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I’m really enjoying reviewing. I’m getting to read a lot of books I normally wouldn’t. Even though they aren’t in genres I usually read, I feel comfortable reviewing them.

I feel that, as an author, I owe honest criticism to fellow authors regardless of whether I like their genre or not. After all, just because I don’t like opera, doesn’t mean I can’t tell if a singer is any good. I should be able to tell if an author uses proper sentence structure, grammar and punctuation even if I don’t care for the genre.

Enough about reviewing.

I’ve been working on Second Glances today. I’m thinking about changing the title to Cousins Four. After all, that’s who the book is about – four cousins. I know some of my author friends would probably make a series of four books out of it.

Review – Demons in the Big Easy

Demons cover

Demons in the Big Easy

A novella by Jamie Marchant

 Reviewed by Julia Flowers writing as A. T. Weaver

 Again I’ve been given a book to review that is in a genre new to me and I’m not sure in what genre to place it.

 It’s about witchcraft, demons and zombies, but it’s also suitable for young readers. There are no bloody massacres, no actual violence, no sex (although a couple of the characters are naked) and no profanity. I would not hesitate to recommend this for my teenaged grandchildren.

 Cassandra is a witch. Although we are not told her actual age, we know she has to be very old because 70 years ago, she visited Earth. She has lost all of her family except for twin granddaughters. Again, we are not given an age for the young girls. At first Caronwyn appears to be very young, early teens, however, in the end, I realized she’s older than I first thought.

 When Carowyn’s twin sister falls through a gateway between Dohman and Earth, Cassandra has no choice but to try to find her. Against her grandmother’s wishes, Carowyn goes also. Earth has changed a lot since Cassandra was last here. Carowyn is terrified of the differences between Dohman and Earth, particularly automobiles.

 Caronwyn sat on the bench far too closely for normal courtesy. “Grandmother, when I heard the stories, I never dreamed it would be like this.” She gaped at the huge crowds of tourists, snapping photos of the wrought iron balconies. She stared in horror at the automobiles speeding by on the street in front of them. “How can anything move so fast? It can’t be safe.” The automobiles did seem a lot faster than Cassandra remembered them, and there were a lot more of them. The styles were also different, both of the automobiles and the people who passed by. Many wore short pants and shirts that covered little. She remembered skirts far shorter than the ankle length considered proper in Domhan, but not women showing so much skin. Times had certainly changed since she last came across. Cassandra removed her cloak and clutched her pack with its thousand dollars tightly.

 They meet and are joined in their search for Aine by a homeless man. Jake has been in and out of therapy for years because he sees demons everywhere.

 Cassandra casts a spell to help find Aine. What they finally find is a large shock to Cassandra.

 The ending leaves room for stories about Cassandra, Caronwyn and Jake. One would hope they make it home to Dohman safely and that Jake comes with them.

 If I had any complaints with this novella it would be it lacks in description. How old are Cassandra and Caronwyn? What do Caronwyn and Aine look like? Although Cassandra and Caronwyn are asked if they are part of a Renaissance fair, we aren’t given a good idea of their clothing other than it’s old-fashioned.

 All in all, this is a delightful little story, one which I will read again. I also look forward to other works by this author.

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Jamie Marchant describes herself as married and living in Auburn, Alabama with her husband, son and four cats. Her information can be found at:

 : http://jamie-marchant.com

 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jamie-Marchant-Author/164706710298768?ref=hl

 http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5258855.Jamie_Marchant

 http://www.amazon.com/Demons-Big-Easy-A-novella/dp/1481906984/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1378563670&sr=8-1&keywords=Demons+in+the+Big+Easy