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!

It’s a little bit strange sometimes

It’s strange because sometimes, I read a book, and I think am the people in the book – The Perks of Being a Wallflower

I don’t know that I’ve ever gotten so lost in a book that I thought I was a character from it. I have felt their emotions so deeply that I’ve cried for them, laughed with them, and been angry on their behalf. Sometimes I wish I was wherever they are. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to wander the halls of Hogwarts, or run through the valleys in one of the Anne of Green Gables books, or hide from the ghosts and monsters in a haunted mansion?

I’ve talked about this with other people before. They don’t really get it. I like to reread a book and relive the experiences and places and emotions of a character. Books are friends. Consume them, but it’s okay to cherish them too.

Tell me about a book you’ve felt this way about.

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.

It’s Spooky Season – October TBR

I love fall.

Being from the east coast, I grew up with seasons. There’s lots of snow in the winter, spring brings flowers and allergies, and summer is hot and humid. And there’s bugs. I hate bugs more than anything. Since we had the hottest summer on record in the last few years, I am more than ready for sweaters and candles and much, much cooler weather.

This also means I’m ready for fall and Halloween themed books! I like Freeform’s 31 Nights of Halloween as much as the next person, with Hocus Pocus being one of my all time favorite movies, but there’s something about a book set against a backdrop of colorful leaves and pumpkins that gives me a thrill.

I’ve been compiling a list of books I’m planning to read this October and thought I’d share it here.

The Ex Hex, formally (Hocus Pocus but they F)

The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling, who is also former YA author Rachel Hawkins. Releasing September 28th, I don’t know much about this book other than I made a promise to read every book the author puts out. Rachel Hawkins is my spirit animal. And truly, she had me at Hocus Pocus but they F. (A/N – I scheduled this post before winning a giveaway copy of this book. If you want to read my review, check it out here!)

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Previously reviewed here, this is an interesting gothic novel involving murder, magic, and two sisters willing to take their secrets to the grave. Fun fact, I live near a preschool called Merricat’s Castle, which is both awesome and terrifying at the same time.

Hell House by Richard Matheson

Another reread, and one that will likely be saved for Halloween night, is one of the most terrifying books I’ve ever read. A physicist and two mediums are paid handsomely to spend time in a sealed Maine mansion in order to figure out what comes after death. Together, they find out the secrets the abandoned Belasco manor holds, and why the townsfolk call it Hell House.

The Blackwood Bay Witches Mystery series by Misty Bane

This might be an overly ambitious amount to try and get through in October, but a challenge I’m willing to take on.

I pose a question to anyone who reads this: what are your favorite fall/Halloween books? What are you hoping to read this October?