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Quickie Book Review – A Modern Witch by Debora Geary

A Modern Witch (A Modern Witch, #1)A Modern Witch by Debora Geary

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this novel a while ago, but recently came back to the series and read the whole lot of them in just a handful of days. Aside from this series being one of the most innovative (combining tech-now with the older witchy traditions) it is also one of the most life-affirming, uplifting series that I’ve ever had the pleasure to read.

The author’s love for her characters comes through loud and clear, as evidenced by the amount of thought and care she put into breathing life into them, holding their hands through tough times, and laughing with them over nutella cookies and ice cream. Start here, then read all 7 books in the main series, but don’t forget the spin-off series as well!

Trust me, you’ll feel like a better person after living among the people of Witch Central for over a dozen book’s worth!

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Quickie Book Review – Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft by Jody Gehrman

Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft (Audrey's Guides, #1)Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft by Jody Gehrman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Great YA/ NA paranormal novel. It threw me into the action fairly quickly and didn’t let up until the end. I adored the premise and can’t wait to see where the characters end up in book two!

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Quickie Book Review – Vampire Sun by J.R. Rain (Samantha Moon series)

Vampire Sun (Vampire for Hire, #9)Vampire Sun by J.R. Rain

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This series could only be better if Rain could manage to put out a new book every week or so, then I’d be happy. Who wouldn’t love a series about a Vamp mom with mystical qualities, a champion of the underdog, and she who flies on big black wings whenever her heart desires?

Seriously Rain, give me the next one S.T.A.T!

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Quickie Book Review – Witch Hunt by S.M. Reine

Witch Hunt  (Preternatural Affairs, #1)Witch Hunt by S.M. Reine

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have a few authors now that, depending on what genre I’m in the mood for, I will pick up and read without even scanning the blurb or reviews. S.M. Reine has quickly become one of my go-to authors when I’m in the mood for some kick-arse paranormal/ urban fantasy escapism.

This book met my expectations and then some. I also loved how this book had a little cross over with the Tarot Witches series (hope I’m remembering that series name right– I just read the first book in that series not too long ago.) Anyway, read it.

Quickie Book Review – A Charming Crime by Tonya Kappes

A Charming Crime (Magical Cure Mystery, #1)A Charming Crime by Tonya Kappes

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Perfect summer beach read… light and full of magic and intrigue. Oh, and quirky fun characters. Well, written with a creative, mystical setting!

Quickie Book Review – The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

The Winter PeopleThe Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fabulously creepy and morose. Bits of this novel remind me of one of the stories in Full Dark, No Stars (Stephen King) because it’s similar in tone, creep-factor and historical aspects. So, that alone should tell you to read this, or course.

The story spans decades and involved a host of characters who all end up connected in one way or another by the end. I don’t want to give too much away, but the legend and lore involved in this was pitch-perfect and I loved how the mood built over the course of the story. McMahon may have just become one of my favorite contemporary authors with this one. It’s not to be missed!

***This book is being release today! Hurry, go get it!

Quickie Book Review – Witchstruck by Victoria Lamb

Witchstruck (The Tudor Witch Trilogy, #1)Witchstruck by Victoria Lamb

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

All in all, Witchstruck was a compelling, well-written YA novel about a young witch in Tudor England. The historical aspects rang true and were quite captivating to fall into, and while I liked some of the characters more than others, as a whole the cast was rounded out nicely.

The “magic” in this novel was both typical and non-traditional, which I found to be a welcome creative risk. There is danger, conspiracy and testing of family loyalties. And of course, there is romance– but it’s more of the “PG” variety at this point. Perhaps future books in this trilogy will allow that relationship to grow and mature?

Oh, and don’t discount this book if you don’t typically read YA– adults will find more than enough reasons to like this book as well!

