***I received this book in exchange for an honest review via Elizabeth Kirke.
Lydia’s collection was plagued by curses, and it was her duty to break them.
Rachel, Angie, and Jo knew nothing about their aunt’s secret life. In fact, they didn’t even know she owned an antique shop, until they inherited it. Unfortunately for them, Lydia passed down more than just her store. The sisters are the proud new owners of countless deadly curses, buried under centuries of dust.
Lydia also left behind her apprentice, Peter. He does everything he can to protect the girls, as they explore their new store, unaware of the dangers it hides. In spite of his efforts, Rachel finds herself obsessed with opening a strange trunk, Angie has vivid dreams, haunted by a man who claims he needs her help, and Jo’s imagination starts to run wild.
When one of them falls victim to a curse, it’s up to Peter and her sisters to save her. But, if Peter can’t teach them to wield a magic, that he barely understands himself, she’ll be the first one to die.
Carved in Cherry is Nancy Drew meets Warehouse 13 with a hint of Supernatural. Between the small town setting, good, old-fashioned sleuthing, and the magical mystery of the runes, Carved in Cherry will have your mind racing, trying to piece all of the clues together in time to save their lives.
- Each cursed item in unique and has an imaginative back story that is never simple or easily resolved. The subplots in this book are meticulously plotted and add subtle foreshadowing to the overall story arch.
- The role of the runes, the use of colors, symbolism, and how they combine to form counter spells to combat curses is pretty epic. Not only does it take a knack for reading and interpreting the symbols but it takes ingenuity and quick thinking to face the nasty effects of these curses head on.
- Rachel and Peter are smoking hot together. The chemistry is fan yourself, off the pages heat.
- Rachel, Jo, and Angie all have vastly different personalities yet are undeniably sisters. The way they banter back and forth and lash out at each other is do well written it’s fun to read and you really get their feelings towards each other clearly.
- There’s a strong sense of foreboding, mystery, and suspense as the dreams and hallucinations (visions) increase. It’s hard to distinguish between reality and nightmare and this only adds to the terror and anticipation of the curses.
- I loved the community that Lydia’s shop is set up in. It’s quaint and antiquated but full of such character.
- The tension between Angie and the man she sees in the mirror is frightening and heated. What happened to him, is he alive, is he a curse? This substory sprouts several questions that up the danger and put Angie’s life on the line. Her surety that she’s going crazy is understandable because we as the readers don’t know the truth either. Their interactions are full of fiery insult and angst.
- What is going on with Lydia? What is she hiding? Is she alive? So many things were left unresolved and wondering where the story will go in the next book.
- I adored Peter’s sections. His mistrust and feelings of betrayal from Lydia after she kept so much from him are very honest and frankly, he probably should have been more angry. Peter is secretive but determined, he keeps himself focused on protecting the girls and the sword scene was hilarious. Peter is like a big nerd but he has so much power. He’s a trainee in rune casting but it’s not hard to imagine him quickly mastering his skills with a little practice. The way Peter looks at Rachel is very swoony. The attraction is undeniable and the fact that it’s not only sexual, that he talks to her and learns her quirks makes the romance even better.
- The opening sections of the story lagged and were really slow. It was hard to decipher where exactly the story was going and how each sister fit into the practice of breaking curses.
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