Phantoms in High Fidelity (Blackwood Bay Witches #3) by Misty Bane

Ghosthunters has come to Blackwood Bay. Not really, but the fictional version of the reality show has taken up short term residence in the sleepy little coastal town, and it’s turning everything upside down.

Dru Rathmore just wants to watch the cleaning fairies zoom around her apartment and spend a little time with her hot Guardian, Harper. But with the cast of Supernatural Sleuths hanging around, chaos ensues. It starts with a missing person, who was only supposed to be “missing” in the figurative sense. Then Harper’s old girlfriend shows up, and while his original disdain for her is pretty intense, things go sideways and he’s practically vomit-inducing over her for the rest of the novel.

Dru, with the help of her spectral Granny, has more than one mystery to solve as a missing persons case turns into a homicide, more than one love story turns deranged, and the ghosts of Blackwood Bay get down tonight in one of the more lux hotels.

I actually really enjoyed Phantoms in High Fidelity by Misty Bane. This was a quick little mystery that kept you guessing, and I really enjoyed the mix of serial drama and and ghosts and humans co-existing in the lap of luxury. The author has taken to hinting at the plot of her next book in the series at the end of her current one, so I’ll be digging into that one as soon as I can.

Goodreads rating: 4 of 5 stars

Would I read it again? I think so!

Bad Magic and the Big Top (Blackwood Bay Witches #2) by Misty Bane

The circus has come to town. But first, Dru Rathmore Davis has to do something about the dead clown on her doorstep. She wakes up one morning to discover her bookshop has been broken into, but something more sinister awaits.

Life in the sleepy seaside town Dru moved to recently has been anything but sleepy. It’s been a month since she found out she’s a witch, can see ghosts, and talk to animals. And now she, along with her Guardian, Harper, have to contend with an influx of acrobats, fire breathers, and – to Dru’s disdain – clowns. As a clown hater myself, I feel her pain.

While Harper and the rest of the police force are on the case, Dru pulls her former life’s private investigator skills out of her back pocket. As circus performers start dropping like flies days after their arrival in Blackwood Bay, it’s all hands on deck despite Harper’s pledge as a Guardian to keep Dru away from all things dangerous.

Bad Magic and the Big Top by Misty Bane is the second installment in her Blackwood Bay Witches series. It’s not as good as the first, but it’s a quick little cozy mystery if you’re into that sort of thing. I enjoyed Harper and Dru’s friends but wishing they were more thing, and their banter is realistic. Dru is the kind of woman who isn’t looking for a hero to save her, and I find it relatable and refreshing. This one needed more Granny and the rest of the Coven. Granny’s sarcastic demeanor and the witches lovable personalities were definitely missed.

But I did enjoy the breaking and entering chicken escapades. As someone who lives in a town where chickens occasionally get loose and stop traffic, it’s frustrating and hysterical and I loved that it showed up in a book I was reading. Also, I’d really like my own cleaning fairies. That would be fire.

Goodreads rating: 2 of 5 stars.

Would I read it again? Probably not.

Haunted and Hexed (Blackwood Bay Witches #1) by Misty Bane

Dru Rathmore Davis can’t seem to catch a break. She’s been in Blackwood Bay for less than 24 hours, and in that time she’s found out she’s a witch, her dead grandmother’s estate is being compromised by an impostor, and she can see ghosts. She should have stayed in Las Vegas.

Granny is dead. While that’s generally not cause for glad tidings, it has brought Dru to Blackwood Bay. With the Living Trust her grandmother has left her, she plans to start a new life away from what she knows. She’s giving up being a private investigator to run a bookshop in a small town, living above it in Granny’s old apartment. But immediately upon arrival she meets a handsome police sergeant, a handful of people that knew Granny well, a ghost girl, a potential stalker, and Fake Dru – someone equally new to town that wants the living trust to themself. Dru now has to rely on her old detective skills to solve two murders and claim what’s rightfully hers.

Haunted and Hexed by Misty Bane is a cute, cozy little book to while away an afternoon with while sipping cider and watching the leaves fall. If you like paranormal, witchy vibes + mysteries, this one’s for you. The first in a series, I’m excited to see what happens next in Blackwood Bay.

And I’m a little jealous that Dru can converse with her cat.

Goodreads rating: 2 of 5 stars

Would I read it again? Probably not.

Creepy cover art is okay

I was looking for a quote I wanted to talk about and found this book cover instead. The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring debuted in 2019, and I have no idea what it’s about. But LOOK AT THE COVER. It practically screams I’ve got a story to tell. It’s gorgeous. I suppose the fact that I think it’s gorgeous is disturbing to some. But let me explain.

The cover art is creepy and ominous and pretty much says READ ME. I might have to rearrange my planned reading to start this ASAP. Don’t you love when that happens? We’re taught to not judge a book by it’s cover (and I know it’s not meant in the literal sense) but I judge cover art all the time. And this one is oozing Halloween and October and Made for this Time of Year. So I might pick up a bottle of wine and curl up with a copy this weekend.

Has anyone read The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring? Don’t spoil it, but if you loved it let me know. If you didn’t love it, let me know! I’d love to chat about it.

Clockwork Princess (Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare

THE INFERNAL DEVICES ARE WITHOUT PITY.

THE INFERNAL DEVICES ARE WITHOUT REGRET.

THE INFERNAL DEVICES ARE WITHOUT NUMBER.

THE INFERNAL DEVICES WILL NEVER STOP COMING.

Hidden in the mountains of Wales, rows of tin soldiers, automatons, are waiting. The Magister’s great creation is finally ready, with the unwilling help of Tessa Gray, to slaughter the Shadowhunters. An army is coming, metal on metal with the souls of demons, ready to battle without feelings or emotion. The Infernal Devices have consciousness now, and are set to destroy.

Benedict Lightwood is a worm. I’d forgotten this part. A great, serpent-like thing, his dalliances with demons have take away his humanity and transformed him into a monster. The Lightwood brothers are disturbed, disgusted, and horrified by what’s become of their father and take refuge in the London Institute, under the care of Charlotte Branwell.

Jem Carstairs is dying. He’s been dying, but his addiction has accelerated due to wanting to live – and love. After taking a year’s worth of yin fen in eight week’s time, his life force is quickly draining and there’s no more of the drug to be found. It’s heartbreak for his loved ones.

Tessa Gray is finally in The Magister’s possession. She learns of her true parentage and how she fits into his grand scheme. With only her Clockwork Angel to protect her, she must fight for her life, and everyone else she loves, in this final installment of The Infernal Devices.

One thing that bothers me is Consul Wayland’s hatred of Charlotte being head of the Institute, as well as the new Consul when Wayland steps down. Can a man be so blinded by thinking women are inferior that he’d risk his entire people because someone with ovaries is making sense? Possibly, and it keeps with the time, but I wish that had been further explained instead of being stopped with a blade.

I am glad I decided to reread this series. The non-stop pace, engaging stories, and lovable, albeit heartrending characters made quick reads throughout otherwise gloomy days. I hope one day Cassandra Clare writes more about Tessa and Will as adults. While they are involved in her most current series, The Last Hours, which was a wonderful surprise, I’m definitely craving more of their love story. Clockwork Princess’ ending had me bawling like it was 2013 all over again.

While I want to pick up the other books in this world and reread those as well, I definitely need a break. And just in time for some fall reads, which I’m also excited about. Until next time, nephilim.

Goodreads rating: 5 of 5 stars

Would I reread it again? Yes!