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Sunday, November 2, 2008

Like a Charm (Bronwyn Universe) by Candace Havens

We've seen three books with Bronwyn the Witch as the main character. Bronwyn has a good friend Kira, who happens to be the librarian in Sweet Texas.

This is Kira's book, where we hear how she came to live in Sweet, and we get to see her come to terms with her own abilities as they begin to manifest. We saw Bronwyn helping her a little in the Bronwyn books, but now we see it from Kira's point of view. Unfortunately, Kira's point of view doesn't really fit with Bronwyn's point of view. I mean, the timing of when she met Caleb and when she started seeing ghosts doesn't seem to fit in with other stories. There were a few other things as well, where the timing didn't seem to be the same. It pulled me out of the story, which is never a good thing.

Here is the blurb from the author's website:

Kira Smythe never thought she'd end up back in her hometown of Sweet, Texas. But now that her high-powered job, along with her five-year plan, have gone right out the window, she's back where she started, staying with her hippie, tofu-obsessed parents-except that somehow she's inherited the local library. At least there's a gorgeous guy in town who seems quite smitten with her. So what if he's got a few secrets up his sleeve? After all, Kira's got her own secrets. Like the dead people who won't stop talking to her. Or the magical books on the shelves. Or the fact that someone who's very much alive seems determined to push her over to the other side.

This book puts us firmly back into the realm of Paranormal Chik Lit. Light, not much substance, girls-just-want-to-have-fun, reading.

Still an enjoyable read, but I didn't love it. I liked it, but I don't think I'm interested in any more Kira books. I would buy another Bronwyn book in a heartbeat, though.

Book Rating: 7 of 10

1) Charmed & Dangerous (Bronwyn)
2) Charmed & Ready (Bronwyn)
3) Charmed & Deadly (Bronwyn)
4) Like a Charm (Kira)

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