Booke of the Hidden (Booke of the Hidden #1)
After a relationship gone bad in California, Kylie Strange moves to rural Maine for a fresh start. But she gets more than she bargained for when she finds a supernatural book bricked into the wall of her new tea shop, Strange Herbs and Teas. As soon as she opens the Booke of the Hidden, the quiet town of Moody Bog suddenly becomes a lot more interesting. First the mysterious and handsome Erasmus Dark shows up unannounced, claiming to be a demon and warning Kylie of untold destruction. She waves him off, until a museum proprietor turns up dead, and the sheriff targets Kylie as a suspect. With the help of Erasmus and a ragtag group of local Wiccans, Kylie unravels the Booke's secrets, and they begin to believe the culprit is someone--or something--much more sinister than a run-of-the mill human murderer. Award-winning author Jeri Westerson crafts a tale of magic, murder, and romance, drawing us into the mystical world that surrounds Strange Herbs and Teas.

Booke of the Hidden (Booke of the Hidden #1) Details

TitleBooke of the Hidden (Booke of the Hidden #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 31st, 2017
PublisherDiversion Publishing
ISBN-139781635760507
Rating
GenreFantasy, Urban Fantasy, Supernatural, Mystery, Paranormal, Magic, Witches

Booke of the Hidden (Booke of the Hidden #1) Review

  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Kylie Strange wanted to get as far away from her ex as she could when they broke up so when she spotted a place for sale in Maine she figured she couldn't get any further away from California than that. Arriving in Moody Bog Kylie has nothing but hope for her fresh start quickly getting to work to set up for the opening of her new shop, Strange Herbs & Teas. When working in the store however Kylie ends up finding a rather strange book hidden within the wall of the shop, The Booke of the Hidd Kylie Strange wanted to get as far away from her ex as she could when they broke up so when she spotted a place for sale in Maine she figured she couldn't get any further away from California than that. Arriving in Moody Bog Kylie has nothing but hope for her fresh start quickly getting to work to set up for the opening of her new shop, Strange Herbs & Teas. When working in the store however Kylie ends up finding a rather strange book hidden within the wall of the shop, The Booke of the Hidden.Once Kylie opens up the book things begin happening that she doesn't quite believe. A stranger shows up warning her away from the book that no one should even know exists so Kylie tracks down a man that know more about the legend surrounding the book only to come away with more questions than answers. And no sooner is Kylie back from her visit than the police show up at her door saying the man she'd asked about the book had been murdered. Soon Kylie finds herself teamed up with a demon and a coven of witches with a curse on the loose since the book had chosen her to open it. Booke of the Hidden by Jeri Westerson is an adult urban fantasy read with all the fun things involved in it that I'm normally a huge fan of, witches, demons and other various elements. However, as much as I could say nice about this one, good writing, likable characters, interesting plot etc. There just seemed to be that little something extra missing for me, that bit of a spark to make me fall in love with the story. I think for me with this particular read my biggest drawback was that it seemed to be a rather slow going story. There are things happening but the progress and story built rather slowly so being one that prefers a fast paced or intense books first and foremost I think that might be the one thing that didn't make this story pop out the way I'd like. In the end I thought it was good but not one that really stood out from all the other books of this type. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.wordpress....
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/5 stars The Booke of the Hidden is the first book in a new series by the same name, by Jeri Westerson. I really, really enjoyed this supernatural/urban fantasy read. It follows our main character Kylie, as she moves across the country to a town in Maine, where she opens up her own Herb & Tea shop. There she finds a book hidden in the wall, called the Booke of the Hidden. From there, she is swept up in a crazy whirlwind demon hunting adventure that reminded me of part Buffy the Vampire Sl 4.5/5 stars The Booke of the Hidden is the first book in a new series by the same name, by Jeri Westerson. I really, really enjoyed this supernatural/urban fantasy read. It follows our main character Kylie, as she moves across the country to a town in Maine, where she opens up her own Herb & Tea shop. There she finds a book hidden in the wall, called the Booke of the Hidden. From there, she is swept up in a crazy whirlwind demon hunting adventure that reminded me of part Buffy the Vampire Slayer and part Supernatural. I cannot wait to read more about this series.Kylie is a feisty main heroine. She has no problem standing up for herself, which I loved about her. Even when she first meets the mysterious Mr. Dark, she doesn't mind putting him in his place. I loved that Kylie was immediately embraced into this quirky small town. It is already a spiritual town. Kind of like in Buffy, where the town seemed to be the epicenter of supernatural activity. Except in this case, it is not because of a hell mouth, but rather because of the Booke. The Booke is really rather fascinating, so I am going to put a spoiler in place right here, which is really not much of a spoiler since it's descirbed within the first 50 pages of the story, but click on if you want to see how the Booke works. (view spoiler)[ When Kylie finds the Booke of the Hidden she opens it and sees that it is blank. The book forms a connection with Kylie and she is the only one that can open it. The Booke acts like a kind of pandora's box, and when she opened it she released a whole bunch of demons into the world. She is then tasked with rounding up and defeating the demons by killing them and writing in the Booke to trap them there. Cool, right? (hide spoiler)]There is a light budding romance in The Booke of the Dead. I really liked the romance, but I wanted more of it. If I am being honest with myself, the light romance is the reason I couldn't commit to 5 stars for this otherwise excellent story. I am really hoping that the romance will develop into something more in the next book, because I love the dynamic between the two of them. Bring on more romance! (even if it is a love triangle, I will take it) Bottom line: If you are a fan of demon hunting adventures, set in a cool atmosphereic small town, with plenty of supernatural baddies, then The Booke of the Hidden is a great book for you. It is the start of what is sure to be an exciting series. I can't wait for the second book. I love the spunky main character and I am really interested to see the whole cast of secondary characters developed more. Plus, I totally want more romance! I really enjoyed The Booke of the Hidden.
