Review of Secondhand Spirits by Juliet Blackwell


Rating: A+

Lily Ivory is not your average witch. Her spell-casting powers tend to draw mischievous spirits while keeping normal humans at a distance. But now her vintage clothing store could give her a chance to make friends in San Francisco….

Lily hopes for a normal life when she opens Aunt Cora’s Closet. With her magical knack for vintage fashion -she can sense vibrations of the past from clothing and jewelry—her store becomes a big hit.

But when a client is murdered and children start disappearing from the Bay Area, Lily may be the only one who can unravel the crime. She tries to keep her identity a secret while investigating, but it’s not easy—especially under the spells of sexy “mythbuster” Max Carmichael and powerful witch Aidan Rhodes. Will Lily’s witchy ways be forced out of the closet?

There are just some characters that you connect to almost instantly; characters who you love and hope for. Lily Ivory was one of those characters for me. Not only was she a witch (although I’m not a witch, per se, I do practice the Wiccan faith), but she was also the kind of person who was hesitant to make new friends, because she was worried of what they might feel about her. Because of this, I felt invested in Lily’s safety, and it was hard to release the breath I was holding until the end. Now, this wasn’t all because of the fact that I connected with the character, but the way that the author wrote it as well. Even with a connection, nothing would have felt the same if the writer hadn’t written it so well. Ms. Blackwell’s writing was fun, suspenseful, humorous, and more. It was the kind of book that makes it hard to say anything against it. I will definitely be adding the rest of the series to my TBR list.


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