Dark Designs
Twins Ivy and Violet Grant are opposites. Ivy, a hot-tempered redhead, couldn’t wait to get off the farm and see the world. Violet, a quiet brunette, was content to stay home and help their grandmother with the family business. The one thing they have in common is their magic.Charlie Logan’s sinister obsession with Ivy Grant has ruled his life. When he discovers a book of dark magic during a burglary, he decides to return to Oak Hill and use his newfound power to gain control over Ivy.Ivy and Violet, with help from their grandmother, need to practice their magic to overcome the evil seeping into their lives. A battle is coming, and Ivy’s life is not the only one at stake.

Dark Designs Details

TitleDark Designs
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 1st, 2017
PublisherRed Adept Publishing, LLC
ISBN-139781940215976
Rating
GenreFantasy, Paranormal, Suspense, Magic

Dark Designs Review

  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Ivy and Violet Grant are twins who are complete opposites of one another. They have been raised on their grandparents farm with Ivy being the one who couldn't wait to leave and see the world whereas Violet is content to stay. The one thing the girls have in common is they come from a family line that has magical abilities. One day when the girls were young Charlie Logan had trapped Ivy and luckily her grandfather saved her before things went too far. Charlie was fired from his job on the farm an Ivy and Violet Grant are twins who are complete opposites of one another. They have been raised on their grandparents farm with Ivy being the one who couldn't wait to leave and see the world whereas Violet is content to stay. The one thing the girls have in common is they come from a family line that has magical abilities. One day when the girls were young Charlie Logan had trapped Ivy and luckily her grandfather saved her before things went too far. Charlie was fired from his job on the farm and told to leave. After the encounter Charlie plans a break in but when almost caught he grabs the first thing he can and finds he's stumbled upon a book of magic. With his obsession of Ivy still in play Charlie returns now with power of his own. Dark Designs by Stefanie Spangler had some interesting things and some others I was left scratching my head about leaving me to rate this book at 3.5 stars. It's a fairly quick read that combines the fantasy world of magic with a suspense story line with Charlie's obsession with Ivy so I enjoyed the creativity there adding magic into a thriller. What had me curious though is the foundation of the story is that the girls have magical ability and Charlie just happens to work for the family but doesn't seem to know of their powers since they didn't at that time either. But here after he leaves he just happens to stumble upon a spell book to learn to use and return? Seems all built on coincidence and I think for me I would have enjoyed a bit more world building in the beginning there to better connect the magical side to the thriller side of the story.I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.wordpress....
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  • Kirsty White
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a little unsure about this book. It had some good ideas. I liked the idea of a man so obsessed with someone that they are willing to call up dark entities (even if potentially accidentally) to helped kidnap her. However I thought the way it happened was a bit hokey. Charlie s originally worked on Ivy's grandfathers farm where he became obsessed with her as a young girl. When run off the farm he takes to robbery and finds a spell book which he then uses to track the now adult Ivy down and ste I'm a little unsure about this book. It had some good ideas. I liked the idea of a man so obsessed with someone that they are willing to call up dark entities (even if potentially accidentally) to helped kidnap her. However I thought the way it happened was a bit hokey. Charlie s originally worked on Ivy's grandfathers farm where he became obsessed with her as a young girl. When run off the farm he takes to robbery and finds a spell book which he then uses to track the now adult Ivy down and steal her for his evil whims. It's very convenient. The local police when they find out magic exists and can be used for more than helping the crops grow are remarkably accepting about the whole thing. Even when faced with potential magical death. It's a fairly quick read and does have a level of suspense about it. The characters for the main part are well rounded and easy to imagine. There is lots in the story about the twins mother being missing and father I believe died. I wonder if there are plans to follow this with Ivy tracking down her long lost mum as the abandonment runs throughout the book.Not a bad story but left me feeling there was a bit missingFree arc from netgalley
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  • Dianne
    January 1, 1970
