“Some folks treated the past like an old friend. The memories warmed them with fondness for what was, and hope for what was to come. Not me. When I thought of long ago, my insides curdled, and I was left feeling sour and wasted.”Jenny Schmidt is a young woman with old heartaches. A small town Texas girl with big city attitude, she just doesn’t fit in. Not that she has ever tried.
Life has pummeled her heart into one big, lonely callus. She has no siblings, both parents were dead by sixteen, and her last grandparent—and caretaker—was in the ground before she turned twenty-one. She’s the last living member of her immediate family. Or so she thinks…
“We found my ‘grandfather’ sitting at his dining room table. An entire scorched pot of coffee dangled from his shaky hand. His skin was the ashen gray shade of thunderclouds, not the rich mocha from the photo I’d seen. There were dark blue circles under each swollen red eye. A halo of white hair skirted his bald head, a crown of tangles and mats. Corpses had more life in them.”
Suddenly, instead of burying it with the dead, Jenny is forced to confront the past. Armed only with an ancient family journal, her rifle, and an Apache tomahawk, she must save her grandfather’s life and embrace her dangerous heritage. Or be devoured by it.
When I started this short story I had no idea what I was going to get out of it. I’m normally not one for short stories but I thought this sounded pretty interesting and I’ve been trying to read more urban fantasy lately.
This story is very much the opening book to a series. It introduces some interesting characters and has a good introductory plot line. The main character, Jenny, is a pretty cool girl since she is close to my age and yet she doesn’t give two cents about her life or what she will do in any given day. Life has beaten her down and it was interesting to learn her story and why she is the way she is. Then there was Marshal who is sort of the only friend she has left and I really enjoyed his character, he was the clear headed one who always wanted to stop and learn more about something before just diving into the paranormal/urban fantasy world. He was always right there for Jenny though even if he didn’t fully partake in everything.
The storyline was simple but pretty interesting and kept my interest because I wanted to know more about Jenny and this world she was entering. I wanted to know more of the mystery behind her grandpa and what was going to happen to him and Jenny once everything was all said and done.
Overall, this was a good start to a series.
After receiving an ancient tribal journal from her grandfather, Jenny is sent on a mission of discovery in an attempt to unravel clues to her family’s monster hunting past. The journey becomes more than academic when she is asked to confront a coven of dangerous witches who plan to cast an insidious spell on the plains of West Texas.Witch’s Nocturne is the second of the Moonsongs Books, a series of paranormal-horror-action novelettes by author E.J. Wesley. These stories contain language and content better suited for mature readers.
I liked that this one picked right off from the first book and lead us deeper into Jenny’s world.
I still really liked both of the characters although I do think Jenny can be a little too rough around the edges at times. I understand she has a lot to deal with but she could soften up a little bit. I really liked Marshal this time around I feel like he added something unique to the story and I really liked how he interacted with a certain character, I won’t tell you who that is because I want you to see for yourself but I’m interested in where this new character is going to fit in.
I enjoyed that this book opened up the magical world more by allowing us to see this group of witches who were out to destroy the town Jenny lives in. I can’t wait to see where the author is going to take the plot because the story left us hanging at the end and I want to see more of what Jenny and the guys are going to do in order to stop one witch in particular.
Overall, another good story in this series and I just hope that maybe the next novella is a little longer so I can enjoy my time with these characters even more.
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