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Review Annabel Horton: Lost Witch of Salem by Vera Jane Cook

Title: Annabel Horton: Lost Witch of Salem
Author: Vera Jane Cook
Source: Requested Review
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
Format: E-Book; 137,000 words
Release date: December 23, 2011

From the Salem Witch trials through the Nineteenth Century and beyond, Annabel Horton is pursued by the devil’s disciple, Urban Grandier, the demonic priest from the incident at Loudon. She must take the bodies of those that the devil favors to protect her family. She must uncover the motive behind the illusive Ursula/Louis Bossidan, the scandalous cross-dresser who is pursuing her beautiful granddaughter, and she must learn, being one of God’s most powerful witches, how to use her power. But will it be enough to save her husband from Urbain’s fiery inferno? Will it be enough to save her children from demons greater than themselves? Read on, you will learn more…..

My review-

First things first- AHHH! It's a dreaded first person point of view!!! As I have stated a couple times, these are not my favorite stories to read. It's very difficult for me to read them and really stay focused on the story.

I give Ms. Cook a lot of credit, however. She wove a story that intrigued me enough to continue reading it. Would I read it again? Probably not. I'm about to contradict myself a bit by saying that I both liked and disliked the story. The story was a good story overall. The premise, to me, was very unique and one I had not seen before. However, one thing I did dislike was how confusing it got at times. I understand why the story was written as it was, but personally I think I would have been able to follow things better had it been written in the third-person point of view.

This is not a story that someone can start reading without investing the time to continue, or not read at all. It is quite confusing at times, but things start to clear up as you go. Another thing I didn't like about the story was the sudden drop of a cliffhanger. This is part of a series, but even cliffhangers of stories I have read before give you enough of a cliffhanger to leave you wanting more, but also feeling as if *this* story is done and read to progress to the next. I, personally, didn't get that from this book. If you are interested in a paranormal romance, this book would not be for you. There are hints of romance, but it's much more a paranormal mystery.

As a whole, the book is good, as I said. The story idea is quite unique and an interesting play on the subject matter. Unfortunately, that's about the extent of what I can say without giving too much of the story away. I would recommend this book if you are looking for an interesting read, but if you are like me and dread the idea of trying to tackle something in the first person point of view, I wouldn't try to read this one. It takes awhile for things to pick up and start to make sense.


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