T*Witches: Double Jeopardy by H.B. Gilmour and Randi Reisfeld

In Double Jeopardy, Alex and Cam are finally meeting their biological mother, Miranda. Ileana is dealing with the discovery that the supposed-evil-guy she’s hated all her life is her father. And Karsh is preparing for something that will change the lives of his charges forever.

Title: Double Jeopardy
Author: H.B. Gilmour and Randi Reisfeld
Series: T*Witches, Book 06
Publish Date: October 1, 2002, Scholastic
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s DescriptionMiranda. The mother Cam and Alex never knew they had. A magnificent witch from the most powerful family on Coventry Island.

REWIND.

Locked away in a sanitarium the twins’ whole lives, Miranda is broken. Physically and spiritually. And her freedom comes with a price. Cam and Alex will have to part with something that means more to them than they ever imagined.

And for once, their guardians can’t help them.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Kat Mandu says…

This is another short installment to the series that mostly deals with family. On the Barnes side, Dylan is skipping school and getting into trouble he usually doesn’t get into. Trying to help someone in deep danger may lead him spiraling into a trap the twins have to get him out of. His parents are upset, naturally, and trying to figure out what’s gotten into him.

However, the main story arc focuses on Miranda, Thantos, Ileana, and Karsh. And of course, the twins, who are finally meeting their real mom face to face and dealing with their thoughts on where she’s going to fit into their lives. Ileana is facing the stone-cold truth that her dad is actually Thantos, a guy who she still believes has a lot to do with Aron’s murder. Readers are led to believe two different stories on it: Ileana, who thinks Thantos manipulated and lied to Miranda when he told them the twins were gone, and Miranda, who still believes in the best of what Thantos has to offer. Even Karsh mentions that the story is more complicated than it seems because there’s some sort of curse involved.

Anyway, the one thing that bugs me about this in the series is that in this particular book, it mentions that the girls don’t want to get Dave involved because he would be in danger. But at the same time, isn’t he technically their guardian? Slightly magical or what not, or enough to make Karsh think he was responsible enough to protect one twin? So I’m really confused at why suddenly they don’t think he can help them. Or you know, trust him enough to tell him WHAT’S WRONG WITH HIS SON.

Regardless, there’s a lot of family drama in this one. And now Karsh is gone, leaving all his charges to deal with their grief on their own. They’ve got a nice little soap opera happening right now. It’s pretty messed up.

Anyway, I’m off to the next book.

Our reviews in this series…

Other recommendations…

You might try the Daughters of the Moon series by Lynne Ewing, the Sweep series by Cate Tiernan, and Witches’ Key To Terror by Silver RavenWolf.

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Thank You, Readers!

Hello, Everyone! Ivana here. Just wanted to give you a little update on what’s been going on at One Book Two for the past several months. We haven’t been as active as usual, so THANK YOU to those readers who have stuck with us!

Each of our reviewers has had some major shake-ups over the last year that have impacted our reading and reviewing ability. It’s surprising that it could happen to all nine of us at once, but it did. Some of the shake-ups were good and some weren’t. But everyone is dealing well and adjusting to their new norm.

Some of you may remember that I left the site back in March to avoid any conflict of interest with my job as a line editor. In all honesty, as I was learning a new job, and one that involved a lot of fiction reading, my capacity for reading for pleasure diminished greatly. However, I’m happy to say that I will be posting reviews again soon, with some limitations on what I can review so as to avoid those conflict-of-interest situations.

Again, we all just want to say thank you to those readers who have stuck with us over the past several months. We hope to start posting more great content for you very soon.

Ghost Writer by Damon Norko

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

Ghost WriterTitle: The Ghost Writer
Author: Damon Norko
Series: Stand Alone
Publish Date: November 20, 2015, Black Rose Writing
Genre: Paranormal Literary  Fiction
Source: Provided by Publisher

Publisher’s Description: What would you do if you came back as a ghost? You could finally write that novel . . .

Meet Arnold Showalter, ghost.

At night, Arnold haunts the magnificent underground Mystic Caverns of Appalachia. But during the day, Arnold becomes The Ghost Writer, the first “literary voice from beyond the grave.” Yet before Arnold can capitalize on his fame, he must first exorcise the “ghosts” of his own past. And it is easy to become bitter when one is dead . . .

Fortunately, Arnold’s world is rocked when he meets Clarisse, a 15-year-old fatality of a car accident. Her fresh outlook and spunky energy awaken Arnold to the real possibilities of post-life existence. Clarisse inspires a quest that takes Arnold to the farthest reaches of the universe, and deep within himself.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Luna_Lovebooks_100Luna Lovebooks says…

I had a hard time trying to figure out how exactly to do my review and what to rate this one. I think it is an interesting idea, but that it is confusing and could have been planned out better.

The Ghost Writer is written using stream of consciousness. It jumps from scene to scene, past to present, earth to space and back very rapidly.  A lot happens in a short amount of pages, and it ends rather abruptly. I was left with unanswered questions and feel like there are loose ends that are not tied up.

