Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Review: The Flower Bowl Spell by Olivia Boler

Title: The Flower Bowl Spell
Author: Olivia Boler 
Genre: Paranormal Fiction 
Number of Pages: 
Source: Organized the blog tour for author

Journalist Memphis Zhang isn’t ashamed of her Wiccan upbringing—in fact, she’s proud to be one of a few Chinese American witches in San Francisco, and maybe the world. Unlike the well-meaning but basically powerless Wiccans in her disbanded coven, Memphis can see fairies, read auras, and cast spells that actually work—even though she concocts them with ingredients like Nutella and antiperspirant. Yet after a friend she tries to protect is brutally killed, Memphis, full of guilt, abandons magick to lead a “normal” life. The appearance, however, of her dead friend’s sexy rock star brother—as well as a fairy in a subway tunnel—suggest that magick is not done with her. Reluctantly, Memphis finds herself dragged back into the world of urban magick, trying to stop a power-hungry witch from using the dangerous Flower Bowl Spell and killing the people Memphis loves—and maybe even Memphis herself

The Flower Bowl Spell really surprised me. I wasn't sure what to expect when I opened it, but really enjoyed  Memphis finding out that maybe having some Magick in her wasn't such a bad thing after all. She was a little hard to like at first, but I warmed up to her once she finds herself liking Ty, a brother of a friend who passed away & whose death Memphis feels responsible for. He just happens to be a up and coming rock star.

My favorite parts were when Memphis would see a random fairy and try to figure out why she was seeing them when she left that part of herself behind. There is also a mystery involved. Out of the blue, one of her old friends drops her kids off and says she'll be back, but doesn't say when. While Memphis tries to figure out why her friends just left her kids with her, she stumbles onto a mystery that has her and the kids moving around a lot & trying to figure what side everyone, including Ty is on.
The only thing that bothered me was that Memphis sometimes boggled my mind with her actions when the bad guys were after her.She chose some modes of transportation that were just asking for trouble. However, I liked how she was able to get herself out of trouble with out having a Katana sword or an alpha male to help her.

 This isn't your ordinary paranormal read, and that to me was a refreshing break.