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Book Review: Blood Moon Magick, by S. M.Blooding (2015). Whiskey Witches series book 2.

The second book of the Whiskey Witches series authored by S. M. Blooding, is a novel that thankfully glues the first four episodes included in the first book together leaving only minimal seams. We join the infamous Witch Paige Whiskey as she returns home from her previous case in Louisiana, and is thrown sideways into yet another potential demonic cataclysm. This time Paige is not alone on the magical field and is accompanied by a demon hunter, vampire and a reaper. Not only are there Demons and Angels, but other paranormal beings that Paige had no idea existed, even though all of her memories are returned. And if this isn’t all enough Paige still has a door to hell burnt into her soul that she needs to deal with, a sister who is about to have a baby, a frightened grandmother, a psychotic mother, an unknown brother and a daughter whom she hasn’t seen for 5 years. 
Now to be brutally honest I had a difficult time getting through this book. It would seem to fluctuate in standard of writing skill so that some of the book is clearly well thought through and edited whilst other parts are in obvious need of work. For example, I found that every time I read a reference to “Jackie”, Dexx’s car, I could almost feel my teeth grinding. The style used when writing about or with the car was so corny that it became sad. The car is a reflection of the owner, and by all intents and purposes I just can’t picture Dexx as the type of guy who could mirror the car. Using a TV show reference as comparison, DexX is no Supernatural Sam or Dean! I just can’t see him being able to to pull it off.

However, all things considered, I have enjoyed the storyline greatly. The author has a great imagination, and although there is much room for improvement in writing style, this can only develop with time. I believe there could be great things to come with not only this series but also with future novels. I have greatly enjoyed following Paige on a fast paced action packed ride to save the world from evil. There has even been the occasional pang of sorrow when she discusses her daughter. The inclusion of more supernatural beings has also been a wonderful addition, as well as the permanent of other characters other than Dexx.

Overall I feel that there is much promise in the series and have to admit that although I have issues with certain things, the book as a whole was good, and worth the read. Definitely looking forward to future work from this author. I recommend this to teens and up. I give the novel a rating of 4.5/10 stars.


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Book Review: Whiskey Witches: Ep 4 Gates of Hell, by S. M. Blooding (2014).

The final episode to the first season of the Whiskey Witches sees Paige Whiskey solving her investigation and setting things to rights in St Francisville. However not all is as it seems. She has sent Mike back through a gate and retrieve the key from Lucius only to batter it away for a life and her daughter. Sven is up to something. The question is what now?
The storyline and overall concept of these books hasn’t been too bad and the characters look to be a little more established than before. But the way it is written has me confused constantly or find that I am rereading similar information as something is repeated. The language isn’t exactly appealing either. Some of it is written to be a humerus throw off, but just doesn’t quite come out right.

Overall I think that the series has potential in that the storyline is quite interesting. I just hope that the writing settles into a more reader friendly writing. I recommend this series to adults who enjoy fantasy thrillers. I also give it a rating of 4.5/10 stars for the final episode.


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Book Review: Whiskey Witches: Ep 3 Love Bodies, by S. M. Blooding (2014).

The plot thickens in the third episode of the Whiskey Witches, with more murder and suspense, not to mention cryptic messages of love only visible to the possibly broken Demon Summoner. Paige is in deeper trouble than she first thought. Possession by Lucius is only one of her problems, and it looks like Balnore, her demonic mentor, as such, is unable to help her for fear of being compelled to possess her.

Dexx tries his best to help Paige, obviously his feelings have grown romantically toward her. We already knew he wanted to have sex with her, but he shows us that he is possibly wanting more now. And she doesn’t seem to be exactly redirecting any of his advances! Mike and Malika finally get their just deserves but I don’t think we have seen the last of them. They have taken too many lives and meddled in magic too deeply.

The storyline is interesting, but written in an erratic way since as previously mentioned this had been written in episodical format. Which is what I believe is the reason I just can’t find myself settling into the story. Perhaps. The story itself is developing at a slow rate in that in what seems like days so many strange events have occurred with no light to the in between. It has made it rather confusing. 

However, I shall perceived and finish the titles. This particular instalment I have given a 3.5/10 stars as I remain dazed and confused as to what exactly is going on with the main plot. I recommend this book to adults.


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Book Review: The Whiskey Witches: Ep 2 Possession, by S. M. Blooding (2014).

The second episode to the Whiskey Witches, sees Paige Whiskey at the centre of trouble. After a disastrous paranormal stake out which involved Paige being attacked and thrown across the room by the ghost of a young girl who isn’t exactly supposed to be there, she finds herself kidnapped and drugged by the town coven crazies, tied up and drugged with hallucinogens. 
The story continues at a fast pace and Dexx is still trying to find out who the attacking ghost could be when Paige is being kidnapped! It’s not until the possession occurs that he finally catches up with Paige who is thankfully in the care of a non-possessed Cheif White. It’s just a shame that the demon has already taken control of Paige, although not in complete control. Somehow she is still managing to fight the demon, although not entirely successful, but the question is for how long. Although the demon says he is here to help destroy the evil in their midst, can his word really be trusted?

The storyline is slowly moving forward and the plot is finally coming to the surface. I feel that the way the story is written is why it seems as though it’s being dragged out, even though they are only short stories. However the storyline is interesting enough to keep my attention thus far so I shall continue! 

I recommend this book to adults who a bit of intrigue mixed in with their fantasy! I give it a rating of 4.5/10 stars.


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Book Review: The Whiskey Witches: Episode 1 ~ Demon Show, by S. M. Blooding (2014).

Demon Show, by S. M. Blooding, is the first episode of four, that delve into a world almost mirror of our own, but where supernatural elements are more believed in and more prevalent than here. In fact, the public awareness of such knowledge is common especially concerning the Whiskey Witches. Detective Paige Whiskey is one of these such Witches, and the tale begins with her being called out to a case far from home.Paige is unaware of her own gifts in the beginning, though is noticeably well studied in the paranormal. 

Rightfully so when looking at her family. Alma, her grandmother, and earth witch. Her mother Rachel, an Angel Whisperer. Even her sister Leslie, a medium. The case she is sent upon however, sets out to put an end to her innocence and plunge her straight into the middle of a very large and complicated mess of magic and deceit.

As stated by the author at the opening, this novel has been written as a screenplay in its original state, so there is a different style to the way the book flows. Each setting and scene can be visualised separately instead of a whole. In saying that I am not sure that I enjoy reading I such a way by the storyline itself is interesting enough to continue reading! I also feel as though I have only a very minimal idea of the characters but I gather that will be addressed in the following episode. Let’s hope anyway! 

I recommend this book to adults who enjoy the fantasy genre set in a more modern era. So far so good! I give the first episode a 5/10 star rating.