The Line (Witching Savannah, #1)
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The Line (Witching Savannah #1)

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Move over, Sookie Stackhouse—the witches of Savannah are the new talk of the South. Bold, flirty, and with a touch of darkness, debut author J.D. Horn spins a mesmerizing tale of a family of witches . . . and the problem that can arise from being so powerful. As Charlaine Harris’ series winds down—and as Deborah Harkness’ series heats up—Witching Savannah is new contempora...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published February 1st 2014 by 47North
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Ana
Jan 03, 2014 Ana rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: just-ok
I just finished this book and honestly I'm not sure how I feel about it. On one hand, it was entertaining enough to keep me interested to the very end. But on the other hand, I had too many issues with this book that I felt--with a better editing job--would have made such a difference.

In this review, there will be SPOILERS so be forewarned.

The Bad:

First things first, a minor but important issue I had with this book is that I'm not sure the writer knew what he wanted this book to be. Is it youn...more
Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*
Set in Savannah GA this book begins with a family of witches. The main anchor Aunt Ginny has been murdered. Got to find a replacement for her ole hateful ass. So the families converge on Savannah.
Savannah is the perfect setting for this book. A strong family of witches in one of my favorite cities? Heck yes.

At about 40% of the book I got frustrated. I thought it was going to go the love triangle way and I hate that crap. People if your book is good YOU DO NOT NEED THAT!
Luckily, that ended and...more
Robin (Bridge Four)
I got this for free through the Amazon Prime program and I was really only going to read the first chapter or two to get a sense of the book, but then I was totally captivated. Now this could be because I have had an unnatural fascination with Savanna since Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil but in the first few chapters I was totally enthralled with the story.

Mercy is a squib (unshameless use of Harry Potter vernacular), she is the only person in her family without any magical powers.

But...more
Alicia
This is my second five star review and addition to the 'absolute favorites' shelf in a row. What is going on, people?!

I saw The Line on Kindle First and was instantly intrigued. The Savannah setting, the family of witches as a staring cast, and the concept of there being a 'line' that has to be held down around the world to keep the demons away pretty much add up to my idea of a perfect book, and damn if The Line didn't live up to my expectations.

I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical of rea...more
Bibliomancy
After finishing a book, I often wonder why the author felt called to write it. What was it about these particular characters that clamored to have their story told? To me, The Line had a curious emptiness at its heart. It felt as if Horn had made a list of the elements most likely to appeal to readers of paranormal romance–plucky heroine, supernatural world, love triangles, Deep South quirkiness, melodramatic plot twists–and checked them off one by one. I read a few blog posts and interviews wit...more
J. Fenn
In high school I almost always carried around a well-thumbed copy of “The Modern Witch’s Spellbook”, but for me, sadly, none of the spells ever panned out as promised. So I always enjoy a good book about witches and witchery in general, and was very happy to get my hands on an ARC of “The Line” by J.D. Horn. It’s a captivating and enjoyable read. We’re introduced to the graveyards and back alleys of Savannah, itself a main character, as well as a powerful family of witches who have produced the...more
Marc Jentzsch
The book starts far stronger than it finishes, as it descends into expositional monologues, secret princess (witch) wish-fulfillment and generally failing to deliver much witching at all.

The first few chapters drew me in. They were well-done, well-paced and interesting. By the time things really start rolling though, it becomes clear that what little plot there is exists solely to show us how special the main character is.

There is very little world-building, the main character is too passive, an...more
AH
Initial Thoughts: Loved this! I loved the setting (Savannah, Georgia). I loved Mercy and Jilo. I loved the story. Nicely done.

The Review:
Witchcraft, hoodoo, and even Jewish lore combine to create an enthralling narrative. The Line kept me on the edge of my seat with its unexpected twists and turns.

Savannah's paranormal side is brought to light in The Line. The Line is the first book in J.D. Horn's Witching Savannah series. The book focuses on the Taylor family witches, notably fraternal twin s...more
Stephanie Swint
J.D. Horn introduces us to the addicting series 'Witching Savannah' with 'The Line.' This book is set in Savannah, Georgia and the magic that lives there. Mercy is the daughter of a powerful family of society witches, but Savannah is also home to hoodoo root doctors and a bevy of ghosts. Residents are used to the unexpected and unexplainable.

Mercy has a fraternal twin, Maizy. When they were born their mother died bringing Mercy into the world. Mercy barely survived and was born powerless but her...more
Jacob Proffitt
Okay, I got fed up. There are some things broadcast from the very start, and maybe it's just me that I picked up on this, but some story structures are just obvious. And if you're halfway through the book and the obvious hasn't yet been confirmed, denied, or twisted you have a problem.

