Book Review: The elusive Elixir by Gigi Pandian

Book Review: The Elusive Elixir by Gigi Pandian Review by Dawn Thomas 336 Pages Publisher: Midnight Ink Mystery & Thrillers, Sci Fi & Fantasy, Alchemy, Women Sleuths, Culinary Zoe Faust is an alchemist trained by Nicholas Flamel. Dorian, her gargoyle friend, is turning back to stone. In an effort to reverse the action, she travels to Paris, France in search of a backwards alchemist. The owner of a bookstore, Lucien, tells her about a book created by backwards alchemists. He promises to ship it to her as soon as he locates it. While visiting Notre Dame Cathedral to investigate a missing gargoyle, a woman from her past spots her. Madame LeBlanc accuses her of murder and has her police officer nephew interrogate her. Zoe flees Paris and returns to her home in Portland, Oregon. Upon her arrival, Zoe finds Dorian in worse shape and confides in him about the encounter. He agrees she was right in leaving France. Brixton, a teenage friend, tells her about a spy he found peeking in windows. Zoe is afraid the man is the French police officer looking for her. When the mummified remains of a man are found in an abandoned shed, Zoe fears…

Book Review The Witches of Cambridge by Menna van Praag

Book Review The Witches of Cambridge by Menna van Praag Review by Dawn Thomas 322 Pages Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine Books Women’s Fiction, Witches, Magic, Fantasy The book follows the lives of several women and a man who are witches. Amandine feels her husband has become distant and fears he is having an affair. Her mother, Heloise, is still grieving for her husband who passed away two years ago. Cosima is a baker whose husband just told her he was having an affair and his girlfriend is pregnant. Cosima is devastated because she wants to have a child but her blood condition makes that next to impossible. Her own mother died giving birth to her. Kat, Cosima’s older sister, has feelings for George but he does not seem to feel the same way. Noa is a student with a strange power – she can see a person’s secret. Unfortunately, she does not have the ability to keep the information to herself. She does not have any friends and tries to keep to herself so she cannot expose other’s secrets. One night, she stumbles upon the witches’ book club and blurts out each of their secrets. Amandine asks…

Book Review: The Witch of Napoli by Michael Schmicker

Book Review: The Witch of Napoli by Michael Schmicker Review by Dawn Thomas 350 Pages Publisher: Palladino Books General Fiction (Adult), Sci Fi & Fantasy, Historical Fiction The book takes place in 1899 and is narrated by Tomaso Labella, a sixteen-year-old photographer. During a séance, Tomaso takes a photo of Alessandra Poverelli levitating a table. When Camillo Lombardi, a wealthy skeptic, sees the photo, he travels to Naples to discredit her. After attending a séance, Lombardi becomes a believer and finances a European tour for Alessandra and Tomaso. During the tour, Nigel Huxley, the grand inquisitor for the London Society for the Investigation of Mediums, confronts Alessandra. He believes she is a con artist and tries to prove she is an impostor. The story was inspired by the true-life story of Eusapia Palladino (1854 – 1918). She was an illiterate woman from Naples. She was able to levitate tables, ring bells, and materialize body parts and full forms. The story was well written and the characters were well defined. I enjoyed the book and look forward to reading more from this author.

Book Review The Changelings by Christina Soontornvat

Book Review The Changelings by Christina Soontornvat Review by Dawn Thomas 288 Pages Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky Middle Grade, Sci Fi & Fantasy, Magic, Faeries This is a story of two girls, Izzy and Hen (11 and 7 respectively). They move with their mother to their father’s childhood home. Izzy is not happy about the move especially since there is nothing to do in this small town. The clerk at the grocery store tells them to be careful of the witch that lives next door to them. Izzy is curious and goes back to talk with the clerk to find out more. Izzy and Hen want to find out more about their neighbor, Marian. While sneaking around her house, Marian catches them and invites them in. She begins to tell them about their grandmother and her love for them. When Hen goes missing, Izzy goes to Marian for help. She describes the flute music she heard. Concerned, Marian goes looking for Hen in the woods. She tells Izzy not to follow but of course, she does not listen. When Marian goes into a hole in the ground, Izzy is not far behind. She lands on the ground and is amazed by…

Book Review RavenStorm Witches by Misha McKenzie

Book Review RavenStorm Witches by Misha McKenzie Review by Dawn Thomas 126 Pages Publisher: Icasm Press Sci Fi & Fantasy, Witches & Wizards The book tells the story of nine women who happen to be witches. Maeve wants to protect Grayson from a manipulator. The coven meets and decides the woman needs to learn how her actions hurt others. Every time she tries to tell a lie, the truth comes out instead. Hildie loses her job because a coworker said she was selling company secrets. The coven gets together and casts a spell for the woman to come clean and confess. Everything she does reminds her of what she did to Hildie. Malise had bad taste in men. She wants to teach her ex-boyfriend Travis a lesson. When he wakes up the next day, he is a woman. He sees how his words and actions offended women in the past. Tatiana works at an animal shelter. When she learns about a man mistreating dogs, she wants to do something about it. The women in the coven write a spell so the man will feel what his dogs feel. When the dogs are hungry, he is too. In each story, Sheva…

