Book Symposium


Some books out there are so well written that once you 've turned the last page you can't help but feel sad that the story has come to an end, like wise there are some that you can't get through fast enough - they're just that bad. Either way these are the kinds of books you discuss with friends and family, the books you avidly recommend or the books that you warn others about. These are the books that I reccomend, and the ones I warn you to steer clear of.
Joana's Rating System
 was this written as a form of torture
 perfectly good trees were savagely murdered
 save your money, get a library card
 good but nothing to write home about
 your great-great grandkids will still be hearing about this book
 it must have been written by a Divine being

A Charmed Death

 Second book in the Bewitching Mystery series
by Madelyn Alt

A Charmed Death is actually the second book in Madelyn Alt's Bewitching Mystery series, the first being The Trouble with Magic. That said, despite jumping into the series without a clear idea of how everything began and the back story behind certain characters I found myself able to follow along without much trouble. Granted I did not know the exact details that occurred in the previous book, but enough was repeated or mentioned in passing during A Charmed Death that a reader new to the series could keep up, and a returning reader could refresh their memory without feeling bombarded by the repetitive. That in itself is a difficult feat and Madelyn Alt managed it superbly.

A Charmed Death is told from the point of view of Maggie O'Neill a young woman nearing the big 3-0 who is still struggling to get completely out from under her mother's thumb in the small town of Stony Mills while trying to come to terms with her abilities. Raised as a Catholic girl, her abilities and the things her friend and boss (Fellicity Dow) can do fly in the face of how she was raised. It is refreshing to stumble upon a character that is not in complete and utter denial or far too "okay" with the idea of new found powers, which seems to be the two extremes most authors place their characters at. . .more
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January 8, 2007
N-I's first site update of the new year-I know you're as excited as I am. To celebrate the new year I have a new book review to the Book Symposium. Most surprisingly, this review is actually positive too. Don't believe me? Then see for yourself ;)

I decided to post the book’s cover summary instead of an editorial review just because I absolutely loved it! Too bad the story wasn’t quite as exciting as the summary leads us to believe.
  T0000he book has a promising start, in the prologue we see the story set off from an unknown creature’s POV (later we assume it is Parko) as it slips lizard-like into an old woman’s bedroom, tricks her into giving it permission to enter and then kills her. Later the creature sees Magiere entering the village and whispers “hunter” before slithering off into the night. Begin chapter one, Magiere has been called to a village in order to do what she does best, rid it of menacing vampires. Magiere comes off as a strong, world-weary and hardened female who has dealt with so many villages before now that she as them figured out with a glance. Once she’s set her ridiculously high fee, which may cause the village to starve next year, she is all set to catch the vampire and invites some of the town to watch. Magiere creates an elaborate show and after getting knocked on her rear and tossed in the mud manages to stake the vampire and carry his body off for disposal.
  The shock, it’s not a vampire she just staked it is her half-elf partner in the scam Leesil

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