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  • All Things Urban Fantasy
    January 1, 1970
    Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyI was pretty consistently amused by everything in BOOKE OF THE HIDDEN which is one of my favorite feelings to have while reading. From the absolutely ridiculous plot, quirky small town characters, to the kind of random and weird but working for me romance between Kylie and Erasmus. I love books where the main character just randomly stumbles into a world and has to figure everything out before some doom befalls them or the world. This book is basically Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyI was pretty consistently amused by everything in BOOKE OF THE HIDDEN which is one of my favorite feelings to have while reading. From the absolutely ridiculous plot, quirky small town characters, to the kind of random and weird but working for me romance between Kylie and Erasmus. I love books where the main character just randomly stumbles into a world and has to figure everything out before some doom befalls them or the world. This book is basically your classic example of that with an intriguingly mysterious book wrapped in a dark history and a burgeoning romance.I loved Kylie right off the bat. She owns a tea shop (my favorite kind of shop) and is just trying to get start her life again after a bad break up. She's kind of sarcastic, quirky, and pretty open-minded for someone who just discovered witches and demons are real. I really enjoyed Erasmus's introduction as you don't know if he is supposed to be the antagonist or not so you are kind of left feeling persistently suspicious of him for a long time. That suspicion wanes as he ends up working closer with Kylie to clean up the mess that opening the Booke of the Hidden caused. While I enjoy some sexy flirty, I am wondering if they are going to continue with developing this relationship in future books. Their banter is really fun but they don't really click with me as a long term romance.As I got to the end of BOOKE OF THE HIDDEN I began to get concerned that nothing was resolved and hoped this was the beginning of a series. Luckily, it is as per the author note at the end! The writing is engaging with a mystery plot that can easily be expanded into a few more books. I enjoyed spending time with Kylie and all of the other characters and am looking forward to what new paranormal creature they will meet in the next book.
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  • Anna Fox
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fantastic paranormal romance. Kylie is a fantastic lead, and I loved her snarky attitude. Her relationship with Erasmus is interesting and what will happen with the sheriff? What is Kylie's family's history? I look forward to getting to know the other characters as well. I found this book to be one of the best in this genre.
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  • Kathrin
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy via NetGalley. I was torn about how to rate this book for a while. It was a tie between 4 and 5 stars and I settled for 5 because I liked some aspects a lot and I'm already looking forward to possible future books in the series. 'Booke of the Hidden' had a bumpy start and I wasn't sure if I would like it for maybe the first 50 pages. Overused tropes and cringe-worthy dialogue made me anxious but it turned out to be an awesome read that I would recommend to fans of urban fa I received a free copy via NetGalley. I was torn about how to rate this book for a while. It was a tie between 4 and 5 stars and I settled for 5 because I liked some aspects a lot and I'm already looking forward to possible future books in the series. 'Booke of the Hidden' had a bumpy start and I wasn't sure if I would like it for maybe the first 50 pages. Overused tropes and cringe-worthy dialogue made me anxious but it turned out to be an awesome read that I would recommend to fans of urban fantasy.The story is set in the small Maine town of Moody Bog - one of those places where people can track their families back for generations. It's a small-town community that promises the calm, fresh start Kylie is looking for. After leaving her Californian life behind she just wants to look forward and focus on the opening of her very own tea and herb shop. Within days of the big day she comes across a mysterious book in the old house she bought and soon her life is filled with Wiccans, demons and much less calm days than expected. The book intertwines old family stories, demonology and a romance that isn't allowed to be. What I expected when I started to read the book was an urban fantasy which was delivered. I'm just much more used to urban fantasy novels playing in big cities but honestly, the lovely Maine backdrop added its own add-on to the setting. Whenever I spot a Maine setting I always get excited because it reminds me of some of my favorite King novels which are mostly set in Maine. I haven't been there yet and I don't believe that a vacation will take me there but you'll never know. Needless to say, this was a big plus in my book. The author did a good job showing some of the usual small-town aspects but I was missing something that would make the town of Moody Bog unique. Haven't found that yet but this seems to be the first novel in a series - maybe there'll be more about the place in later books. You could definitely tell that the town and its inhabitants are important.First, I've got to say that I liked most of the characters - especially those side characters that played a huge part in progressing the story but - and this is a big one - ...My biggest pet peeve is a main character I can't relate to because I get bored just reading about them. I know that with all the books that are published these days it's hard to come up with someone entirely new and intriguing but I at least expect an author to try. Somehow, I also felt reminded of Buffy The Vampire Slayer... To be honest, the bow is a big deus ex machina but I was willing to overlook it.Kylie wasn't easy for me to relate to. Just leaving her 'old life' head-over-heels because of an ex-boyfriend and then starting anew where every guy falls for her is just something I'm not interested in. However, as the story progressed I started to see more in her character and I came to a point where I might enjoy to read more about her story. Her relationship with Erasmus (let's not talk about the names in this book!) wasn't something I enjoyed reading about in the beginning. Seriously, I haven't seen that much cringe-worthy situations in a while. It got a lot better as the story progressed which is why even after finishing the book I still hope that the author would fix the beginning. It almost ruined the book for me. And while I like the whole he's-a-demon-now-what issue, I can't stand love triangle. Why did I think that its golden age has come and gone? I never was a fan and probably never will be. It was kind of okay with this novel because there's a whole lot of philosophical discussion linked to it but I hope that the author will resolve it soon. I was happy to see that there were tidbits of information about tea and herbs scattered throughout the story and I would love to see the author to add more of them in future books. The fact that I already think about what to expect from future books shows you that despite the few annoying points I had a great time reading 'Booke of the Hidden'. The writing was entertaining and made me laugh occasionally and once I made it past the beginning of the novel I wasn't able to put it down again. Great read!
