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The Second Half of Life

3.38 of 5 stars 3.38  ·  rating details  ·  13 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Tequila, magic and rock and roll set the stage for midlife rebellion when the Committee for the Disaffected decides that the ancient art of witchcraft is the only way to rev up their boring small-town lives. Aidan, Kathy and Diana soon discover they’re not the only witches in town, and the local coven holds the secret to a cursed stone, inhabited by a demon that will grant ...more
Kindle Edition, 182 pages
Published September 18th 2010 by Botany Books
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Nov 21, 2010 Shelleyrae at Book'd Out rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Shelleyrae by: Sionna Cailey
The Second Half of Life is the story of three friends that find themselves dissappointed with the way their lives have unfolded. Calling themselves the Commitee of the Disaffected, Aiden struggles with intimacy, Kathy yearns for financial security and Diana longs for recognition and, in the local bar, they meet for tequila and commiseration.
Cailey has created protagonists with complex personalities and issues. The women are easy to relate to, especially for women of a certain age who can empath
Purr More, Censor Less
Three dissatisfied woman use witchcraft to grant their deepest desires and change their lives. Each woman has a wish she wants fulfilled revolving around love, wealth, or fame. They discover they can get their wishes granted by conjuring a demon, but they also soon discover that nothing is free -- there is always a price to pay.

As I was reading this book, it occurred to me that the "big picture" progression of this story could be summed up by a few common sayings:

- The beginning: The grass is al
Beth N
The Committee for the Disaffected is described as a search for personal growth and enlightenment usually in the company of tequila and debates. Their story begins with how Aidan, Kathy and Diana came to their disaffected status and how they have previously tried to grow beyond it. Each of these women definitely personify how many people either feel or have felt at some time or another in certain situations. The trials and tribulations of the characters lives are all real situations that people h ...more
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Aidan, Kathy and Diana could be your neighbors. The character’s construction is so real that for some moments I caught myself wondering if Sionna was inspired by real people when writing them. They live in Claiborne, a small country town, and meet at Texas Bob’s, a local mexican restaurant, frequently, and together they’re The Committee of the Disaffected. Each one has their own life story, but they’re kinda at the same page. They tried boo
Mary Grace
The story starts of with a group of three women wanting to find ways of making their life better thus forming the group called Committee of the Disaffected which focuses on witchcraft when they didn't find anything to do anymore. Their venture into witchcraft resulted in knowing about the demon who granted wishes and their deepest desires. They wanted that wish, and they got it. Did their wish gave them happiness or something else?

When I first read the book, I was hooked of how easy to read it w
It took me a couple of chapters to get into this book but one I got passed it I couldn’t stop reading it. I found it an intriguing story
It tells the story of a small town that decides that to brighten up life in their town by introducing witchcraft to its citizens. The main characters Aidan, Kathy and Diana find out that they are not the only people interested in witchcraft in the town and the local coven conceals a secret that could have consequences on all their lives.
Each of the three chara
Alice Yeh
In an ongoing effort to assuage their dissatisfaction with life, Kathy, Aidan, and Diana – the so-called "Committee of the Disaffected" – dabble in one activity after the other. Their quest for that elusive something, that sense of purpose or meaning, eventually leads them to dabbling in witchcraft. At first, I was uncertain as to whether or not this would all be some major hoax, an instance of their minds convincing them that they were indeed commanding things. Then, the demon appeared.

The resu
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