Archive | February 8, 2016

Suddenly Spellbound, The Ivie McKie Chronicles Book 2,  Erica Lucke Dean

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Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance

This is a perfect example of not giving up on an author just because one book hasn’t worked for you. I’d read Craving Caine and I didn’t like it – just a two star, but this is a different genre and sounded such fun. It was, and I really wish I’d asked for book one when it was on for review – I read the sample just to get a flavour of the background, and now having enjoyed this so much I’m going to buy that when there’s a gap in the TBR list.

So, having learned she’s a sorceress, turned her ex into a skunk – the wild furry type – and back, brought back her dad from his animal spell, when everyone thought he’d been dead for many years Ivie is finally looking happy. Has a job she loves, great friends and is about to marry the wonderful Jack and live happily ever after…except this is Ivie, and trouble sticks to her like s hit to a blanket ( one of my nan’s favourite sayings when I was a kid!)

Ivie’s dad is being very strange, but she feels she owes him, he’s her dad and she’s not seen him for so long. When he asks her to help him and his new apprentice Liam with a tiny, simple spell she feels she has to. She’d promised Jack not to do magic as it brought her into such trouble each time but surely he’ll understand, its only something simple and its her dad, she can’t say no. Of course nothing is simple or easy when it comes to her dad and Ivie ends up caught in another disaster.

The book goes like this all the way through, with poor Ivie getting into more and more trouble, and having to try to find a way out of the mire her dad has landed her in. Its hard to say too much without giving important elements away but Ivie has to make some really hard choices towards the end and I feel for her.

When I started reading I thought this would be a light, simplistic read but its got surprising depth among the humour, and the balance is just perfect. Its an easy read, the writing flows well, the plots build on each other and there are some wonderful characters and I really really enjoyed this read.

The end though – gah! I hate cliff-hangers, even though this one is tinged with humour. I’ve no doubt Ivie will work her way through it but hope its not too long before book three comes out 🙂

 

 

Stars: Five, a fun easy read with some unexpected depth to it.

 

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The Faithful Couple, A.D. Miller

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Genre:  General Fiction

The description of this was really intriguing and I was keen to begin. Sadly though for me it was a let down, just didn’t work.

All the while I was reading I felt I was waiting for something to happen. Even The Event when it occurred kind of passed me by, and it wasn’t until much later I realised they viewed it so differently, and it held such significance for both of them. It just seemed so petty, such a small thing to have such a huge impact on their lives for so long.

The time goes on, they grow up and there’s the usual births and deaths, relationships, careers, all the myriad of things that make up the average life, and yet through it all this event seems to have a huge impact and  I just couldn’t see why. All that angst about it, blame laying and remembering words and nuances, exactly what was said or not, what should or shouldn’t have happened….They were young, and rightly or wrongly things do happen, no one’s perfect and I just felt it was a story created around a storm in a teacup event, something that should never had had such an impact on their lives considering everything else that could and did happen. They were a couple of kids, larking about, playing and enjoying life, exactly as they should have been at their age. To have something like that overshadow their lives and actions for so long- well, its sad.

Its a story lots of readers love and that’s great, I’m glad for them but for me it just doesn’t work. Feels sort of hard going, forced and a difficult to get into read for me.

Stars: Two and a half, I wanted to like it more but….

 

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