Monday, April 6, 2015

Review: Casually Cursed by Kimberly Frost

Publication Date:  2/3/2015
Series: Southern Witch #5
Rating: 5 Stars

Official Blurb:

From the national bestselling author of Slightly Spellboundcomes the latest Southern Witch novel featuring Tammy Jo Trask.

Tammy Jo rarely sets a toe outside Texas, but when she learns her mother is in trouble, Tammy is determined to save her—even if it means going to hell and back…

Fresh off her engagement to wizard Bryn Lyons, Tammy Jo is surprised to make another new family connection when she meets the twin sister she never knew she had. After being spirited away to the fae kingdom of Never as an infant, Kismet has finally escaped, and arrived in Duvall, Texas, with some terrible news:  their mother, Marlee, is a prisoner of the Seelie fae.
Crossing the ocean to battle the fae isn’t Tammy Jo’s idea of a romantic getaway, but Bryn refuses to let her go alone—as do her aunt Edie and her ex-husband Zach. Unfortunately, their plot to free Marlee is foiled when they are caught by the fae queen. And the only chance the queen gives them to save Marlee’s life may be an impossible quest…

Ahhh… I’ve been waiting for this book for what seems like forever!! Tammy Jo and Bryn’s news as well as a surprise relative for Tammy Jo at the end of the last book left me wondering where Frost would take these two characters in Casually Cursed. Things are never easy for Tammy Jo and I knew that it wouldn’t be easy for her relationship for Bryn when The Conclave is involved. It seems as if her quests are never ending and guess what… there’s another magical quest just itchy for Tammy Jo to solve!

Frost has a niche for writing w itty yet somewhat clumsy character such as Tammy Jo. She’s a true southern belle witch and she’s finally found the right beau for her even if he’s a wizard. Tammy Jo’s love life has always been a little bit muddy in the sense that her ex-husband, Zach, and herself are still friends. Frost’s literary touches of adding in a wildcat named Mercutio is by far one of my favorite things about this series.

Casually Cursed brings more of the fae side of the story into play. Without giving too much away, Tammy Jo’s trip into Underhill is very… enlightening. Their trip there throws into motion a new kind of problem for Tammy Jo and Bryn to face and solve. The intimate details that are shared about her father and family is VERY interesting and will lead the way for a major plot reveal as this story progresses.

All in All, I loved Casually Cursed. It is another great edition to the Southern Witch Series. My only complaint would be the lack of Bryn and Tammy Jo’s fiery romance. I missed the passionate scenes between the two of them. I know that they may have been sacrificed to let more of the main plot take the forefront, but I still missed them. Also, I have no concluded that Zach is an asshole… just sayin’. The ending kind of took me for surprise because it’s written in a way that this could be the end of the series. I have yet to confirm that in fact this is the last book so I am holding onto hope that there will be more Southern Witch novels in the future.

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