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Review: Forever Charmed (Halloween LaVeau #1) by Rose Pressey

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Hello, fellow bookworms. Today, I’m sharing my thoughts about Forever Charmed (Halloween LaVeau #1) by Rose Pressey.

What’s Forever Charmed about?

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Title: Forever Charmed by Rose Pressey
Series: Halloween LaVeau #1
Published by Self-Published, Rose Pressey on 25 March, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance (PNR)
Formats Available: Kindle with Narration, eBook, Audiobook, Paperback
No. of Pages: 253
Narrator: Saskia Maarleveld
Length: 9 hours 25 minutes

Halloween Laveau is descended from a long line of witches. Yes, her name is Halloween. The cosmic universe is definitely playing some kind of sick joke on her. She’s the ultimate witch cliché, complete with a black cat and spooky house. Thank heavens she’s missing the warts and flying broom.

When Halloween inherits her great-aunt’s manor, she decides to put the house to good use as a bed-and-breakfast. Her first guest is the sinfully good-looking Nicolas Marco, but he’s not here for the continental breakfast. Halloween discovers a ratty old book in the attic. It’s written in an unfamiliar language, and unknown to her, the tome is cursed.
Halloween soon learns there’s a link between the book and her newfound talent as a necromancer. But her new skills come with a catch: the reanimated dead aren’t as cupcake-sweet as they were when they were alive. When a rival witch comes after the book, Halloween doesn’t know who to trust–the sexy vampire who says he wants to save the day, or the warlock who says he can destroy the book once and for all.

Halloween had better learn fast. Because when the dead start rising, only a powerful witch can put them back under.


Source: Bought
Purchase Links: Books2Read Universal Link ¦ Amazon* ¦ Audible*

Read: 21st – 23rd November 2014

What did I like about Forever Charmed?

I downloaded Forever Charmed because it was cheap. Plus it had a good number of 4 and 5-star ratings on Amazon and Goodreads.

I really liked the premise of this story.

Our main character is a second-rate witch called Halloween LaVeau (although she prefers Hallie, well wouldn’t you?!). Hallie’s inherited a mansion from her Great Aunt that she’s trying to turn into a Bed & Breakfast. She finds a book hidden in the attic that’s written in some strange language, she reanimates a ghost and there are two amazingly handsome men Nicolas Marcos and Liam Rankin who just happen to turn up wanting to stay! Great, I do enjoy paranormal romance books with a bit of fun and mystery!

I’ve enjoyed reading the Jolie Wilkins series by H.P. Mallory and Haunted on Bourbon Street by Deanna Chase. I was expecting something similar here. However, Forever Charmed didn’t quite live up to my expectations.

Was there anything I didn’t like?

Now you need to know that I’m in my early 40’s and I don’t have the patience for YA novels. There are a number of reasons that I’ve come to this conclusion. I’ve found their characters are full of angst. There’s the obvious relationship naivety. Main character’s inability to see the bigger picture. Missing the experience and skill to “read between the lines“. The world isn’t just black and white, good or evil but a myriad shades of complex grey.

Hallie was a very frustrating character for me. She felt like a teenager or pre-teen most of the time when in reality she was supposed to be 28 years old. In fact, most characters in this story were rather frustrating in one way or another and lacked the depth I was hoping for. 🙁

Basically, what I’m saying is…

I realised that this book wasn’t going to live up to all my expectations after the first couple of chapters. However, I did generally enjoy the story. I tried to let it just wash over me as I was reading and simply enjoy the ride. Sadly, I didn’t engage enough in Hallie, Nicolas or Liam enough to want to read the next book but this one did make me laugh out loud a few times.

Forever Charmed has received many 5-star reviews from other Goodreads readers. Therefore, it obviously ticks all the boxes for some people.

Keep reading to find out more about the author.

About Rose Pressey

Author - Rose Pressey

Rose Pressey is a USA Today bestselling author. She enjoys writing quirky and fun novels with a paranormal twist. Her Haunted Vintage mystery series includes If You’ve Got It, Haunt It; All Dressed Up and No Place to Haunt; Haunt Couture and Ghosts Galore; If the Haunting Fits, Wear It; Haunted Is Always in Fashion; A Passion for Haunted Fashion; and Fashions Fade, Haunted Is Eternal.

When she’s not writing about ghosts and other supernatural creatures, she loves eating cupcakes with sprinkles, reading, spending time with family, and listening to oldies from the fifties. Rose lives near Louisville, Kentucky with her two chihuahuas.

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Thanks for popping by and taking the time to read my thoughts. Although Forever Charmed didn’t rock my world I still love paranormal romance. Before you go, check out why I love the genre so much.

Bye for now,

Flora x

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About Author

I'm in my late forties, my interests are varied but since menopause hit a few years ago, I find myself becoming a "grumpy old woman" all too frequently - where has my infinite patience gone!?! Lol!
I bought a Kindle in the summer of 2013 and haven't stopped reading since. If you want to know more about me, check out my blog - www.florasmusings.com

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