A jilted ex. A scheming dark witch. A magical crime of the century.
Melanie Perkiss, Buffalo NY's most capable witch hunter, accepts the onerous task of chasing down a sorceress who, while acting on behalf of a vengeful ex, has magically deprived a man of his genitals and vanished.
The case is as perplexing as it is urgent. The victim, Casey, is just about head to the altar with his girlfriend, and imagine the pressure this brings on Mel. Added to that, the witch whom Mel chases is not just cunningly elusive, she also has powers to destroy anyone who dares apprehend her.
Will Mell be able to corner the sorceress, recover the taken goods and save a doomed marriage, while bringing the conspirators to justice?
A thrilling modern day magical mystery, with a generous touch of humor.
Mature audiences advised.
Part 1: Gone with the witch
Casey McLong can never know things will go wrong tonight — and that he might be changed forever in a disastrous way. He sits in the Crooked Uncle's bar with a tall glass of Blue Moon, alternately gazing into the liquid bliss, and then the endearing crowd around him. It’s time to celebrate.
In less than a week, he is gone down the aisle with his gorgeous Megan. He loves her so much, and she loves him back. The venue is set, flowers bought, and cake ordered. What then will stop such a beautiful thing? Nothing, absolutely nothing.
“You’re only turning twenty-eight,” some of his friends have remarked. “That’s way too early to hit the altar.” His reply to that has always been, “That doesn't bother me in the least bit.”
He anyway isn’t the typical generation Z that will delay marriage; and he’s happy with Megan, so where is the gain in waiting.
For a Monday, the Crooked is a little fuller. Couples sit at tables giving one another the knowing look while they swill from their glasses. Waitresses busy themselves weaving through aisles, balancing trays of wings, fries, wine, plus beer. A mood-setting music is cascading down from the ceiling.
Despite that he is alone, Casey is ready to lap it all in. Megan was supposed to come tonight but some crazy wedding preparations got in the way. It sure would have been nice to have her — and they could have gone perhaps to somewhere quieter and more romantic than this tawdry dance bar, but heck, things just happen sometimes.
Mitch, his favorite bartender, always alert behind the counter, is keeping an interested eye at the goings on. He stands tall and his head almost reaches to the array of glasses that hangs neatly upside down on the ceiling rack.
“My bachelor days are at an end, buddy,” Casey says to the bearded Mitch, while showing him the engagement band on his finger. “I’m finally taking the plunge.”
“Cheers to that.” Mitch raises an empty mug, and Casey clinks his glass against it. “No harm in putting a ring on it. Go on.”
It’s ever during unguarded moments like these that the devil loves to pounce. Ask Eve and she’ll go on and on about what happened in Eden.
Just at the point, a Barbie doll of a young woman sashays in. She wears a chic red blouse she matches with an equally chic red skirt. Her pumps as well are red. Prada red!
Only on her head is there something rather curiously out of step, a black Halloween-themed hat with a long point that droops to the side. Her long, golden curls flow out of it nevertheless.
The cover is what initially grabbed my attention, and synopsis made me laugh a little so I was sold!
Heist by Kezzy Sparks is a fun unique read about, the magical theft of a body part which is is something I hadn't experienced before, and I thought it intriguing and interesting.
We meet Melanie Perkiss, a witch hunter and paranormal investigator. She is after a witch who put a spell on Casey just days before his wedding. I don't want to spoil too much, but there are a few twists that will make it worth your time!
The story was entertaining, and it didn't disappoint. Looking forward to reading the rest of this series and more from this author! I recommend it!
Casey McLong wakes up one morning to discover that his manhood has been taken from him. Yep every thing south of the border has been wiped cleaned. Casey has no idea what he is going to do or what happened as he has no memory of the night before. In just a few short days he is supposed to walk down the aisle to wedded bliss. Casey is desperate to reclaim his manhood so he enlists the help of a witch hunter, Melanie Perkiss.
Melanie or Mel has never had a case quite like this one but believes she can help poor Mr. McLong or at least she hopes too for the sake of his fiancée as well as Mr. McLong’s. Mel gets a lead on Mr. McLong’s package and discovers that it was taken by a very powerful Mage but when she arrives to take back what belongs to Casey she finds that it has been stolen.
Yeah it seems that everybody who sees or comes in contact with Casey’s package wants to get their hands on it. So Mel chases down lead after lead as Casey’s package is passed around from hand to hand. You would assume that Mr. McLong is John Holmes or something the way everyone seemed to be acting.
Heist is a very fast paced and interesting read with lots of action from beginning to end that kept the pages turning. Heist has a hidden message between its pages or maybe a double meaning at least of how the world perceives some things.
Heist is a very humorous read and very entertaining. It has an air of a cozy mystery feel to it. It remind me of the TV show Charmed in ways but it also made me think of that TV show 48 Hours because Casey was getting married in a few days which didn’t give Melanie very much time to find his package. It also reminded me of an episode of Van Helsing, season 3 episode 7 Hunted Down of what Scab a vampire had to do in order to become a member of The Sisterhood.