I'll spoiler tag the rest of this for the sake of people who may be skimming reviews but really, I can't see how you don't see this coming from miles away. And yes, I read a bunch of reviews here seeking out spoile...more
Christal
4.5 stars

AH and I discussed this book for the March installment of our Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge on Badass Book Reviews!

I loved this book! It was a wonderful debut from J.D. Horn and I am actually a little surprised that it is his first book. Don't let the back cover copy fool you though, this really isn't anything like the Sookie Stackhouse books. The Line was a very unique tale is a genre that has been getting a little stale lately.

The Line starts out with main character Mercy Taylo...more
Lucy
Feb 12, 2014 Lucy rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: dnf
I'm bummed.

I was really looking forward to this book. Hailed as the next Sookie Stackhouse, big UF hit. Yeah, not.

I made it about 60% through before I just gave up. Lots of issues with the book, mainly just the hackneyed, cliched plot lines.

Yeah, UF gets old if you read a lot of it, but this wasn't even well-written enough for me, a UF addict, to keep reading.


Our heroine, Mercy, falls flat flat flat. I feel like she just appeared out of nowhere when the book was written. No history, no back s...more
Derek
While The Line started slowly, and felt like it would be predictable, it wasn't, at least not toward the end. The characters that are fully fleshed out are fantastic, but they are few. The feeling that The Line should just be the first section of a much larger book (which is the case for many of these ubiquitous series which are intended from conception to be series- instead of "I think I have another story to tell with these characters, perhaps I'll write a equal") is there, but not as bad as s...more
Kayla Beck
Review originally posted on Bibliophilia, Please.

I must have paid some sort of sacrifice to the god of bestowing wonderful books because I've come across many lately, with J.D. Horn's debut, The Line , being the latest of the bunch. I was worried that I wouldn't like the book, despite it being a paranormal fantasy set in the South. However, the main character, Mercy Taylor, and Horn's excellent writing won me over within the first handful of pages.

Because of Anne Rice, I've noticed that many pe...more
Traci


I'm going to make a confession here and say that I was kind of a snob when I picked this out. And looking back on it, I have absolutely no idea why. The kindle first deals just didn't seem to appeal to me this month, I guess, and I picked the one that seemed like the least of the four evils. Maybe I was just feeling cynical that day, or maybe I am a little more disappointed in my past choices than I really thought. Sometimes males don't write females well, and vice versa, so maybe I was a little...more
Daphne
I give this book 4 stars. The reviews steered me away from reading this with a positive outlook but surprisingly I enjoyed the drama and suspense.
Maisey and Mercy are fraternal twins. Not only are they different in appearance but their power capabilities is a factor. Mercy unfortunately has been treated as a disappointment because she bears no power whatsoever. The thing with this book is the amount of secrets that exists. It can either drive you insane or anchor you to read more.

Enjoyable
Tresa da BookNerdette

So glad I didn’t read the summary available for this book when I grabbed it. I know that’s crazy right, but when I heard about the Unlimited Amazon account I wanted to test it out immediately. So I grabbed the first book I seen, thinking my whispersync wouldn’t work as before but I had to do it. And OMG it worked, so even though I was into another book I was a kid with a bag of candy and it called to me. So I listen to my first audiobook with my new trial unlimited amazon account.

This book had m...more
Cheryl
Mercy Taylor is a tour guide. That is about all she can do. She comes from a family of witches but due to some sick joke Mercy has no powers. That is why she is sneaking off in the middle of the night to see Mother Jilo. She wants Mother Jilo to cast her a love spell. While Mercy does have a crush on her twin sister's boyfriend, Jackson that is not who Mercy wants the spell case on. She wants Mother Jilo to cast a spell on Mercy to fall in love with her childhood friend, Peter. Peter is in love...more
So, I Read This Book Today
Jan 02, 2014 So, I Read This Book Today rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fantasy
Recommended to So, I Read This Book Today by: Kindle First
Who would that old woman have accepted her death from? That’s the Question you need to be askin’.” Mother Jilo, The Line

An atmosphere of lies like that infects and poisons the whole life of a home. In a house like that, every breath that the children take is filled with the germs of evil.
HENRIK IBSEN, A Doll's House

The allure of having unlimited access to power was too hard to resist. If Mercy Taylor had remembered that, had truly thought about it? Well, who knows what pain could have been diver...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review Courtesy All Things Urban Fantasy

I wasn’t sure what to expect from THE LINE. I’d never heard of the author before, but I’ve had a thing for witches since long before a wizard named Harry entered the literary world so I thought why not give it a shot. I’m so glad I did.

