Pumpkin: Called but not read
Cat: Read but not called
Cat with Pumpkin: Called and Read
This is a nice enough mystery involving Jill Gooder who discovers that she is a witch. There is a bit more telling than showing. But the really winning bit is Jill who comes across as human. She has flaws, she knows what they are, and she doesn't apolgize for them. But she is not bitchy. She cares deeply for her family who care deeply for her.
It was fun. And passed the Bedchal Test with flying colors.
Way back when I first joined Goodreads, I won the first or second book by this author in a giveaway. I didn't like it. The writing was good, the plot was meh. I didn't finish. I put the author on the "perhaps try later" mental shelf.
MyBookBox included this recent release in its Aug 2018 shipment, and the book is much better. It concerns a small town that is recovering from a mass shooting, a young woman, and a dead shrink. The story is told via the detective trying to solve the murder and the young woman who is a prime suspect.
The pace is a bit slow, but the real suspense comes from the unrooting of secrets. The writing is gripping and the book is a solid good read.
I might not have been in the right mood for this considering what is currently going on in the US politics.
It is a workable fantasy. It is part Burn Notice, part Dresden, part James Bond. Apparently every single beautiful woman finds Nate undeniable and is willing to drop her bra and panties for him. At least, every woman of legal age. To be fair, Nate does look upon girls as girls, and the sex is totally consenual - far beyond the loose Bond defination of that word. Its just, at least for me, an eye rolling really.
But this would have been fine because the first half of the book is at least servicable urban fantasy, even a cut above because Nate does not try to soft pedal what he is, and he is at least honest. The sections that take place in the past work in terms of laying down a longer plan and connecting the story to a larger mythos.
The world building could have been a little bit more work.
The second half of the novel falls a bit apart into a somewhat standard damsel in distress plot line that just feels like women manipulating men to fix problems. I'm more in the mood for women to be kicking ass.
This is a rather interesting dystopia novel. The characters are not likable, and they are not really meant to be. It is more of a character study about what sexism and out of control capitalism can make people be as well as how it can affect creatively.
Despite its age, the themes of the book can still be applied to today, especially with the use of social media and the entertainment industry.