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Love, Lies and Hocus Pocus

The first half of this book is very linear in plot–that is to say that there is a problem, it is solved (generally speaking, too easily) and then there is another problem. The world building is very good. The characters are good. They and the plot are pretty simple the first half and I wasn’t sure if I’d get bored and not finish. I’m happy to say the second half picked up in complexity, both in character development and plot. It’s a good read. Not five stars, but somewhere between three and four. Since it ended strong, with lots of potential for book two, I’d lean to a four. But be warned, it’s a bit wandering in the beginning and things are a bit too simple. The characters are pleasant enough to hold your attention, but simple enough to bore you a little. It’s worth a look if you like cozy fantasy or cozy UF.

By day, book-loving wizard Lily Singer manages library archives. By night? She sleeps, of course. In between, she studies magic and tries to keep her witch friend Sebastian from dragging her into trouble. Unfortunately, trouble comes looking for her on a regular basis.

When Sebastian needs help breaking a magical curse, Lily knows things are not as they seem. Their quest to unravel the truth and free a tormented soul uncovers hints about Lily’s mysterious past–and those working to hide it from her. As if that were not enough, Sebastian gets them stuck in a time loop and Lily must track down the culprit. But they are not the only ones interested in this strange phenomenon, and it becomes a race to the source of the magical disturbance, with all their lives hanging in the balance.

What are you reading this week?

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Posted: November 25, 2017
Filed in Book Reviews, Under $5


  1. Did I mention the books about Warwick the Kingmaker (Richard Neville, died in 1471) and another one called The Kingmaker’s Daughter (Anne Neville, Richard III’s wife)? I finished Warwick by Tony Riches and was very happy with it. I’ve had the other book by Phillipa Gregory (who has a very casual attitude towards historical accuracy) out from the library for two weeks and haven’t been able to crack it. Today is the day. I’m starting that book about Anne Neville today. Absolutely. No distractions. Right! After I clean the kitchen, marinate the chicken and clean the kitchen again.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — November 28, 2017 @ 8:18 am

  2. No reading. Piffle.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — November 28, 2017 @ 6:06 pm

  3. But you did some fabulous cooking, right???

    The most reading I did today was a restaurant menu and your post! Better luck for tomorrow!

    Comment by Maria — November 28, 2017 @ 6:20 pm

  4. Right!! Wings are marinating and I hope to cook them early tomorrow so I can enjoy them for lunch.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — November 28, 2017 @ 9:50 pm

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