The Paper Magician

Charlie N. Holmberg

“His heart is still worth something to me. A heart that’s known love is stronger than one that hasn’t, did you know that?”


The Paper Magician didn’t pull me in right away. Put did it surely after a few chapters.   If you like magical words with romance this is the read for you. If you don’t, look elsewhere. You know I don’t like romance stories, but this one caught me by surprise.

I didn’t go looking for The Paper Magician, in a way it found me, thanks to Amazon and Prime Reading. It was free, the cover looked cool, so I read it. It the first in a series called The Paper Magician series. There are three books, I probably won’t go on to read them.

Keeping in line with the family friendliness of this months theme, this is a perfect book to read among friends or sisters. If I had a sister we would most defiantly be reading this whole series together, but I don’t.

As exciting as the book was, it was rushed. Ceony Twill has recently graduated from a magical academy and must bind with an element, of which she will become an expert in. There are a few to choose from, but sadly due to lack of folders, paper magicians, she is assigned to paper.

Before you know it she is unpacking her bags in her new home where she will be an apprentice to the charming paper magician Emery Thane. Thane gives off strong vibes of a mature Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle. If you have read that book, you will appreciate Thane. Thane has a past that caught Ceony and myself by surprise. She discovers her love for as she recuses his heart, literally, from his killer ex. 

I know, I know, it sounds silly. The Paper Magician was a cute and sweet read. I wish it were better so I could recommend it without guilt. It was like when someone is really really excited to tell you something and they talk a mile a minute. Besides feeling rushed, I loved the magical system of this story. I want to know more about how it all works. Where does a paper magician find a place in this world? Why did people turn away from folding? I need answers, but not badly enough to keep reading.

The Paper Magician is a book I somewhat recommend. If you are looking for an easy read or something to read but not get too invested in–read this. 

Besides loving the magical system and the cute storyline, there wasn’t much to this read. I liked it, but didn’t love it. I love YA, but this one felt a tad more childish than others  I have read. Maybe it was the love story, perhaps it was me? We will never know.

Have you read this book or the series? Should I keep reading? Have any recommendations for me? Tell me below!


  1. Kacey Lewis

    I own all three of these books (also thanks to Amazon’s daily deals) but haven’t read them. You’re the first person that I know of to read them, and I really enjoyed your review. Now I know that I don’t have to rush into reading them, that they’re a “if you get to them one day” series, so thank you!

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