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- ASIN : B016L46AGG
- Publication date : October 12, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 1981 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 244 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #491,958 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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However, I am not rating this book down at the very bottom because I believe the Harper has hold of an interesting idea, which did hold my interest. If she takes a basic writing class and gets more inventiive with her phraseology, she could be worth following in future novels.
Grandma, who was a witch, is still hanging around, and coerces Rory into solving her murder. The cops think the death was accidental – old woman, steep stairs in the house, what else could it be? Grandma says no, because if she died peacefully, she would have passed on.
I wanted to like this book, I really did. I was intrigued by the paranormal angle, and I liked watching Rory make a complete change in lifestyle and try to fit in in a conservative town while coming into her own power. And the ending, when I finally waded through the rest of the book, was a surprise.
My affection got diverted, however, by the repetitive use of the descriptive phrase “rolled his/her/my eyes”. The author used it about 29 times throughout the book. I would have given it up at repetition no. 7, but I was on the treadmill and I didn’t want to stop and pick a new book. I do think the author could have benefited from a good editor, or at least a couple of competent beta readers. Can’t recommend this one.
As I read this story, I was not only trying to figure out ‘who dun it’, but I was also trying to figure out which characters were telling the truth and which were lying. There were a handful, give or take, of potential murderers, but Aubrey kept me guessing till the very end. That is one thing I truly enjoyed the story. I found this story on Amazon for 99 cents and took a chance to get a glimpse at the author’s writing style and ability to keep me hooked. Although there were more typos than I would prefer, and at times the writing was choppy, I did enjoy the book. I will give one of Aubrey’s other books a try
We all know writing is not easy if it was everyone would be doing it. This is a gift and a craft that it takes time to mold and develop. I would not be surprised if other authors looked back at some of their earlier works and facepalmed.
The story itself has a good strong base. There are some really good twists to the mystery and even leads you down some paths that really are dead ends. Especially when you get to the end. The characters, again have a good strong base. You do care for them and there is some empathy just not that much. There really is not enough depth to them. They seem more two-dimensional. Especially her grandmother and Rhi. As far as the detective goes, he almost doesn't belong. So much more could have been done with him. Now Hunter is another one that was just too much superficial. There was a great big question for me as to why she trusted him so much. There was not enough back story perhaps to back it up. I believe these are the types of things that a good editor could have helped with to develop the story more for her.
Either way, I did overall like the book. I was a quick light read but I was just an observer. It was all surface and no depth. I hope that this is something the author will work on in the future.
With the help of her granny’s ghost, her witchy cousin, and her book nerd friend, Rory will learn to use her new witch abilities and find out what really happened.
At first, the story felt slow and repetitive with it being mostly biting back-and-forth dialogue between the characters. But there was magic, and the story was cute and crafty. I liked how Rory got the hang of her new witchy powers quickly, especially since she was a “person of interest” in not just one but two murders in town. Yeah, maybe she should’ve stayed in NY.
In the second half of the story, when we get down to who the real killer was, was, by far, the best part! It’s always the person you least suspect.
Top reviews from other countries
the dialogue between characters aged in their late twenties was not convincing. There was a
lot of "hey, this is cool" and "yes, he sure is cute", "this is really weird", etc. Also there were some
typos and misused words and grammar. It should be "Scott and I went ........" not "me and Scott ..." nor
"I and Scott ....."
Rory, late 20's, inherits a house and an occult shop from her Grandma, who she hasn't seen since she was a child.
She and her best friend Scott arrive to look over her inheritance and meet Rory's cousin, Rhi. Rory then encounters the
ghost of her Grandma, Rose. Rory learns that Grandma and cousin Rhi are witches and she herself is a witch.
Rose insists that mundanes (think muggles) cannot see ghosts - only witches can, unless a spell is used to allow
someone (in this case Scott) to see them. I think this might be news to the many non-witches who actually can see
Grandma wants Rory and co. to solve her murder and this is discussed over and again. Throw in a "cute" detective - "call
me Jack" - and a handsome, dark stranger, who might or might not be a sinister character and a pair of juveniles who cause
trouble. The book was rather slow up till the last 20% and then at 90% there was a twist in the tail.
I give the book 2.5 stars and wouldn't recommend it to adults.
Characters didn't quite gain dimension, but with other books in the series the restroom for them to grow.
OK for a rainy afternoon.