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Review: Secondhand Spirits by Juliet Blackwell
Sunday July 17, 2011 at 1:12 am |

Publisher: Penguin
Copyright: 2009
Published: July 7, 2009
Pages: 325
Form: Paperback
Series: A Witchcraft Mystery
Author: Juliet Blackwell
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Lily Ivory is not your average witch.  Her spell-casting powers tend to draw mischievous spirits while keeping normal humans at a distance.  But now her vintage store could give her a chance to make friends in San Francisco.

Lily hopes for a normal life when she opens Aunt Cora’s Closet.  With her magical knack for vintage fashion-she can sense vibrations of the past from clothing and jewelry-her store becomes a hit.

But when a client is murdered and children start disappearing from the Bay Area, Lily may be the only one who can unravel the crime.  She tries to keep her identity a secret while investigating, but it’s not easy-especially under the spells of sexy “myth buster” Max Carmichael and powerful witch Aidan Rhodes.  Will Lily’s witchy ways be forced out of the closet?

My Thoughts:

This book was quite a little adventure.  I love mysteries, especially if they involve a little something extra like magic, and Blackwell nailed it with this one.  Lily settles in San Francico and opens a shop selling antiques and vintage clothing.  While getting new inventory from old Mrs. Potts, she hears the ominous cry of an infamous demon.  Despite casting a spell protecting her, Lily soon finds that Mrs. Potts has indeed died and a child has been snatched from the neighborhood.

Lily is an interesting sort of witch in that she kind of just wants to lead a normal life and fit in.  But she’s good to a fault, and feels responsible when Frances Potts dies.  Although she’s powerful, she still has a lot to learn and her best attribute and biggest flaw is her unwavering self-reliance.  Lily is sweet, and humble, and doesn’t like to ask for help, even when it’s necessary.  But she’s the kind of person that people are happy to help and do things for.

Max is one of those people who fall under her spell, despite his skepticism in her abilities.  I liked Max from his very first appearance in the book.  He’s very smooth, but not in a slick sort of way.  And I like the easy conversation and camaraderie he and Lily have throughout the book.  He’s also very handsome, in a rugged way, brave, and protective.  My kinda guy for sure.

The pace of this story was excellent, and Blackwell did an awesome job of revealing clues and circumstances at the right time.  There were many times I felt as if I was in the novel.  The book enveloped me so much in parts to the point I felt my pulse quicken and fear creep into my heart.  All throughout the novel I had no idea where the story would end up.  Of course I took a guess it being a mystery and all, and I was completely wrong.  Definitely kept me hanging on until the very end.  And the supporting characters were great too.  I especially like her familiar Oscar.  He kind of reminds me of Dobby the way he’s described.

Overall, lovely book and great mystery.  I will definitely look forward to reading the rest of this series.

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4 Responses to “Review: Secondhand Spirits by Juliet Blackwell”

  1. Missie says:

    Have you ever read Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble (Jolie Wilkins, #1) by H.P. Mallory?

    Based on your review, SS kind of reminds me of that book. And I had so much fun reading FBaCB, so I’m sure I’d enjoy this one too!

    Thanks for putting this book on my radar, Jade.

  2. Jade Jade says:

    @ Missie, I haven’t pickd that one up yet, but I do want to read it. I’ve seen great things about that series so it’s definitely a book I’ll be reading in the future.

  3. This is cute! You always pick the cute ones.

  4. Melissa says:

    Now I’m even more excited to read this one! Great review!