When I read the first book in The Witches of Galdorheim series, Bad Spelling, it blew me away. The writing was vivid and humorous, the story engrossinWhen I read the first book in The Witches of Galdorheim series, Bad Spelling, it blew me away. The writing was vivid and humorous, the story engrossing. It was the kind of book I couldn't put down, and one that stuck with me long after.
Perhaps it was holding the second book to such a high standard that led me to being just a little disappointed.
The story started out a bit slower than the last. But by the time Kat left Galdorheim, bent on rescuing her boyfriend Andy, the story picked up. Here was the action, the thrill I got from reading Bad Spelling. Kat's scenes just flew by with my eyes glued to the screen of my e-reader.
However, unlike the first book, Midnight Oil was not written entirely in Kat's point of view. I understand the author's reasoning behind this and craved knowledge of the scenes from Kat's vampiric half-brother, Rune, when they split up, but Rune's perspective didn't glow like Kat's did. I wasn't invested in what happened to him, not as much as I should have been considering he is a likeable character. Every time the book switched to his point of view, I groaned a bit under my breath and skimmed in anticipation of Kat's forthcoming scenes.
So overall, this book wasn't nearly as good as the last, mostly because of the forays into Rune's point of view. Nevertheless, I'll definitely be buying the third book. This little witch has me hooked....more
Bad Spelling is a book that continues to cling to my mind.
This book held me spellbound, if you'll forgive the pun. Marva is a wondrously witty author,Bad Spelling is a book that continues to cling to my mind.
This book held me spellbound, if you'll forgive the pun. Marva is a wondrously witty author, who had me smiling and laughing throughout the whole book. But that doesn't really tell you what it's about, does it? Let me give you a quick sketch.
Kat is a witch -- only she has trouble using her powers. When she discovers that this is due to a spell on her father's frozen corpse, she and her half-brother Rune set out from their small arctic island to Siberia in order to find the shaman causing the spell and take it off.
That, in a nutshell, is what the book is about, but those few sentences don't do it justice. I immediately connected with Kat, and loved her sometimes snarky brother Rune. The story kept me reading when I should have gone to bed. The excitement and adventure had me glued to the laptop, reading on. The world Marva created here was exquisite. Even something as simple as a never-ending ice box or a clock that verbally told the time when you asked. Each of the characters was engaging -- even though I wished bad things upon those who made fun of Kat. I can't wait to see the next book and discover whether or not the spell really will put an end to Kat's "bad spelling."
Can I think of a bad thing to say about this book? Not really. It stands out in my mind as one of the best books I ever devoured. I can't wait for the sequel -- which can't come soon enough for me!
Don't believe me? Try out the book for yourself....more
Driven is a breathtaking book of tension, intrigue, and heartwarming emotion. From the moment I began to read until the very last word, I couldn't putDriven is a breathtaking book of tension, intrigue, and heartwarming emotion. From the moment I began to read until the very last word, I couldn't put it aside. It held me enthralled!...more