Secondhand Spirits
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Secondhand Spirits

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Love the vintage- not the ghosts Lily Ivory feels that she can finally fit in somewhere and conceal her "witchiness" in San Francisco. It's there that she opens her vintage clothing shop, outfitting customers both spiritually and stylistically. Just when things seem normal, a client is murdered and children start disappearing from the Bay Area. Lily has a good idea that some bad phantoms are behind it. Can she keep her identity secret, or will her witchy ways be forced out of the closet as she attempts to stop the phantom?show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 325 pages
  • 104.14 x 170.18 x 25.4mm | 226.8g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Signet
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 045122745X
  • 9780451227454
  • 80,538

Rating details

7,315 ratings
3.89 out of 5 stars
5 29% (2,094)
4 40% (2,935)
3 25% (1,810)
2 5% (361)
1 2% (115)

Our customer reviews

I enjoy 'magick' themes. However if I knew it contained 'a troll' and touched on 'demons' although lightly; I wouldn't have bought it. The small, diverse cast grew on me later but it took some doing to finish reading. Let's forget witches and note that any distinct lifestyle needs to be broken in. Introduce a basic person and surroundings, then ease into a trade. We wouldn't relate to a book immediately spouting plumbing details. Let us sample the person on common ground, then we'll go wherever they take us. From the first sentence, <b>Juliet Blackwell</b> has us encounter a male witch, who the protagonist mistrusts. Despite this, she takes on as a pet, <i>a troll</i> he sticks her with! The author doesn't clarify that it's normal but instantly puts him in her apartment and knows what to feed. He's a useless addition like <i>'Jar Jar Binks'</i> in <i>"Star Wars"</i>, downgrading book quality and enjoyment. The psychology was off too. The lady passes herself off as a lone wolf even from family; so unused to having friends, she stammers to invite a co-worker over. But she feels enough loyalty to break the law and check on an elderly woman she just met. The end was spectacular. The elevation of camaraderie later, was beautiful. You want the lady to set roots in her new city. What turns me off is cauldron spell-brewing; an image other witchcraft authors work hard to stomp out. Their portrayal of natural energy being harnessed for protection or wisdom, is peaceful and rather nice. I'll finish the series because I pre-bought all but novel 2, which seems to be about ghosts. That's a background I like. However this author lost me early on, when one potion included a poor bat.show more
by C. Riedel
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