Saturday, July 21, 2012

Review: Holly And Ivy

Holly And Ivy
Holly And Ivy by Phaedra Weldon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book Info: Genre: Urban Fantasy Reading Level: Adult

Disclosure: I received the omnibus in which this story reside – Tales of the Abysmal Plane – from the author in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis: Zoë's pulled by Rhonda to the Phoenix & Dragon for a Winter Solstice blessing around the mystery hole in the basement of the store. But that's not where Zoë's head's at. She's more worried about Detective Daniel Frasier and whether he'll wake from his coma. And about Dags McConnell, who mysteriously disappeared from the same hospital after helping she and Rhonda with Shadow People a week earlier. In essence, Zoë's given up hope of ever having a normal life. But it's the store ghosts and a box of bears that turn her around. 

This short story was written as a promo for the Phoenix & Dragon in Atlanta, Georgia. The ghosts mentioned in the story are real, and have been witnessed by both customers, workers, and the owner of the store, Candace Apple. The hole in the basement is real, and to this day, remains a mystery.

My Thoughts: I’ve been in the Phoenix & Dragon store, and it’s a very cool store. I was not aware of the ghost story or mysterious hole in the basement, however, so very interested in reading this short story to find out more (this is the cool thing in living near where a story is set – finding out little tid-bits like these). I love metaphysical stores and always try to seek them out when I’m out and about.

This is a fun little piece – short and sweet – that just kind of serves to give us a bit more insight into Zoë's character and her feelings regarding herself and Daniel. Not breathtakingly important in the overall series or anything, but a highly worthwhile story, especially to learn a bit more about modern-day Yule traditions in witchcraft. Don’t miss it.

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  1. Next time I'm in Atlanta, I'll try to get to the Phoenix & Dragon. I'm interested in ghosts and metaphysical phenomena too. Thanks for posting!

    1. Definitely do, it's a cool little shop. I always find something neat there!


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