Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Dark Designs by Stefanie Spangler

Dark Designs
by Stefanie Spangler

My Rating: 3.5 Stars
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing, LLC (June 7, 2017)
Publication Date: June 7, 2017
Genre: Paranormal | Supernatural
Print Length: 185 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
 
Twins Ivy and Violet Grant are opposites. Ivy, a hot-tempered redhead, couldn’t wait to get off the farm and see the world. Violet, a quiet brunette, was content to stay home and help their grandmother with the family business. The one thing they have in common is their magic.

Charlie Logan’s sinister obsession with Ivy Grant has ruled his life. When he discovers a book of dark magic during a burglary, he decides to return to Oak Hill and use his newfound power to gain control over Ivy.

Ivy and Violet, with help from their grandmother, need to practice their magic to overcome the evil seeping into their lives. A battle is coming, and Ivy’s life is not the only one at stake.

  
Dark Designs by Stefanie Spangler
Dark DesignsIn a small town, secrets are hard to keep and twins Ivy and Violet have more than just their twinness to bond them, they have magic.

This is a story about magic, its users and misusers, as well as the obsession of one man for one a child and the monster it made him become. Magic used for goodness and light is more powerful than one knows when it is pitted against Magic of the darkest kind.
It all started with one very bad move, but it grew exponentially when black magic and voodoo fuel the flames of conflict and devour what little light one man possessed.

DARK DESIGNS by Stefanie Spangler has a touch of romance, magic, danger and that small town feel that is both easy and quick to read. There is no main character who is “the star.” It is a blend of several characters working together toward on goal, save the day, the town and the ones they love. Ms. Spangler did a wonderful job as she moves her story along, kicking in a few bumps along the way.

What I missed was one avenue of depth, a beacon that guided the story and characters while tying them together. Ms. Spangler’s characters were delightful, particularly the witchy grandma, but none had true depth, or a “star” quality that made them stand out in the crowd. Secrets were kept, secrets were told and the twisted evil that began within the first pages almost became lost and that attempt at disgusting should where jagged edges throughout. Ms. Spangler has talent, and I am sure it goes deeper than the surface this story touched on!

I received this copy from Red Adept Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

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