    In a small town, secrets are hard to keep and twins Ivy and Violet have more than just their twinness to bond them, they have magic.This is a story about magic, its users and misusers, as well as the obsession of one man for one a child and the monster it made him become. Magic used for goodness and light is more powerful than one knows when it is pitted against Magic of the darkest kind.It all started with one very bad move, but it grew exponentially when black magic and voodoo fuel the flames In a small town, secrets are hard to keep and twins Ivy and Violet have more than just their twinness to bond them, they have magic.This is a story about magic, its users and misusers, as well as the obsession of one man for one a child and the monster it made him become. Magic used for goodness and light is more powerful than one knows when it is pitted against Magic of the darkest kind.It all started with one very bad move, but it grew exponentially when black magic and voodoo fuel the flames of conflict and devour what little light one man possessed. DARK DESIGNS by Stefanie Spangler has a touch of romance, magic, danger and that small town feel that is both easy and quick to read. There is no main character who is “the star.” It is a blend of several characters working together toward on goal, save the day, the town and the ones they love. Ms. Spangler did a wonderful job as she moves her story along, kicking in a few bumps along the way. What I missed was one avenue of depth, a beacon that guided the story and characters while tying them together. Ms. Spangler’s characters were delightful, particularly the witchy grandma, but none had true depth, or a “star” quality that made them stand out in the crowd. Secrets were kept, secrets were told and the twisted evil that began within the first pages almost became lost and that attempt at disgusting should where jagged edges throughout. Ms. Spangler has talent, and I am sure it goes deeper than the surface this story touched on!I received this copy from Red Adept Publishing in exchange for my honest review.My Rating: 3.5 StarsPublisher: Red Adept Publishing, LLC (June 7, 2017)Publication Date: June 7, 2017Genre: Paranormal | SupernaturalPrint Length: 185 pagesAvailable from: Amazon | Barnes & NobleFor Reviews & More: http://tometender.blogspot.com
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  • Renee
    January 1, 1970
    I was given a copy of this in return for an honest reviewTwin, but polar opposites, Ivy and Violet don’t just have blood to tie them together, they have magic.This book is about dark and light magic, a big time creeper is obsessed with passionate Ivy and the twins get help from their grandmother to keep him away.This was an interesting concept and had unique ideas. Some of which I found interesting and others not so much.The author writes as if all the characters are important and no one charact I was given a copy of this in return for an honest reviewTwin, but polar opposites, Ivy and Violet don’t just have blood to tie them together, they have magic.This book is about dark and light magic, a big time creeper is obsessed with passionate Ivy and the twins get help from their grandmother to keep him away.This was an interesting concept and had unique ideas. Some of which I found interesting and others not so much.The author writes as if all the characters are important and no one character is labeled the “main character.” Which is a positive and a negative.The sinister nature of Charlie Logan (the bad guy) turned this short read from simple magical fantasy into somewhat of a thriller.I did find Charlie’s stumble upon the evil magic book too much of a coincidence, but was able to get past it because I am a sucker for stories about sisters who are friends and loyal to each other. The author did a great job of writing the sister’s relationship.I found that the magic use didn’t have as many rules as I like in my fantasy novels and think the author should spend a bit more time on the world building.All in all I enjoyed this novel, it was easy to read and I got into the characters and storyline quite quick and would recommend it to others.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    Dark Designs by Stefanie SpanglerOne of the reasons I chose this book to review is the beautiful cover design. I know better than to judge a book by its cover, but I’m an emotional reader and the artwork spoke to me. It’s sad the story didn’t deliver for me. I couldn’t connect with any of the characters. The book starts off with an incident that happened to Ivy when she was eight years old. Charlie Logan, a ranch hand, made advances towards Ivy in the barn. Grandpa Jack caught Charlie in the act Dark Designs by Stefanie SpanglerOne of the reasons I chose this book to review is the beautiful cover design. I know better than to judge a book by its cover, but I’m an emotional reader and the artwork spoke to me. It’s sad the story didn’t deliver for me. I couldn’t connect with any of the characters. The book starts off with an incident that happened to Ivy when she was eight years old. Charlie Logan, a ranch hand, made advances towards Ivy in the barn. Grandpa Jack caught Charlie in the act, intervened, and threw him off the farm with a threat to never come back or Jack would kill him. This premise sets the theme of the story.Then there is a time-warp that takes us to Ivy’s return from college to the farmhouse where she and her twin, Violet, were raised in by their grandparents. Grandpa Jack has passed away in the meantime, so, it’s Gram, Violet, and Ivy. Violet has taken over running the farm and Ivy wonders how she will fit in. She has an obsession with wanting to find her mother, Rachel, but nothing ever comes of that. I suppose Rachel will be addressed in book two? I had a hard time liking Ivy; I found her inconsistent, impulsive, and rather flaky. Gran has apparently taught her granddaughters some magic, but aside from reading the clouds and making protective spells, the reader is left clueless.Needless to say, Charlie has returned to Oak Hills, in possession of a stolen book of black magic, with the intention of making Ivy his. For some reason, he is able to do more magic than the witches seem to be able to do. This was hard for me to justify in my head. Charlie is a malevolent soul of the most grievous sort. With Ivy back in town, he executes his evil plan. Our witches feel the evil in the air but just sit and wait for him to strike, more or less. When a small child who looks like Ivy is kidnapped, Ivy seems to pull herself out of her pity party.This book moved very slowly for me. I found the characters’ behavior to be frustrating when I felt there should have been more growth. This is the author’s first book, so perhaps that is the issue here. I think maybe that some structural editing could have tightened it up and caught the issues that left me feeling a bit disappointed.I did like Violet, she was stable and sure of herself. I also liked Officer Kevin Banniere and his developing relationship with Violet. The Chief of Police along with Kevin added a touch of realism to the story. The ending was way out of left field and unexpected. However it was not enough to save the book.FYI: Only one F-bomb. **Originally written for "BigAl’s Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy.