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

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

What’s Forever Charmed about?


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.


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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

book cover for Halloween LaVeau 1 - Forever Charmed by Rose Pressey

By Flora

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 -

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