A Cast-Off Coven (Paperback)
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Short Description for A Cast-Off Coven Lily Ivory, a witch, runs a vintage clothing store called Aunt Cora's Closet and has the magical ability to sense vibrations of the past from clothing and jewelry. When students are spooked at the San Francisco School for the Arts, Lily is called in to search for paranormal activity. Original.
- Published: 01 June 2010
- Format: Paperback 323 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780451230492 ISBN 10: 0451230493
- Sales rank: 76,978
Reviews for A Cast-Off Coven
Series has gotten much better!
I have a habit that fares well. With music, I know a few songs before collecting every album an artist has. With books, print longevity and used stores are hit & miss. If an author looks good and there's a bargain, I snatch it up. Since it takes time to absorb a lifelong pile... I do acquire all related titles before opening any of the books. This risky approach saved my interest in Juliet Blackwell!
I was wise to start with Madelyn Alt, whose witch content is very light (too light as of volume III). Next, Shirley Damsgaard's descriptions niggled but regularly displayed talent and 'magick'. Like the fairytale where one bear's bed is soft and another, a happy middle; Juliet's introduction, "Secondhand Spirits" was too bold. The first pages thrust forward: a cauldron-user and a shape-shifting troll that I find silly and wish the series would omit. I was also irritated by some of the book's adjectives. Added to an uncomfortable start, when 'Lily' dumped a bat into a cauldron for a spell; I didn't want to read any more. However I had two other volumes and furthermore, would need to buy "A Cast-Off Coven" to get to them. It would be wasteful not to read on and I hoped the books improved.
I'm really pleased to share they did and I am a fan! The vintage San Francisco premise and wonderful cast had promise. This time nothing grated and I'm relieved I tried again. I enjoy Juliet's writing tremendously. I'd rather spirits be ghosts instead of demons and the protagonist could ease up on "I'm so powerful, I'm nervous to have sex or use a computer". However the acquaintance of personal flavour at home and adventure pace are excellent. Mystery research is informative, tantalizing, and very well done. by C. Riedelunder review