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Quickie Book Review – Moon River (Vampire for Hire series) by J.R. Rain

Moon River (Vampire for Hire, #8)Moon River by J.R. Rain

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I think this series just keeps getting better and better! (The opposite of what usually happens once a series gets to this point.) Samantha, as usual, is up to her fangs in a conundrum involving the safety of those she loves… and that ending– Oy! What a scene. And then there’s Fang– poor misguided, dangerous Fang. I don’t want to give anything away, so I’ll just say I’m anxiously awaiting the next book!

Quickie Book Review – Keep Me Ghosted by Karen Cantwell

Keep Me Ghosted (Sophie Rhodes Ghostly Romance #1)Keep Me Ghosted by Karen Cantwell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fun, quirky paranormal with great characters, a heaping-helping of intrigue and some light romance. I have read other books by Cantwell, and I always enjoy her sense of humor and characterizations– this book being no different. Recommended!

#ghosts #chicklit #mystery

Quickie Book Review – Easy Bake Coven by Liz Schulte

Easy Bake Coven (Easy Bake Coven, #1)Easy Bake Coven by Liz Schulte

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a great book– fun to read, witty and complex. I loved the characters and how they all interacted. The magic elements are well done and inventive, and our heroine Selene can do some seriously cool stuff. The spice level is well-done and loved how the star-crossed history kept being revealed in bits and pieces.

A great introduction to a newer paranormal series and to the author. I will be snagging book two this weekend, and check out Schulte’s other works shortly too!
(Ps…. Book Two is out now as well. Check out Hungry, Hungry Hoodoo !)

Quickie Book Review – Hex and the Single Witch by Roxanne Rhoads

Hex and the Single Witch (Vehicle City Vampires #1)Hex and the Single Witch by Roxanne Rhoads

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hex and the Single Witch is a steamy, compelling paranormal / Urban fantasy. I enjoyed the setting, cast of interesting characters and, of course, the heat level. The “world” Ms. Rhoads has created is one full of magic and Otherworldly creatures, which live along side the normal humans– so someone has to bridge the divide and try to keep the peace by being part of an elite police unit. And that someone is a witch with limited abilities (or so it may seem), a saucy best friend and Magic-Tech-nerd, an always-flirting partner and a make-you-melt Vamp with a sorrid past. Throw in a few randy hexes and you’ve got yourself all the trappings for a page turner.

Can’t wait to read book two in the series!

 

Quickie Book Review – The Angel Stone by Juliet Dark

The Angel Stone (Fairwick Chronicles, #3)The Angel Stone by Juliet Dark

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The product description is apt– fans of Deborah Harness will enjoy this book because of it’s multi-layered tapestry of magic, love and time travel. Not to mention that the heroine in both series has a scholarly profession. From there though, I’d say the similarities end.

Once again, I’ve read a series book without reading the prior books, but my lack of knowledge didn’t hamper my enjoyment while reading this book. I didn’t get too lost along the way, though I’m sure I would have been a little more emotionally invested in the central love story if I’d read the other two books first.

I truly enjoyed the Scottish/ Fae / Historical aspects of this novel, especially in relation to the “olde tales” discussed throughout. The magical elements were well done and creative, and the writing was seamless. It’s safe to say I was sucked into this novel fairly quickly, and once I was done I was done (several hours later- I’m fast like that)I was sad, like the end of my favorite series had come and gone.

Now, to go back and read the first two books!

(ARC received via Netgalley for review purposes.)

BOOK PUBLICATION DATE : September 3, 2013

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Quickie Book Review – Under A Spell by Hannah Jayne

Under A Spell (Underworld Detection Agency, #5)Under A Spell by Hannah Jayne

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Once again, I’ve started a series mid-stream… but unlike other books, I didn’t get lost while reading this one. Would it have helped to read the others first? Sure. But it didn’t hurt as much this time.

I really enjoyed this book, despite not having all the back story. The characters were so well done they practically climbed off the page with their quirky selves. The suspense-filled plot of this book was spot-on and the under-worldly aspects were well-done and inventive.

The world-building was great and I loved the overall premise of this series, and will most certainly go back and start from book one to relish in the whole series!

**I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

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