Author: Maggie Lehrman
Published by: Balzer + Bray, May 12, 2015
Format/Source: E-Arc provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
The Cost of All Things was an interesting book, but for me, it was just okay. I enjoyed this book, but not as much as I thought I would or wanted too. This book has a lot to do with magic and the consequences of using it. Each of the characters has had to deal with consequences of using spells, or people around them using spells. The multiple points of view actually worked well with this story, but I found that I didn’t really connect with most of the characters.
The story is told by Ari, Kay, Markos, and Win. I think I would have liked this book more if I had actually felt a connection to any of the characters. They were all kind of messed up and very flawed. They all have their issues and are trying to deal with them in all the wrong ways.
Ari is probably the closest thing this book has to a main character. The book starts and ends with her point of view. Right from the first chapter, we find out that Win is dead and Ari is getting a spell to forget him. She has used spells before and is warned not to use more than one permanent spell or the side effects would be much worse. Naturally, she doesn’t listen and after taking the new spell, she loses something very important to her. She then has to be around all of the people who love and miss Win. She does not remember missing him because he doesn’t really exist to her anymore. I didn’t like that she chose to forget Win. It’s hard to go through the bad times, but to lose the good times would be so much worse.
Kay, was probably my least favorite character. She is so desperate for friends that she takes a beauty spell and then another to keep Ari and Ari’s best friend Diane close to her, which on more than one occasion, puts them both in danger. She was for most of the book, very vain and not a very nice person. You don’t make friends by forcing people to be around you, it never works out well.
Markos is the kind of character who would be described as a player. He knows he is and isn’t ashamed of it. He was also Win’s best friend and misses him terribly. He is very much affected by Win’s death and doesn’t understand why Ari is pushing him away, when they should be helping each other.
Win is known to be dead, from the beginning, so his chapters are used to set up the scene of his death. You find out his state of mind and what lead to his death. You also get a glimpse into his relationship with Ari, which is helpful because she can’t do that anymore. It also gives a glimpse into his friendship with Markos and his role in the whole magic stuff happening in the story.
The characters were interesting, but I didn’t really care for any of them. As for their flaws, they do all have the opportunity to redeem themselves. There are some twists in this book that were entertaining and pretty interesting. The last 20% of the book was the best part, but I felt like the ending was too laid back and just didn’t work for me, but it does wrap up fairly well.
The writing was pretty good and the story did manage to keep my attention. The characters were interesting and the story was entertaining. Overall, this was an okay story that I think a lot of people will enjoy.