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I was hooked with the first chapter. Enthralling. Amber added character into her own writing. it was hard to stop. I look forward to listening again.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This book introduces us to the Echo Park coven in Los Angeles, focusing mostly on its newest (and somewhat reluctant) member. The supernatural elements are mostly kept to a minimum, which strengthens the story itself.
Unfortunately, this is the only book of the series available from Audible (at this time), but the sequels would certainly make good airplane reading.
As a narrator, Benson is quite good with character voices and narrative voice. (I know this is true from works that she herself didn't write, as well.)
loved it and can't wait for the next one. thanks Amber, you helped me get through the boring college days, lol.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Very much the opening tale in a series, you are welcomed into Benson's coven of would be witches as they face a turn in the tide, their fates headed towards danger.
The characterisation of Lyse and Eleanora shows the maternal friendship between the two are both unified and separate. Their love for one another makes Lyse's journey into the unknowable believeable.
Add to the that a cast of women both young, old and older/ghost and you feel a powerful yet homely bond among the Witches of Echo Park.
While the action is saved for fleeting moments, you are easily submerged in Benson's world. I look forward to listening to the next instalment.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Story very slow, didn't really go anywhere it took a while to finish it as it didn't really hold my attention
Although very descriptive writing full credit but it just lacked action.
I picked this one up having recently read Amber's Among The Ghosts, a book for younger readers which I enjoyed and I thought I was in for more of the same. This was a little more grown-up which took me a while to get used to. Around the middle of the book there's a sex scene involving a man in antlers and Amber's narration made it a little awkward to listen to. Definitely made it awkward to talk to her about the book a couple of weeks later!
This book felt like it was targeted at women. Not that I felt like I was being excluded but this seemed to be about women and their relationships with other women and it was very interesting to hear Amber talk about characters relating with their mothers and aunts on a female level. Not like many other works of female-centric fiction, the characters never once felt like anything other than unique individuals who happened to be women.
Only downside for me was realising partway through the book that this wasn't going to finish up and that there was a sequel on the way. Mixed blessing as I'd been anticipating more of a climax but also means I can look forwards to the sequel. Get writing, Ms Benson!