Once upon a time I didn’t care for this series. But after the build up of the 2nd book I needed to see how it ended.
Now, as I said, the first character I was introduced to was Iona and she was a chore, it was hard to relate to her.
Then came Meara, tough but loveable, I related to her and what she was fighting for. (Her loved ones.) I got where she was coming from with her avoidance and anger.
Now I read about Branna, the basic Matriarch to the O’Dwyer family in that she is the oldest of the new generation of cousins and in charge of all the plotting, spells, potions, and gathering of information. She’s the brains, brawn, and heart behind the entire operation.
While I can’t completely relate to the burden she bore, I can relate to the fact that she loved someone (Finbar Burke, where the hell does she get these names?) and then lost them. I can relate to her gruff attitude and pushing people away.
Which is why I delighted in this particular novel. She was great, and her love interest was actually interesting, but it wasn’t forced and it wasn’t annoying to read. It was built up nicely. This is what the first book should’ve been like.
Overall, if you are looking for characters to stick with through a series, it’s not so bad. The story was okay, the writing was okay, just an okay series for the summer.
Shadow Spell is from the perspectives of Meara and Connor, Branna’s childhood friend and brother, as they go through the trials of fighting the ancient evil (still don’t remember his name haha) that has plagued the O’Dwyer family for centuries.
I definitely like this one better, I found this pair more realistic than the forced romance of Iona and Boyle.
Meara is a bit of a wild card and Connor isn’t exactly the worlds most consistent person, I just found their friendship and then romance more interesting than the last books.
And the actual plot was carried along nicely and didn’t feel like she was in a rush to give out all the information. Probably because she was in the last one so she could get to the good stuff.
This series definitely grew on me.
This lovely set of romance novels was from my Grandmother on my last birthday, who said “I thought you would like these. They are about witches and magic. And I’ve heard there’s not much dirty stuff in it. So it’s not weird that I’m giving them to you.”
To which I replied “What’s the point if there is no dirty stuff in them?!”
And she swatted at me and called me a ‘Dirty bird’.
She was right though, they weren’t too dirty.
This one was kind of boring actually. I just wanted them to hump and get it over with!
This is the story of cousins who are fighting an age old demon, curse, and family blight.
Which I actually forget his name. I think it starts with a ‘D’…
Anyway. This book fell flat for me just because I don’t like Iona. (The lead in this novel.) She says everything she thinks and none of it seems too bright. She expects a quiet angry man to just start emoting the second they meet and it just all felt forced, too fast for a relationship, and all around pointless for the plot.
Sure, it’s great to see people fall in love, but I could never tell if this book was taking place over months or weeks, it wasn’t the greatest read.
Saying that, the series DID eventually grow on me.
Tune in next week.