I liked this book, but not as much as the first one. It has second child syndrome but not as bad as it could have been. It's still a good read.
Maggie...moreI liked this book, but not as much as the first one. It has second child syndrome but not as bad as it could have been. It's still a good read.
Maggie finds herself once again thrown into the town's current murder drama when a rambunctious and prominent high school girl, Amanda Roberson, goes missing soon after her visit at the antique store Maggie works at.
At this part it's sort of made unclear why Maggie feels the need as an antique store worker, that's not particularly close to the girl, to dive in on trying to find out where she is but I guess that's me nitpicking. The story has to start off somewhere right?
A few hours later Amanda's car is found under an old abandon covered wooden bridge and the murder investigation starts. Maggie really starts getting into the investigation when Amanda's mother wanted to return the clock Amanda had bought that day for her Christmas present. Hidden inside the clock was some incriminating photos with Amanda entertaining an older gentleman, along with evidence she was running an underground sex blog that the high school population was frequenting.
Tom, her love interest to be, (for reasons I don't entirely understand, he seems like your typical small town narrow minded bigoted cop), doesn't make much of a return in this one but her sidekick in all these little mysteries so far, Marcus Quinn, does. Maggie seems to think he and her boss and friend Felicity have this torrid May-September romance going on but it's painfully obvious they don't. It's just kind of ridiculous, in my opinion, she is supposed to be this crime solving wiz and the reader (us) is sitting there going, "Oh give me a break. Could it be anymore clear that there is nothing going on?".
A few chapters before it ended I knew who it was. It being the dastardly murderer of said high school tramp Amanda Roberson. The mysteries are a little better than standard but the series is more than that. It has genuine pagan witchcraft as it is today and not any of that Charmed crap. (Sorry if you liked Charmed, I personally hated it) You get an understanding of who modern witches are. Both the flighty and powder puff types to the vastly intelligent personality set. The rituals and tools explained in the book are genuine information that witches use in practice today, so if this series succeeds and becomes mainstream at least it is contributing to easing some of the horrid stereotypes inflicted upon this religion.(less)
I write this book review with no preconceived notion brought on by the show True Blood. I refused to watch that show until I read the books. I have ju...moreI write this book review with no preconceived notion brought on by the show True Blood. I refused to watch that show until I read the books. I have just finished the first one.
Sookie Stackhouse is your typical “disabled” waitress in a small town bar in Northern Louisiana. Her disability is a far from common one; she’s telepathic.
She was raised with her brother, Jason, by her aging grandmother after her parents died when she was young. While her older brother has moved out of the house a while ago, Sookie still lives with her grandmother.
Enter the Vampire Bill.
When vampires were allowed “out of the coffin” a few years back to be legally recognized citizens, they’ve been received with curiosity, romanticism, and sometimes all out hatred; but Sookie couldn’t wait to meet one.
When she met Bill, she was waitressing at Merlotte’s, the local pub and food stop in Bon Temps. She was taken with him, but she was “Crazy Sookie” after all, and Sookie doesn’t date. Hearing other people’s thoughts at a constant rate kills that idea.
When Bill got up and left with the “Rats”, a local couple nicknamed that by Sookie due to their white trash status and last name, Sookie immediately knew they were up to no good. When she followed them out into the parking lot, they were draining him for his prized vampire blood, which has become the new “it” drug.
Sookie managed to get Bill away from them, and herself into a lot of mess.
Meanwhile; there is a serial killer in Bon Temps murdering young women, and the local detective has his sights on her older brother to fill the prison cell for it.
I can’t get into all the different characters and aspects of this book so now it’s down to my final thoughts. Since I had not seen the show, I really genuinely loved this book. There were so many interesting characters and it really got into the vampire society aspect. Unlike books like “Twilight”, it isn’t some sob story teen emo G rated romance but there isn’t so much sex in it, as say Laurell K Hamilton, where you just groan and skip the five chapters it takes to complete one love scene. That is important to me. Romance scenes should only be included into a book when it benefits the story, not as a cover up for the writer’s lack of creativity to spin an actual storyline. This book delivers in this department. Harris is an excellent storyteller, and she did wonderfully by weaving in the whole Southern mentality you’d expect from a story based in Louisiana. (less)
The third installment in the Bewitching Mysteries series was definitely my favorite thus far. Maggie is finally growing as a character and even though...moreThe third installment in the Bewitching Mysteries series was definitely my favorite thus far. Maggie is finally growing as a character and even though I rate Ms. Alt's book at a nonstop 4, it doesn't seem like a sort of half-hearted chick lit to me. This book's storyline was much more involved and rounded.
Winter has come and gone, with two murders under it's belt, in Stony Mill Indiana. It;s the opening day of the country fermer's market/craft bazaar and the main item of interest in the auction is a gorgeous hand carved cabinet made by Eli Yoder (You've met him before) and his newly acquired assistant, Luc Metzger. After the auction, when the handsome Amish craftsman, Luc, turns up dead, Stony Mill now has another murder to it's credit.
Hex Marks the Spot, again to it's credit, deals a lot with the character's personal lives as well as the story and I am grateful for that. I feel like in other stories, except for Felicity Dow, the character's were lacking some in that aspect. Maggie's attraction to Marcus, even though she is quasi-dating Tom, heats up as they exchange a very passionate kiss. The problem is, no matter how Maggie says she loves Liss, her employer and dear friend, at the time she thinks Marcus is Felicity's boyfriend. That was a little disturbing.
