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- Print Length: 259 pages
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- Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc (June 15, 2016)
- Publication Date: June 15, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01F0LRJ7U
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A Witch's Journey (The Lobster Cove Series) Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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The story opens with Pepper, a witch, in a dire situation. She’s used magic openly (in Salem, of all places) to protect her place of work, an animal rehab shelter, from a storm, and now she’s out of a job and being thrown out of her apartment. She has no place to go, and no plans. So far, so good.
Then she receives a summons to a family solicitor, to be told she’s inherited an estate and a large amount of money – good timing or what?
Upon arriving at said property, she meets hot handyman, Lathan, former Navy Seal who just happens to be a wolf shifter. Okay, right now he can’t shift due to injuries sustained, but who cares? He’s gorgeous, amenable and available.
So begins the delightful tale of Pepper setting up her own animal rescue and rehab centre with a lot of physical help from the delectable Lathan. They are engaging characters, beautifully depicted and easy to root for.
But therein also lies the problem at the root of this novel (for me) – it has no real plot. Yes, there is a story. Yes, things happen. But conflict? No.
Pepper and Lathan get along just fine, moving steadily from interested to attached to committed with nary a ripple of a problem along the way. Yes, they both have personal issues to come to terms with, and they talk and think about how things could go wrong, but they never do!
There are vague threats to the rehab centre, and a slightly crazy guy who makes a couple of half-hearted physical assaults, but turns out he’s being controlled by the real ‘bad guy’, who is so ineffectual he makes so little impact on the story I can’t even remember his name. I did feel the poor patsy was rather badly dealt with – it wasn’t his fault he was acting out of character, and yet no one seemed at all concerned about the consequences to his life.
There are a couple of recurring points that impart unease – a window that seems to open itself, and a door that creaks ominously – both of which I was truly expecting to play critical roles in the final scenes, but no, they never led anywhere.
In fact, Pepper sums up the ending extremely well herself, when she says: “Well, that was an anticlimactic ending to the evening.”
Basically in this book, nothing goes wrong. No conflict, no danger – lots of talking about it, but it never comes to anything.
So if you are looking for a sweet, easy read, with lovely characters, decent writing, a few sex scenes, some jaunts around beautiful places, and lots of descriptions of yummy food, then this is a book for you.
If, on the other hand, you want action, things going awry, characters thrown into impossible situations, and above all, conflict, then I suggest you leave this one off your reading list.
I received a free copy of this book for a blog tour – all thoughts are my own.
Things I loved in the book was Pepper as a character. She felt very real with her emotions and thoughts. Pepper isn't some naive young girl, but rather very compassionate person and thinks every situation through. She does a great job establishing the wildlife center on her Aunt's property on Lobster Cove. Pepper tries to thoroughly research all of her problems before making decisions. The author did a great job creating a strong women lead character for this book. I also really liked that Pepper was extremely responsible for her magic, she did a great job establishing when she uses magic and never for personal gain.
Lathen was an interesting character to me, I think the author could have done a little bit of a better job expanding upon his character. I did have a few questions regarding Lathan that I felt where kind of skipped over or mentioned quickly and I didn't get the answers I was looking for. I do understand the book is more focused on Pepper as she is the narrator, but we do get a look into Lathen's family dynamics a lot, so I would have liked a little more about what traumatic event happened to Lathen. I felt like I didn't get a complete picture on Lathen.
The author did a great job with the background details for the book. We got the right information at the right time to keep the story moving. We learned about Pepper's history as well as her family history in the correct order so you were able to piece everything together as you read the book. I love when the story flows naturally in a book it makes it easier to read. I also loved the descriptions the author used for all the scenery around the book.
I would suggest this as a beach read. It is the perfect read for a sunny day and you wouldn't want to put it down to long!
I received a copy of this book from Masquerade Book Tours for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of this book.