Review for Charmed by Erica Ridley

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My Rating: 3.5/5

Author:  Erica Ridley
Title: Charmed (Nether-Netherland #1)

Genre: Fantasy

Background:

Amazon Description:

Daisy le Fey is good at a lot of things. Math, science, accidentally turning people into pumpkins… Unfortunately, she’s not good at the one thing hiring managers look for when filling open positions for magical beings: Magic.

When she jeopardizes her apprenticeship by getting involved with sexy mortal Trevor Masterson, it’s one disaster too many. In order to stay out of purgatory, she’s going to have to ditch the human–and her one chance at true love.

Opinions:

Charmed is a fantasy novel about a tooth fairy and a human. Daisy, a tooth fairy in training, is sent to retrieve a tooth, but quickly discovers that the tooth is not so easy to retrieve. For starters, the person sleeping on the tooth is a full grown man, not a child. Trevor, the full grown man, is an anthropologist on a dig in Costa Rica. He doesn’t believe Daisy is a tooth fairy (in training.) Therefore, relinquishing the tooth does not happen. As the story progresses, Daisy and Trevor get into more trouble – in magical and human worlds. Can everything be set right? Will true love prevail?

The story is written in third person following Daisy and Trevor. Daisy comes from Nether-Netherland – a place where magic exists. Despite her mother (a fairy godmother) and her father (an angel), Daisy does not seem to have a magical bone in her body. She is very smart and creative, but being magical is what counts in Nether-Netherland. Her first assignment as a tooth fairy apprentice sends her to Costa Rica where she meets Trevor, who she develops a crush on. From there, Daisy must use her smarts to get her out of mountains of trouble while not only saving her career but Trevor’s as well. Trevor is anthropologist who loves to teach and coach baseball. His career is on thin ice when budget restraints will only allow one professor tenure for the year – him or his colleague. This dig and what he publishes can make or break his career. Throw in a beautiful, non-magical fairy and trouble is bound to happen. The two main characters are well-developed throughout the book. However, I would have liked to see a little more background with Daisy’s parents, friend, and mentor.

The plot moved along well. Trouble followed Daisy everywhere it seemed. However, I think the book could have been cut down in a few places. I was also left wondering what became of the last scene with Trevor and his colleague. Were there any repercussions from that? This book contains many fantastical creatures besides fairies, so it was interesting to read about Nether-Netherland.

Overall it was a good read. If you like fairy and fantasy novels, then you might want to give this book a try. Despite the young-adult-sounding description above, this book should be for mature audiences due to sexual scenes.

 

Review for Woman King by Evette Davis

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My Rating: 3/5

Author:  Evette Davis
Title:  Woman King

Genre:  Paranormal

Background:

Amazon Description:
Meet intrepid political consultant Olivia Shepherd. Born an empath, she inherited the ability to read people’s emotions. Since her youth, however, she has rejected her gift-that is until an ancient time walker helps her reclaim her skill. Olivia’s powers draw the attention of the Council, a secret supernatural political organization. When Olivia accepts an assignment to run a high-profile campaign, she’s quickly drawn into the Council’s perilous politics. A chance encounter introduces Olivia to William Ferrell, a man with his own connections to the organization. Readers who enjoyed “A Discovery of Witches,” “The Night Circus,” and “The Historian” will enjoy Woman King.

Opinions:
Woman King is the first book in a soon-to-be trilogy. It primarily takes place in San Francisco. Olivia is an empath that has blocked her ability most of her life because of the affects it had on her mother. Suddenly, her career and emotional state changes dramatically. She meets a time-walker set out to help her. Through the time-walker, she learns that a demon has been targeting her because she is weakened from not using her powers. Her world turns upside down as she copes with learning how to strengthen her abilities to protect herself from the demon and learning that there are a lot more paranormal things to this world than she originally thought – and she falls for one of them.

Characters:
The story is written in first-person through Olivia. Olivia – after denying her gift for a long time – embraces her empathic abilities and discovers new adventures and job opportunities with the help of a new friend, Elsa. Elsa is a time-walker that was sent by her grandmother to help Olivia. Through her new connection she sees the world differently. There are “Others” that walk with regular humans – vampire, werewolves, witches, and even fairies. Olivia must train herself physical, mentally, and emotionally to overcome the destructive power of a demon. Yet, a demon is not the only thing that Olivia should be worrying about.  She eventually falls in love with William, who is not quite human himself. Olivia is a strong character who learns to overcome her own limitations and help those around her. Without adding any spoilers, I’ll try to stay vague on this next part. I was a little surprised that the one character disappeared at the end without finding out something of what happened to him/her before the book concluded. I was also surprised by the general acceptance of Lily’s love choice compared to an earlier discussion, and a scene between two characters and Olivia in Paris (however brief.)

Plot:
The story followed Olivia through her rediscovery of her gifts and talents, which also included a new job with a political campaign. The story moved along well with a few surprises incorporated. I think the ending of the story was a little premature. I didn’t feel that any main questions/issues brought up in the book were answered. I understand that there are two other books planned for this series, but I expected at least a few things to be tied up by the end of the book.

The Bottom Line:
Overall, this was a good book – I mainly lowered my stars due to the ending. If you like paranormal stories and even behind the scenes political campaigns, you might enjoy this book.