One Potion In The Grave – Heather Blake

One Potion in the GraveTitle: One Potion In The Grave
Series: A Magic Potion Mystery, #2
Author: Heather Blake
Published: Signet, October 2014
Source: bought a copy
Links: [goodreads][amazon.com][the book depository]

From the author of the Wishcraft Mysteries

Carly Bell Hartwell’s love potions are always in demand in Hitching Post, Alabama, the wedding capital of the South.…

When Katie Sue Perrywinkle walks into the Little Shop of Potions, Carly is surprised and delighted to see her old childhood friend. Katie Sue fled her hometown and a troubled family over a decade ago. But she’s not back for a social visit. She’s come to settle a score with Senator Warren Calhoun, who is in town for his son’s high-profile wedding.

But before Katie Sue has a chance to voice any objections, she’s forced to forever hold her peace. After finding her friend dead, Carly vows to find her murderer. Were the corrupt Calhouns willing to go to any lengths to avoid a scandal? Did Katie Sue’s family take the term “bad blood” to a whole new level? And why did the bride-to-be come to Carly for a love potion? As Carly gets closer to the truth, a killer is planning a very chilly reception.…

I’ve enjoyed reading the Wishcraft Mysteries by Heather Blake.  When I saw the release of the  Magic Potion Mysteries  last year, I grabbed and devoured the first book A Potion To Die For in one setting.  I liked Carly as well as her family and friends, and when One Potion in the Grave was out last week, I bought a copy.  I’m happy to share that I like this one even more than  A Potion To Die For.

Carly was the owner of the Little Shop of Potions.  She’s a healer and she’d been using her gifts to help many people.  When her childhood friend Katie Sue Perrywinkle paid her a visit and later on found dead in the woods, Carly knew she must do something to find out why her friend was killed.  What she didn’t expect was the danger she’d be in when she started sleuthing around.  Could she uncover the truth?

I must say Carly wasn’t the smartest amateur sleuth that I’ve read but I liked how loyal she was to her family as well as her friends.  She loved coffee and anything chocolaty, and I liked that she’d get her mama some sweet pastries when she knew her mama was under stress.  It’s really fun to watch her interact with her aunts – her aunts could be extraordinary dramatic and hilarious – and I had a few good laughs when she talked with her friends, Ainsley and Caleb.

The Perrywinkles weren’t the cleverest bunch and the Calhouns?  They were calculating!  They wouldn’t mind using their money and connections to get what they wanted, and so you could imagine how frustrating Carly was when many of her potential leads turned out to be dead-ends.  There were a few twists and turns that I didn’t see coming and when the truth was revealed, I liked that it brought out more goods than bads – I just loved the people living in this place called Hitching Post!

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P.S. If you like stories set in a small town with people who are mostly friendly and a little quirky and wild, you’ll have an enjoyable time reading the Magic Potion Mysteries.  There is currently a book giveaway (US only) at Lori’s Reading Corner (end date: October 21).  So hop over now, and Good Luck!

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Unbreakable – C C Hunter

UnbreakableTitle: Unbreakable
Series: Shadow Falls: After Dark, novella
Author: C. C. Hunter
Published: St. Martin’s Griffin, September 2014
Source: received a copy from publisher
Links: [goodreads][amazon.com]

He isn’t everything he says he is.  He’s even more…

Who is Chase Tallman, the newest member of Shadow Falls? What made him into the sexy, mysterious vampire he is today? And what led him to Della Tsang?

Step back in time and unearth the secrets that haunt him.

The secret of how he became a vampire—and how he knows so much about being reborn.  Secrets about his first love, his family–and what steers him toward Della, the beautiful, complicated girl he just can’t seem to stay away from. The one who makes him want things he thought he’d given up on long ago.

It all began with a research study, a palm reader, and a plane crash that sent him on a quest…for a love that’s unbreakable.

If you’ve read Reborn,  you’d know Chase Tallman was a new student at Shadow Falls.  He’s a vampire – a sexy, mysterious one – who seemed charming, dangerous and very capable of bringing out the cranky side of Della.

In Unbreakable,  we got to see Chase before he became a vampire.  He was an ordinary teen who loved his family and had a crush on his sister’s best friend.  He was fiercely protective and I liked that he didn’t back out of awkward situations and was always ready to take a stand even when things were tough and uncomfortable.

The novella is short.  It’s about 55 pages long but it helps me see Chase at a new angle.  To be honest, I didn’t know if I wanted to get to know Chase when I read Reborn.  He seemed to be a guy with an okay personality but he didn’t sound appealing to me.  But now that I get to know him a little better, I feel more eager to pick up book two and find out if he’s really on the good side.

Can’t wait to get reconnected with Burnett, Della and their friends in October 2014…

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Sisters’ Fate – Jessica Spotswood

Sisters' Fate

Title: Sisters' Fate Series: The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #3 Author: Jessica Spotswood Published: Putnam Juvenile, August 2014 Source: bought a copy Links: [goodreads][amazon.com][bookdepository.com] A fever ravages New London, but with the … [Continue reading]

Opposition – Jennifer L. Armentrout

Opposition

Title: Opposition Series: Lux, #5 Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout Published: Entangled Teen, August 2014 Source: bought a copy Links: [goodreads][amazon.com][The Book Depository] Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came. She … [Continue reading]

Some Enchanted Éclair – Bailey Cates

Some Enchanted Eclair

Title: Some Enchanted Éclair Series: A Magical Bakery Mystery, #4 Author: Bailey Cates Published: Signet, July 2014 Source: bought a copy Links: [goodreads][amazon.com][the book depository] FLOUR POWER When Hollywood invades Savannah’s … [Continue reading]

Eternal Dawn – Rebecca Maizel

Eternal Dawn

Title: Eternal Dawn Series: Vampire Queen, #3 Author: Rebecca Maizel Published: Macmillan Children's Book, July 2014 Source: bought a copy Links: [goodreads][amazon.co.uk][the book depository] Lenah has sacrificed everything -- including the … [Continue reading]