Today I have a treat for you – the first of two books in this series, and a giveaway! And, while Book # 2 in this series has just been released you can get this title for just $0.99 for a limited time now! See below for more information!
What a clever premise and a great start to a promising new series! T.A. Foster has introduced us to Ivy Grace, a young witch that uses her skills to time travel, adventure and then come back to the present to pen a story, purported to be fiction. This is appropriate for YA readers, although the usual tropes of insta-love and love triangles are not at the forefront. Because there is a lovely mystery to sort out: Ivy’s stories are gaining in popularity and there is someone who is not happy about that fact. Ivy must discover who is threatening her, how to protect herself and even more importantly, how to protect her family.
Growing up as a witch, there are certain rules that must be followed, and Ivy technically hasn’t broken them: she isn’t sharing her skill or telling people what she can do, but she is profiting from her ill-advised adventures and use of magic. Ivy is easy to relate to: quick witted and well-adjusted, her interactions with the secondary characters are wonderfully wrought, and those secondary characters play a large part in the story.
Her family relationship is an enviable one, and although she has a crush on her editor, Jack, she has kept the ‘reality’ away from him, remaining professional. As we always learn, changes from the past can affect the present: that reality hit home when Jack received a threatening package for both he and Ivy and their families.
In this book, Ivy travels back to the 1960’s – first to gather her book, and then again to fix what went wrong. With a supernatural boyfriend who was quite interesting and willing to go to great lengths to protect and help her, the pages flew by as I was trying to see what would happen next.
There are a few elements that I wish had been developed more: most of Ivy’s character is developed and shown in her interactions, and I would like to understand her motivations a bit better. Additionally, much of this story is told in flashback form, past tense, and I wonder if the inclusion of more perspective based on being in the moment wouldn’t have helped to increase the tension in a few crucial spots.
As a clever mystery with a dash of romance, this is a unique offering and a wonderful start to a new series. I’m ready to jump into the second book in the series….
And here is the extra special bonus!
You can get this title Time Spell: Book 1 in the Ivy Grace Spell series for just $0.99. And, you can get Book 2 in the Ivy Grace Spell series Cover Spell now! It has just been released – and the review for it will be here on Thursday!!
Title: Time Spell
Author: T.A. Foster
Genre: Contemporary Mystery
Published by: Self-Published
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Ivy Grace is learning that magic--and love--are all about the right timing.
Follow the adventures of this spirited young Southern woman as she embarks upon a successful new career writing novels and movies that explore romantic mysteries of the past.
Ivy, a witch who spends her days practicing her brand of good magic in a sleepy little city, often travels back in time to observe events of yesteryear and turn them into compelling stories for her modern-day fans. But as her uncanny ability to weave enthralling historic tales lands her in the limelight, she quickly finds that fame sometimes comes with a price.
Evil forces now know who she is and threaten to reveal her family’s most sacred magical secrets.
With the help of her ruggedly handsome editor and a sexy supernatural ex-boyfriend, Ivy must unravel history while fighting to keep these ominous forces at bay.
Will Ivy be able to make the ultimate sacrifice for the people she loves the most?
A copy of this title was provided via Author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Giveaway: You can enter to win one of these two prizes:
GRAND PRIZE: Signed copy of TIME SPELL (book #1), 20 “edited” manuscript pages of COVER SPELL,
and $25 Gift Cards to Amazon and Modcloth (US only).
RUNNER UP: eBook copy of TIME SPELL (international).
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