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  • Under the Covers Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    I’m always in the mood for a fantastic Urban Fantasy, there’s something about that mix of magic, adventure and romance in a, normally, somewhat familiar setting that I love. However, it has been a while since I have found anything new that’s whetted by appetite, so I decided to go all Indiana Jones and explore and in the wilds of NetGalley I came across Booke of the Hidden. Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite the treasure that I was hoping for.  When I read UF I like something to be a little gritty, I’m always in the mood for a fantastic Urban Fantasy, there’s something about that mix of magic, adventure and romance in a, normally, somewhat familiar setting that I love. However, it has been a while since I have found anything new that’s whetted by appetite, so I decided to go all Indiana Jones and explore and in the wilds of NetGalley I came across Booke of the Hidden. Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite the treasure that I was hoping for.  When I read UF I like something to be a little gritty, I want the heroine to have depth, strength (even if she doesn’t know it) and intelligence. I want the love interest to do more than decorate the book with his gorgeous abs and massive biceps. And lastly I want an interesting story set in world that is well thought out and full of potential. Unless it is a superb 5 star book you don’t always get these things all at once especially on book 1 of a series, but you get enough to get stuck in and encourage you to continue. However, Booke of the Hidden didn’t really have any of the things I love, it didn’t feel like an UF it had the feel of a trying-to-be-charming, yet ultimately shallow cozy mystery.It’s mixture of cookie cutter “eccentric” secondary characters, a broody love interest with as much depth as a paddling pool and the clueless, yet plucky heroine made this predictable and shallow. There was nothing below the surface, the world although not really explained also didn’t leave me intrigued about what wasn’t said, mainly because I didn’t feel like there wasn’t anything further to learn. And the storyline of a demon on the loose I completely lost interest in. I read this book to get to the end rather than out of enjoyment.Needless to say, I won’t be continuing reading this series it wasn’t quite what I expected and wasn’t to my taste. A book that I did love and the premises are kind of similar is Deadly Curiosities by Gail Z Martin, which I recommend you check out if you like the type of UF I do.*ARC provided by publisherReviewed by Suzanne❤ ♡ Don't want to miss any of our posts? Subscribe to our blog by email! ♡ ❤
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  • Beaches&Books
    January 1, 1970
    Kylie Strange is the heart of "Booke of the Hidden". How could she not be?? It is after all her fault for (accidently) causing all this mayhem by taking down that blasted wall, finding the BOOKE, then opening said book (as I now call the book of Hell) that not only released a succubus but a demon. Lets face it... since opening the BOOKE her life has gone to hell. But at least she has an attractive demon helping her, right? It seems Kylie isn't 100% sure about Erasmus Dark...what she does know is Kylie Strange is the heart of "Booke of the Hidden". How could she not be?? It is after all her fault for (accidently) causing all this mayhem by taking down that blasted wall, finding the BOOKE, then opening said book (as I now call the book of Hell) that not only released a succubus but a demon. Lets face it... since opening the BOOKE her life has gone to hell. But at least she has an attractive demon helping her, right? It seems Kylie isn't 100% sure about Erasmus Dark...what she does know is that he's tall, dark (pun intended) and handsome; and seems to be the silent type. How is Kylie supposed to figure what to do if he doesn't answer any of her questions?? Needless to say it is frustrating, luckily for Kylie her new friends of Moody Bog are there to help. My overall thoughts on the book?? It's an enjoyable read if you love magic, mystery, and a bit of romance. The author has really brought the characters to life and created a world in which you'll want more of. Until next time Kyle Strange.....received ARC from netgalley in exchange for review
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  • Milena
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsI haven't read a good Paranormal/Urban Fantasy story in a while and with Halloween around the corner I was looking for something to satisfy my craving for a spooky read. Booke of the Hidden sounded exactly the type of read I was looking for. I really liked the setting, it was atmospheric and creepy, and just perfect for this time of year. I also found the premise of the book very interesting. Kylie moves away from her annoying ex to a small town in Maine and opens a herb & tea shop. 3.5 StarsI haven't read a good Paranormal/Urban Fantasy story in a while and with Halloween around the corner I was looking for something to satisfy my craving for a spooky read. Booke of the Hidden sounded exactly the type of read I was looking for. I really liked the setting, it was atmospheric and creepy, and just perfect for this time of year. I also found the premise of the book very interesting. Kylie moves away from her annoying ex to a small town in Maine and opens a herb & tea shop. While renovating the shop she finds an old book hidden in the wall. When she opens the book she unknowingly unleashes demons and other vile creatures that were trapped in the book. It's now up to her to capture and send them back. She gets some help from Erasmus, a demon attached to the Booke and Wiccans, the local coven. Booke of the Hidden is full of action, interesting characters, and a touch of romance. I liked our main heroine, Kylie. She is funny and quirky. There are also a number of endearing secondary characters (I especially liked Wiccans and the Sheriff), and interesting villains, both human and supernatural. I wasn't entirely sold on the romance between Kylie and Erasmus, it wasn't very convincing and felt forced a little. I wanted more sparks and chemistry. I hope the romance will get better in the next book. According to the author there will be six books in the series and I definitely will be checking them out and following Kylie's adventures. *ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley
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  • Ellen
    January 1, 1970
    Booke of the Hidden (Booke of the Hidden #1) by Jeri Westerson.Kylie Strange has finally taken the plunged and left her boyfriend and the herbs & tea shop they shared. She's moved as far away from California to start a new life. The town she's decided on is rather a quaint village-the village of Moody Bog in Maine. Kylie is in her new home now surrounded by people she's never met. So it's time to get to work cleaning up and making this home her own. Something had to be done with that wall an Booke of the Hidden (Booke of the Hidden #1) by Jeri Westerson.Kylie Strange has finally taken the plunged and left her boyfriend and the herbs & tea shop they shared. She's moved as far away from California to start a new life. The town she's decided on is rather a quaint village-the village of Moody Bog in Maine. Kylie is in her new home now surrounded by people she's never met. So it's time to get to work cleaning up and making this home her own. Something had to be done with that wall and Kylie starts hacking away when she comes to a place with that wall. In that place is a book, a very old book. The question remains what is the book all about and why was it hidden within this wall. She starts browsing through it and finds all the pages left blank.Enough with this book time to find a repair man to do as inexpensive a patch work on it as possible. The manager at the hardware store recommends Doc for a repairman. Everybody in the village knows Doc. A retired and beloved Doctor that now works in his spare time a a repairman. soon doc is over the house working on covering that hole in the wall as best he can. soon they get to talking about the town and the residents living there. Kylie learns much about the town and it's residents including that doc is a Wiccan and a member of a local Wiccan group.The Wiccan group consists of :Jolene-a young lap top expert.Nick-an easy going kid trying to find where he belongs.Seraphine- a supposed seer of sorts.Doc-retired from the medical field but part time repairman.Kylie at first is thrown off balance a bit when meeting with these people but soon finds herself more at ease. Everyone in the group seems down to earth in their own sort of way. While Kylie begins to feel her way around this new environment a figure lingers outside her home close to the woods. It appears to be a man, but then just a quickly disappears. This review is just a short glimpse into Kylie's new world and I'm so glad I decided to join her. This author is nothing less than a true story teller. The characters were well defined and colorful lending depth to the experiences that await. As each new situation around they grew in their relationship to each other as well in strength of their (let me say) convictions. Absolutely loved this book on kindle and have ordered the next book. Very highly recommended!
