Book 1 of the Southern Witch series
Genre: urban fantasy
About Would-Be Witch:
The promising debut of a hot new voice in paranormal romance — and the first of the Southern Witch novels.Source: Info in the About Would-Be Witch was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4703905-would-be-witch on 14/09/2013.
The family magic seems to have skipped over Tammy Jo Trask. All she gets are a few untimely visits from long-dead, smart-mouthed family ghost Edie. But when her locket — an heirloom that happens to hold Edie's soul — is stolen in the midst of a town-wide crime spree, it's time for Tammy to find her inner witch.
After a few experiences with her dysfunctional magic, Tammy turns to the only person in small-town Duval, Texas, who can help: the very rich and highly magical Bryn Lyons. He might have all the answers — and a 007 savoir faire to boot — but the locket isn't the only heirloom passed down in Tammy's family. She also inherited a warning: stay away from Lyons.
First off, I love the world building! There are vampires, werewolves and witches. The cover art might be cartoonish but it triggered my book buying radar so as a marketing tool, it has done it's job. The plot... what plot? There wasn't much of a plot. It's fluffy at best. Like cotton candy. Not much of a substance but delicious non-the-less. And the story telling quality is compelling enough for me to read the book in a reasonable pace. What helds up the pace slow, is my need to have breaks from the "stupidity" of the heroine. I mean, she's as stupid as Sookie! The very quality which finally made me stop reading the Southern Vampires series even before Dead Ever After (the finale) came out, no matter how good a story teller Charlaine Harris is. Now I like my heroine kick-ass and not stupid. Like Kate Daniels for example, of the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. Not all the characters in this book is stupid however, take for example Mercutio. He got his head screwed on right! It's only the main protagonist who is stupid. And I find that really annoying! The pace of this book is inversely proportional to it's annoying-ness. The book therefore is not a fast-paced one even though the story telling quality is good. And that is also the main reason why I probably won't be reading any more books in this series or of this author.
Story telling quality = 4
Character development = 2.5
Story itself = 2
Ending = 3
World building = 4.5
Cover art = 4
Pace = 1
Plot = 1.5
Overall Rating: 2.5 out of 5 cherries
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