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  1. 4 out of 5

    Ami

    What is with people new to their powers being the only ones capable of saving the day? Even if they're surrounded by people or creatures leagues more powerful? That trope is seriously overused and it's even worse when not handled cleverly. Add in a shaky foundation, redundancies, a clear need for a thesaurus as well as a better editor and I was rolling my eyes too often. This is a low three. It started well and I like the premise but Sarah is so puffed up with her own self importance that she oft What is with people new to their powers being the only ones capable of saving the day? Even if they're surrounded by people or creatures leagues more powerful? That trope is seriously overused and it's even worse when not handled cleverly. Add in a shaky foundation, redundancies, a clear need for a thesaurus as well as a better editor and I was rolling my eyes too often. This is a low three. It started well and I like the premise but Sarah is so puffed up with her own self importance that she often jumps to the wrong conclusion if she's not too busy flirting and disregarding half of what she's told which certainly didn't help matters. The ending was no surprise as I'd already picked three possible people for the Pretender early on. Still, I like Mr. Watch-a-ma-call-its and Blake so I am willing to crack the next installment.

  2. 4 out of 5

    LeAnne M. Seng

    So...much....telling... I enjoyed the plot but incessant telling instead of showing was difficult to wade through. I wanted to see how Sarah's relationships developed, not be told that suddenly she had the hots for someone or that weeks had passed and now she was a witch capable of taking down the bad guy. The joy is in the journey and we only get the excessively described highlight reel. So...much....telling... I enjoyed the plot but incessant telling instead of showing was difficult to wade through. I wanted to see how Sarah's relationships developed, not be told that suddenly she had the hots for someone or that weeks had passed and now she was a witch capable of taking down the bad guy. The joy is in the journey and we only get the excessively described highlight reel.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Patrice Veilleux Roth

    A Promising Writer About to turn 40, Sarah moves from NYC to Mystic Falls, Mass after she is offered a job as a reporter. In less than a week she nearly has a melt down when she discovers her new house has a resident ghost named Blake and her cat can talk to her. Demanding answers about what is going on from the ghost and cat I was captivated by the cat pontificating on the nuances of what defined contemporary witches as he explained to Sarah that she was indeed a witch. “The better one understan A Promising Writer About to turn 40, Sarah moves from NYC to Mystic Falls, Mass after she is offered a job as a reporter. In less than a week she nearly has a melt down when she discovers her new house has a resident ghost named Blake and her cat can talk to her. Demanding answers about what is going on from the ghost and cat I was captivated by the cat pontificating on the nuances of what defined contemporary witches as he explained to Sarah that she was indeed a witch. “The better one understands the story of their magic, the stronger the magic...The story is a feeling or a sense of magical identity.” This drew me right into the book. I liked the concept and the characters. The plot thickens as Sarah walks into her favorite herbal shop to discover the owner collapsed on the floor. As she abruptly sits up she utters a dark prophecy that uses references to tarot cards. After making sure she is fine Sarah finds herself out of her magical depth and turns to Glinda, the owner of the newspaper she now works for. So far so good but then things turn rocky for me as a reader. The more secure Sarah becomes as magical the more I don’t like her. Maybe it’s a NYC thing? She uses flirtatious lines on the handsome men she meets that most women cringe hearing men say. Her reserved NY personality changes too dramatically to be believable, she uses aggressive verbal attacks rather than confidant assertiveness - there’s a difference. And no more philosophical musings from the cat? The final scenes simply aren’t believable and I had to struggle to finish. Btw, no one uses masseuse, it’s considered a derogatory word in that trade and relegated to those who offer “other” services. It’s “massage therapist”. This book started strongly but Sarah’s inner character doesn’t shine. We don’t really get to know anyone in depth and the prophecy which centered on tarot cards (which Sarah practiced though we have no idea how) weren’t mentioned again. These are the kinds of things that leave the reader frustrated and bereft. I think this is a promising writer and a good premise..plus I appreciate the editing.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Diane Jackson

    Needs a good editor The plot and story are well done. The writing, especially the protagonist's thought processes and most of the dialogue, is very stilted. Needs a good editor The plot and story are well done. The writing, especially the protagonist's thought processes and most of the dialogue, is very stilted.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    I hate cliffhangers I consider this to be a cheap ploy to sell more books. If the book is good and holds my interest, then I will buy the sequel. If there's a cliffhanger, probably not!! And I'm really getting tired of the plots involving a woman who has just discovered she's a witch - and not just any witch but a very powerful one. Authors! Try something new! This one had a lot of potential but there were gaps in the narrative - I actually thought my Kindle had skipped a bunch of pages, but it d I hate cliffhangers I consider this to be a cheap ploy to sell more books. If the book is good and holds my interest, then I will buy the sequel. If there's a cliffhanger, probably not!! And I'm really getting tired of the plots involving a woman who has just discovered she's a witch - and not just any witch but a very powerful one. Authors! Try something new! This one had a lot of potential but there were gaps in the narrative - I actually thought my Kindle had skipped a bunch of pages, but it didn't. It was obviously written in a hurry so the author could churn out more cliffhanger books. (Ok - I'll get off my soapbox!) Amazon recap: After two divorces and a dismal career, any wide-eyed ideas I had about fairytales coming true have all but gone up in flames. Instead of working as a star reporter, I’m stuck writing obituaries, and the only person waiting up for me at night walks on all fours. Clearly, life has not turned out according to plan...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Hanna

