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My favorite part of this book is the discussion of the Craft. I thought it was really beautiful and full of lots of good Truth. I got teary-eyed at the scene with where Cassie helps Violet cross over, with the help of the God & Goddess. I don't think I'll ever look at a candle lit on Samhain the same way again.
I liked that she used an often-overlooked mythological creature - the Sirens - instead of overused creatures like vampires, werewolves, etc. It gave it a fresh feeling. I wanted to know more about this world-building she was starting with the Sirens and their place in the world.
I got angry that the Sirens kept erasing people's memories, especially at the end. The Sirens are seriously paranoid to an unhealthy degree, but it almost seemed like Dubats felt they were in the right to erase people's memories (obviously, I think it's wrong). Holly and Laine had these powerful experiences on the astral, and the entire experience was erased because Sirens were involved. They deserve to remember being spoken to by the Goddess on the astral and finding their own power. For their sakes I am pissed off that they've been robbed of that experience!
My one major problem with this book is the relationship between Cassie & Trenton. It is deeply unhealthy. When they first meet, he energetically assaults her. Then she starts stalking him and his family on the physical and astral plane because she wants to find him and understand what happened when he assaulted her and what he really is. And then suddenly they're a "match" and are completely in love with one another??! No way. Oh, and then at the end he erased all those memories so that she wouldn't even remember the assault, stalking, his crazy ex-girlfriend/not-match, etc., and they could start from scratch - why yes, let's start our relationship based on a big fat lie! That is some really messed up and unhealthy s*** right there.
I'm still not sure if I want to keep reading the rest of the series. The lovely stuff about witchcraft and the gods kind of makes me want to, despite the problematic Trenton/Cassie relationship.
What I found wonderfully drawn, though, was the inclusion and depiction of Wiccan practice and magic which--with the exclusion of the astral travel, which few in my experience can do well, let alone this often, easily, and vividly--is quite authentic and nicely woven into many aspects of the primary character's lives. Better still was how Dubats depicted a certain personal growth in the main character, who learns not to stereotype and label others by the novels end in a very convincing and elegant way (frankly, I wish I had a teacher like Mrs. Boyle when I was in high school).
In short, I found this book to be a pleasant diversion if one has a tolerance for Twilight-style books, and an admirable depiction of Wiccans and their practices. If I was a mother, I would happily share this with my own Wiccan children.
There was a bit of Magic throughout the story. I was intrigued with "Drink and Know spells," and explanations of some of the rituals performed within the story
I also usually find a few favorite lines in every book I read. My favorite in this one was not really significant to the story, but in a scene where Cassie is doing yoga. She said "My downward dog wandered off." I'm always up with a touch of humor anywhere.
Do I recommend this? You bet I do. It's exciting, and just a fun way to escape for a little while. Be careful or you'll get book hangover. (The inability to leave the world you just read about, before you can start a new book.)