Monday, August 24, 2015

Secondhand Spirits by Juliet Blackwell

I just finished listening to the audio book, Secondhand Spirits by Juliet Blackwell, and immediately went to and ordered the second book in this series. Lily Ivory has begun to settle in to life in the San Francisco Bay area, opening and running Aunt Cora's Closet, a vintage clothing store. Vintage clothing is more than a business for Lily as she can sense vibrations from the previous owners, sometimes darker than expected. When a newly acquired friend and clothing source turns up dead and a local girl goes missing, Lily must pull her resources to find the link between the two. Having left her hometown in Texas due to local harassment due to her paranormal abilities, Lily now finds that she must trust in her friends and others who may have ulterior motives, in order to try to save the child.

Juliet Blackwell provides the reader with an engaging heroine, interesting side characters and even a demon familiar who doubles as a pet potbellied pig. Her characters are each interesting in his/her own right and I feel that as the series continues, each will have his/her own story as well. Ms. Blackwell does a good job allowing us to get to know Lily a small bit at a time as the story plays out. She is a serious natural witch who can still find friendship with the charming local Wicca coven as they bring a picnic to a demon cleansing. The book is fun and entertaining and I look forward to the next installment, A Cast-Off Coven.

Xe Sands does a very nice job narrating the story. If you love audiobooks like I do, you'll enjoy her reading of Secondhand Spirits. 

Monday, August 3, 2015

The Ifs Return, by J. D. Pooker

The Ifs have returned for more fun for their readers, but more worry and danger for our heroes, Broden and Landon. Gage, evil If, has managed to escape from his brother, Slade's jail and Slade again appeals to the boys for their help. Little (no pun intended) did they know that they would be fighting the bad Ifs on their terms, and not much more than their six-inch heights. Gage has acquired the magical talismans from Slade's village and has put the world into suspended animation while shrinking the boys. How are they possibly going to defeat Gage now?

J. D. Pooker has once again given us a fun, action-packed adventure that will keep the young reader turning the pages. This second book in the series is a bit shorter than the first, but I am finding that I've enjoyed it more. The two boys continue their brotherly bonding and we get to see more of the lives of the Ifs.

I would highly recommend this book to young readers. It is a quick read, which would also be good for reluctant readers.