    It was ok. 2 stars seemed a bit harsh though so going with 3 stars instead. DNF @ 23% Really hard to read. The story gets lost in translation so to speak. Way too descriptive with an added overuse of adjectives and adverbs. Some issues with continuity both in terms of story-telling and general writing style. On top of that the FMC didn't really capture me and I've just read one too many undeveloped debut novels lately to be in the frame of mind to continue this. Sad, really, cause I very much love It was ok. 2 stars seemed a bit harsh though so going with 3 stars instead. DNF @ 23% Really hard to read. The story gets lost in translation so to speak. Way too descriptive with an added overuse of adjectives and adverbs. Some issues with continuity both in terms of story-telling and general writing style. On top of that the FMC didn't really capture me and I've just read one too many undeveloped debut novels lately to be in the frame of mind to continue this. Sad, really, cause I very much love this new PWF genre.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Mayer

    This book was spectacular! I absolutely fell I love with the story. This poor woman has really had a lot of bad luck. She was close to rock bottom if you ask me. And then she gets the opportunity of a lifetime. A job writing a better section of the paper, better pay, bigger place to live, and the best part magic. She has a lot to learn when she finally accepts her new reality. I totally adore the familiar and the ghost!

  8. 4 out of 5

    sharon g. stoddard

    Not thrilled Don’t know why you need to use the “F” bomb. It makes your main character less heroic. For a journalist she should have a better vocabulary and could come up with better adjectives. Don’t feel inclined to read further into this series. Disappointed in your character. You could have excluded the swearing and it would have been a better story. Dumb name for her familiar; not cute.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anne B Burn

    Difficult to read Very florid writing style. Too many descriptive words used could do with editing. The overall storyline was hard to follow but by the end I felt I had the gist of it. I have book two ready to read and feel that by the end of that one, my view may be that two books could be cut down to one.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Christina Fracisco

    Easy read Cute and fun fast story. Definitely needs to go deeper into the magical world and it's inhabitants as it just skims the surface leaving you wanting more. Love the dynamic of Sarah's live in ghost and her familiar. A good start to a new world. Easy read Cute and fun fast story. Definitely needs to go deeper into the magical world and it's inhabitants as it just skims the surface leaving you wanting more. Love the dynamic of Sarah's live in ghost and her familiar. A good start to a new world.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lucinda Race

    What a ride from New York City to the east coast near Salem you're in for quite the ride. When Sarah runs into Glinda, the owner of a small newspaper its her opportunity to stop writing obits and become who she was born to be, a journalist and a witch. Enjoy the journey to Mystic Falls. I did. What a ride from New York City to the east coast near Salem you're in for quite the ride. When Sarah runs into Glinda, the owner of a small newspaper its her opportunity to stop writing obits and become who she was born to be, a journalist and a witch. Enjoy the journey to Mystic Falls. I did.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Norvell

    Good The premise is good and the characters are engaging. The world building is interesting. I gave it 5 stars even though it wasn't exactly a story I will follow. It might be a wonderful read for someone else. Good The premise is good and the characters are engaging. The world building is interesting. I gave it 5 stars even though it wasn't exactly a story I will follow. It might be a wonderful read for someone else.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Deb Dionne

    Forty Times As Fabulous Forty Times As Fabulous (A PWF women’s fiction) is definitely a 5 star read. Totally different than anything I’ve read with a brilliant story line, humor, and paranormal mystery.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Pam Collins

    Magical read! I highly recommend this fantastic book to all readers who love reading paranormal mystery romance. The main character is a kick butt, forty plus year old, who thrives thru an extreme life change, and the plot twist and turns are very intriguing. Enjoy!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Kearns

    Forty Times as Fabulous Nice cosy mystery. Sarah moves to a small town, where she can write real stories for the local paper. No more obituaries. But something isn't right, murder, who is doing this? Forty Times as Fabulous Nice cosy mystery. Sarah moves to a small town, where she can write real stories for the local paper. No more obituaries. But something isn't right, murder, who is doing this?

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nita

    Awesome read! Thank you for sharing this story with me! I loved Sarah from the start and I can't wait to read more! Awesome read! Thank you for sharing this story with me! I loved Sarah from the start and I can't wait to read more!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ramona Hayes

    Forty times Good book I read it way to fast. It was fun and different. I had a little trouble with some of the wording. But I enjoyed it

  18. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    I enjoyed it! The storyline was great! I was intrigued by the various characters. The heroine grew more confident as the story went on.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte Lowe

    Forty Times as Fabulous I have to admit, the background information was long and somewhat tedious, but the story itself was fun. I actually fell in love with Mystic Falls.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alisa

    Cute Quick read. Cute story with light violence. The characters are well written, the storyline flows. Very quick read. Look forward to book 2.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Eddy

    This book is great. I loved the story and the characters. I want her roommates! This book will keep your attention to the end.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Metzger

    Enjoying the series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    Simple but entertaining The book was entertaining but lacked any depth to the characters and story. Worth passing the time with but not memorable.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Faith LaPierre

    I loved the fact that Sarah got to learn she had magic. She got a do over as her life was not that great in NYC. She and her cat/familiar and her people in Mystic Falls were a great little story!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Josie

    Fabulous? Lots of details that almost, almost bogged down the story. On the other hand some details were definitely glossed over and I hope eventually get filled in. I got this close to closing the book and settling it aside, but hung in there and got a satisfactory ending. I already bought book and hope at least to wrap up the current mystery.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Barbara C. Betzner

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shawna Morgan

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lavon Hearn

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tera Comer

  30. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

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