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Witch Is When Life Got Complicated (A Witch P.I. Mystery Book 2) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B0127HPLCA
- Publisher : Implode Publishing Ltd (August 24, 2015)
- Publication date : August 24, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 1954 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 237 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,186 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I mostly enjoy the sibling interactions between Jill and her sister, Karen, but I think it's stupid that Kathy blamed Jill about the Beany Babies when Kathy was the one snooping through someone else's house and taking things that didn't belong to her. That was very irritating!
At times I was so fed up with the story that I vowed to never read another one, but then I'd run into more of that delightful and funny dialog and then I think, well maybe I'll get just one more before I quit. That's how much I enjoy Jill's snarky comments, especially her inner ones. So maybe I will get the next book, but if it still focuses on Candlefield and vampires and werewolves and the squabbling twins then I'll have to give up. Wish me luck.
First, Jill is mentally and emotionally a child. While this could be an interesting premise for a book about a witch, there is no indication that the author realizes that Jill is childish. Her "career" is a joke -- she investigates cases in both worlds, but she never takes a case on which she makes money. How does she pay her bills? It's the real mystery of the book, one that pales in comparison to the "Encyclopedia Brown"-style mysteries she spends her time solving (not just one missing trophy case, she takes on TWO, like anyone over the age of 12 would get that worked up about a trophy). There's also a murder, but the case is so choppily investigated and hastily resolved that it's difficult for the reader to care about it. Her method of investigation is just to wander around asking questions.
Jill's maturity isn't any better when it comes to her personal life. She lets her non-supernatural sister bully her relentlessly and spends most of her time with her immature, bickering cousins, her inefficient and unhelpful assistant, and her mean grandmother. These relationships are sketchily written and tedious to read. And the supernatural world she is joining feels pulled together from scraps leftover from more successful series. Magic is rudimentary and basic, ghosts are cute distractions, vampires and werewolves are toothless and smoothly integrated into society without a hint of disruption or violence. What do they eat? Who do they hunt? It's unclear these questions ever crossed the author's mind. Their main purpose is to date witches and play sports. There is a mysterious "Dark One" following Jill, but the threat is so vague and dull it's hard to care about (and the eventual identity of the "Dark One" seems painfully obvious).
All these problems with the story are made worse by the rudimentary quality of the writing. Dialogue is stilted, characters are one-dimensional and universally immature, the mundane and the supernatural world seem equally sketchy and unrealistic. It doesn't look as if any editing was done at all -- in some parts, even character names are mixed up or wrong. It just has a sloppy feel, like there was a rush to get it online. Better editing wouldn't fix everything for this book, but it would make it easier to read.
Top reviews from other countries
I’m now up to book 7 of this series, so don’t be put off by the 3-star rating. I felt the main drawback of this book was the considerable amount of detail that was repeated from Book 1 of the series. That said, I haven’t found it an issue in the later books, when the balance between pleasing new readers by filling-in the back-story, and concentrating on delivering the next episode seems much better.
Regardless of what might seem a harsh rating, there is still an awful lot to enjoy in this second book of the Witch PI series: The plot is jammed packed with things going on. A mix of cozy mystery, fantasy and a budding romance thrown in for good measure. And, the pace is just as zany; once in to the story, it rips along at tremendous speed.
There is the same degree of craziness that began in Book 1 too. The characters are clearly defined, varied, and even the madness of including a talking dog and cat simply adds to its unique appeal. Another thing that works especially well is the way the lead character uses ‘asides’ to communicate her thoughts directly to the reader.
Full of humour throughout, there were more than enough positives to easily keep me engaged with the series.
I love the relaxed style of writing and the great 'one-liners.' Solving the mysteries is a secondary consideration to life in the 'extended family' but all the more entertaining. Interaction between the characters is superb.