Thursday, June 21, 2012

A Cast-Off Coven by Juliet Blackwell

A Cast-Off Coven by Juliet Blackwell
2010, Signet
Series: Book 2 of A Witchcraft Mystery

Synopsis: Students are spooked at the San Francisco School of Fine Arts, and Lily is called in to search for possible paranormal activity. In return she's been promised a trunkful of Victorian-era clothes recently discovered in a school storage closet.

But Lily finds something else: the body of a wealthy patron of the school. In between running the store and seeing her new boyfriend, Max—a "mythbuster" who is uncomfortable with her witchcraft—she uses her sleuthing skills to try to solve the murder. Soon Lily senses something from the school's vintage clothes, but it's not the smell of mothballs—it's the unmistakable aura of evil intent.

Why read: Reading the series

What impressed me: I am still loving the store and its employees. Lily's friends make this book readable and push me to continue the series.

What disappointed me: There was no real tension in this mystery. I found it difficult to care about any of the students and teachers. Lily's romantic life is getting annoying with Max feeling totally unworthy of her and Aidan not seeming all that interested, or at least not willing to put any effort forth.

Recommended: Maybe. A Cast-Off Coven isn't a bad book, it just didn't quite live up to the first book in the series.

Continue series: Yes. This didn't quite live up to the last book, but I think future books could be better.

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