- File Size: 886 KB
- Print Length: 198 pages
- Publisher: Red Palm Press LLC (July 25, 2017)
- Publication Date: July 25, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B073DGGPHZ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,225 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Some things happened in the beginning that were so incredibly unrealistic! I didn’t work in the repo business itself, but I did work in a job that had a lot to do with that. And I know, what happened is just not real. It couldn’t have happened IRL because it’s just not how it works. Impossible. So, not enough research?
All things combined, I started out disliking the story and the main character. And it’s hard to come back from that, yet I decided to continue, because maybe when I got to Starry Hollow it’d get better. And it looked like it would. And right at the moment I thought, hey, maybe… Ember said something very negative and demeaning again and I couldn’t get over that second hump.
I stopped right then and there. I read some other reviews and there was one who said ‘I kept reading but it never got better’. So I don’t know if I will ever pick it up again to continue. Likeability of the main character is one of the most important parts of a book for me. Especially of a cozy. I love a bit of snarkiness, I love a bit of sass, but I just didn’t make the connection with Ember; she’s just too hard around the edges. But the most important thing was that she described things that just weren’t possible. And I don’t mean the magic, I have enough imagination for that. I’ll give you my biggest grief, but it’s a bit spoilerish, so don’t read further if you don’t like spoilers.
One minute the guy is in front of the truck threatening her, keeping her from being able to drive off, the next he’s letting air out of the back tire (the BACK tire!) and kicking the side. Why not drive off quickly then? It’s obvious he stepped away from the front, she can just get away! Things get worse from there.
It’s just one example, I could give you 2 more and I didn’t even get much further than Chapter 5.
Over and out. I want to apologize for sounding harsh, because I do realize it sounds unkind. I promise I don’t mean to be! I know that every book contains the blood, sweat and tears of an author. And I do appreciate that. So I am sorry.
During a routine repo job, Ember finds herself in a dangerous situation that triggers her magic. Magic she isn't aware she processes that alerts family doesn't know she has. When they appear to save her from the same mobster who just tried to kill her earlier, they whisk her and daughter, Marley, to their hometown, Ember's birthplace. Newly ensconced in the cottage on the estate, Ember stumbles onto a body in the woods near her new home. Now a suspect, however unlikely, she embarks on her first foray to finding a killer amongst the vampires, witches, fairies and witches that make up her new community, where every knows who she is.
Ember is a very different character from those around her. Her daughter a very self-sufficient 10 year old, 3 new cousins and their children, an intimidating aunt, a gruff sheriff, and very put together new boss. Too many likeable characters to assume one killed someone, but turns out things were not what they expected.
As I said, cute story that ends happily. Ember still doesn't know how to use her magic so there will definitely be more to come.
And Ember, her 10 going on 40 year old daughter, and their terrier PP3 find out one night while Ember crosses wits with a mobster out to kill her. Making a wish seems to open a trap door in her psyche and out pops a family fully formed, and disks them off to Starry Hollow, a paranormal village where the Rose family, of which she apparently comes from, presents as the most powerful family in town. From just the three of them to this great legacy...how's the girl from Jersey going to handle this one?
A legacy hire to the local newspaper, Ember finds herself solving a mystery she really doesn't want to be a part of. Is she up for the task?
This is my first Annabel Chase, but it won't be my last I'm sure. As a Gilmore girls/ Bunheads fan, I see the parallels in this story and those, and I'm in for the long haul here. Highly Recommended 5/5