Meet Lily Ivory, San Fransisco's newest resident witch. She owns and runs a vintage clothing shop in the Haight area. Soon after aquiring a bunch of old clothes from elderly Mrs. Potts, her little neighbor Jessica gets snached by a demon named La Llorna. Soon after, Mrs Potts is found dead in her home in the middle of a pentagram.
Now Lily must work hard to figure out the connection between the two crimes, save the girl, clear her name, and banish the demon. (and she does it all with class and style)
She is supported by a colorful cast of friends, including a myth-buster, a local male witch, her new familiar (think Black cat, only a gargoyle-slash-pig -- who TALKS), and a local coven of witches.
I am highly anticipating the next in the series, due out June 2010. I think this book was far better than Madelyn Alts Bewitching series. Theres a whole lot more spell casting, and i found that the information provided along the way throughout the book was extremely accurate, as far as practicing witchcraft goes.
This book had a nice blend of paranormal, suspence, magic, rituals, humor, mystery, and a lite budding romance. Its a very well done mystery! No sex scenes, and no swear words.
Juliet Blackwell has written the first book, Secondhand Spirits, in her Witchcraft Mystery series and I just loved it! I found Lily Ivory to be a thoroughly likable witch who hopes to finally settle and make a home in San Francisco's bay area, specifically in the colorful and historically offbeat Haight Ashbury neighborhood. Throw in two sexy albeit different men, one maniacal demon, a frightening urban legend come to life, and other delightful characters...well then, you have the ingredients for a great book. I didn't stop until the last page, then moaned dramatically when I realized the next adventure with Lily Ivory and friends would not be until next June of 2010! Kudos to a wonderfully talented author with a wicked pen and a lovely imagination. If you enjoy settling in with a mystery that involves magic, ghosts, goblins, sexy male witches, hunky mythbusters and a grab bag of cheerfully eccentric characters...then this is a great read and treasure for your keeper shelf. Buy it and enjoy! I give it my highest recommendation.
Well, it was different than what I was expecting. There were excellent and realistic depictions of witchcraft mixed with the more fantastical Hollywood depictions of it. I felt conflicted by this throughout the entire book. I guess I don't understand why the author chose to mix realism with fantasy as much as she did. Weird. I enjoyed the store and the cast of characters quite a bit. I liked the setting, the action, and most aspects of the story. I just didn't like the real versus Hollywood versions of magic. It was just so inconsistent for me that it took away some of my enjoyment. I would be willing to give the next book in the series a try, though. There were definitely enough positives for me to go into the next one with an open mind.
I really liked this book... a very good start by new author. The storyline is well written, I like the fact that the main character, who is a witch, shows respect for her powers and magic, she didn't over due it and made the magic she performed seem believable... the author actually seemed do have done some research on performing spells and use of the craft. Also nice to read about a male witch character.
Very enjoyable. Ms Blackwell will have lots of flexibility with this series in the future. The main character, Lily, and her supporting cast can grow in all different direction. Plot was quick and fun. Discussion of vintage clothing was interesting. My was okay, not great but kept you interested. I will definately get the second book when it comes out in June.
This book was certainly more than I expected, looking at the cover. I anticipated a light, silly mystery, but there was actually some meat to it. There was definitely a light side to the story, with humor and endearing characters, but I got the feeling that the author had really done her homework regarding the Craft and wove it into a story of good versus evil. I'd definitely recommend it and am looking forward to the second book in the series.
I discovered author Juliet Blackwell awhile back when I found her Haunted Home Renovation Series, and I loved that first book so much, that I researched the author to see what else she might hve written, and discovered this series, A Witchcraft Mystery.
I loved this book. Lily is our lead, a powerful witch, that we know very little about, so we discover just a little about her history, with so many more mysteries in her as a person herself yet to discover. Bronwyn is actually a wiccan, a normal human who practices witchcraft as a religion, but not a real witch and not powerful. Bronwyn shares space in the store with Lily and can already tell what Lily is, before and without Lily telling her. She becomes something of a friend to Lily, the first of her life. Maya is a student at the Fine Arts College that is recording histories of people, and in that role finds a number of vintage clothing stashes for Lily. Se also, although being skeptical of the whole paranormal world, another friend to Lily.
In this, the first of the series, Lily and Maya met with an elder lady who isn't all that she seems, and while they are visiting to look for clothes, a young girl down the street is "abducted". Lily takes it upon herself to try to figure out what is going on and to get the girl back.
It is a well-written and charming story that weaves it's way around, introducing a number of people, giving us just a touch about them, not too much but just enough to keep us interested. So looking forward to the next book to see where each of these people go, the history and pasts that they bring to the story and where they are headed. I find myself wanting to discover more about the people.
I loved this book. I had expected it to be somewhat chicklit, but that wasn't the case at all. Our heroine has plenty of spunk and her missteps did not make me cringe. I am very excited to see where Blackwell will go with this series.
This book was better than I expected. I felt that San Fransisco was accurately depicted, there was a nice distinction between Wicca as a religion and Witches in general and the characters were lovable. Overall, I liked it and will read the next eagerly.
I really enjoyed this first book in this series and can't wait to read number two. A light read in the cozy genre about a powerful young witch, Lily, who is just learning to find happiness with a new set of friends in her new San Francisco home. While I would not have expected to be endeared to a demon, Oscar, Lily's new familiar, is such a sweet entity.
Secondhand Spirits is an enjoyable and admirable story that will draw you into a world of magic, spirits, witchcraft, vintage clothes, and friendships. While the story does have a light feel, this is not a frothy, comedic mystery at all. I enjoyed the story of Lily and her evolving life as much as the mystery.
The writer is clearly gifted and has done her research.
Juliet Blackwell or (Haley Lind) did a great job of reeling me into her book. I would definitely recommend trying "Secondhand Spirits". It was a pleasure to read.