24 4 / 2011
Can’t believe am about to start another review with a cover rant, but yeah, this one does not do this book justice either! Nor does the title actually, but luckily, 50 Ways to Hex Your Lover by Linda Wisdom was a Kindle Freebie (oh-so-smart-move Publisher Person because now I’m hooked and I will buy the rest of the series), so it was easy to press the ‘Buy’ button.
This book is black, funny, wry, and felt as ‘real’ as a supernatural tale can feel in terms of relationships and dialogue. I liked the fact the two protagonists are well-matched, no newbie versus master thing going on here, just a well explained back story (spanning nearly a millennium) that doesn’t interfere with a great mystery and some real tension as the nefarious doings of the villain unfolded.
The secondary characters were also great and, while providing light relief, definitely not one dimensional, especially Irma, the ghost very much attached to our heroine’s car.
Not really sure why this is classified as ‘lite paranormal’. It seemed too developed for that but I give up trying to understand the shades of gray in fantasy sub-genres. Suffice to say, great story, great alternate universe creation, and great characters means I will be snapping up the next three books in the series as soon as possible.