Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Review: Legend of Witchtrot Road

Legend of Witchtrot Road
Legend of Witchtrot Road by E.J. Stevens

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book Info: Genre: Urban Fantasy
Reading Level: Young Adult
Recommended for: Fans of YA fiction, esp. paranormal and urban fantasy, those interested in ghosts and spirits.

Disclosure: I received this book as part of an omnibus, including the first three books in the Spirit Guide series, from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: Surviving agitated ghosts, irritated witches, angry werewolves, and the horrors of high school has never been so hard.

The night of Samhain may be behind them, but Yuki and her friends have only begun to face the challenges of their paranormal gifts. Tensions are rising – in the pack, at school, and within their tightly knit group of friends.

The tragic death of Wakefield High student Dylan Jacobs has emotions boiling over. The J-Team, Yuki's arch nemeses, have turned the entire football team against her. They claim that Yuki is a witch and blame her for the death of their fellow teammate. Will Yuki be able to solve the mystery of Dylan's death, and the legend of Witchtrot Road, before tempers flare and things turn violent?

My Thoughts: In this third book in the Spirit Guide series, after She Smells the Dead and Spirit Storm, we continue to follow Yuki as she learns about her abilities and tries to survive high school.

Looking at this series as a whole, as I finish this omnibus edition, it occurs to me that it might be nice to have had some idea of how Yuki came into her powers. In the first book, She Smells the Dead, we’re introduced to Yuki as she already has her powers and is coming to grips with them, but we only get hints about exactly how it was she figured out the weird smells she was noticing were ghosts, or how she dealt with the first ghost she ran across. Perhaps Ms. Stevens might consider a prequel novella – or even full novel – detailing some of that, so we get a better feel for the background of this story?

This book deals, in part, with the problem of bullying, which is becoming a bit of an “issue” lately all over the place. We also see further development in the characters. Brush With Death, the fourth book in this series, is scheduled for release soon. I have the ARC and will be reading it next, so will have an early look at it for you soon.

I maintain my recommendations as to who will enjoy this book – it is definitely YA fiction, focused on high school issues, but if you enjoy such, you will enjoy this.

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