Southern Gothic for Halloween Bingo!
Margaret and Thomas Speedwell are looking forward to a relaxing vacation with their twin girls Sarah and Emily at the Witch Dance campground near Margaret's home town in Mississippi. The area of Witch Dance not only carries the story of the witches themselves, areas where the witches danced in circles, where grass no longer grows. It is also where the people of the Choctaw tribes settled and buried their people in what are known as the Bynum Mounds. Sarah and Emily run off to play on the Mounds as soon as the family arrives, however only Emily comes back from the Mound. Sarah has disappeared without a trace and Emily won't talk. Margaret is desperate as search efforts and police turn up with nothing. However, Margaret's childhood friend Rich digs up reports from the past about other children disappearing from the same area. They are all children who are twins and none of them have returned. Determined to find her daughter, Margaret will have to accept help from an unlikely and unbelievable source and dig into a story that is centuries old.
Thanks to Kim @ caffeinated PR Services for sending me an e-ARC copy.
Aric and his friends Liam, Gemini and Koda are Weres, who go hunting for Elk in the Mount Elbert area but come upon a young golden tigress who appears to be lost. Aric is attracted by a strange magic to this tigress who changes into a young girl whose name is Celia Wird. She is also the reason dark magic forces gather wherever she goes. "They" want to kill her for some weird (pun intended) reason. She only escapes them because of a white (good) witch's intervention spell, but her spell didn't work correctly. The magic messes with the ley lines and Celia ends up in the past!
Unfortunately, my mind can't wrap itself around the idea
But still, I am delighted to have found this epic fantasy/paranormal. Is it also a romance? Idk but I've been hoping for something good to come along and Weird Girls looks promising. Gone Hunting is not just about boy things, but girl things, Celia and her sisters. Witches and Weres. I love strong female characters. I'm also glad to be able to read this series starting from the beginning. If you are familiar with Weird Girls you probably have already seen or read the other 8 (?) novels. Cecy Robson is a new-to-me author and I am thankful for this introduction to The Weird Girls.
Oh my goodness, this series is so much fun! I loved this second book every bit as much as the first. It was great to see Abigail assert herself more and get to flex her paleontology muscles and get a glimpse of what might have been had her first fateful dig not failed so miserably. Still, I can’t be anything but grateful for the failure that set her on the path to employment with Jackaby. These two may be my favorite duo of supernatural investigators.
I don’t think I’m going to be able to review this without squeeing inarticulately and dropping heaps of spoilers, so I’ll just say it’s a quick (too quick! I want more!), fun (so much fun!) read and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book.
I read this for the Halloween Bingo 2018 Shifters square.
The Lost Codex
Allies, once inseparable, splinter until they break apart.
An insidiousness carves its way through Wonderland, challenging the land’s very existence.
Battle lines will be drawn as pages, long languishing in darkness, are finally illuminated.
Swords will clash, blood will be spilled, and lives will be lost.
For what is written can still be erased.
~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~
I wanted to love this…I have loved the first three books in The Collector's Society. This has always been a uniquely told book series, but this one was just too out there in left field and left me feeling confused and sadly disappointed. It felt like it dragged a lot of the time and was the longest 411 pages ever. I've adored these characters and I have been fascinated with the premise, so I tried to let that reflect in my rating. I guess, overall I just wanted this play out differently…and that ending…well, I guess ultimately that ending left an opening for this story to play out differently...
I actually finished the last half or so of this book with the Audio version, because I was being plagued by migraines and couldn't continue reading. I did not care for the narration of this at all, though. Heather Lyons, in my opinion, this series could have benefitted from a different narrator, in fact adding a male voice would have been worked much better for Finn's parts and for the print version, you really need to have someone proofread it.
☆3.5☆STARS - GRADE=B-
~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~
Main Characters~ 5/5
Secondary Characters~ 3.8/5
The Feels~ 3.7/5
Theme or Tone~ 4/5
Flow (Writing Style)~ 3.7/5
Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.3/5
Ending~ 4/5 Cliffhanger~ This is supposed to be the last one…but it could be continued…with the way it ended.
Book Cover~ It's fairly cool…
Series~ The Collector's Society #4
Setting~ The Institute, Antarctica, Wonderland
Source~ I own Kindle eBook
I used this for Relics and Curiosities Square in Halloween Bingo 2018