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Seeds in the Wind by Billy Wong

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Seeds in the Wind was one of those books that I read a few years ago and just knocked me off my feet. You have Alfred, a Baron who was living a happy life until Emperor Nebulus comes with his army and invades his barony on behalf of his God Metheld. In one fowl swoop all of Alfred’s family and land are gone. Alfred goes to the capital to get help from the king, only to find Prince Colin in his place and unwilling to help him. So he sets off to a bar to drown himself in his sorrows. While bashing the head in of a bar patron (yes you read that right, he was bashing a guys head in because he said the wrong thing) a woman by the name Dandelion stopped him and agreed to help him take down Nebulus and the God that sent him there.

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The Artist’s Alchemy by Amorette Anderson

4.5 Hoots

A little art, a little science, and some murder. What more could you want?

Once again we are back at another one of Marley’s Retreat weekends but this time an innocent mistakes things a little more interesting. In Penny’s attempt to help with advertising she inadvertently marketed the event to scientists instead of artists, as it was intended to be. Little did they know just how much these two groups of people hated each other, but was it enough motive for murder?

A famous scientist ended up being pushed off the roof while trying to perform a sabotaging spell. This lead to a troubling question…could someone close to Marley have been the one to kill him? Or could the guest speaker, who happened to be he Ex, have killed him in order the prevent the weekend and her art from being ruined? I will admit, some of the people Marley thought were suspects just seemed like unlikely candidates, but at lease she tried to do her best when questioning them. She is not a trained PI like her best friend but she has her own ways of solving a murder. And let me just say that this was a close one! The ghost of Robert gave her a deadline to prove that his ex wasn’t the killer and she almost didn’t make it.

Anderson has this way of bringing some light to all of these stories. Her characters are so fun and just feel so real! When the one character was stabbed in the butt I could not help laughing out loud. Not because of the stabbing, but because of the way the characters reacted to it. I have no doubts that if they were real this is exactly how they would act. I am constantly finding myself wishing that I was part of this magical world. That is why I keep coming back to this series, it feels like home…minus the murders of course.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and how Marley solved the murder. I was actually surprised by who the killer was! Also, there is usually a lesson in each of the books which I always enjoy. For example, in this book you kind of learned that changing your perspective can be incredibly helpful. Sometimes you just need to adjust your focus and see something new. Another thing that I loved about the book is how Marley’s magic is growing. Her healing abilities started to manifest more and I am really excited to see where that goes. If you are looking for a cozy mystery with a magical twist try this one!

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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

4.5 Hoots

An enchanting novel that will pull you right into the world of the Grisha.

I actually received this a while ago as a gift from my sister but it was not until recently that I had the pleasure of reading this book. Honestly, I am super excited to read the rest of the series now. This book just hits all the right fantasy notes for me. You have a beautiful world full of magic and mythical creatures. You have an unlikely hero, and the classic battle of good versus evil… that portion of the book was the most interesting because not everything was as it seemed.

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The Witch’s Heart by Iris Kincaid

5 Hoots!

It isn’t every day that you read a book where the person’s magic is literally inside of them…I’m talking the magic is found inside their organs. I’m talking about a life changing organ transplant! Yeah, this is definitely a different kind of spin on magic.

Margo was going to die unless she received a new heart. Lilith is a powerful witch who was murdered and whose body if just laying there in the hospital. What do these two women have in common? Well, nothing until a surgeon decides to risk his own license by illegally harvesting Lilith’s organ’s. His heart was in the right place (no pun intended) but he did not fully understand what the consequences of his actions would truly be. Yes, the people who receive these organs will be save BUT now they will be magical. Not only that, but just because Lilith is dead does not mean that she is gone. In fact, now she is on a mission to try and see which of these recipients are going to be strong enough to find her killer.

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Turkey takes the Christmas Case by Amorette Anderson

4.75 Hoots

Delightful. Whimsical. Fun. What can I say? I love Turkey and loved that he has his own little story told from his perspective!

Are you looking for a short Christmas cozy that features magical creatures? Well, look no further because this is exactly what you are looking for! If you have been following along with my blog you will see that the name Amorette Anderson pops up often. She is one of my favorite indie writers and her Hillcrest Witch series is just delightful. In this installment we aren’t focusing on Penny’s adventure though….we are focusing on Thomas Edison Fullbright or as Penny prefers to call him, Turkey.

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