DNF. As much as I hate not finishing a book, especially when I've already invested my time into earlier books in the series, I cannot force myself toDNF. As much as I hate not finishing a book, especially when I've already invested my time into earlier books in the series, I cannot force myself to go on with this book or the series.
I have a deep and utter loathing of the main character, Katie. She is the dullest wet blanket to ever disgrace a page. She expects romance from an amazingly handsome, powerful wizard, yet does nothing to instigate it herself. She is so ordinary, boring, and unspecial that the romance is unbelievable. She catches on chapters and chapters later after the reader has already figured everything out.
Katie allows a conniving, ambitious coworker to take over her work area and her job. And MOST ANNOYINGLY OF ALL, the plot device that frustrated me in book 2 reappears in this book: Katie keeping a secret from Owen and Merlin that she should be telling them. If she fessed up to her inept and thoroughly unenjoyable to read about Fairy Godmother, maybe her relationship with Owen wouldn't be going so poorly. I'm sure just like in book 2, once the truth is revealed it will be easily solved by a flick of Owen's oh-so-handsome-and-sexy wrist. Did the author mention Owen was dashingly handsome and sexy several million times throughout this book just like the others? YES.
Also, Isabelle and What's Her Face don't have ANY lingering emotional upset after finding out what/who Ari is???? Poor continuity, there.
I don't know why authors have to have a tortured romance in their books. Why not allow the story to work it's own magic without frustrating your readers with a love life gone wrong? Is this a magic book, or a mystery? A romance, or a grown up take on Amelia Bedelia? I can't tell, and I don't care to ponder upon the matter any further.
I do not recommend this book to anyone. The writing isn't great, the characters are flat and unlovable after book one (except Rod, literally the only character I wanted to get to know better) and after reading the book blurbs on the later books in the series here on Goodreads, I feel absolutely confident about my decision to turn my back on this series once and for all without a backward glance....more
This book was cute and entertaining, just like the first. I docked two stars because it was very predictable, and for character discrepancies.
Katie iThis book was cute and entertaining, just like the first. I docked two stars because it was very predictable, and for character discrepancies.
Katie is a very smart, on-the-ball girl, but her complete ineptitude at figuring out the predictable outcome of her current mystery annoyed me. The author shouldn't make it so obvious to the reader and expect us to enjoy her heroine bumbling along. The shoes were identified as the culprit in the first lines of the story. It takes Katie waaaay too long to get there. It was incongruous with her character; up until now, Katie has been an intelligent, common-sense girl, picking up on clues and social nuances to solve problems and the mystery at hand. However, this time she doesn't see blatant hints and oddness that would have alerted her before.
Katie's oafishness (that's a word in my world) in understanding men annoyed me to no end. Her sheer stupidity concerning Owen made me exasperated through most of the book. There are women out there who are socially/dating awkward. But I feel as if it was taken too far. It made Katie look stupid.
I was also dismayed by Katie not telling anyone about something major that happens to her. As soon as she fessed up, the problem was taken care of. I feel that she should have known she could trust at least Owen and Merlin, and she put her own safety at risk over an (imho) irrational fear of losing her job.
I will definitely read the next one because I love the story and characters, and because the ending made me happy, but if the author continues to use Katie-isn't-getting-it-even-though-she-should as a plot device, I may quit the series. ...more
What a delightful adventure! This gripping tale of betrayal v. noble redemption had me spell bound. It could be a cousin series to the Chronicles of NWhat a delightful adventure! This gripping tale of betrayal v. noble redemption had me spell bound. It could be a cousin series to the Chronicles of Narnia. I heartily recommend to all readers of any age!...more
Zero character development meant that I couldn't care less what happened to any of the characters. I repeatedly checked to make sure this was a firstZero character development meant that I couldn't care less what happened to any of the characters. I repeatedly checked to make sure this was a first in a series, because so much back story was alluded to and never explained. The majority of the book's plot was boring and repetitive. I will not continue this series. ...more