Book Review: Secondhand Spirits by Juliet Blackwell
Genre: Paranormal cozy mystery
Synopsis: Lily Ivory is not your average witch. Her spell-casting powers tend to draw mischievous spirits while keeping normal humans at a distance. But now her vintage store could give her a chance to make friends in San Francisco.
Lily hopes for a normal life when she opens Aunt Cora’s Closet. With her magical knack for vintage fashion- she can sense vibrations of the past from clothing and jewelry- her store becomes a big hit. But when a client is murdered and children start disappearing from the Bay Area. Lily may be the only one who can unravel the crime. She tries to keep her identity a secret while investigating, but it’s not easy- especially under the spell of sexy “myth buster” Max Carmichael and powerful witch Aidan Rhodes. Will Lily’s witchy ways be forced out of the closet?
Why I loved it: Lily Ivory is the perfect second-chance character. She’s moved to a new city, keeping to herself, and hiding a big secret. I love a protagonist that stumbles into a situation rather than out looking for it. And even better, she’s attracting attention from people who know her secret, and she’s struggling to keep it hidden. But she’s also got a good heart. She’s not going to stay away when she knows she can do some good. I’m also a big fan of the talking pig!
Who will like it: Anyone looking for a good series to dive into. Blackwell is coming out with her eighth Witchcraft mystery! Also, anyone looking for some witchcraft literature with real grit will love this series. Rather than a flimsy series dabbling in magic, Blackwell has some seriously history woven into these books. Reader’s will get some great witchcraft and fashion history!
Who won’t like it: Readers looking for a great big romance or steamy scenes will be disappointed. I don’t want to give any spoilers away, but Lily has some big choices to make in terms of her love life as the series progresses.
Why I didn’t give it a better rating: Content wise, not everything is as flushed out as I would like. This book encases quite a bit without expanding as much as I would like. Although more information is provided as the series continues.
General warning: No violence or sex or profanity.
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