Blood Magick–Nora Roberts

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.

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Shadow Spell–Nora Roberts

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.

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