This is the first Liss MacCrimmon mystery I've read. I was looking for a cozy mystery at the library and saw this on the shelf. I liked the title (I'm...moreThis is the first Liss MacCrimmon mystery I've read. I was looking for a cozy mystery at the library and saw this on the shelf. I liked the title (I'm a real Halloween fan) and the book cover, so thought I'd try it out.
It was an enjoyable read, and even though I've never read any of the previous books in the series, I felt I got to know the MC pretty well. The setting is well-detailed, making it easy to "see" the various places the MC frequented, especially the mansion that is essential to the story.
I was unsure why the author chose to have so much time pass by. So much of the story takes place before and on Halloween, then suddenly months skip by. It made the pace feel off. I had the "mystery" figured out pretty quickly, which only added to the pace feeling off.
I really enjoyed one of the side characters introduced in the story. Boxer Snipes was a mystery, himself, worth following.
This was a very quick read, and I would give it 3 stars if it weren't for the not-very-stellar character building.
The premise sounded interesting. A...moreThis was a very quick read, and I would give it 3 stars if it weren't for the not-very-stellar character building.
The premise sounded interesting. A girl, born a vampire, is going out into the world and entering high school, to learn how to fit into the human world. There's not any reason provided as to why she wasn't learning how to fit into the human world before 17 years of age. Maybe mom didn't feel the girl was able to exercise self-control until then. What started out as an interesting premise quickly turned into a tormented story of a girl torn between two guys.
The main character is rather naive, which is believable, up to a point. What isn't believable is that mom seems to have no concern about what her daughter is doing. This was a person who kept her daughter sheltered all these years and now she barely cares at all?!? Huh?!?!
The development of all the characters is rather weak and cliche. I couldn't build any empathy for Alice, the MC. Kai, the clingy, obsessive love interest, was not very likable. Max, the hunky interest, was shallow, and only slightly more likable than Kai. I think if more time had been spent on developing a few levels of complexities into these characters, the story would be much stronger and more interesting.
I enjoyed this more than the 2nd book in the series. The author seemed to have gotten back on track more with the main plot, and the threads were all...moreI enjoyed this more than the 2nd book in the series. The author seemed to have gotten back on track more with the main plot, and the threads were all wrapped up rather nicely. Gwen, the MC, felt like she had grown, and wasn't the girl who acted much younger than her years. There was lots of adventure, mystery, unexpected twists (maybe not completely unexpected, but very well done) and the characters were interesting to follow.(less)
Lily has a secret she values over everything else in her life. Meeting Henry, an officer of the law, and a man that has been enthralled by her from a...moreLily has a secret she values over everything else in her life. Meeting Henry, an officer of the law, and a man that has been enthralled by her from a distance for quite some time, puts her and that secret at great risk. Should she risk getting closer to him and possibly lose everything, including her freedom, or should she stay true to her plans to find a safe haven?
The author has created an interesting Steampunk version of Victorian England, that felt gritty and oppressive, with fantastical mechanical devices, that made for a great background for the dilemma our main characters find themselves in. What Lily holds secret is considered dangerous by others and is illegal. As noted in one of my favorite lines, "...rules troubled the good and bad alike, little caring what reasons might put them under its weight." This theme is played throughout the story, while the potential lovers struggle with their feelings and what is right and wrong.
Lily is well drawn out, with strengths that felt realistic for her time period and situation. Henry, her male counterpart, brought a nice Yang balance to the story, without being developed as some super dominant hunk like those that have shown up in many Romance novels. The relationship between the two felt credible and I grew, quickly, to care what would become of them.
My favorite character was Sam. I don't wish to spoil any fun surprises that arise, so I will just add that she was really delightful.
I am looking forward to future stories in the world that the author has created. I, especially, want to read and learn more of the Naturals and mechanicals.
In compliance with FTC guidelines, I received this e-book for free from the author for an honest review.