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Casting Spells by Barbara Bretton
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Jun 20, 10

Read in June, 2010

I read this at the recommendation of my knitting group.

It was halfway through when I realized that as much as I love the members in my knitting group, I don't share their taste in books.

The idea was charming -- an urban knitting fantasy. Chloe, a young woman born of a sorceress, has no magical powers. And her town of Sugar Maple has been held together by the women of her family's magic. When Suzanne, an outsider, is found dead in Sugar Maple, the entire magical world knows that something is wrong and Chloe must find her powers to save the town.

Unfortunately, after the great premise, the entire narrative falls to pieces. Instead of showing the two main characters falling in love, Bretton tells the reader many times that they are in love. I had no emotional connection to the main story, and I was frustrated by the cliche nature of the reveals (particularly the ones I could see coming).

Great idea. Disappointing execution.

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