Yep, I went ahead and read the second book of the series. I know I had my problems with the first one, but hey, what can I say? I know what I like to read. :-) This bit of rambling, though, will sound much better than the first. I still have my usual complaints about the characters, but I think some of them came out a little more in this book.
I just finished reading A Hidden Witch by Debora Geary. I noticed that my write up on the first book got a whopping 13 views! That's almost a record for me. :-) So, I guess that means that this book series is a bit more popular than I thought if I had that many views. :-)
Okay, back to the book.
I have to admit that this writer's style is starting to grow on me. I feel that this book was a bit more playful than the first one. Some of the characters' personalities started to pop a bit more, but there were just as many puppets walking around as well. For example, what's the scoop with Sophie? I know that she's a healer and trained with Aunt Moira, but what is her story? Why does she live by herself and doesn't feel comfortable going back to Nova Scotia? I know it has something to do with Elorie, but she never really got into much detail other than Elorie's jealousy of Sophie being a witch and she not. But that's no reason to give up your family, so I know that there has to be more to it. I'm sure that she can have a pretty good story there and I hope that the writer will take the time to give us a glimpse into her world, but for now I'm sad that she is still one of those puppets I just talked about.
The focus on this book is on another character rather than Lauren. Lauren is just a minor character in this book, but our favorite witching mom, Nell, and her little trouble maker Aervyn are still pretty major characters in this book as well.
Some of the new characters are kinda neat in this book. My favorite is probably the one that no one else likes - which with me it would figure - and that is old uncle Marcus. This is the kind of character that no one really likes and makes children cry (no, really, it said in the book) so it makes me like him instantly. And no, I'm not so evil that I like to hear when old geezers make children cry on purpose, but it always cracks me up that characters like this are always written the same - they are so incredibly uncomfortable around kids that they don't know what to do and therefore, instead of trying to get the kids to like him, he just acts his usual grumpy self and scares the kids to tears. :-) Ha, ha! Love it. But then, on the other hand, these same types of characters usually soften up during the story as well. Sigh... and that's always a pity.
Yes, one of my hero's is Gru from Despicable Me - and uncle Marcus kind of reminds me of him - and yes, even when he gets that soft spot for the kids. But thank goodness that our writer kept some grumpiness in him even through the end. :-) Yaye! :-)
I find is fascinating that in so many of these genre of books that there is almost always someone that is stinking rich. And in this case, it's Nell, Jamie and their family. They make plans to go to Nova Scotia and move up the trip at the last minute - and they can afford to do that!!! Jamie uses his shrinking magic to make jewelry sized iphones so that they can be put inside jewerly. It must be nice to be able to spend that kind of money in real life but I don't know... and even if I did have the money, I'm so cheap that I may not want to buy a dozen iphones for a bunch of people that I may not know that well. :-) :-) I also found it interesting that Elorie and her husband, who run a local bed and breakfast, always seem to be feeding a whole bunch of people at once. I wonder how they can afford that? I'm wondering if they're loaded too. :-)
What made this story a little more interesting is the new type of witch magic that is discovered in this book. It's a technology based magic that has everyone scratching their heads at first, and it takes one of the Nell's 9 year old triplets to help figure it out. I cracks me up how this child is supposed to be only a year older than my own son and she's a total genius and knows how to code internet games, set up networks and computers and all of that fancy technology stuff. Sure, my son can figure out how to use my phone better than I can, but he's still trying to figure out his mutiplication tables and how to write in cursive. This girl almost puts Doogie Howzer to shame! :-) :-)
Sure, fantasy books are pretty unbelieveable, but hey, so are comic books and look at the popularity of those! :-) This was a fun book to read, but I'm ready for a break. I need something with a little less playful, kids, cookies and chocolate ice cream. Maybe another Revenloft book is in my near future? :-) :-)