Posts Tagged ‘Magic’

NEW REVIEW Karen Victoria Smith’s Dark Dealings

Friday, June 1st, 2012

In Karen Victoria Smith’s urban fantasy, [amazon-product text=”Dark Dealings” type=”text”]B007Z9DEEI[/amazon-product], the mystical world overlaps reality through sabotage, murder and magic. Investment banker Micaela O’Brien has spent her entire life trying to forget the day her parent’s plane exploded over northern Dublin leaving her to explain how she was the sole survivor of the tragic event. Left under the care of her grandmother, Micaela quickly learned that she was not like her friends for she had visions and understandings that went well beyond her youth. After years of tamping her visions down, even convincing herself that they may have been caused by something medically wrong, she has learned to live her life without the nightmares and visions that plagued her youth.

That is until the deal of a lifetime brings everything back. Not knowing who to trust, Micaela is left to turn to the one thing she denied herself all these years, her visions.

Smith’s writing is spot on. Her characters are well thought out and developed and she reveals just enough about the players without giving too much of the story away. At first there does seem to be an influx of characters in the beginning of the story but Smith handles the character development well, quickly fleshing out a spot for each of the main characters in the reader’s head. I quickly came to understand and feel for Micaela as she fought for clarity and safety as her visions returned and her world was threatened by an unknown villain.

I would have liked to know more about her parents. They seem to have been highly respected and regarded in her grandmother’s Druid community, but the details about the explosion and how Micaela survived it (and what that meant) were few. It’s mentioned a few times in regards to her gift and legacy but never exactly what happened or why she survived.

I appreciated the different layers of story telling Smith infused into her work. Suspense, action, magic, mystery, all with a dash of romance, created an extremely well written story about a woman discovering her true path in life. Smith’s voice is strong and seasoned and I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the urban fantasy genre.

A Dream Vacation

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Hello friends!

Tomorrow night I leave for a trip of a lifetime! That’s right, ladies and gents, my dream of visiting Ireland is about to come true. For 11 nights I’ll be traveling the Emerald Isle’s rolling hills taking in the sights, the sounds, and the accents (sigh). I’m just a tad bit excited, if you haven’t guessed.

Cabra Castle - one of the hotels we'll be staying in.

There is something about Ireland that as soon as almost anyone hears that you’re visiting their eyes light up and there’s just a wee bit of jealousy underlining their well wishes. And who can blame them? Ireland is a place of magic, of inspiration, two things I’m in desperate need of.

I talked Eric into getting me a small data package for my phone; that way I’ll be able to tweet a little each day about my adventures. In addition to that my hope is to blog some posts, with pictures, about my journey around Eire.

My trip starts and ends in Dublin with stops in Cork, Killarney, Galway, Derry and Kingscourt and I’d love you’d come with me! So, stop by sometime within the next two days for my first post. Our flight leaves Newark at 7pm Tuesday night and we get in around 7am Ireland time on Wednesday. (They are five hours ahead of EST.) We can’t check into our hotel until 1pm so I’m not sure when I’ll have internet access to update you to my schedule. But once things get settled and I get a feel for our itinerary I’ll let you guys know. 😉

So until then, have a lovely evening. I need to get things settled on the Writing on the Rocks front before I leave, and I still have some packing to do. But fear not, friends! I have plenty of wine to accompany me through the night. 🙂