Heist drew me in with the summary. After reading the summary I thought how interesting and intriguing it sounded. I couldn’t wait to start reading it to see what it consisted of and let me tell you I was not disappointed in the least. When I picked it up I didn’t know quite what to expect but…. and to be truly honest it was not what I was expecting at all but I believe I enjoyed it way more than I ever thought I would. It made me smile a lot through the whole book and I don’t think I have read anything quite like it before. It was amazeballs…Oh what an exhilarating and thrilling ride…
If you have not read Heist yet then let me be the first to recommend that you do. Come join the witch hunter, Melanie on her hunt for Casey’s manhood. One click yourself a copy today!
Ha, ha, ha! Really! This book has so much action and so many funny moments, situations that will leave you breathless and moments that will make you question the sanity of those characters (in a good way). “Heist” is the type of story that really manages to pull you out of your day-to-day life. So how can I dislike it?
Mel has a hard time finding a sorceress that is…creating major issues to a couple about to get married. She took the man’s most precious possession and I am not referring here to his future wife or wedding rings. Nope, think lower (physically lower). I gotta hand it to ya, I would have never thought about it! So our main character has to find the thief and make her return the items. Many complications, much pressure and little time to close the case – these are some of the ingredients that this case has.
I loved the main character, with her personality and her wits. The writing was great and very realistic, with some laugh out loud scenes. I had the feeling I was watching a TV show and I cannot wait for the next season. I have no idea when little over 360 pages went by, since I was so captivated.
All in all, I loved it! I felt great and I had fun! I do advise you take some time to check it out and share your thoughts 😊 Happy Reading!
This book was written in the area where I live so to hear the names of towns and roads was fun.Melanie is a witch hunter in Buffalo, NY. She is after a witch who put a spell on Casey days before he is to be married. Casey's ex hired the witch and had something taken from him that would hurt his marriage. Then she steals it from the witch and it keeps getting stolen from others. Casey hires Melanie to get the item back and Melanie wants to bring the witch to justice. Sometimes I would shake my head at all the antics and then I would cheer for the 2 familiars and then be sad. I would also think Casey got what he deserved and his fiance could do better. I received this as an ARC from Xpresso.
A humorous epic with lots of twists and turns. The ending is what blew me away the most; honestly, I could never have dreamed of it, not even in a million years. Only the prose needs a little tightening, and this could easily have been a five-star read for me.
What drew me to this book was the cover dark, trendy and edgy. I think it sums up this page turning read. With lots of twists and turns Heist graps attention from the beginning. I personally enjoy supernatural novels so this was right up my street. I loved the main character and enjoyed the snappy dialogue. I recommend this book from anyone who enjoys the fantasy genre.
A magic tale of missing body parts, and the hunt to find them before the wedding. Ever had a spell cast on you? This is one I hope you never receive. ;-)
Casey wakes up one morning before his wedding to find "something" missing, but, he doesn't call the police. Instead he calls a rare hunter to find what was taken from him.
---- I do love a good witch/magic story, but I found this book lacking for me. The flow of the story was choppy. I did find it intriguing and wanted to read it to the end, of which, I won't give away. I think if this had a good content editor it could greatly improve the flow. I look forward to see how the next book in the series plays out. Keep Writing Kezzy!
I received this book for an honest review on my blog. Thank you.
I didn't buy this book but received an advance copy to read and review. I liked the story. The basis of the plot--magical theft of a body part--is something I hadn't experienced before, and I thought it intriguing and interesting. Characters were believable and well-developed even if I felt some aspects of the story were hard to understand because the action is a little unusual.
Altogether, a refreshing provocative read, though.
Don't waste your time. Although an interesting concept, English is obviously not the author's first language and I'm uncertain the editor is out of high school. This could have been a really good story. Unfortunately the writing will drive you crazy before you can get to the end.
I received a copy for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
Heist is the debut urban fantasy by Kezzy Sparks. What got me wanting to read the book was definitely the blurb. There is something about a man losing his bits that gets a girl interested. Especially under such a time constraint.
For me, starting the book was rather difficult. The third person narrative felt very noir-ish, which wasn't so much of a problem, but then continuing the rest of the story in first person was a bit confusing. But, only at first. Once you learn about the magical fish Melanie Perkiss has, you kind of just get pulled in.
The magical theft theme to the story was an interesting twist in the urban fantasy genre. I mean, come on, losing your private parts by magical means is so interesting! You never see that. The action is well done and I really like how Melanie stands as a heroine.
All in all, the book is a good addition to your urban fantasy collection. It stands well as the first book in a series and I wouldn't mind reading more.
I was kindly given a copy of this book by the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Let me first thank the author for sending me a copy of the book. When I was sent the synopsis it grabbed me and if I’m honest it made me laugh a little so I was sold. This is not my typical type of book that I would pick up but I wanted to give it a go anyway. The story was entertaining, and honestly how many of us wishes something similar could happen to one of our exes. Unfortunately for me, I did not like our main character. There was just something about her personality that put me off early on in the book. Now with that said do I think that this is a bad book? NO. I just did not jive with a character, which happens. We do not like every person we meet so why would this be any different. Do I still recommend it? YES!
If the synopsis appeals to you I say give it a go. Characters are like people we can not like them all and you may love her.