No Rest for the Wiccan Paperback – Large Print, Jul 8 2009
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"Alt has a surefire winner on her hands."
"Quirky, enchanting, mystical, and addictive." -- Annette Blair
About the Author
Madelyn Alt lives in South Whitley, IN. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Fortunately we shift to Maggie's nieces, relieving the false start with this introduction and unexpected intrigue. If we invest in a protagonist, exiting the usual setting is more natural than gothic heroines, orphaned and not leaving a mansion. It's rewarding Melanie turns to her instead of friends and regards her as an expert on something. Silly avoidance of metaphysics is shed for the sake of family and finally, Maggie tests something she's learned!
I'm exasperated she doesn't seize Marcus, knowing he's available! The old bit where Tom finds them at crime scenes and goes "what are you doing here" is cliché but for once, we appreciate his presence. The death is uninteresting but leaves room for much more important threads. It's a push that the alternative religion of dear friends is out and it is triumphant that Maggie speaks her mind to her mother. A precious new character is very welcome. I'll leap into the sequel hurriedly, to find out if Marcus sleeps with Maggie at last! Please don't make it about a long road. Let's get the couple there, so we can enjoy seeing them together.
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The story in this book is actually quite short and the murder mystery is more of a background story (even though it's supposed to be a main plot arc). The book first concerns itself with Maggie's older sister Mel, who is currently pregnant and bedridden. Maggie finds herself volunteered into helping, only to discover that there's some friendly (and not so friendly) ghosts in her sister's house. Maggie enlists her boss's help to purify the house only to have her sister's friends blab Liss's witchy secret all over town. The story then shifts over to the murder mystery that'd been brewing in the background. The murder du'jour is the owner of the local pig farm, the wife of whom is a friend of Mel's.
To be honest, I really thought that the book could have easily been supported by either the house posession or the murder mystery. They're really more of a plot device to the real meat of the book (spoiler)- the outing of Liss & her paranormal group. That's not to say that they weren't a pleasure to read, but neither story was really that well fleshed out & felt rushed as a result. The other big thing that irks me is the lack of a resolution to the would-be romatic triangle in the book. On one hand you have the lackluster relationship between Tom and Maggie, then on the other hand you have a chemistry laden combination between Maggie and Marcus. At times it's obvious that the only reason Tom is still in the equation is when Ms Alt needs to have a reason for Maggie to talk to the police & get info. (It's obvious because those *ARE* the only times that Maggie ever talks to him!) I really think that Ms Alt needs to resolve the romantic triangle angle so she can focus on the more interesting parts- such as the mystery, magic, and N.I.G.H.T.S. , plot points that still have a lot of space to be explored. The romance angle? Not so much- the whole waffling thing stopped being interesting in the 2nd book & became more of an eye rolling element.
The premise of this delightful series is a young lady, Maggie O'Neill, living in Stoney Mill, Indiana getting a job in a wonderful shop called Enchantments. Her new boss, Liss, not only runs a store with beautiful one of a kind objects, but teas and trendy products. Charming is a great description of Liss and Enchantments.
There in small town main stream America, there is a secret: Liss is a practising witch. She and others meet in the attic space of Enchantments.
Maggie also opens herself to her intuition and finds she is an empath. Rather than judge, she sees the reality these people are hardworking folks who worship and revere the earth, not evil stereotypes.
Liss also helps Maggie in her education into the metaphysical.
One of the members of the 'coven' is Marcus Quinn, a most handsome,good man, who is attracted to Maggie.
Maggie has an on and off again policeman boyfriend, who isn't too thrilled with all of this 'witch business'.
Maggie, Liss and their friends delve into mysteries that may have a metaphysical basis.
No Rest for the Wiccan investigates a most suspicious death of a husband of Maggie's sister's friend. Something just doesn't add up.
Maggie's sister, Mel is pregnant and is on bed rest. It is up to Maggie and her Mom to help the household until the baby comes. Maggie's nieces are delightful and have 'imaginary' friends and seem to have the same gifts Maggie has. The very bored Mel has her socialite girlfriends over to help pass the time, and they do one of the big NO-NO's - they play with a Ouija Board.
While many thing the Ouija Board is just a harmless game, it can be a portal allowing not so nice entities into our space. This happens and Mel asks Maggie and Liss for help to rid her house of this evil presence.
Together dealing with the entity and the murder investigation, and Mel's friends talking about Liss helping Mel, the town starts to learn more about the witches in Stoney Mill.
Madelyn Alt writes with beauty, not just describing, a person or situation, but paints a picture bringing you into the action and feelings.
Wiccan is the strongest of the series and is a wonderful read.
There is a really cute addition to the Enchantments crew, and the ending of Wiccan is so beautifully written, it leaves fans already wanting to order the next in the series.
The only down side I can see is, like the Southern Vampire series, being overpowered by some townfolk who have discovered the wiccan, see Enchantments and vampires as spawns of the devil. While it looks like that conflict will be part of the plots, one hopes that the main thrust will be on the Enchantment crew and their goodness.
An excellent series - truly magic!
That being said, it's time for Maggie to grow a spine. Stand up for yourself, woman! The doormat routine is getting a bit old, and annoying to me. Letting her mother and now her younger sister walk all over Maggie, especially after the damage the sister caused, makes me like Maggie just a tad less. I hope that trend does not continue.
The love triangle between Maggie, Marcus and Tom in the Bewitching Mystery series is getting very annoying. In every book the same thing happens over and over again. Maggie denies her obvious passionate attraction to Marcus while desperately trying to convince herself that feeling safe and comfortable with Tom is enough to stay with him. And by stay with him, I mean casually date him without any real agreement not to date others. Maggie continually denies herself Marcus for no other reason that fear of the unknown and while that may have created thrilling sexual tension in the first few books, I think that same tension is starting to feel forced.
Maggie's time spent with her sister Mel did more to showcase Maggie's weakness and inability to say no to people rather than her love and willingness to accept familial obligations. Mel walks, or rather lounges on bedrest, all over Maggie even when she does her best to help. When Maggie goes above and beyond to make sure her sister and her family is safe, Mel thinks nothing of the possible effect on Maggie's life when she gossips with her friends about it. And Maggie just accepts it as how her sister is. Throughout the series we've watched Maggie strive to become her own, stronger person and the scenes with Mel had her reverting back to her former self. It was not Maggie's best moments.
The scenes in the store were where the best of the book happen. Maggie continues to show herself loyal to her employer Liss. She even manages to face down a priest without cracking under the pressure. Maggie and the series have a lot of good points, but this book wasn't the best of the bunch. The groundwork for possible character growth and change has been laid and I look forward to reading more of the series to see if things get better.
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