- Series: Zodiac Chillers (Book 4)
- Paperback: 169 pages
- Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; Sprinter ed edition (September 26, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0679873074
- ISBN-13: 978-0679873075
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4.5 x 7.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,285,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Twisted Taurus (Zodiac Chillers) Paperback – September 26, 1995
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The novels also got progressively darker as the series progressed. And if In Leo's Lair (Zodiac Chillers) by Carol Ellis was dark, then "Twisted Taurus" is almost virtually black in tone. Micaela James has made a decision, she wants a friend, and what Micaela wants, she gets. Unfortunately, Micaela doesn't have a clue as what having a friend means; she just wants one. She is a manipulative, vengeful, and cold little b*tch who has no trouble hurting those around her, or experimenting with poisons on her companions, just to see what happens. Micaela also considers herself to be a witch, and she hears voices. This all equals a bad combination by any stretch.
In her pursuit of her goals she performs black magic rituals and cultivates toxic plants from her secret garden to get various poisons to use in her rituals. As the novel starts, she in creating a new poison from one of these plants she calls the Heart of Darkness.
On her quest to find some friends, Micaela decides that she wants the Callahan kids, who are new to the neighborhood, to be hers. She wants Kurt to be her lover, and Darci to be her BFF/protégé, and she doesn't care who gets hurt, or killed, in the process. Unfortunately, the Callahan's are taken, and Micaela isn't into sharing. Kurt is in love with the beautiful Kristin Harper, and Darci is taking an interest in Ian Hassler. Deciding to get rid of her competition for the sibling's attention, Micaela at first tries to be their friends, and this works with Darci, who, being new to the area, is looking for a friend. It doesn't work for Kurt, who isn't looking for a new girlfriend, he has one, and he's happy with her.
Too bad for Kristin. But, a little obstacle like Kristin isn't going to stop Micaela however, and at first she tries some nasty subterfuge, but when that doesn't work, she decides to take drastic action. Meanwhile, Darci is still falling in love with Ian, and Micaela just can't have that either, and decides that her new poison is just the trick to take care of this problem.
Now it may seem that I'm giving everything away, but I'm not, there are a couple of major twists here that show just what a little psycho Micaela is. Kinda like Temperance Brennan (from Bones: The Complete First Season) but having gone very, very wrong. "Twisted Taurus" also has some borderline supernatural stuff in it. Do the spells that Micaela use actually work, or is it just coincidence? Is she in communication with the devil, or is she just hearing voices? Read the novel and make up your own mind, but clearly Micaela's trolley has gone off its tracks and Micaela's dangerous. Like the previous book in this series, this novel could have been longer, and it just ENDS a little too sharply. A longer book would have been great.
After 1999 Steiber stopped publishing, at least under her own name, except for a cool looking book called A Rumor of Gems (Gemstone) in 2005. Except for the too quick ending, this is a great read with a great villain, and the next book in the series would be Never Love a Libra (Zodiac Chillers) by Vicki Kamida.
For this site I have reviewed these other books in this series:
In Leo's Lair (Zodiac Chillers)
Never Love a Libra (Zodiac Chillers)
Pisces Drowning (Zodiac Chillers)
Rage of Aquarius (Zodiac Chillers)
The Scorpio Society (Zodiac Chillers)
This is a great book. Micaela is a fascinating character to watch, albeit scary. She's like a white tiger, interesting to watch behind the safety of bars but scary up close. This twisted Taurus makes this book a fun ride. I also recommend Piecies Drowning by same author.