** July 11, 2017Format/Typo Issues: A small number of proofing errors including missing word, extra words, and repetition.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Ivy and Violet are twins who live with their grandparents. Their mother leaves without saying anything to her parents without her children. Grandma known as Audrey in the novel raises them with Grandpa. When Ivy was eight years old, a farmhand approaches her as she is visiting the kittens in the barn. His name is Charlie Logan. Charlie likes Ivy a little too much but is interrupted by Grandpa and Charlie is told to leave and never come back. Charlie does leave. He and his friend go to rob a home Ivy and Violet are twins who live with their grandparents. Their mother leaves without saying anything to her parents without her children. Grandma known as Audrey in the novel raises them with Grandpa. When Ivy was eight years old, a farmhand approaches her as she is visiting the kittens in the barn. His name is Charlie Logan. Charlie likes Ivy a little too much but is interrupted by Grandpa and Charlie is told to leave and never come back. Charlie does leave. He and his friend go to rob a home where Charlie discovers a book of magic. What type of magic is it? Ivy and Violet are not identical twins and have different personalities. When Ivy goes home after graduating from college, she doesn't tell har sister or Grandma about the nightmares that she has been having. Why is she having nightmares? Charlie comes back to the town where Ivy and Violet and Grandma lives. Why?This is a story about dark magic vs. light magic. Which is strongest? Besides being about magic, the novel is a thriller with some romance thrown in. It's an entertaining read. I enjoyed it very much.Disclaimer: I received an arc of this book free from the author/publisher from Net-galley. I was not obliged to write a favorable review, or even any review at all. The opinions expressed are strictly my own.
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  • Jessica Bronder
    January 1, 1970
    Ivy and Violet are twin with opposite views on life. Ivy couldn’t wait to get out of town and leaves to go to college. Violet is quiet and is happy to stay at home with their grandmother. But Charlie Logan has not forgotten about Ivy and has found a book of dark magic and is planning on using it against Ivy. Thankfully the girls have their own magic and their grandmother to help them fight back.I really enjoyed this story. It was a quick read and very easy to get into. You are instantly drawn in Ivy and Violet are twin with opposite views on life. Ivy couldn’t wait to get out of town and leaves to go to college. Violet is quiet and is happy to stay at home with their grandmother. But Charlie Logan has not forgotten about Ivy and has found a book of dark magic and is planning on using it against Ivy. Thankfully the girls have their own magic and their grandmother to help them fight back.I really enjoyed this story. It was a quick read and very easy to get into. You are instantly drawn in as Ivy has a bad experience with Charlie who is s farm hand at the time. But years go by and things may fade, but his desire for Ivy has just gotten stronger. This is a going to be a battle of wills and power. Where there is light magic there will also be dark. This is a great story with a little bit of everything. There is a thriller, a little romance, and some magic added in. I think this book would appeal to many and think it’s a good one to check out. I received Dark Designs from the author and Red Adept Publishing for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
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  • Charlotte Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    Romance, danger, magic, and small town charm are all found within Dark Designs by Stefanie Spangler. The book is a quick and easy read that I could not put down. The magic in the book was there in every scene yet it was more of a feeling, a small reaction than a wham bam here is my magic scene. I felt that this made the book seem more realistic, more true to life, and more enjoyable for me. Ivy and Violet’s grandmother was my favorite character. Even with her magic she was sweet, lovable, protec Romance, danger, magic, and small town charm are all found within Dark Designs by Stefanie Spangler. The book is a quick and easy read that I could not put down. The magic in the book was there in every scene yet it was more of a feeling, a small reaction than a wham bam here is my magic scene. I felt that this made the book seem more realistic, more true to life, and more enjoyable for me. Ivy and Violet’s grandmother was my favorite character. Even with her magic she was sweet, lovable, protective, and perfect. She was portrayed exactly as a grandmother should be. She worked the farm alongside her husband, raised her granddaughters when her daughter wouldn’t, and protected them with all that she had. I do wish there was more explanation of her magic, how did she get it, was it inherited, what was her skill with it. If you like fun, quick, and magical books I recommend checking out Dark Designs by Stefanie Spangler.
