REVIEWED by Christie
TITLE: I am Magical
SERIES: magnifiqueNoir: Book 1
AUTHOR: Briana Lawrence
PUBLISHER: Sewn Together Reflections
LENGTH: 423 Pages
RELEASE DATE: September 30th, 2017
“The revolution will be magical” There’s a city. It’s like most other cities. Buildings. People. Monsters who can destroy sidewalks by vomiting acid onto the ground, and an elite group of black, queer, magical girls who work to put those monsters in their place. See? Just like most other cities. Bree Danvers would’ve compared it to a video game, maybe a cartoon or comic book, except black girls are rarely the heroines of the story. But there her heroine stood, plus size and wonderful, rocking a dazzling amount of purple and defeating monsters with galactic sparkles. Galactic Purple, that was her name, and soon, Bree was joining her on a magical adventure full of transformations and after school battles to defend a city like most other cities. And soon, others would join them, and each one would be magical in their own way… give or take a few bumps on the acid covered ground.
Okay, so I have been a fan of Briana Lawrence for a few years. And, when an opportunity came about to review her latest release titled I am Magical: magnifiqueNOIR book 1, I snatched it up right away. Especially since I already had a good idea of what it would be about. If you have read any of my other reviews, you know that I am exclusively an MM Romance reviewer. But, Briana’s I am Magical was my exception. I am glad to have made such a deviation, because this book was great! Think comic book, but in novel form with some art interspersed. Each book in the magnifiqueNOIR series will center around one of four powerful, plus sized, queer, black, magical girls. And, I am Magical is Galactic Purple’s story.
Bree Danvers cannot believe her eyes. Right in front of her is Galactic Purple, a strong, plus sized, queer, black, magical girl, about to take her on the adventure of her life. It seems like something straight out of a video game, to be honest. But, here they are, teaming up with other magical girls to defeat monsters and defend the city. I am Magical is an epic adventure thru a comic book-like universe filled with acid vomiting monsters, tons of sparkles, and an elite group of plus sized, black, queer, magical girls who protect the city.
Briana Lawrence’s conversational style worked well with the fantastical story, and I look forward to the coming books in the series. Another important thing about the magnifiqueNOIR series is that there are really no black, female superheroes out there, but here they are in this series. They are also plus sized and queer, which is also unheard of in the superhero realm. So honestly, I would call I am Magical a groundbreaking story. One that is empowering on many levels. Especially for queer, black, plus sized women who have been told time and again that the ideal superhero is male, thin, and entirely straight.