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Title: Spells Trouble
Author: P.C Cast & Kristin Cast
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: May 25, 2021
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Let’s set our intentions girls.Abigail
Spells Trouble Synopsis
Double double, twins spell trouble…
Hunter and Mercy Goode are twin witches, direct descendants of the founder of their town of Goodeville. As their ancestors have done before them, it is now time for the twins to learn what it means to be Gatekeepers–the protectors of the Gates to different underworlds, ancient portals between their world and realms where mythology rules and nightmares come to life.
When their mother becomes the first victim in a string of murders, the devastated sisters vow to avenge her death. But it will take more than magic to rein in the ancient mythological monsters who’ve infected their peaceful town.
Now Hunter and Mercy must come together and accept their destiny or risk being separated for good.
Spells Trouble Review
Hunter and Mercy, twin witches born from Salem’s Goode bloodline are charged with guarding gates that run along ley lines in Goodeville. They come into their true power on their 16th birthday, but it doesn’t go as it should, ending in murder and mythical monsters being released into the human world.
Alright, well, I had high hopes for this novel, it was one of my most anticipated books of this year. I really was expecting more based on the House of Night series by the same author and the concept that this book seemed to be based from. Unfortunately, this book fell flat for me. The description of the book is definitely what pulled me in. A magical mystery surrounding the teen witches where there’s murders where it throws the sisters into having to save the town and ultimately their world. Sounds good, right!?! .
Hunter, Mercy, and their best friends Jax and Emily, are alright characters but could definitely do with some more development. The book is told through both Hunter and Mercy’s POV. The author introduces them as two polar opposites; however when reading the POV’s, they are almost identical making it really hard to determine who’s POV it is. The girls’ inner voices weren’t distinct enough to make it immediately obvious who was talking, which got confusing at some points, especially with no notice or heading that the perspective had changed. I guess the author was going for showing how connected the twins were through their “twin bond”, but it made it difficult to follow along who’s POV you were reading from.
Unfortunately, the pacing made it less of an enjoyable read when coupled with the switching POV without notice. The quantity of events after their birthday mishap, the speed it unfolds at, the emotional choices for the characters, and a lot of “telling” not “showing” description language made the timeline and events disorientating. Overall, it wasn’t a bad book, but it was just an average book. I’ll probably end up getting the second book just because the concept of the novel has so much potential and I’m just gonna hope that the readability gets better.
I would like to thank NetGalley and Wednesday Books for sending me a free copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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About P.C. and Kristin Cast
PC was born in the Midwest, and grew up being shuttled back-and-forth between Illinois and Oklahoma, which is where she fell in love with Quarter Horses and mythology (at about the same time). After high school, she joined the United States Air Force and began public speaking and writing. After her tour in the USAF, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. PC is an experienced teacher and talented speaker. Ms. Cast lives in Oregon near her fabulous daughter, her adorable pack of dogs, her crazy Maine Coon, and a bunch of horses.
Kristin is a #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today bestselling author who was born on an Air Force base in Japan and grew up in Oklahoma where she explored everything from tattoo modeling to broadcast journalism. After battling addiction, Kristin made her way to the Pacific Northwest and landed in Portland. She rediscovered her passion for storytelling in the stacks at dusty bookstores and in rickety chairs in old coffeehouses. For as long as she can remember, Kristin’s been telling stories. Thankfully, she’s been writing them down since 2005.
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