Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus: Legends (The Lily Singer Adventures, Book 4) Kindle Edition
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Throughout this series Lily is really growing into her own and she makes some important steps in that regard in this book as well. It's really great to see her change a bit and stand up for what she believes in. She is not compromising on some of her points, like how she wants to be both fashionable and wear adventure clothes, which was a fun touch of showing her personality. She acts so realistic and I liked how she hesitated to harm others even though they probably deserved.
On the topic of realism I was quite impressed by how the author wrote the battle scene towards the end, it all was over pretty quickly, but still you were able to follow what went on. It seemed realistic that battles with magic in this universe wouldn't drag on for long as that's basically not possible with the way magic works here.
The change in setting in this book was interesting. Instead of in the familiar setting in the US and the city and locations we already know there, the story took place in the UK in this book. It was fun seeing Lily her excitement about visiting the UK and Oxford and I thought it was interesting how she noted the differences between the two countries. Although for me it just illustrated how different the US is as the UK is a lot more similar to the Netherlands.
There is a bit of romance as a side plot line and I love seeing it develop and grow a bit in each book. The same is the case in this book and I liked were it left them at the end of this book and am curious to see it change even more in the next book. It was nice reading about both characters and how they slowly realize their feelings for the other. While the main part of the book is told from Lily's point fo view, there's an interlude in the middle from Sebastian's point of view, which is always one of my favorite parts of the books.
The reader meets some new characters and places in this book. There are some interesting new side characters, but mostly they serve to fill a bit of a role and they do play their part, but we don't get to know them as much as I would've liked. I did like the manservant in this book. I didn't really care for Yuki and her poking fun at Sir Kipling. I also didn't really care for the plot line with a certain legend being real, but it didn't diminish my enjoyment of the book. The main characters are still great to read about and we learn more about them in this book and Sir Kipling goes with them everywhere they go, so we see a lot more of the snarky cat, which was fun.
I especially liked how we learned a bit more about the Fae realm in this book. It's something the author only touched upon so far and in this book we get a nice chunk of information about the Fae. I still have a lot of questions and want to know more, but it was great to learn more about them here. I also really liked the scene where they visit the Fae realm. I loved how the realm was described, it looked so pretty in my head.
To summarize: I really enjoyed this book! It's just as good as the previous books and I liked how we get to read more about the characters I've grown fond of. The setting change was interesting too as they travel to the UK in this book. Lily develops more in this book again and I love seeing her grow into her own and finding her way. And she acts so realistically as well. The magic system is another thing that felt very realistic. Another part I really liked is how we learned more about the Fae and their realm in this book. And ofcourse seeing the romance develop was awesome too! I can't wait for the next book in this series as these books are just so fun!
This book takes us jaunting across England to find the resting place of Morgan LeFay, hopefully before John Faust finds her. Along the way, Lily and Seb tangle with the fey, spies, evil spells, and more. This book is a bit calmer than the last one--so much time is spent on sightseeing that the pacing is a lot slower. It's still fun, though, and we learn a bit more about Sebastian's secret backstory. The ending left me sighing for book 5, which isn't out yet. Great series!
There are a few problems here and there. The cost to get a last minute flight to London from Atlanta is likely extremely prohibitive, I wouldn't know, no desire to ever visit England. Perhaps Lily's uncle had the cash, or Lily or Sebastian charmed the counter person. And the issues with transporting an animal on an international flight. So, perhaps I'm willing to accept their getting to England with a little bit of handwavium. I don't want to read about the PITA of going through customs, etc, etc. So in skipping over that to get on with the story, I'm good. After all, if you can suspend disbelief for talking cats, otherworldly fae creatures, and spell casting witches and wizards, why not dodging customs, etc. It works for John Ringo and he sells a few books.
Again, I don't do book reports, if you want the plot, read the book's back-cover blurb and then just buy it. It's exactly what she intended, pleasant, escapist fiction. Given that I tend to prefer grimmer, grimier books and stories, primarily military sci-fi, the fact that Lydia Sherrer has caught and held my attention enough to get me to support her efforts as an author might give a hint about her capabilities as an entertaining author.
So do yourself a favor, spend a few dollars and then spend an enjoyable evening reading "Legends."
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