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  • Viccy
    January 1, 1970
    Kylie Strange moves to Maine to get away from a relationship gone bad in California. She decides to open a tea and herb shop in Muddy Bog, Maine. Before her shop opens, she discover an ancient book, bricked up in a wall. When she opens it, little does she know she has released demons into the world and now it is her job to track them all down and imprison them in the Booke of the Hidden once again. Aided by the demon, Erasmus Dark, and a coven of Wiccans, Kylie not only has to track down a succu Kylie Strange moves to Maine to get away from a relationship gone bad in California. She decides to open a tea and herb shop in Muddy Bog, Maine. Before her shop opens, she discover an ancient book, bricked up in a wall. When she opens it, little does she know she has released demons into the world and now it is her job to track them all down and imprison them in the Booke of the Hidden once again. Aided by the demon, Erasmus Dark, and a coven of Wiccans, Kylie not only has to track down a succubus, but get her shop ready to open on time. And then, a local biker gang conjures another demon, who brings an incubus along. Just another day in the life of the Chosen Host of the Booke of the Hidden.
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  • Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
    January 1, 1970
    I’m always in the mood for a fantastic Urban Fantasy, there’s something about that mix of magic, adventure and romance in a, normally, somewhat familiar setting that I love. However, it has been a while since I have found anything new that’s whetted by appetite, so I decided to go all Indiana Jones and explore and in the wilds of NetGalley I came across Booke of the Hidden. Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite the treasure that I was hoping for. When I read UF I like something to be a little gritty, I’m always in the mood for a fantastic Urban Fantasy, there’s something about that mix of magic, adventure and romance in a, normally, somewhat familiar setting that I love. However, it has been a while since I have found anything new that’s whetted by appetite, so I decided to go all Indiana Jones and explore and in the wilds of NetGalley I came across Booke of the Hidden. Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite the treasure that I was hoping for. When I read UF I like something to be a little gritty, I want the heroine to have depth, strength (even if she doesn’t know it) and intelligence. I want the love interest to do more than decorate the book with his gorgeous abs and massive biceps. And lastly I want an interesting story set in world that is well thought out and full of potential. Unless it is a superb 5 star book you don’t always get these things all at once especially on book 1 of a series, but you get enough to get stuck in and encourage you to continue. However, Booke of the Hidden didn’t really have any of the things I love, it didn’t feel like an UF it had the feel of a trying-to-be-charming, yet ultimately shallow cozy mystery.It’s mixture of cookie cutter “eccentric” secondary characters, a broody love interest with as much depth as a paddling pool and the clueless, yet plucky heroine made this predictable and shallow. There was nothing below the surface, the world although not really explained also didn’t leave me intrigued about what wasn’t said, mainly because I didn’t feel like there wasn’t anything further to learn. And the storyline of a demon on the loose I completely lost interest in. I read this book to get to the end rather than out of enjoyment.Needless to say, I won’t be continuing reading this series it wasn’t quite what I expected and wasn’t to my taste. A book that I did love and the premises are kind of similar is Deadly Curiosities by Gail Z Martin, which I recommend you check out if you like the type of UF I do.
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  • Maxximum Reads
    January 1, 1970
    DISCLAIMER ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN—- Thank you NetGalley for providing me with an ARCBooke Of the HiddenJeri WestersonRELEASE DATE OCT 31 2017So Jeri is probably one of my new favourite authors! Booke of the Hidden was the perfect mix of creepy, paranormal, mystery, and adventure. Kylie Strange (I actually really liked her name even if it was a little corny) has caused a world of destruction (albeit not exactly on purpose) when she discovers a book behind a wall and opens it. I mean who wouldn't DISCLAIMER ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN—- Thank you NetGalley for providing me with an ARCBooke Of the HiddenJeri WestersonRELEASE DATE OCT 31 2017So Jeri is probably one of my new favourite authors! Booke of the Hidden was the perfect mix of creepy, paranormal, mystery, and adventure. Kylie Strange (I actually really liked her name even if it was a little corny) has caused a world of destruction (albeit not exactly on purpose) when she discovers a book behind a wall and opens it. I mean who wouldn't open a book they found behind a wall? Could be historically relevant, could be a treasure map, or could release a succubus and a demon. Of course this is a paranormal book and so she opened it and released the latter of those options. Basically the rest of the book is spent trying to clean up the mess she accidentally caused with Erasmus Dark (you know the demon from the book) and a local Wiccan group she has befriended. I will say that I love books and I love to read but you are not getting me to join a knitting club thing just to commandeer something from someones library. I was left with a few sort of uhhhh I don't think soooo's.I mean the Wiccan group was really forth coming and I mean REALLY forth coming to someone they just met. Who for all they know could be mocking them or something.Overall though I say go for it! It was enjoyable and a quick read for entertainment. Here is the description from NetGalleyTo get a fresh start away from a bad relationship, Kylie Strange moves across the country to open a shop in a seemingly quiet town in rural Maine. During renovations on Strange Herbs & Teas, she discovers a peculiar and ancient codex, The Booke of the Hidden, bricked into the wall. Every small town has its legends and unusual histories, and this artifact sends Kylie right into the center of Moody Bog’s biggest secret.While puzzling over the tome’s oddly blank pages, Kylie gets an unexpected visitor—Erasmus Dark, an inscrutable stranger who claims to be a demon, knows she has the book, and warns her that she has opened a portal to the netherworld. Kylie brushes off this nonsense, until a series of bizarre murders put her, the newcomer, at the center. With the help of the demon and a coven of witches she befriends while dodging the handsome but sharp-eyed sheriff, Kylie hunts for a killer—that might not be human.Character creation - 4- I did think that Kylie and Erasmus could have used a little more umpft and that some of the other characters were just really flatPlot - 5 - There could have been a bit more explaination as to what line of mythology we were working with. Are we assuming that Erasmus is a Christian demon like you know demons and angels or more of a Daemon from other lines?Addiction Level - 4 - I did put it down once to read something else when it got a little repetative. Overall I'd say 4.5
