About the Book:
Witch of the Cards is historical, supernatural romantic suspense set in 1932 on the Jersey shore. Twenty-two year-old Fiera has recently left the Brooklyn orphanage where she was raised, and works in Manhattan as a nanny. She gets a lucky break when her boss pays for her short vacation in Asbury Park. One evening, Fiera and her new friend Dulcie wander down the boardwalk and into Peter Dune’s Tarot & Séance, where they attend a card reading.
Fiera has always had an unsettling ability to know things before they happen and sense people’s hidden agendas. She longs to either find out the origin of her powers or else banish them because as is, they make her feel crazy. When, during the reading, her energies somehow bond with Peter Dune’s and form an undeniable ethereal force, a chain of revelations and dangerous events begin to unspool. For one, Fiera finds out she is a witch from a powerful sea clan, but that someone is out to stop her blossoming power forever. And though she is falling in love with Peter, he also has a secret side. He’s no card reader, but a private detective working to expose mediums. Despite this terrible betrayal, Fiera must make the choice to save Peter from a tragic Morro Cruise boat fire, or let him perish with his fellow investigators. Told in alternating viewpoints, we hear Fiera and Peter each struggle against their deep attraction. Secrets, lies, even murder, lace this dark fantasy.
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Not Bewitching Enough...
I loved how Fiera was pulled into the mystery of her powers and she sets herself to find out all that she can. She throws herself into it wholeheartedly and is crushed when it costs her everything that gave her a sense of security. The emotions swelled from the book and surrounded me with everything she was feeling as she wandered the streets of New York. What I couldn’t wrap my mind around was the love story between Ivy/Fiera and Peter. She was entranced by him but he was using her feelings to get closer to her in order to expose her as a con attempting to lure people in with her power over the cards. It felt more as if he was ensorcelled into loving her than actually falling in love with her. Even if the love story felt a bit contrived, the magical battle between Ivy/Fiera and her very alive and estranged mother was interesting. A bit more time focusing on learning her powers as well as a better written and engaging love story could have made this book more interesting and would have helped it keep my attention instead of me fighting to keep turning the pages.