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Trinkets, Treasures, and Other Bloody Magic (The Dowser Series) (Volume 2) Paperback – February 6, 2014
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This series made me a fan of Meghan C. Doidge. The series is set in the current day. Witches, Sorcerers, Shapeshifters, and Vampires inhabit this hidden-in-plain-sight magic system. The pace of the story is fast. The female protagonist is kickass, beautiful and flawed, mostly too humble, surely too nice for her own good. Even the supporting cast characters in this series are rich and lifelike. Read or listen as the audible reader is good.
I have now read all three books currently extant in this series. I have not enjoyed a plot-related group of books this much in a very long time. The concept is delightfully weird and the execution is direct and professional.
The characters take precedence over the crazy and entertaining paranormal story, each one drawn in an elaborately three-dimensional manner, and the action and comedy serve only to heighten your love (or hate) of each "person." There are witches and dowers and shape-shifters and sorcerers and demons. And there are cupcakes. Lots and lots of cupcakes. I believe I actually gained three pounds reading the first book.
Others have listed plot points in their reviews, but I think it's better to discover them while reading, so I will say nothing. What I WILL say, though, is that a reader needs to carve out time for these books, for once begun, each one is Very Difficult to Put Down until it has been finished.
I didn't like how she always let others make her decisions for her, it was like she just let them decide her fate, while she stood off to the side and made food. It may just be me, but I found that really annoying.
I think the book is amazing, other than the decision making. It's a great book, while it isn't exactly a reread, but if you're looking through the reviews to see if you should buy it, I highly recommend it if you read the first one and liked it.