree Reyes is a heroine I know a lot of you will love so please do me a favor and read it!


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9 comments:

  1. Thanks for the fun post and giveaway! I'm dying to read this series :) Love the look and the blurb! The answer is:Major Fantasy Rockstar Brandon Sanderson

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  2. Major Fantasy Rockstar Brandon Sanderson

    I read book one of this series and loved it!! So glad to see book two is out *happy dance*

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  3. Love the sound of a fun and action packed book

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  4. I remember reading your review for Geekomancy and thinking that I needed to read it soon. Must read this follow-up too! Heroine sounds very cool.

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    1. And Brandon Sanderson at ALA! LOL! Just saw the question. Love that Mary Robinette Kowal narrated the audio version of his books.

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    2. Yeah, go read it! I think you'll get a kick out of it. It's like a parody or something if you want to look at it in a humorous angle.

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  5. I still have Geekomancy on my wishlist from reading your review :3 & this review just makes me want to start the series now even more!

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  6. Major Fantasy Rockstar is Brandon Sanderson. Thanks for the giveaway.

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