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Magic And The Modern Girl (Red Dress Ink) Paperback – September 23, 2008
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Washington, D.C., reference librarian (and practicing witch) Jane Madison learns a lesson in love and spell casting in Klasky's lively latest (after Sorcery and the Single Girl). After quitting the snobby Washington Coven, returning heroine Jane takes a vacation from casting spells . Six months later, she discovers her powers have vanished and her witchy paraphernalia has been destroyed. In a tizzy, Jane runs to Neko, her gay feline familiar, and Melissa White, her ever-sympathetic best friend, before seeking help from David Montrose, her sexy warder/protector and astral bodyguard. Before long, Jane's summoned a magical servant named Ariel to help restore her magical powers, but the enchantment backfires, leading Ariel to become an obsessed arts activist and an unlikely D.C. celebrity. Further complications put Jane's cat, grandmother and love life in danger. Klasky stirs in some winning romantic angst with charming Will Becker, an architect Jane dates while still pining for David. Though predictable, Klasky's whimsical flair make this a fun entry in a series still building momentum. (Oct.)
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Mindy Klasky learned to read when her parents shoved a book in her hands and told her that she could travel anywhere in the world through stories. She never forgot that advice. When Mindy isn't "traveling" through writing books, she quilts, cooks and tries to tame the endless to-be-read shelf in her home library. You can visit Mindy at her Web site, www.mindyklasky.com.
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Jane hasn't been using her magic. In fact, you could say she's been very neglectful. Her powers have dwindled, her books are fading, her bits and bobbles are disappearing, and her relationships with her warder is practically non existent. Not only does she have to deal with all of that, but her Grandmother is getting married, her best friend finally has a boyfriend, and Jane thinks she's finally found her guy!
So what's this Modern Witch to do? Well she's going to have to pull out all the stops and get help from everyone in order to make things right. She creates an Anima, named Arial, and of course, things go completely wrong because she doesn't focus and just about loses all the magic she has left! What a mess! Now Jane needs to convince Grandma, her mom Clara, her familiar Neko and David, her warder and protector, to help her.
The rest of the story lumbers along, and doesn't move at the same clip as the previous stories. It took me a bit longer to get thru it and sometimes I found my self skipping ahead just to get to the good parts. The interaction between Neko and Jane was limited, due to Neko moving out, and the same with David, but due to the mere fact that Jane hasn't used her magic.
It was interesting to see Jane get a boyfriend who she could finally open up to, but I didn't see that relationship going anywhere. It was so obvious that she had feelings for David, all the way back to the first book in the series. But nothing keeps a reader interested more than unrequited love or in this case, indecisive love.
The climax, naturally, happens at Grandma's wedding! But since I don't want to give away the story, I will just end and say, that if you're following the series, you will need to read this in order to find out if Jane gets her magic back or not.
Jane Madison is a witch, but she hasn't been using her "witchy" powers in so long, she's losing them. After whining about this to her friend, Melissa, her ward, David, suggests she performs a big spell to bring back her magic. She chooses to create an anima, but this turns out badly when she realizes that the anima hasn't given her any of her powers back!
During these last days of Borders' Going Out of Business Sale, I've been continuously perusing the racks, hunting for books that A) I've been meaning to buy and B) books that might be interesting. This book I spotted, with its cute cover, on one such trip. And since I knew that it would be fluffy and light-hearted, I figured I'd snatch it up and read it on a flight. So when I found myself flying, I made sure to squeeze this book into my luggage.
The first 100 pages or so are more or less solid. Sure, the book is completely fluffy, more chick lit than paranormal, but I liked the refreshing change of pace. No major baddies to fight. No worlds to save. No Messiahs to protect. Just a simple woman living a simple life.
The next 150+ pages are when the problems start to arise. The whole story comes to a complete halt as Jane tries to figure out her feelings for this great guy, Will. Gone is her desire to retain her powers. Gone is the urgency to find the damn anima. Instead, let's be a b!tch to this great guy and totally drag him all around the place.
In the beginning, I liked Jane. She was fun, she was pretty realistic, and she wasn't omnipotent. However, as the story progressed, I disliked her more and more, until I wanted to start clubbing her. She whines continuously to her friend, Melissa about her stupid, solvable problems and almost completely ignores Melissa's problems. After seeing her anima, she breaks up a date with Will, doesn't say why (only that it deals with "David"), and then proceeds to MOPE the REST OF THE NIGHT. Oh, sure, she calls David, doesn't get an answer, but if she is going to cancel a date, why not chase after anima? If she wanted to call David, use the cellphone! Go to a corner, make a quick call, if he doesn't answer, then proceed with the date! Why make life more miserable for yourself?
I don't see how Melissa put up with Jane. She has her own problems, but she seems to always have time to listen to Jane whine about her messed-up life. I guess after Melissa gets the amazing Rob, she can put up with anything Jane gives her.
Neko is such a hideously stereotyped gay character, I cringed. Fashion savvy? Check. "Girlfriend" at the end of each line of dialogue? Check. Can steal away boyfriends? Check. Hypersexual? Check. Smarmy and smart alecky? Definitely.
Will was a great guy, and I definitely wanted to see Jane happy with him. David, on the other hand, felt like a control freak. After he dumped her the night after they bumped uglies, I was totally ready to let him fly. But, of course, I am just a reader, not the author, so this wasn't my story to dictate. Let me just say that I have NO IDEA why Jane went back with this guy (even though he did say he was wrong and sorry, both of which did give me a wee bit more respect for him).
The story started out good (even with the truck loads of unnecessary backstory and recapping of the previous two books), but then flew off the tracks. Jane loses her powers, tries to regain them and fails. But then, instead of pursuing her anima, she proceeds to whine and gripe and make her love life miserable (AND drag Will around by the nose, poor guy). We have Gran's wedding, which appears out of nowhere, disappears, then reappears to be hastily and suddenly tied up at the end (it makes NO SENSE why Gran suddenly decided to go from huge wedding to small wedding). The last 50 pages or so finally returns to the plot, but by that point, I was mad at the book and very close to not finishing it (I did because I hate quitting the book).
In the end, what started as a nice, relaxing, frothy read turned into a 1000 piece unfinished jigsaw puzzle. What could have been a good story got swamped by other, unimportant plotlines, stupid actions, and stupid characters. By no means the worst book I've read, do not open this book without expecting a LOT of chick lit and you will probably enjoy it. Otherwise, just skip it.
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In the beginning, Jane hasn't been using her powers as a witch and has only been getting into fights with her familiar, Neko, so she let's him move out. But then she comes to realize that she's at risk of losing her powers all together so Jane recruits her warder David, Neko, her mother, and grandmother to help her get the powers back. She creates anima,Ariel who is supposed to help Jane's power come back but something goes wrong when Jane creates her. There is also a problem in Jane's love life that needs sorting out.
The story was a okay but seemed to go on a bit longer than necessary. Also in this book, I found Jane to be a bit annoying. She become slightly whiny to me and I don't remember her being like that in the other two books. I had one more problem with the book. The overuse of the word 'arcane'. I felt it was used on almost every page and I wondered if there were other words Mindy Klasky could have used instead.
I did, however, love the ending. It was the ending I was hoping for and it made me happy to read it. And although I was a bit disappointed by the story, it was really a joy to be able to read another book about Jane Madison. Mindy is starting a new series next year with a book called "There's the Rub" but there is also a hint on the last page that shows that Mindy may not be done with Jane's story. That would make me happy because I would love the series to continue.
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