Ciao, amici! I’ve got two book reviews for you today. Sorry if I’m a bit long-winded, but I really enjoyed both of them. Bear with me while I share my thoughts. Without further ado…
Things Just Got Real
In the latest installment of this must-read series, Boyack upped the stakes. The creature on the loose is a werewolf, which means Lizzie is hunting a mindless killing machine—who is human the rest of the month. That weighs on her conscience. Especially when she fears the monster might be a dear friend.
Boyack also adds a new character to the mix, a detective who talks to the spirit of his dead wife. This is a supernatural franchise, so I can see this becoming a storytelling device, and I’d love to see it develop further as the tales continue.
We get all the elements we’ve come to expect from hat stories: a great musical playlist, witty banter between the hat and Lizzie, Internet jokes, the return of some favorite recurring characters, and even the radio show continues to speculate about their alter ego. These callbacks make each installment of the hat series extra special and more fun to read.
But Lizzie is getting further steeped in the supernatural world, that that comes with dangers and horrors, which means the story gets a little darker. And while I don’t mind dark, readers should know the light-hearted tone they’ve come to expect won’t always be there this time.
Lunar Boogie didn’t end on a cliffhanger, but it definitely told me there was more to come. This world is growing and changing, and I can’t wait to see what comes next.
Wildly inventive, Deftly Crafted, and Beautifully Written
While fantasy isn’t my go-to genre, sometimes I just need to escape the real world and lose myself in a realm of magic and mysticism. If you’re looking for such an escape, The Ferryman and the Sea Witch is the perfect book to provide it.
Peach crafted such well-rounded characters, I couldn’t help but feel like they were old friends. Or enemies. They became real to me from the first word and practically leapt out of the water and into my lap. Of course I read the book in record time. I had to find out what happened to everyone.
She is equally adept at creating characters as she is at weaving an exceptional plot. Her pacing was brisk, giving me the tiniest moments to catch my breath before I was on to the next high-stakes adventure. But those small moments weren’t wasted. She used those lulls for world-building, and what a rich world she created.
The reason readers can feel the sea breeze on their cheeks or taste the gin on their tongues or hear the laughter of the sea witch ringing through their heads is because the author has a gift with words. Her lyrical prose borders on poetic, but it’s never saccharine or overdone. It’s just a lovely experience from beginning to end.
I can’t say enough good things about this story. If you’re looking for a standalone fantasy/sea adventure, you’ve found it. Five easy, well-deserved stars.
Thanks for sticking with me. I think these were both well worth it. If you’ve read either (or both) or just would like to discuss the books, leave a comment below. Grazie!