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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Review: The Trouble with Magic by Madelyn Alt


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Bringing a little culture to Stony Mill, Indiana, Enchantments is one of the area's finest antique shops. But shop clerk Maggie O'Neill and her employer Felicity Dow do more than conjure up curios for the locals--the each possess a talent for spellbinding sleuthing.

Bored with her office job (and subsequently fired for excessive tardiness), Maggie jumps at the opportunity to work at Enchantments. She was a little weirded out when Felicity described herself as a witch, but if her boss wants to play with broomsticks and cauldrons, where's the harm? However, Maggie's first day on the job may turn out to be her last when police question Felicity in the murder of her estranged sister. With everyone in town proclaiming Felicity's guilt faster than the Salem Witch Trials, Maggie finds herself wondering if she'll also be tied to the stake. And lately, she's been receiving messages on a spiritual frequency guiding her to prove Felicity's innocence--and to embrace her own "charmed" life . . .

It took me a long time to finish the book. I have to put it down to give way to three books before actually finishing it. I got bored. Maggie O'Neill's character is not interesting enough to make me want to find out what will happen to her involvement with Felicity Dow (her new boss, and owner of Enchantments slash witch). The novel tends to be descriptive.

It was not until Maggie found out that she is a Clairsentients, or a fancy word for Empath that I found myself getting a bit pumped up. The introduction of N.I.G.H.T - Northeast Indiana Ghost Hunting and Tracking Society. Not the Ghost busting type but they said they promote a happy coexistence among the spirit world and our world, that was when I got really interested. But this series need serious fixing'. Tom Fielding and Marcus Quinn could be interesting if Alt can lose the mediocre traits. The magic and charms explanation are ok and the thought of having witches in a conservative town surely has a great potential. I will continue reading the series in the hopes of character and plot evolution.

This book is part of my 3-4-5 Reading Challenge

1 comment:

Moonsanity said...

Good to know. This summer I tried a few books that seemed a little like this, and I too got bored. I'm not sure if I'm just a "need action" type of gal or if it's the book itself:)

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