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A Cast-Off Coven by Juliet Blackwell
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The second in the Witchcraft Mystery series, A Cast-Off Coven is the sequel to Secondhand Spirits. Lily Ivory is a very powerful witch who used to be a social pariah until she moved to San Francisco and finally settled down with a solid job as a vintage clothing shop owner and made some friends - even a boyfriend at that. With her familiar Oscar (who I think seems more like a son to her than a pet - even though I still don't know what a witch's familiar is), she's starting to fit in among her group of friends. That is until she runs into some trouble in the form of a demon. This demon is haunting the bell tower in the San Franciso School of Fine Arts - an evil entity that's up to Lily to eliminate. Among that demon is a mystery surrounding two deaths (one recent and one not), a group of French nuns, and some mysteriously intriguing sigils...

I have to say that when I first began reading this, I wasn't expecting an amazing read, especially after reading Secondhand Spirits. To me, I get confused a lot in this story, and bored in other parts. The mystery was written well - enough clues thrown here and there, suspicious (and at-times kind of obvious but really not) characters, and leads to chase down. Added to that are some struggles in Lily's newfound romantic relationship with a skeptic and tormented journalist Max - who refuses to acknowledge, and denies, the supernatural - much to Lily's dismay. It puts a damper in their relationship but there are also other characters interested in Lily...like the powerful male witch Aidan, and Max's baby brother Luc (a professor at the School of Fine Arts). As of now, I think that's her love life is the only thing that's keeping me going with this series. I'm not too sure I'll be reading the next unless the story gets better. Overall, it's a good mystery with a hint of chick lit and some paranormal activity. It's not overly exciting or addictive, but it's good to fill the time. 3/5 stars.
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