Tuesday, June 15, 2021

✱✱Book Review✱✱ Spells Trouble: Sisters of Salem by P. C. Cast & Kristin Cast


Double double, twins spell trouble…

Hunter and Mercy Goode are twin witches, direct descendants of the founder of their town of Goodeville. As their ancestors have done before them, it is now time for the twins to learn what it means to be Gatekeepers–the protectors of the Gates to different underworlds, ancient portals between their world and realms where mythology rules and nightmares come to life.

When their mother becomes the first victim in a string of murders, the devastated sisters vow to avenge her death. But it will take more than magic to rein in the ancient mythological monsters who’ve infected their peaceful town.

Now Hunter and Mercy must come together and accept their destiny or risk being separated for good.

Momma Says: 3 stars⭐⭐⭐
Spells Trouble has a great premise, and I really liked the prologue. After that, things go a little astray. Don't get me wrong, the story does have its moments, but they're fewer and further between with each turn of a page. Now, here's where I'll say that I read the House of Night series by this author duo, and it Having read the House of Night series by this author duo, I expected to find teenage angst and drama, and this one certainly has its share of those. The problem is that these characters lacked the development to draw me in, to make me care about that angst. That wasn't helped by a story that was drawn out much too far with a lot of lags I came very close to skimming through.
Because I liked the premise so much, and I'm always looking for an original storyline, I also listened to the audiobook of Spells Trouble. My hope was that Cassandra Campbell could breathe some life into these characters, and she did In fact, her performance is the only reason I raised my rating from 2 to 3 stars. She does give distinctive voices to the characters, definitely more than I was able to muster when reading. Even so, those characters are still cookie-cutter versions of almost any group of teenagers in any teen drama you saw on television in the 90s. With the unrealistic dialogue, I kind of felt like I was back there watching an episode of Dawson's Creek A really long episode.
I'd like to think that the world created here still has potential, so I'll reserve a decision about following along with the series for now. As it stands, I feel like I read and listened to a sub-par story read by an above-average narrator. 

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