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review 2016-07-04 05:22
The Bitches of Everafter - Barbra Annino

While this was an interesting take on fairy tale classics, it pretty much turned into the show Once Upon a time with a different villain.

The story itself was kind of confusing and the connections were a bit lose. The narration follows various characters, which sometimes works, but I often needed to backtrack in order to remember what had been going on the last time I read about the character.

At the beginning, the story really dragged on and it didn't really pick up until halfway through. However, by the end, the story felt rushed and ended in a very vague cliffhanger that didn't necessarily leave the reader wanting more, but rather feeling disappointed at the lackluster ending to a potentially promising series.

The other big issue with the book was that the reader knows what's going on (to some extent) before the characters do, making the story feel like it is even more drawn out. For another thing, if you're going to have your characters lose their memories, don't give them obvious names like Punzie, Cindy, and Snow White. The reader clearly knew who they were, but the characters had no idea. This made the book feel unnecessarily long.

The characters themselves were pretty shallow and stereotypical. It was often difficult to keep them straight aside from Snow White.

A decent idea, but a real lack of follow through. It's not necessarily a long book, but one that feels long because of the slow storyline.

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review 2015-05-26 02:21
Sin City Goddess
Sin City Goddess - Barbra Annino

I found the humor a bit out of place given the kidnapping, torture/mutilation, and murder.  I felt it tried too hard.   Tisi came across as an idiot, not to mention selfish.  The romance was meh.

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review 2015-05-21 00:36
Opal Fire (A Stacy Justice Mystery #1) by Barbra Annino
Opal Fire - Barbra Annino

Stacy Justice gives up her promising career as a journalist to return home and help her witch family.  In a small town, things are supposed to be slow but Stacy quickly discovers that small towns also harbor secrets, when her cousins bar burns down and the remains of a woman are found hidden in the walls.  With her cousin accused of arson, Stacy decides to investigate, forcing her to finally acknowledge her latent witch powers and to stop dismissing her witch aunts as simply weird.

It became apparent to me early on in Opal Fire that Annino was trying to capture the essence of the movie Practical Magic and infuse her novel with it.  Unfortunately, Annino was far from successful at this attempt.  Opal Fire was meant to be a quirky paranormal chick lit mystery/romance and therefore; essentially a light read. Opal Fire was so over written that at  some points it became difficult to keep my eyes on the page.  Did we really need every single detail of what Stacy ate and why?  Was I really supposed to be amused that her grandparents, who have difficulty getting alone, went on a marriage retreat and then sent her text messages about it?  Why was that even in the story?  Even more importantly, why should I care?

Stacy spent most of the time in Opal Fire chasing her own tail.  It became apparent very early on who the murderer was and how Stacy failed to connect the dots amazed me?  The big Perry Mason like confession was supposed to be startling but I couldn't get through it fast enough.  It was all just so bloody obvious.  Furthermore, when are writers going to realise that having the antagonist confess and then connect the dots for the protagonist is a cheap device?


The bulk of the characters in this novel were women.  It was nice to see the close relationships between them, particularly the aunts, who were always ready with a magical cure. I liked the idea that to be with a Justice woman a potential mate had to be strong and willing to accept them for who they are. What I didn't enjoy was the depiction of Monique, who Annino described as the "town tramp".  When Monique appeared, slut shaming was sure to follow.  The conflict between Monique and Stacy predictably revolved around a man.  Stacy spent far too much time telling Monique to stay away from her current boyfriend Leo.  It had me rolling my eyes.  Was it really necessary to create tension this way? This, coupled with the victim, who happened to be a pregnant wild teen, made the treatment of gender problematic at times

 

 

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Source: www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2015/04/opal-fire-stacy-justice-mystery-1-by.html
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review 2015-04-24 00:00
The Bitches of Everafter
The Bitches of Everafter - Barbra Annino I really enjoyed this book.

Take 5 fairy tale princesses, make them bitchy, Place them in the modern world & remove their memories. some crazy awesome women taking charge of their lives in spite of the problems placed in their way. And someone who is determined to destroy them. My first reaction was that is story was weird and i was thinking ( where all this is going to lead to !! ) , but I found that I LOVED it . it's amazing.
I think Bella and Snow White were my favorite characters.
Bella is Smart and Snow was so strong ! loved them !
can't wait to read book two.
. I highly recommend this book. >.^
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review 2015-04-24 00:00
The Bitches of Everafter
The Bitches of Everafter - Barbra Annino I really enjoyed this book.

Take 5 fairy tale princesses, make them bitchy, Place them in the modern world & remove their memories. some crazy awesome women taking charge of their lives in spite of the problems placed in their way. And someone who is determined to destroy them. My first reaction was that is story was weird and i was thinking ( where all this is going to lead to !! ) , but I found that I LOVED it . it's amazing.
I think Bella and Snow White were my favorite characters.
Bella is Smart and Snow was so strong ! loved them !
can't wait to read book two.
. I highly recommend this book. >.^
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