Boiler Room Bertie, the library's resident ghost, also makes an appearance in this book. In fact, the side story going on along with the murder investigation, is investigating him. His back story is explained and you finally find out who he is and his history there, which much to my surprise was more interesting than I had first thought.
Back to Luc Metzger; the Amish in the area have been victims of random violence, so of course that is where the police have been focused in their investigation. Maggie, however, takes a different route getting a feeling that the answer my lay with Hester Metzger, Luc's wife. The investigation into Luc's murder isn't the whole book, just actually a small part as the author tried to cram in a lot of different elements in just a little over 200 pages. However, be that as it may, the book is not a disappointment in the slightest nor is it a whirlwind of confusion.
The book also still has all the same elements of Paganism some of the readers have come to love and expect. A lot of the clues found have to deal with Folk Magick and symbolism, so there is a new element brought into the mix just for the sake of the storyline which is really sort of interesting. All in all, the whole book is really good and I don't have many complaints about this one at all. (less)
I have been reading V.C Andrews for over 20 years. In fact, my first "adult" book I picked out when I was 11 years old was V.C Andrews' book Heaven, t...moreI have been reading V.C Andrews for over 20 years. In fact, my first "adult" book I picked out when I was 11 years old was V.C Andrews' book Heaven, the first in the Casteel series. So, needless to say, my expectations were high, and my hopes were even higher.
Jordan March is your typical 6 year old girl, except she lives in a very large and beautiful mansion that is lorded over by her grandmother. Her mother, father, and brother, Ian, also live there along with her. Suddenly, Jordan's life turns upside down when at that young age she gets her first menstrual cycle. Her mother, in fear that her grandmother will think she is a freak, hides it from her while her father buries his head in a hole pretending it didn't happen. Her grandmother, however, soon finds out and takes over her medical treatment to help stunt the hormonal imbalance.
Shortly into the book, Jordan's mother finds out that her father has been having an affair with a woman and she calls for a divorce. Her grandmother, not having that in the slightest, goes to talk with her mother and she agrees after several veiled threats to end the divorce proceedings. During that time where her parents were supposedly patching things up, they are in a terrible car accident on their way home, finding out Jordan's brother, Ian, was molesting her.
No it doesn't get any happier.
After her parents are both taken to the hospital, her father paralyzed, her mother in a coma brain damaged, Jordan and Ian are sent back to the mansion with a nanny, who is a terrible and nasty woman further damaging poor Jordan in nightmarish ways that are reminiscent to old nun horror stories.
It still doesn't get any happier.
Ian, who I figured out to be a total sociopath, throws a hissy fit and poisons the nanny with strychnine while she sleeps therefore getting sent away to a home for the juvenile criminally insane.
That's about all I can say story wise without giving away where this book in the series ends. However, I'd like to add a few things before you think about reading this book; this book deals with child sexuality both with Jordan going through puberty and being molested by two different people, like with all of the V.C Andrews books there is no happy ending and probably never will be, and it's written by a ghost writer since the woman died, well, years ago.
I have read some critics getting in a tizzy over the child sexuality thing but a point to make here again is that all of her books have dealt with this before in some way or another. Maybe not so blatantly or so young, but it's been there. So, if you are a little faint of heart about this subject matter I don't recommend this author at all. Flowers in the Attic was a good example of this. Heads up, in the end of that particular series, Cathy marries her brother Chris and has children with him so I don't exactly see what the fuss is about here. If you can stomach that, you can stomach this.(less)
This book is amazing. It reminded me that Neil Gaiman is not only a genius, but the master.
Shadow is the main character in the story. When the book st...moreThis book is amazing. It reminded me that Neil Gaiman is not only a genius, but the master.
Shadow is the main character in the story. When the book starts off, Shadow is doing the last few days of his 6 year sentence, in which he would be serving 3, for almost beating to death 3 men where he acted as the getaway driver in a robbery. Before I get any further into this review, let me say that Shadow is so well written, and I really connected with him. I found myself in a whirlwind of emotions, but I definitely was falling in love with him as a character.
Shadow's life, however isn't without complications. A few days before he is to be released Shadow unexpectedly gets called to the warden's office. He tells him he is going home early, Laura, his wife, his everything, died in a car accident. The journey home is where Shadow's life changes.
When Mr. Wednesday, a strange and pale man Shadow meets on the plane ride home back to Eagle Point, and to Laura's funeral, approaches him about working for him, Shadow refuses. He has a job waiting back for him in Eagle Point, as a trainer at the gym he worked for before he got locked up.
Or so Shadow thinks.
When he finds out his employer and best friend was killed with Laura in the car accident, he reluctantly agrees to be Mr. Wednesday's body guard, muscle, errand boy, driver, and whatever else, for a fee of $1,000 a week, a fee which Shadow picked.
Shadow's journey is incredible and heartbreaking, and the sheer strength that he possesses through a dead and adulteress wife, secrets about his own family, encounters with Gods long forgotten and living like pauper humans, new gods that roam the world revered, and the war of ages, Shadow always remains Shadow.
This book left me screaming for a sequel, and not Ananasi Boys whose storyline is based off of one of the characters. I want more about Shadow.