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    "I handed [the storekeeper] my debit card and perused the colorful kitchen gewgaws hanging on the wall behind him. "Say, Barry, you don't know of any caves hereabouts, do you?""Caves? Plan on doing some spelunking?" He laughed at his own joke and I tried to smile. Erasmus frowned. Barry coughed to hid his silenced laughter. "Do you mean the old Indian caves up Falcon's point? They got those drawings in there. Petroglyphs or something. Old Indian paintings. County is trying to make it a preserva "I handed [the storekeeper] my debit card and perused the colorful kitchen gewgaws hanging on the wall behind him. "Say, Barry, you don't know of any caves hereabouts, do you?""Caves? Plan on doing some spelunking?" He laughed at his own joke and I tried to smile. Erasmus frowned. Barry coughed to hid his silenced laughter. "Do you mean the old Indian caves up Falcon's point? They got those drawings in there. Petroglyphs or something. Old Indian paintings. County is trying to make it a preservation spot. That was Karl Water's bailiwick, but now, of course..." He shook his head. "Savage shame what happened to him. And curious, too. I heard the rumors, but..." He handed my debit card back and was suddenly looking below my chin. "That's a mighty unusual necklace you got there," he said, reaching for the amulet. Erasmus's hand darted forward and grabbed him by the wrist."Don't touch it!"Barry froze, eyes round as he stared at Erasmus."Erasmus!" he let the man go. "I apologize for my friend here. He's just visiting me. From California.""He don't sound like he comes from California," said Barry, rubbing his wrist. Meet Kylie Strange. Yes, that's actually her name. After suffering a nasty breakup with her boyfriend of 2 years, she decides to pull up her roots and move across country from California to Maine to open a tea shop. The town she picks is more of a remote hamlet, with reticent townspeople, and old alliances. Not letting that stop her, she moves into her 200 year old shop building, and gets to work remodeling. In the process, she demolishes a wall, and finds a brick wall behind it. Curiosity (and lots of wine) fuel her to demolish the *BRICK* wall to see why on earth it's inside her normal walls. She finds an ancient, leather bound volume titled "Booke of the Hidden". Not 10 minutes later a knock sounds on her door, and she opens it to find a dark, mysterious stranger in a long duster coat. And the plot just gets crazier from there. Kylie has unwittingly opened a portal to the demon world, and only she can trap the beings that are now roaming the woods of Maine. She's not alone though. She has the help of the mysterious stranger, Erasmus. Also, because the world is full of coincidences, there is a coven of Wiccan in her hamlet who are not only forthcoming about their nightly activities, but are also more than willing to help the newcomer. Making up the coven is the county doctor, named Doc of course. Then there's the middle aged hippie, a coffee barista, and a not-to-be underestimated 16 year old girl. The six of them must work fast, before the demons' victim count starts to rise. Bottom line: If you are looking for a quick urban fantasy read, you could do worse than Westerson's offering. She writes decent prose infused with humor that had me giggling more than once. Kylie is a spunky heroine who isn't afraid to give humans and demons alike a piece of her mind. There are just too many tropes and coincidences to give the book more than an average rating though, especially when Westerson added romance to the plot in a fairly awkward manner. Only recommended as a library checkout. Given a rating of 2/5 stars or "Average". Quote: "But you know for certain.""That's where you are wrong. I don't know for certain. I only know with uncertainty.""That's better than nothing.""Uncertainty is not better than nothing. Where in Beelze's name did you learn your appalling logic?" Stuff I learned: Not much of anything. :/
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  • Kristen
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely LOVED this book! Loved everything about it! Can't wait to read the next book in the series and all the books that come after that!!Kylie is the quintessential "every woman" who suddenly finds herself forced into a word of crazy and has to figure out how to deal with that. She is likable and relatable and I really enjoyed going on her adventures with her.The supporting characters - the good, the not-so-good, and the "we're not sure if they're good or not" - really help make this book I absolutely LOVED this book! Loved everything about it! Can't wait to read the next book in the series and all the books that come after that!!Kylie is the quintessential "every woman" who suddenly finds herself forced into a word of crazy and has to figure out how to deal with that. She is likable and relatable and I really enjoyed going on her adventures with her.The supporting characters - the good, the not-so-good, and the "we're not sure if they're good or not" - really help make this book more than just another paranormal action story. "The Wiccans" as Kylie takes to calling her group of helpers really add to both the drama and the humour in the book. They not only help Kylie to navigate the weird stuff she has to figure out, but they also help to offset the intensity with moments of normalcy and humour.The world-building here is also really good, although because this is the first book, we don't get a ton of detail about the "other side" here and the motivations of the people - and non-people - involved are still pretty undefined. I'm hoping future books will flesh that out for readers.There really wasn't anything about this book I didn't like. I really enjoyed every moment I spent with Kylie et al, and I am very much looking forward to continuing with this series!! Highly recommended for those who like paranormal fiction. I think this will be a new favourite series for me.
