This is where the Witch is When novels begins, but are they worth continuing?
Witch Is When It All Began novel by Adele Abbott
On a positive note, this book was very light-hearted and easy to read. The general premise is wonderful and is what drew me in to the story. A PI who finds out she’s a witch! How can she use that to help her solve cases and probably get herself into trouble? I wanted to know!
As it turned out, I’d have to slog through a lot of conversations that went nowhere and taught me very little about the main character or any of the supporting characters (of which there are many) to get to the story, and that was sadly thin as we didn’t get any detective work (or real direction) until after half way through the novel.
Ok, maybe I’m looking at this the wrong way. Perhaps the main story isn’t about the detective work but of her finding out she’s a witch and just happens to be a detective; however, even at that all we have is the character trying out spells and talking to people for 80% of the novel. Where is the direction?
There’s a forced romance between Jill and Maxwell, another detective, that has absolutely no chemistry. It’s more lifeless than a corpse on the morgue slab.
When we get somewhat interesting Harry Potter/Lord of the Rings/Shannara/Wheel of Time-esque ideas like the “Followers” of the “Dark One” trying to kill her, it’s immediately dropped. That’s a pretty important thing to be ignoring. Heck, Jill and her aunt took down two of these “creatures” (we don’t learn what they are) and they immediately start talking about Jill visiting more often… what?!
I could go on about more of the strange ideas in the story – time stands still in the human world while Jill is in the witch world? This obviously can only work for Jill because if it worked for every other witch then time would only move forward when all of them were out of the witch world.
Anyway, when we get to the detective work it feels rushed and not earned. Jill didn’t show any detective work other than to ask questions then relied heavily on spells to carry her. The police are incompetent in their jobs.
Maybe I’m over thinking it.
This story is supposed to be just a fun, mindless foray into a world where a female PI finds out she a witch and the crazy shenanigans that come from that, and I suppose it succeeds at that. It’s too bad that I had to wade through chapters of mindless dialogue to get there.
It’s kind of like Kathy’s biscuit tins that are filled with different kinds of biscuits. We’re just wading through looking for the good ones.
Perhaps it’s just not my Cuppy tea.
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