*I received a free ecopy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
I started reading this book almost immediately after finishing the first one, and then suddenly I was 70% in before I even knew what happened because I got so sucked into the story I just couldn’t put it down!
This was not as emotional and heart-wrenching as the first book because it was more focused on mystery, however, it was still completely gripping. The plot was more complex and action-packed, the mystery aspect kept me on the edge of my seat, and reading from the POV of a character who was possessed and felt like she was losing her mind was interesting.
And even though the focus wasn’t on the character growth this time, it was still there in smaller quantities, the characters were all still unique and well-developed, like real people, and there was still great, realistic relationships between them. I especially loved the unique friendship between Emma and Officer Walker. He may have made a mistake in pressuring her to do the spells, but he still tried to help her and didn’t blame her for the things that happened. And the way everyone came together to help each other when times got tough was touching (I won’t say who everyone was, but it was an interesting mix of characters I wouldn’t have expected).
Also, as much I do love heart-wrenching books, it was actually nice to have a bit of a reprieve. There were still a couple scenes that brought tears to my eyes, I felt for Emma when she felt like she was completely alone and didn’t know what to do about the supernatural mess she found herself in, but there were also some scenes with happiness and hope that kind of patched up some of the holes that Book 1 left in my heart. *SPOILER ALERT (major for Book 1, minor for Book 2)* I didn’t want to ruin the emotional impact of all the dead guys disappearing back into the river in Book 1 for anyone who hasn’t read it, but if you have already read it, you’ll be happy to know the guys all make reappearances in this book! *END SPOILER ALERT* And there was still some of that quirky humor thrown in to crack me up every now and then.
Overall, this was a book I couldn’t put down once I picked it up. If you liked the first book, I definitely recommend you continue with this one because I think you’ll be really happy with it!
Fans of Book 1 in Ann M. Noser's The Witch's Handbook Series. Anyone who likes urban fantasy with complex characters and edge-of-your-seat mystery.
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After everyone Emma Roberts raises from the dead sinks back into the river, she longs for a purpose. A schedule. Something to accomplish. Then Officer Walker leaves a message on her voice mail: “There’s been another murder, and I need your help.”
With a bag of witchcraft supplies slung over her shoulder, Emma performs a séance for Walker at the site of the murder. But nothing happens until Emma gets back home. Black smoke swirls inside the bathroom. An invisible force slams her head onto the tiled floor. A golden snake slithers across her legs, then impales her wrist with its icy teeth.
As the smoke clears and the images fade, the truth becomes clear. This time around, Emma won’t just watch what happened. She’ll live it.
As Emma helps Officer Walker solve murder cases, she relives the horror of each victim’s last moments of life. From the edge of the river to the underground lair of the gang who murdered Steve, she endures it all.
As Emma weakens, both the victims and the murderers who killed them fight for control of her body and mind. She’s possessed, and the voices inside her head won’t let her ask for help.
Even the Book of Shadows can’t save her now…
Book Author: Ann M. Noser
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Series: The Witch's Handbook
Genre: Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
My Book Rating: 4
Series/Standalone: Part of a Series
Setting Location: USA, Wisconsin