Book Review: The Witches Protection Program by Michael Phillip Cash

Book Review: The Witches Protection Program by Michael Phillip Cash Review by Dawn Thomas 232 Pages Publisher: Chelshire Inc. Independent Book Publisher Association Mystery & Thriller, Witches & Wizards, Fantasy, Magic Wes Rockville is a rookie with the New York City police department. After he failed his first assignment, he was reassigned to the Witches Protection Program, a 232 year old secret agency where he met his new mentor, Alastair Verne. Wes was introduced to the world of Willa (bad witches) and Davina (good witches). This was a new world for him and he questioned everything. In his new role, Wes needs to stop the Willa from using their powers to control others while at the same time; he must protect the Davina helping humankind. Beatrice Pendragon is in charge of Pendragon Cosmetics. Her goal is to distribute a face cream made with Pendragon DNA. Once women begin to use the cream Beatrice can control them. Morgan Pendragon, Beatrice’s niece, has a feeling something is wrong at Pendragon Cosmetics and tries to find out what it is. Wes and Alastair try to protect Morgan from shape-shifting witches while trying to investigate the company. The book has high energy and is…

Book Review The Priestess and the Dragon by Nicolette Andrews

Book Review The Priestess and the Dragon by Nicolette Andrews Review by Dawn Thomas Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, Inc. 440 Pages Fantasy, Myths & Legends, Asian Suzume, a disowned daughter of the emperor, was banished to the temple to be a priestess. During a ritual when she was to be presented as the bride of the mountain god, something went wrong. She was walking up to the temple when she unleashed power and broke the seal on the Yokai. The Yokai, a dragon named Kaito, was angry and wanted revenge on Kazue, his lover, who sealed him away five hundred years ago. He wanted to find her reincarnation and kill her for sealing him away all those years ago. Neither Suzume nor Kaito realize that Suzume is the reincarnation as they begin their adventure together. Along the way, they met other immortal mythical beings. Suzume had only read about them and did not believe they existed before she unsealed Kaito. Rin, a Kitsume (an immortal fox), heard of Kaito’s release and went to find him. They traveled to a shrine where Rin told Suzume how to channel her power to use Kazue’s staff, but Suzume questioned Rin’s motives. While at…

Book Review Love the One You’re Witch by Randa Flannery
Fantasy , Icasm Press , Romance , Sci Fi , Uncategorized / January 20, 2016

Book Review Love the One You’re Witch by Randa Flannery Review by Dawn Thomas 131 Pages Publisher Icasm Press Romance, Sci-fi, Fantasy We begin in a world where vampires and other paranormal beings live and work with the rest of the world. Anatasia Gregor is a witch with a witty tongue working at a supernatural firm. She has an assignment to break a love spell on a vampire. After a bad experience with a vampire in which she almost lost her life, she is hesitant to take the case. Reluctantly, she visits the vampire’s home and finds a wicked love spell that has gone wrong. Lucas, a very handsome and single guy is the target. Unfortunately, his sister, Erica, has fallen under the spell instead. Anastasia is immediately attracted to Lucas and must fight her feelings. She removes the love spell and agrees to finish the job by finding the witch that cast the spell. After a hilarious visit to a sex toy shop, Anastasia finds the key to unlocking the mystery. She just needed to stay alive long enough to finish the job. The book was short and an extremely fast read. I enjoyed the characters and the story…

Book Review: The Choice by Cindy Cipriano

The Choice – Book Two of the Sidhe by Cindy Cipriano Book Review by Dawn Thomas Publisher: Odyssey Books 275 Pages Sci Fi & Fantasy, Children’s Fiction At the end of the first book Laurel’s brother Daniel returns from the Sidhe. They saw Finley but before they could get him out Brownshire, a brownie, says something and Finley disappears in a puff of smoke. Calum is determined to find out where Finley is. Laurel begs Calum to give her and Daniel the Talents. Laurel’s mother catches them and stops them. Laurel’s parents are angry at the Sidhe and the part they played in Daniel’s abduction years ago. Calum and Hagen miss spending time with Laurel. Her father has made it impossible for the boys to interact with Laurel or Daniel. Laurel finds a way to meet Calum she tells him she has the Talents and needs his help. Something has been trying to get in the house to steal her new baby sister, Mary. At one point she traps Brownshire but he gets away without telling where he sent Finley. Calum’s grandfather tells him that Laurel is the key for Finley’s return. Part two of the book focuses on Finley….

Book Review: Mother Ocean, Daughter Sea by Diana Marcellas

Book Review: Mother Ocean, Daughter Sea by Diana Marcellas The Witch of Two Suns, Book 1 Review by Dawn Thomas Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media Release Date: April 1, 2014 Pages: 416 Sci-Fi & Fantasy When the book begins we meet Brierley Mefell. She is one of the last shari’a witches. She lives in fear of being discovered as a witch since in the Allemanii lands witches were perceived as evil and forbidden to live. She has lived on her own since she was twelve. She is known as a healer and midwife to the locals. She sits in the cave where other shari’a witches lived and writes in a journal to a child she does not have and wonders if she will ever have. Earl Melfallan Courtray has only been the Earl for six months after the mysterious death of his uncle Audric. The doctor said it was a problem with is digestive system but Melfallan knows better. He believes his uncle was poisoned and that he is next on the list. The list of people that want him dead is growing longer and he begins to distrust everyone close to him. One day Captain Bartol arrived telling stories…