Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

The Master Magician (The Paper Magician Book 3) -  Charlie Holmberg

I shouldn't have read it (and I think I read it so quickly to get it over with).


It just... disappointed me... and I think more so than the other two.


I wanted to love this series, but it wasn't the fast-paced, magic-filled, steampunk that I expected it to be from it's book descriptions.  Instead it was a romance through-and-through, with the other stuff coming across as merely an after-thought.


Made even worse by the fact that she seems to think she is the only one that is allowed to break the rules (she seemed very shocked when she read in an article that a lady magician had been caught the year previous having an affair with her student) and is quick to judge - and even wound with hateful angry words - anyone... well, anyone outside of her and her teacher.


Her attitude - that of a fourteen year old, and not the twenty year old she's supposed to be - never changed, and at the happy ending of this book, I couldn't be happy for her.  When she was being injured or chased or threatened or whatever, I just couldn't be sad for her or worried for her.  I just didn't like her.  At all.  And found myself caring for the people around her... and even the bad guys, at least a little bit... but never her.