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Review: Casting Spells, by Barbara Bretton

Casting SpellsFrom the back cover:

Sugar Maple looks like any bucolic Vermont town, but when the tourists go home, it’s a different story – inhabited as it is with warlocks, sprites, vampires, witches, and an ancient secret. And I know all about secrets. I’m Chloe Hobbs, owner of Sticks & Strings, a popular knitting shop where your yarn never tangles, you always get gauge … and the knitter sitting next to you comes out only after dark.

I’m also a sorcerer’s daughter – a single sorcerer’s daughter with Sugar Maple’s future in her hands, which means the whole town is casting spells meant to help me find Mr. Right. Who’d have guessed I’d find him in Luke MacKenzie, a cop investigating Sugar Maple’s very first murder? Bad news is he’s 100 percent human, which could spell disaster for a normal future with a paranormal woman like me – in love, in danger, and in way over my head.

The Snapshot Review

I Liked: The knitting shop! I don’t knit but it sounds just like a place I’d like to be, so cozy and comfortable. I also enjoyed Sugar Maple, the town, and the assorted weird secondary characters were great fun, too.

Not Thrilled With: The story started off with a discrepancy that bothered me throughout; some minor inconsistencies and not fully developed characters also prevented the story from really taking off for me.

Ms. Bookish’s Very Quick Take: A pleasant-enough, fun read.

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The Sunday Salon – Currently Reading: Book of Lies, Casting Spells and The Fire

I am currently reading a fun stash of books right now, and the only reason why I haven’t finished any of them is because I haven’t had a good block of time to do so. I keep my “currently reading” books in different rooms of the house, and tend to just pick up whatever book is in the room I happen to be in. Of course, if I sit down with a nice chunk of time, I’m likely to finish whatever book it is, but this week has been hectic, unfortunately.

But I should be finishing up all three of the following books this week:

  1. The Book of Lies, by Brad Meltzer. This one is stashed away in the living room, and it’s a pity each time I’ve picked it up I’ve had limited time, because this one has been a real page turner so far. I’m only in into the fourth chapter (or so) and each time I’ve had to put it down, it’s been extremely difficult doing so.
  2. Casting Spells, by Barbara Bretton. So far this one is shaping up to be pretty good (although there’s a minor discrepancy near the start of the book that keeps bothering me – I’m hoping it will be explained away as I get further into the book). The book involves a quaint New England town which is home to many different magical people (werewolves, witches, vampires and fairies included), a murder, a sorceress’ daughter and a human cop. It’s been a nice read so far.
  3. The Fire, by Katherine Neville. This is the sequel to Neville’s novel The Eight, which I thoroughly enjoyed reading several years ago. I’ve hardly had a chance to do much more than look at the cover of this one longingly and open it up to read the first few words, but I’m definitely looking forward to this one. If it’s anywhere near as good as The Eight, it’s going to be a wonderful read.

Sadly, I do have one current read that I just don’t see myself getting back to this week, not with this handful of exciting books calling to me. I am halfway through Princess Izzy and the E-Street Shuffle by Beverly Bartlett, but it’s “court biography” style, while interesting, hasn’t been interesting enough to get me to pick it up after having put it down. I do want to finish it, though, since I’d like to see what happens with Princess Izzy and the Springsteen loving mechanic in the States (and also, I’m reading this for the From the Stacks reading challenge); I’m just not sure exactly when I’ll be able to get back to it.