Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Magic Mirror by Lana Hart (Curious Collectibles Prequel)

The Magic Mirror
by Lana Hart

My rating: 4 stars

Series: The Curious Collectibles - Prequel
Publication Date: June 9, 2014
Publisher: Wyrmwood Publishing & Editing
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Print Length: 102 pages
Available from: Amazon


Ten years ago, Jack Snow made a terrible mistake...

Fresh out of the police academy, Jack Snow returns home to find things have changed. His house is dark, the lawn is overgrown, and his mother looks like a ghost. Whispers come from her room late at night, the voice of a man Jack doesn't know, has never seen, and yet sounds eerily similar to his dead father.

All after the purchase of a silver hand mirror from a strange little antique store down the road.

As he tries to piece the mystery together, he is haunted by a tarot reading performed by the enigmatic Mrs. Clathermont, who foretells he will sacrifice that which he loves most. Will it be his high school sweetheart, Misty Ryder? His ailing mother? Or the career he's spent a lifetime pursuing?

More importantly, does he have a choice in the matter?

The Magic Mirror (The Curious Collectibles, #2)My Review
The Magic Mirror by Lana Hart
My Rating: 4 Stars 

Have you ever purchased something that just “spoke” to you, saying, “Buy me, I’m exactly what you need.” When you get home, you wonder what you were thinking. Jack has been away at officer training school, he left when his mother was still hurting over the death of his father, so he stops to get her a little something from a collectibles store only to find his mother has recently purchased hand mirror from the same store. What he finds when he arrives home shakes him to his core, gone is the bright and vibrant woman he has always known, the house is unkempt, as is the yard, while his mother has transformed into a ghost of herself. What has caused this dramatic change? Are there voices coming from her room at night? Why does one voice sound like his father? Has the house been cursed?

Lana Hart can write darkness and mystery and keep each new pearl of wisdom a secret until the precise moment it is needed. The Magic Mirror is a very short, but very detailed tale that sets an atmosphere of fear and foreboding with few words. Her characters are pretty fascinating as the tale unfolds and the reader is looking to find the answer before its time is due! Great reading, dark, edgy and quick, a good introduction to what promises to be a great series.

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