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  • Linda Munro
    January 1, 1970
    Kylie Strange’s life has been cursed; there is no other possible answer to her terrible choice in men; but Kylie is about to change that, by leaving Southern California and moving to a small town in Maine where she is about to open her own business; Strange Herbs and Teas.As she prepares her shop for opening day, Kylie inadvertently puts a hole in a wall, where she sees a brick wall behind it. Curiosity killed the cat and now it is Kylie’s turn to suffer the consequences!Inside the brick wall Ky Kylie Strange’s life has been cursed; there is no other possible answer to her terrible choice in men; but Kylie is about to change that, by leaving Southern California and moving to a small town in Maine where she is about to open her own business; Strange Herbs and Teas.As she prepares her shop for opening day, Kylie inadvertently puts a hole in a wall, where she sees a brick wall behind it. Curiosity killed the cat and now it is Kylie’s turn to suffer the consequences!Inside the brick wall Kylie finds an old Book which she hopes she will be able to sell to help with her expenses. Little does she realize how dangerous a simple Booke can be!Simply by unlocking the book and opening the cover, Kylie lets loose ancient demons, including the demon keeper of the book.Now, at the mercy of the beast, Kylie must team up with a local ragtag group of Wiccans to recapture the demons and set the world right once again!
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  • eyes.2c
    January 1, 1970
    Beware of things unseen!This was so not what I expected. It was a crazy, wild ride and such a departure for Westerson.(And to think she dreamt about the major elements of the story--amazing--ah the subconscious!)A new entry into the urban paranormal genre complete with a mild mannered Wiccan group, a woman escaping a bad relationship who flees from California to Maine. Was she summoned or was it all just coincidence? Right!What do you do when you break down a brick wall in your new abode and fin Beware of things unseen!This was so not what I expected. It was a crazy, wild ride and such a departure for Westerson.(And to think she dreamt about the major elements of the story--amazing--ah the subconscious!)A new entry into the urban paranormal genre complete with a mild mannered Wiccan group, a woman escaping a bad relationship who flees from California to Maine. Was she summoned or was it all just coincidence? Right!What do you do when you break down a brick wall in your new abode and find a musty old book. You open it and summon ... things that go beyond the wildest imagination for Kylie Strange.I loved the magical cross bow.I loved the demon (not quite the daemon lover of Scottish fame) or whatever Mr. Erasmus Dark might be. The quips Kylie directs at him are hilarious.I'm not sure about Sheriff Bradbury.I loved the Wicca coven including the teenager who is a cross between Wynona Rider and Julia Stiles.Suddenly, for the coven and Kylie, fighting demons, incubus and such us becomes the norm.Then there's the coven dedicated to dark, and a different demon.And let's not forget the sector of town who once upon a time, in the past, would have happily burnt all of the above at the stake, of which one member has hereditary links to Kylie.A great start to a new series.A NetGalley ARC
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  • James
    January 1, 1970
    Starts out decently but about halfway thru the cliche tropes appear. First, Kylie Strange is declared to be the Chosen Host, which ironically we had just discussed this trope in my book club meeting. Then being an urban fantasy requirement, she takes on a nonhuman and human as lovers so we can get the love triangle started. In both cases, the love interest seems very forced and mutual attraction happens almost instantly. Finally the village of Moody Bog seems to have an astounding amount of stuf Starts out decently but about halfway thru the cliche tropes appear. First, Kylie Strange is declared to be the Chosen Host, which ironically we had just discussed this trope in my book club meeting. Then being an urban fantasy requirement, she takes on a nonhuman and human as lovers so we can get the love triangle started. In both cases, the love interest seems very forced and mutual attraction happens almost instantly. Finally the village of Moody Bog seems to have an astounding amount of stuff, including an amazing hardware/furniture store, Chinese take out and the like, it's really like a medium sized town, so the setting feels a bit off. It does avoid the catty heroine cliche that many urban fantasies seem to have.An OK read but I'll not be reading anymore.
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  • Pamela Priest
    January 1, 1970
    This book is not the type of book I usually read, but since Ms. Westerson wrote it, and I love everything else she's written that I've read (Crispin's medieval novels, etc.), I wanted to give this a shot, and I'm glad I did! It's full of action and intrigue, intensely scary parts and even some romance, which makes it all good. I love the tea shop idea - we don't have them where I live, and I can envision having a great cup of amazing tea there. I am looking forward to the 2nd book in this series This book is not the type of book I usually read, but since Ms. Westerson wrote it, and I love everything else she's written that I've read (Crispin's medieval novels, etc.), I wanted to give this a shot, and I'm glad I did! It's full of action and intrigue, intensely scary parts and even some romance, which makes it all good. I love the tea shop idea - we don't have them where I live, and I can envision having a great cup of amazing tea there. I am looking forward to the 2nd book in this series, to read not only what Ms. Westerson has in store for us, but to see how the relationships progress.
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  • Alex Can Read
    January 1, 1970
    I recieved an eArc from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This book was just not for me. I couldn’t connect with the characters and wasn’t held by the plot. Jeri Westerson’s writing was solid, I just didn’t connect. I found both Kylie and Erasmus to be incredibly frustrating characters. I didn’t enjoy spending time with them and found the other characters to be somewhat thin.