As far as the characters go, I found myself wishing I could connect with them more. They are well thought out and I think—given the space of a full-sized novel—I would have come to love them. The world building could also use some work. Several ghosts seem to have jobs and are expected to sign a contract and clock in and out of work, but Arnold doesn’t seem to have set hours and often leaves his post early. The punishment for breaking a contract is disintegration by way of ghost cop, but these beings can clearly get far enough away by flying to the Moon that they can’t be caught. There is also some philosophical stuff at the end about Ghost Winds and how ghosts are the next stage of human evolution, but I feel like I missed something earlier in the book leading up to this. It just wasn’t very clear to me.

badge3v4While the novella does need a bit of work, it is a truly unique idea. I enjoyed the quick read. I just wish it could be expanded upon. I give it 3 stars.

 

More Paranormal Reads…

The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski, The Architect of Song by A.G. Howard, The Rattled Bones by S. M. Parker

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

T*Witches: Don’t Think Twice by H.B. Gilmour and Randi Reisfeld

In book five of the T*witches series, Cam and Alex begin to receive strange messages – messages they believe are about their long, lost mother, Miranda. And although they’ve got the right idea, the way to Miranda seems to be through their friend, Bree, who is suffering from anorexia.

Meanwhile, on Coventry Island, Thantos, Karsh, Ileana, and others are joining center stage at a trial destined to discover who really murdered the father of the twins. Ileana, believing it’s Thantos, is the number one accuser. But the truth she may discover may put her on a path to madness and misery.

Title: Don’t Think Twice
Author: H.B. Gilmour and Randi Reisfeld
Series: T*Witches, Book 05
Publish Date: July 2002, Scholastic
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s Description: Cam’s best, Bree, is unraveling, and Cam feels locked out. Not so for Alex, who has been breaking into people’s minds. She knows all Bree’s secrets. But before the twins can help Bree, she is taken away. To a private place, for help. Serious help.

There, Bree meets a mysterious woman who is able to heal her like no one else. But this woman is more than a stranger. She holds the key to everything that Alex and Camryn have been searching for. If only they can get to her.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Kat Mandu says…

This is one of the shorter books in the series, and since I’ve read all ten books, I also know it’s one of those transitional books with a minor plot. Basically, this book is here so that the twins have a link to their long-lost and thought-to-be-dead mom. However, there are a lot of secrets that are revealed in the process… but those said secrets are pretty obvious if you were to read the four before this one because a lot of hints are given.

I think it’s weird that the twins are ragged on a lot for being “self-centered.” It’s a shame they can’t tell everyone that they’re going through a lot – both personally and magically. I think everyone who labels them as conceited would see they weren’t really. Even Alex, who doesn’t really want to join her sister’s “Six Pack” is drawn to Bree’s silent cry for help, and Alex is able to assist her without worrying about what she could get in return.

But anyway, this is an enjoyable read.

Our reviews in this series…

Other recommendations…

You might try the Daughters of the Moon series by Lynne Ewing, the Sweep series by Cate Tiernan, and Witches’ Key To Terror by Silver RavenWolf.

Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

Miss Audrey Rose is back at it again in this delightfully creepy mystery that will have you wondering what goes bump in the night.

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

Hunting Prince DraculaTitle: Hunting Prince Dracula
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #2
Publish Date: September 19, 2017; Jimmy Patterson
Genre: YA Historical Fiction Mystery
Source: Provided by Publisher

Publisher’s DescriptionFollowing the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Luna_Lovebooks_100Luna Lovebooks says…

Maniscalco has done it again!

 I cannot stop gushing over how much I loved Staking Jack the Ripper. Seriously if you haven’t read it go do so right now. I will wait! …Read it yet? …GOOD! Now pick up Hunting Prince Dracula, with its whispered lore and beautiful snow covered scenery marred by blood, and fall even harder for Maniscalco’s writing!

I feel like a lot of research went into this book, not only when it came to the Romanian folklore but also the brutal history of Vlad the Impaler and Countess Dracula. The plot is complex and had some slower points, but the action and beautiful settings that make you feel like you are actually in a drafty old castle or walking snow covered forest paths more than make up for them.

I love that Miss Wadsworth is still reeling from the events in Stalking Jack the Ripper. But I was a little disappointed to see her worrying more about what society would think, particularly when it came to Mr. Cresswell (who, by the way, I am becoming a huge fan-girl of) than in the previous novel. But once Audrey deals with her personal demons and throws the incessant worrying about society’s rules out the window, things pick up speed. I was also pleasantly surprised by who the culprit really is. I did not see it coming AT ALL!

badge5v5It is a rare event when a sequel is on par with the first installment of a series. This novel will be taking its rightful place next to Stalking Jack on my shelves and I will shout praises from the rooftop until I am blue in the face. For its complex mystery, beautiful writing, and life-like characters, I give Hunting Prince Dracula 5 leather wings (I’d say Romanian Tarantula, but I hate spiders and that chapter made me itchy!) and eagerly await the third installment!

Our reviews in this series…

Other recommendations…

Check out these other historical fiction reads: The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.