Toad Witch Series #1
by Christiana Miller
Kindle edition, 332 pages
Pub Apr 23, 2011 by HekaRose Publishing
first published Jan 1, 2011
A little magic can go a long way -- to really screwing up a girl's life!
Mara is having the worst month of her life. At least, that's what her cards tell her and they've never been wrong. She's evicted from her apartment, loses her job and is banned from Beverly Hills. So when the tarot cards predict her imminent demise, she uses a little magic to make her world right.
Suddenly, an aunt she's never met dies, leaving Mara as her sole heir. But when Mara moves into her inherited home, she discovers Aunt Tillie never moved out. She's still one pissed-off old lady, even post-mortem, and she blames Mara's magical meddling for her death.
When Mara accidentally releases a demon and awakens the spirit of the most powerful witch in history, Tillie's ready to kill her -- literally. It's the only way she can think of to save the girl from herself. The witch and the demon, however, have other plans for Mara's body.
My Review: 3-Stars
First response - Needs some work, but I liked it. Great spell casting! Full review on my blog.
First of all, the title is off the mark. Aunt Tillie knows very well that she's dead, and she's not happy about it at all. In fact, she blames Mara for her death! Poor Mara, just one in a whole pile of problems.
The cover art caught my eye with all the color, but it was because it was so bright. I like a lot of the elements on it. However, the house in the book sounded so wonderful and cozy. The one on the cover just doesn't do it for me. But I love the toad picture! A great element!
This book was fun and scary and tense. It had great spell-casting. The best I've ever seen in a book! Between Gus and Mara, those spells were awesome! Then there was Mara's card reading. She was really good, too good. That's what kept getting her in trouble.
The book is basically divided into three parts, before the move, the trip, and after the move. The first part was way too long. The relationship between Mara and Gus is wonderful and it is important to establish it. But it goes on too long. The trip was funny with her conversations with the toad and what she did and didn't eat or do.
The second half of the story, with the house, Paul, the whole scary stuff, is really the story. Paul is too flat; he needs to be more developed. I would have liked more family history in the second part, too, to support some of what was going on. It felt more like a play at times than a novel. Since this is the first of a series, I am really hoping that things get better in the second or third book, when and if I get there. For those of you who like witchy books, this might be one to try. Like I said, the spell-casting was really awesome. And you have to meet the toad!
This was a BookBub acquisition. My honest review is done for no compensation of any sort. All opinions are fully my own.
~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review