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  • *Flora*
    January 1, 1970
    Really loved this book; it promises to be a fantastic series. You can also read my full review on my WordPress blog, Flora's Musings...So what’s this book about?Booke of the Hidden is the first novel (approx 314 pages) in a new six book adult urban fantasy series set in the beautiful, rural village of Moody Bog, Maine, USA. Our key human characters include; our heroine, Kylie Strange, a local coven of Wiccans – retired doctor and part-time plasterer, Doc Boone, middle aged Seraphina, a bohemian Really loved this book; it promises to be a fantastic series. You can also read my full review on my WordPress blog, Flora's Musings...So what’s this book about?Booke of the Hidden is the first novel (approx 314 pages) in a new six book adult urban fantasy series set in the beautiful, rural village of Moody Bog, Maine, USA. Our key human characters include; our heroine, Kylie Strange, a local coven of Wiccans – retired doctor and part-time plasterer, Doc Boone, middle aged Seraphina, a bohemian free-spirit and ‘sensitive’, Nick Riley barista and Goth and sixteen year old Jolene Ayrs, researching whiz kid and budding Wiccan - Moody Bog’s Sheriff and hotty, Ed Bradbury and Ruth Russell, a descendent of Moody Bog’s founding families. At this early stage in the series, there is no set mythology (e.g. Norse, Christian, Egyptian, etc) to the paranormal elements of the tale, so the non-human species that we encounter, which includes the elusive and enigmatic Mr Erasmus Dark, are more of a generic amalgam rather than from a specific belief system.So, what did I like about it?Jeri Westerson is a new-to-me author; I found her writing style engaging, intelligent and easy to read. I loved the way Ms Westerson weaved her plot; it was complex enough to keep me intrigued without being convoluted. I felt that there was a good balance of humour, action, tension, mystery and romance and the pace of the plot felt just right. I loved the way Ms Westerson crafted her world and its history; I found myself in the area of Moody Bog almost instantly, how she described the location, surrounded by wilderness and Moody Bog itself with its collection of small town, village style businesses just brought the place to life in my imagination. I really liked our heroine, Kylie; she’s intelligent and has heaps of gumption (even if she does struggle a bit on the romantic front during this book). I also loved the fact that the secondary characters that Ms Westerson created to populate her world felt just as real as our leads and had strong, memorable personalities, they weren’t just filling the page; kind old Doc Boone, wise Reverend Howard Cleveland, Jolene who had definitely been ‘hiding her light under a bushel’ and who out there doesn’t know a person like Ruth Russell with her self-important air! I loved that Ms Westerson wrote her characters with the complexities that we’d see in those around us, that they had a good balance of strengths and insecurities to make them feel real, even the supernatural ones. I love the fact that Booke of the Hidden kept me guessing what would happen next and had me holding my breath at times, on the edge of my seat. But fear not, good readers it’s not all tension and scares there are giggles and a good sprinkling of tummy tingling passion to balance it all out. In short, I found myself desperate to find out what would happen next throughout this book, staying up late to finish just one more chapter - I was gripped!So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?Nope – loved everything about it!Although, I will warn you, as Booke of the Hidden is the first book in a new six book series, not all of our questions or mysteries are resolved within these pages, however, I can happily confirm that there is no life or death cliff-hanger ending - you all know how much I detest those - thank you Ms Westerson! (Further brownie points earned! Lol!) So, basically what I’m saying is... I really loved this book; it promises to be a fantastic series. I have pre-ordered my own copy of Booke of the Hidden from Amazon and will be waiting with bated breath for book 2 “Deadly Rising.” If you love well written tales of magic, curses, mystery and horror with a bit of romance I think you’d enjoy this book, I think it’s a perfect mix of scary, paranormal, mystery and adventure, however, I would just like to add that due to the explicit sexual nature of some of the scenes within these pages, I’d only recommend this book to adults who are not offended with this type of content. I was lucky enough to be given a digital version of this book for free from the publisher (Diversion Books) after making a request via Netgally.com in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication date is 31st October 2017.
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  • Jeri
    January 1, 1970
    This was a pretty good supernatural book. Kylie Strange moves from California to Maine after her mother dies and she breaks up with a jerk of a boyfriend. Something just draws her to the building for sale in the small town of Moody Bog. While she is fixing up the building to be her tea and herb shop she finds an old book hidden in the wall. That lets loose all sorts of strange things in town. Now it's up to Kylie and her new Wiccan friends to stop the evil that has come to their small town befor This was a pretty good supernatural book. Kylie Strange moves from California to Maine after her mother dies and she breaks up with a jerk of a boyfriend. Something just draws her to the building for sale in the small town of Moody Bog. While she is fixing up the building to be her tea and herb shop she finds an old book hidden in the wall. That lets loose all sorts of strange things in town. Now it's up to Kylie and her new Wiccan friends to stop the evil that has come to their small town before history repeats itself.I was given an eARC by the publisher through NetGalley.
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  • Marissa
    January 1, 1970
    Booke of the Hidden is the first of a pretty promising paranormal series. Readers are introduced to Kylie Strange, a young woman who picks up and moves from California to Maine to start a new phase of her life as a small business owner when she opens a tea shop. While she's setting up her new digs, she finds a mysterious booke hidden in a wall which begins a series of events that take her relatively normal life on a very abnormal, supernatural path. The book includes a variety of supernatural th Booke of the Hidden is the first of a pretty promising paranormal series. Readers are introduced to Kylie Strange, a young woman who picks up and moves from California to Maine to start a new phase of her life as a small business owner when she opens a tea shop. While she's setting up her new digs, she finds a mysterious booke hidden in a wall which begins a series of events that take her relatively normal life on a very abnormal, supernatural path. The book includes a variety of supernatural themes to include demons, succubae, demon slaying with a magical crossbow, and witchcraft which I thought were handled quite well by the author. Kylie herself is a perfectly likeable character. She's a little spunky and I found her inner dialogue pretty entertaining. The only thing I wasn't too thrilled about with her was that she came across as falling too easily for the men in her life. Pace and writing were enjoyable. I would still be interested in getting to know her and the other characters a bit better and to see where things go with future books.I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
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  • Ann
    January 1, 1970
    This is a good start to a new fantasy wiccan series. Kylie Strange moves to Moody Bog Maine to open her tea and herb shop. She discovers a book hidden in her shop and unleashes some powerful demons and power into the small town's coven. Great characters make this story move quickly, it's an easy read for readers from young adult to older. Kylie's position in town is going to be powerful and some of the locals are not happy. Seeing how she grows her business and handles the demons to come will ma This is a good start to a new fantasy wiccan series. Kylie Strange moves to Moody Bog Maine to open her tea and herb shop. She discovers a book hidden in her shop and unleashes some powerful demons and power into the small town's coven. Great characters make this story move quickly, it's an easy read for readers from young adult to older. Kylie's position in town is going to be powerful and some of the locals are not happy. Seeing how she grows her business and handles the demons to come will make an interesting read.
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  • Smart Bookaholics Inc Bookstore
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderful, creepy, fantastic adventure! First time with this author, so glad I got a review copy from netgally!
  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    A good and interesting cozy urban fantasy. The murders are not bloody and gory. Doc Boone is my favorite character. I want to read the rest of the books in this series.
