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Book Reviews: Edition 16

Book Reviews Edition 16 will focus on Where There’s a Witch, There’s a Way (An Eira Snow Cozy Mystery Book 1).

Where There’s a Witch, There’s a Way was written by Victoria Deluis.

I will be using my new rubric to review this book. Please see below:

Character

16-Above Average

While I thought the main character, as well as the supporting characters were overall well developed, I felt there were a couple of missing pieces.

First, the main character was so focused on finding out who the killer was, but it wasn’t clear as to why she was so motivated. Yes, she saw the ghost of the victim, who said it was murder, but once the detective started investigating, what was her motive to continue investigating? That wasn’t clear.

Second, the character seemed to fall for the male love interest pretty quickly. Granted, she was called out on this by her apprentice (although the apprentice is my third concern).

Lastly, it’s not entirely clear as to why she took on her apprentice. There is some explanation here, but then it was never mentioned again. They just suddenly became very familiar with each other, and I felt the author could have expanded a bit more on it.

Point of View

20–Excellent.

Everything flowed pretty well in first person. There were no awkward moments, no head-hopping, no point of view issues. I don’t really have much else to say on it.

Setting, Description, & Flow of Writing

10-Excellent.

Again, everything flowed pretty well. Although I think there could have been a little more detail on the surroundings, I felt that what was here was sufficient for the story.

Plot/Structure

14-Above Average.

While there is a clear plot, the main characters’ motivations are not always clear. Because of this, I felt that she earned 14 out of the 20 available points.

Grammar/Punctuation

5-Average.

While there weren’t enough or significant enough of errors to detract from the writing, I did notice a lot of grammatical, punctuation, and a few tense errors, which is why I feel this book only earns 5/10 for Grammar/Punctuation.

Overall Enjoyment

14-Above Average.

I really enjoyed this book. I’m a huge fan of urban fantasy stories as well as mysteries, which this book combined. It also wasn’t so dark that it was a turn off (not a fan of dark fantasy usually).

It was also refreshing to read about a main character around my age, particular a female character.

I cannot put this is the top category, because I was regularly noticing grammatical issues, and I do feel that some character development is lacking. I do, however, plan to read more of the books in this series.

Final Score

79/100, which translates to 4/5 stars. I do recommend this book to anyone who likes urban fantasy or mysteries.

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