All Stacy Justice wants to do is recover from the bizarre couple of weeks she’s had - the whirlwind kicked off by the fire at her cousin’s bar, the Black Opal. But just when life is settling down, 14-year-old Ivy appears on her doorstep, claiming to be her sister. Ivy insists their mother is in danger and Stacy’s magic is the key to saving her. Sure, Ivy shares Stacy’s fiery hair and green eyes - but is she really her sister? And can the secretive teen be trusted with the family magic?
Then a man turns up dead at the bed-and-breakfast run by Stacy’s grandmother, the family’s Blessed Book goes missing, and it seems someone is out to kill Stacy - again. So she has no choice but to follow Ivy’s lead.
©2012 Barbra Annino (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I'm a 30-something paranormal, mystery, and humor enthusiast. For me, the main character is the most important part of a book.
That's the phrase that comes to mind when I think of this series. It has a little bit of everything to please everyone. Some romance, action, danger, a little witchcraft, crazy family. This would be a hilarious sit-com (minus the impending doom in each book).
The second book starts off with the ending of the first book which would help if it was a while in between listening to them. I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first one. I guess it was because I couldn't get into Ivy's character. I just didn't find her antics that funny for her age. That aside I did enjoy the rest of the characters and did find at least a few funny spots. I really enjoyed finding out who the real guardian was.
The story was disjointed and felt contrived. The Big Reveal felt poorly conceived and researched and the character interactions were hard for me to believe. The first book I enjoyed and thought that the follow-up would be just as good if not (hopefully) better. This felt hurried and sloppy.
I'm afraid to pursue anymore. I'm a huge fan of Juliet Blackwell's series, which got me into this. I also love Charlaine Harris. I've been burned on two different new series now and am waiting to risk it again.
Feminine, amber, fine
There were some funny lines of dialogue... it wasn't so painful that I couldn't finish it, but I was really disappointed
I like this genre and the story wasn't bad, reading it in my Kindle app was much better than listening to it. I got the entire series before listening to any of it...no way will I be able to tolerate this narrator through the whole series! I'll have to wait until I have time to read them rather than listen to them.
I listened to the first book in this series...equally annoying.
She was truly awful, monotone, emotionless, and with no inflections. Speed reading in emotionless monotone is VERY annoying!!
The characters were okay, I'd cut the narrator! She is impossible to listen to!!
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