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Hex on the Beach (The Magic & Mixology Mystery Series Book 1)

by Gina LaManna

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A bit of a light silly book with absolutely no depth in characterization, plot or setting description. Lilly Locke is an only child raised by a single father, her mother is mysteriously absent. She is in her late 20's and is fired from a marketing firm in the Twin Cities, due to a mishap not of her making. Two mysterious, heretofore unknown, Aunts stop at a bar where Lily was drowning her sorrows. Lily loves to make mixed drinks at the bar just for fun. Through a bit of magic Lily is whisked to The Isle, a magical island in the middle of Lake Superior, home of her Aunts. Upon arrival Lily learns that she is a witch and soon to be Mixologist, maker of potions, for the magical inhabitants. A male dies soon after Lily makes a tonic for his stomach troubles. All eyes are cast upon Lily. The plot and everything else about this book is very very thin. It is a setup for a series of books. I probably will read more in hopes that things become a bit more fleshed out. ( )
  Raspberrymocha | Dec 9, 2016 |
Nothing in this book was well-thought out.

Nothing.

The characters are one-dimensional, incoherent, inconsistent, and annoying. The youngest ones are around 30 years old- but act like 11-year-olds. The romance makes no sense, since Lily is so incoherently written.

The plot, such as it is, makes no sense, and the final climax was especially and obviously avoidable.

The world-building and the magical system are also utterly incoherent. And as a bonus, it has no sense of place, because the magical Isle, while in Lake Superior, seems to have a tropical climate.

I got this for free through Amazon Prime, and that was too much to pay for it. ( )
  cissa | Oct 21, 2016 |
witches, magic, humor, suspense, murder

Another great fun book from Gina LaManna! I saw it and had to have it. Quite different in theme from the others except the humor is right there. Witches and magic sort of on Lake Superior's north shore, or something. Complete with a new found family of oddballs, a curmudgeonly instructor, a hot protector known only as Ranger X, and a whole lot more. Loved it!
The audio performance is by Wendy Tremont King who really nails it!
Alerted to it as Whispersync on the cheap by BookGorilla. ( )
  jetangen4571 | Oct 18, 2016 |
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Lily Locke has never believed in witches and wizards, ghosts and magic, shifters and vampires--especially cute blonde vamps with blood-intolerance issues. A rising star at a hotshot marketing agency in Minneapolis, Minnesota, all Lily knows is that she's a PowerPoint guru, an Excel ninja, and a coffee-maker extraordinaire. Not to mention she's next in line for a huge promotion. All that changes when Lily's assistant delivers a strange quiz to her, one titled A Magical Assessment for Normal Folks. With it comes the promise of a land she's never known existed. A land where Lily not only discovers her biological family for the first time, but a place where she can make a difference, change lives, and step into the role she's destined to fulfill. But first, Lily must admit she's a witch. Then, she has to acknowledge that the tall, dark, and mysterious man who offers his help is strictly focused on business ... at least, for now. When a body turns up dead and the next target is Lily, she must trust her powers and accept the help of her newfound friends. Otherwise, she'll never survive the trials of the magical island tucked far, far away in the frigid waters of Lake Superior.… (more)

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