  • Lelia Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    Generally speaking, I don't gravitate towards witchy books but this one had a couple of things going for it before I even started---the description sounds awesome and I already knew I'd enjoy this because it's written by Jeri Westerson. If you ask me, Ms. Westerson is one of those authors who is way under-recognized and I've been happy with everything by her I've ever read.When Kylie finds that book, she does what anybody would do, she opens it. What follows---a coven of witches, a possible demo Generally speaking, I don't gravitate towards witchy books but this one had a couple of things going for it before I even started---the description sounds awesome and I already knew I'd enjoy this because it's written by Jeri Westerson. If you ask me, Ms. Westerson is one of those authors who is way under-recognized and I've been happy with everything by her I've ever read.When Kylie finds that book, she does what anybody would do, she opens it. What follows---a coven of witches, a possible demon, murder and a bit of romance---turn this find into something quite out of the ordinary but Kylie keeps her cool, for the most part, and her interactions with Erasmus are often laugh out loud funny. Even the name of the town, Moody Bog, draws out a smile and, while the pacing is a little on the slow side, I chalk that up mostly to setting things up for the books to come. I came to feel really attached to the kind of creepy but appealing Moody Bog and its inhabitants and to the story that leads Kylie and her new "friends" down a most unlikely path on the way to solving the murder.So, did Booke of the Hidden live up to its description? Yes, it certainly did and its essential differences from Ms. Westerson's other work make this a really fun departure from her straightforward historical mysteries. Despite my slight aversion to witch-related stories, I'll definitely be back for the next book in the series.
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  • D.J. Adamson
    January 1, 1970
    “I looked in before I reached for it—didn’t want any spiders dropping down on me—and lifted it out. Heavy. I laid it down on the nearby counter. It was at least twelve inches wide by eighteen inches tall. They made ’em big in the olden days. The cover was of ancient leather, worn at the edges, and even my unpracticed eye could tell that it was hand-bound. An ornate metal latch sealed the book. But the title in gold leaf took me aback a little. Booke of the Hidden. What did that mean?"Can a horro “I looked in before I reached for it—didn’t want any spiders dropping down on me—and lifted it out. Heavy. I laid it down on the nearby counter. It was at least twelve inches wide by eighteen inches tall. They made ’em big in the olden days. The cover was of ancient leather, worn at the edges, and even my unpracticed eye could tell that it was hand-bound. An ornate metal latch sealed the book. But the title in gold leaf took me aback a little. Booke of the Hidden. What did that mean?"Can a horror story/mystery be cozy? Why not? What I like the most about Westerson is her versatility. She can move from one genre to the next, medieval to literary, romance to...scary, without losing her craft of story telling. This, her newest, is another prime example of her many talents.---October Issue, Le Coeur de l'Artiste
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  • Joshua
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting deviation from medieval fiction. Pros: quick read, tons of character potential, and an intriguing plot. Cons: somewhat predictable and weaker prose than the Crispin Guest books (narration stumbled, plausibly stretched too far, and the detail of the occult caused an imbalance with the rest of the book)
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  • Allie V
    January 1, 1970
    Loved the book! Got a arc copy and couldn't put it down! I really loved the characters, and their interactions with one another. This is a must read!
  • Fangs for the Fantasy
    January 1, 1970
    Kylie is ready to make a new start - moving across the country to set up her own business and reboot her life. She meets her new neighbours, sets up her shop - and finds a bookOpening the book releases many dark forces into the world - and Erasmus Dark. possibly a demon, possibly a dark force, and almost certainly untrustworthy but Kylie’s only guide and help, along with a local coven of very inexperienced wiccans, to putting the monsters back where they belongI am… just kind of bemused by the p Kylie is ready to make a new start - moving across the country to set up her own business and reboot her life. She meets her new neighbours, sets up her shop - and finds a bookOpening the book releases many dark forces into the world - and Erasmus Dark. possibly a demon, possibly a dark force, and almost certainly untrustworthy but Kylie’s only guide and help, along with a local coven of very inexperienced wiccans, to putting the monsters back where they belongI am… just kind of bemused by the plot and actions of, well, most of the characters but especially Kylie Strange (yes, Kylie Strange).I mean she has a bad break up with an arsehole boyfriend so decides to move and have a fresh start. Hey that’s reasonable. So she moves from California to Maine, to a town she’s apparently not even visited to set up a business selling herbs and teas in a rural town where she’s done no real market research and doesn’t even know who heads up the local business association or anything else about this place. It looks like she just picked a place on a map and decided “this town needs artisanal tea”. Ok I’ll run with that. I’ll also run with her deciding to take a sledgehammer to one of her walls because it’s made of brick because, hey, alcohol. But when magic and woo-woo rise she turns to the local wicca coven - and thankfully this town has one and they all merrily introduce themselves to her on first meeting. As one does. Hey local-doctor-who-is-a-plasterer, want to discuss your non-traditional religion with me, a complete stranger, when you already face some level of hostility in the town because of it.And weird odd choices like joining a knitting circle to raid someone’s library. Oh and some kind of dog monster which everyone seems to forget about?We have a love triangle. Kind of. I mean, sort of. I mean, it’s like someone’s checked a list and realised “damn we need a love triangle! It’s required” but wasn’t especially invested in this or going to put much into it. I mean we have sheriff… so-and-so. I mean I could look up the name but really sheriff so-and-so is kind of the limit of his role. Ok, it’s nice for local law enforcement not to be the enemy for once, but if we’re setting him up as the nice human challenge to the supernatural love interest it’d be nice if he was actually presented as remotely, well… compelling.Oh but let’s look at the supernatural love interest. Erasmus Dark (and you have NO idea how hard I am trying not to snark Erasmus Dark and Kylie Strange) apparently a demon (whatever that means because no-one ever asks or explains. I mean, which mythology? Demons are very different in different mythologies - and don’t tell me we can assume Christian when we’ve just established that half the main cast are wiccan!) in charge of watching over the book or helping the book holder. Which he does by spending half the book raging at Kylie. And it’s such a place holder: he complains she knows nothing, she asks questions, he refuses to answer them. Then he mocks her ignorance again. And again answers no questions.Read More
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