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  • Deanna
    January 1, 1970
    Ivy and Violet Grant are just your normal twins, they live with their grandparents on the family farm in a small town, and they are witches. Well almost normal, after having something terrifying about happen to her once all grown up Ivy left for college while Violet stayed and help out on the farm. Now with college over Ivy has moved back to the farm and is trying to get back to her small town life. But when at the farmers market helping her sister Ivy is brought face to face with the monster he Ivy and Violet Grant are just your normal twins, they live with their grandparents on the family farm in a small town, and they are witches. Well almost normal, after having something terrifying about happen to her once all grown up Ivy left for college while Violet stayed and help out on the farm. Now with college over Ivy has moved back to the farm and is trying to get back to her small town life. But when at the farmers market helping her sister Ivy is brought face to face with the monster her grandpa ran outta town all those years ago. Did he come back just for her? How does he have the entire town fooled. This mystery, thriller story is suspenseful and will keep you on the edge of your seat till the very end.
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  • Marissa
    January 1, 1970
    Dark Designs is a story about twin sisters, their magical legacy, and a fight against evil. The story opens up with a pretty disturbing scene that introduces the villain and his sick obsession with one of the girls. I found parts of the book misleading. For example, this is the first time magic/voodoo has been introduced in this town and this doesn't seem to have a profound impact on the other townsfolk. There was emphasis on the girls' mother disappearing without a trace, which would lead a rea Dark Designs is a story about twin sisters, their magical legacy, and a fight against evil. The story opens up with a pretty disturbing scene that introduces the villain and his sick obsession with one of the girls. I found parts of the book misleading. For example, this is the first time magic/voodoo has been introduced in this town and this doesn't seem to have a profound impact on the other townsfolk. There was emphasis on the girls' mother disappearing without a trace, which would lead a reader to believe this would be resolved somehow. I found the pace pretty slow. I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Reads & Reels
    January 1, 1970
    So what makes this book so different? Well, it’s a hybrid of a traditional thriller/ mystery and the paranormal. Also, the “witches” are not all-powerful beings. They are ordinary, young women, who happen to have a history of elemental or Earth magic in their family tree. Basically, they use herbs and other natural sources to improve their crops etc… In a word, they are human. With all of the flaws that come with the territory.So, when they are pursued by a man with very evil intentions, they ne So what makes this book so different? Well, it’s a hybrid of a traditional thriller/ mystery and the paranormal. Also, the “witches” are not all-powerful beings. They are ordinary, young women, who happen to have a history of elemental or Earth magic in their family tree. Basically, they use herbs and other natural sources to improve their crops etc… In a word, they are human. With all of the flaws that come with the territory.So, when they are pursued by a man with very evil intentions, they need to rely on more than just magic.I really liked the sisters. It was interesting to read about twins that couldn’t be more different from each other. Also, the spectre of their missing mother, adds an interesting element to the story. Seeing how it formed each girl’s personality and how it changes their grandparents’ perspective on raising children, adds more depth.Dark Designs as a whole, is a good story. it’s well-written, suspenseful, and the author did her best to make her book stand apart from your average “witch” book.I liked it and I think if you enjoy suspenseful mysteries in general, you will too.Rating… B
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  • Terri Bond
    January 1, 1970
    a hard to put down book. full of mystery and suspense with witches. i loved it.
  • Tracy Beth
    January 1, 1970
    3.5/5*http://www.freshcoffeeblog.com/2017/0...
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