THE LINE was a little jarring at the beginning, almost off-putting, because there wasn’t a clear transition between the first chapter and the second. After reading the first few paragraphs of the second chapter I actually we...more
Kara-karina
Joint review with Victoria

Karina:

Well, I'm eating my hat now. First of I didn't like this book, ladies and gents. It took awhile to get used to somewhat detached writing style. The emotional accents were not where I was expecting them. But... in the end the whole experience was awesome. J.D. created a story rich in flavour, intensely atmospheric and full of unexpected twists.


What do you think, V.? What were you initial impressions on the book?


Vika:

Okay, so first impression – I might have fallen...more
Rhonda Stees-marcial
It's witchcraft. Wicked witchcraft.

I've always loved stories about witches. And I enjoyed this one to pieces. That being said the love triangle was way over done. Way, way, way over done. Perhaps, now that the situation is resolved or should I say dissolved, Mercy can find out why her family did such shitty things to her. I haven't seen many of my Goodreads friends review this. I hope some give this a chance.
Kayla
Savannah is my favorite city in the whole world so I may be a little biased, but this book is awesome! From the very beginning I was hooked. Mercy, the narrator, is hosting a ‘liar’s tour’ which is hilarious, especially if you’ve been to the places that she is referencing. Then you learn that Savannah really does play host to powerful magic, spirits and some old world hoodoo. The story is about Mercy ’the disappointment' and her family of powerful witches. Mercy was born without powers, but her...more
Amber
This book is true Southern gothic wrapped in highfalutin Savannah sass. And, oh, is it wicked!

If you're not into love triangles, you're probably not into love pentagrams either. Therefore, this might not be the right book for you. It gets a bit saucy with the swapping, if you know what I mean.

Some things were predictable. Other things made me facepalm. Overall, it was a very enjoyable and entertaining read.

I feel that the author anchored the story with this first book, and I have even higher ho...more
Elaine
It took me half the book to really get into this, but by the second half I was really enjoying it. Part of it is that there are so many characters they don't really get fleshed out until the second half of the book. Also, the actions didn't make total sense until you had straight who the players were.

Still, it was a fun and interesting read, and I would recommend it.
Ian
In a family of powerful witches, Mercy is the one person who has no power. Her twin sister is the golden girl and is expected to take the reins when the matriarch finally dies. But when Mercy visits a Hoodoo Root Witch who steals power to use in love spells and curses, she finds herself in the middle of some serious complications. Her aunt, the matriarch is brutally murdered and she suspects her death was a part of blood spell performed by the Root witch.

With nobody she can trust she needs to f...more
Deb
I chose The Line as my free Kindle read from Amazon Prime this month, more because it was the only one of the choices that sounded a little bit interesting. I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it, and that I enjoyed it well enough to be interested in reading the next book in the series.

Mercy Taylor and her twin sister Maisy are members of an important witch family in Savannah, Georgia. Their aunt Ginny Taylor is an "anchor", a witch chosen by lot to help "hold the line" against demons. Whe...more
Patricia


Move over Sookie there is a new girl in tow. Let me introduce you to Mercy Taylor , part of the Taylor witches of Savannah. She is the normal girl in the family a set of fraternal twins . She has now powers what so ever. So she thinks. Mercy is torn between two men, the man she has grown up with and her sister's boyfriend. So off to see Jilo, the local hoodoo priestess . For a love spell to make her feeling for Peter stronger , and get rid of the feelings for Jackson . She suddenly she finds ou...more
Jennuineglass
Want a fast read? Want to sate your lust for humid southern nights, eclectic families, a little hoodoo and a decently written take on the structure of the witching world and it's families? Then this book is perfect for you. It does not have the somber weight or completeness of The Witching Hour, but falls into the same genre...Witching Light if you will. It a lighthearted mash-up of Gilmore Girls meets Ann Rice. I am putting down $5 right now that this will be picked up and turned into a cable/N...more
Monet
I received this audio book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

It was absolutely wonderful.

The story reminded me a lot of the Sookie Stackhouse series meets the House of Night series.

The main character, was likable and at times lovable. Though I was frustrated with how oblivious or naive she was at times. The family dynamics in the story were fantastic. It was an entertaining mixture of the crazy relatives, the strict and overbearing relatives, and the loving nurturing members in ones own f...more
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JD Horn was raised in rural Tennessee, and has since carried a bit of its red clay in him while travelling the world, from Hollywood, to Paris, to Tokyo. He studied comparative literature as an undergrad, focusing on French and Russian in particular. He also holds an MBA in international business and worked as a financial analyst before becoming a novelist. When not writing he is likely running, a...more
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