Another fun edition in the Witch Mystery Series, Tails, You Lose may actually be even better that Caught Dead Handed. I love first books in series…thaAnother fun edition in the Witch Mystery Series, Tails, You Lose may actually be even better that Caught Dead Handed. I love first books in series…that whole getting to know you honeymoon period with new characters and places. Tails, You Lose did a great job of building on the first in the series.
Lee grows as a character.
I love how much more we get to know her and her personality. We know her back story and her insecurities and can really feel her personal struggle with acknowledging and accepting and even using her special talents.
The budding relationship with Pete, the police detective and her struggles to keep her abilities a secret add extra dimension to the story. The relationship moves nice and slowly and it feels very grownup and real.
Cats make everything better!
O’Ryan lends his help as usual (with an assist from all the neighborhood cats) and makes me wonder why every book doesn’t have cats!
We also get to know Lee’s Aunt Ibby even better…and who wouldn’t love a partially retired reference librarian who organizes her home library by Dewey decimal system....more
Clockwork Menagerie was an interesting chance for a little insight into Archmage Konstantin’s work and his budding relationship with Himmel. I enjoyedClockwork Menagerie was an interesting chance for a little insight into Archmage Konstantin’s work and his budding relationship with Himmel. I enjoyed both of their characters and was happy to realize that this was their story. As usual Kontantin did annoy me a bit, he just seems way too immature for his age but it didn’t hinder my enjoyemnt of the novella too much.
As usual Karen Kincy’s writing is superb, the plot flowed effortlessly and the descriptives are amazing. I love living in a new world through her eyes and the taste of St. Petersburg that we got in this novella was rich and gorgeous.
The deiselpunk aspects of the story – the technomancy and psychothaumaturgy – boggled my mind just a bit, but it’s easy enough to set ones questions aside and just go with the flow of the story.
Magic is Magic after all.
I love how imaginative the Shadows of Asphodel series is!
The M/M romance in this one was something completely new and a bit outside of my comfort zone. To be honest, although we all knew where these two were headed, I wish there had been a bit more development of their relationship. It just seemed a bit too rushed and inevitable feeling. (I skimmed through the few love scenes that there were…they were relatively short and tastefully done but were fairly explicit.)
I do wish that Kincy had taken a bit more time to delve into the feeling of each of the men regarding the wqar efforts and the cost involved. Konstantin has a bit of a crisis of conscience toward the end of the novella and Himmel makes some compelling ppoints which I felt would have been a great jumping bourd to delve a bit deeper into both of their psyches. I was disappointed that Kincy chose not to go there.
And I can’t deny that I missed Ardis and Wendel.
But perhaps that is due to the nature of writing a novella. There’s just never enough time to develop the story as much as in a full novel.
All in all, a strong effort and a solid addition to the Shadows of Asphodel series. I definitely recommend reading Clockwork Menagerie if you’ve enjoyed the first two books in the series....more
The Truth About Jack by Jody Gehrman may be the cutest book I’ve read in a long long time! I literally caught myself stopping and reacting out loud muThe Truth About Jack by Jody Gehrman may be the cutest book I’ve read in a long long time! I literally caught myself stopping and reacting out loud multiple times while reading this one. Saying things like.. “Oh my gosh”… “Aawww” ..etc throughout.
Dakota and Jack were both great characters. I liked them both…even Jack despite his deceit because I knew it was coming from a good place. He was a little bit of a stalker but seeing things from his viewpoint was a comfort and never left the reader fearing his motives. They are both fleshed out enough to be believable and likable without being too complex or angst ridden as so many YA characters tend to be.
The secondary characters in this one really shine especially Atilla and Joaquin…I really loved them and wanted to know more of their back stories than we got in this one.
The plot follows a predicable arc but overall this story is so sweet and cute with such great characters and Jody’s flawless writing style that you won’t mind that one bit.
If you are looking for a super cute read with amazing prose don’t hesitate to pick up The Truth About Jack....more
Between that cover and the synopsis, I was hooked before even picking the first in the Witch City Mystery series up. That can be a recipe for disasterBetween that cover and the synopsis, I was hooked before even picking the first in the Witch City Mystery series up. That can be a recipe for disaster, but in this case I was happy that my instincts did not steer me wrong!
Three reasons I loved Caught Dead Handed
SALEM – Need I say more? I lived in Salem for quite some time and that city (which really has a New England small town feel) will forever hold a special place in my heart. If a book is set in Salem it almost guarantees that I’ll pick it up and most likely love it! The fact that the author, Carol J Perry, hails from Salem gives Caught Dead Handed an authenticity that I loved…though of course this is fiction and there were times that I was just shaking my head about building locations and distances…why would you take a cab somewhere that you could walk?? CATS – O’Ryan/Orion makes this story. I love that he gets a prominent role and not just a walk on part. He is a true witch’s cat and does his part to help Lee solve the mystery. WITCHES – Of course, what is October (or any time for that matter) in Salem without witches? I love that Perry really gives the reader a taste of the real Salem and real witches. We see the good, the bad, the fake and the real and it puts it all in great perspective....more