Saturday, December 22, 2012

Review - Spellbent

Aurhor - Lucy A. Snyder
Series - Jessie Shimmer #1
Genre - Urban Paranormal
Pages - 368

Description from Goodeads 

In the heart of Ohio, Jessie Shimmer's roguish lover, Cooper, has been teaching her ubiquemancy, the art of finding the magic in everyday things. When they try to break a drought by calling down a rainstorm, a hellish portal opens and Cooper is ripped from this world, leaving Jessie fighting for her life against a vicious demon that's been unleashed.

 In the aftermath, Jessie, who knows so little about her own true nature, is branded an outlaw. She must survive by her wits and with the help of her familiar, a ferret named Palimpsest. Stalked by malevolent enemies, Jessie is determined to find out what happened to Cooper. But when she moves heaven and earth to find her man, she'll be shocked by what she discovers—and by what she must ultimately do to save them all.

I started to read this then stopped after the first few chapters because a puppy got hurt, yes call me sentimental and girly but I hate puppies getting hurt! So fast forward to about 8 months later and I decided to give this another try, skipping those first few chapters.

 Glad I did!

While not overtly action, spellbent does employ some heart pounding moments, a kick-butt heroine and an awesomely cute ferret sidekick/familiar named Palimpsest (pal) whom we actually get to see a few chapters from his eyes, a nice touch if I do say so myself.

 Jessie Shimmer is a witch, she can use magic and she uses it well enough with the help of Pal. She has it in her head to go after her lover Cooper, after the both of them messed up a storm spell and opened a portal to hell. Jessie is a no-nonsense kind of girl, even after loosing an eye and a hand to the Wutganger demon she called forth she still is determined to get Cooper back and she will not let those handicaps stop her!

 I enjoyed the book, I liked the interactions of the characters, though we do not learn too much of some, Jessie, Pal, Warlock and Cooper are the main ones and Cooper is gone for 98% of the book, but we get to learn about his past eventually and it was very, very disturbing. There are some ick moments in this book and there are some sexy moments but they are far between and interlaced with nice humor that gave me chuckles.


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