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  1. Amy Lignor Amy Lignor says:

    Dear Readers Perhaps it is because I am a Stephen King fan, but I have to disagree with the three star reviews on this one There are a great many paranormals out there in the world of fiction right now especially of the fanged variety, as we all know But I almost fell off my chair when I began reading this new offering from Susie Moloney an author who has already proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that she has an incredible gift when it comes to telling a story This review, however, is g Dear Readers Perhaps it is because I am a Stephen King fan, but I have to disagree with the three star reviews on this one There are a great many paranormals out there in the world of fiction right now especially of the fanged variety, as we all know But I almost fell off my chair when I began reading this new offering from Susie Moloney an author who has already proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that she has an incredible gift when it comes to telling a story This review, however, is going to feel like you re back in English class having your first experience with iambic pentameter because I can only go so far.From the very first moment when I met Chick, I was intrigued Chick is a woman in her 60 s who has had enough She has just buried her husband a man she truly loved and she feels incredibly guilty about something that the reader simply doesn t know until further on in the book But as I watched Chick and listened to her thoughts, I was amazed and chilled to the bone at the same time as she pulled out the Valium and a Zippo lighter No, I can t tell youthan that.Then I met up with a woman named, Audra Audra is also a mature woman who has also buried her husband She is basically in a huge mess, wondering when the proverbial crap will hit the fan As her heart begins to race, one of her frenemies a woman by the name of Izzy Riley arrives, and stands above her with a smile Izzy is the one who knows exactly what s happening to the women of Haven Woods, and how only THEY can find a way to solve the problems before it s too late and they end up losing the rest of what they have.Paula is Audra s daughter She is a single mom of a girl named, Rowan, who is a bit hard to handle When Paula gets a call from Mrs Riley telling her that he mother has had a heart attack and she must come home immediately, Paula and Rowan get into a car that will, quite possibly, take them into hell.Marla is Izzy s daughter, and she not only knows why the creepy things are happening to the women she knows, but she also seems to despise her mother The oldest and dearest friend of Paula, Marla is excited when she learns that Paula is coming home You see, Paula left Haven Woods when she was only sixteen and pregnant with Rowan This was when her mother basically threw her out of the town and told her never to return Why is that, you wonder I can t tell you, but BOY do you WANT to know As the intricate world of Haven Woods unfolds, readers will learn all about the secrets and lies that are held there They will learn about murder, deception, the dark arts, evil personified, and all kinds of tasty morsels that will have them up all night reading to the very end to see how everyone ends up when this author calls it a day.Susie Moloney has, once again, done the impossible Not only is her tale flawless and her characters beyond memorable, but she has the ability to take The Stepford Wives, mix them with a little Witches of Eastwick, and throw in some horror that only King the master of the genre has had the ability to produce This is a straight A, readers You will look at your neighbors in a whole new light after you finish this one Enjoy Until Next Time, Everybody,Amy


  2. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    Why read Won from LibraryThing Early ReviewersWhat impressed me While the book s synopsis of Desperate Housewives meets The Witches of Eastwick proved to be pretty far off from the actual story in The Thirteen, I found I really enjoyed the book The witches were presented in an interesting way evil, but that wasn t really their original purpose It was a great way to show how far woman are willing to go to make life better for themselves and their families Paula and her daughter, Rowan, Why read Won from LibraryThing Early ReviewersWhat impressed me While the book s synopsis of Desperate Housewives meets The Witches of Eastwick proved to be pretty far off from the actual story in The Thirteen, I found I really enjoyed the book The witches were presented in an interesting way evil, but that wasn t really their original purpose It was a great way to show how far woman are willing to go to make life better for themselves and their families Paula and her daughter, Rowan, both serve as interesting protagonists you really root for as they try to survive the witches.What disappointed me With a coven of twelve plus their families and all the other characters, it gets hard to keep all the names straight Paula was conveniently oblivious at crucial times, especially anything to go with her mother s illness and the hospital When a character seeks redemption late in the novel, it feelslike an easy solution to a plot problem the author couldn t get out of rather than a sincere change of heart.Recommended Yes The Thirteen is a quick, enjoyable read that fans of witchy stories should like


  3. Ann Douglas Ann Douglas says:

    A fairly predictable horror novel without the underlying social critique the cover copy had led me to anticipate.


  4. Madeline Ashby Madeline Ashby says:

    I was convinced on this book after hearing Ms Maloney read from the opening at a party in Toronto It was a fabulous read, infused with character but still carefully controlled For the most part, the book maintains a similar sense of control It s obvious what s going on from the beginning, because Maloney s book is dancing with tropes we ve all seen trotted out before a woman with a past returns to where it all started, deals with the traumas that have been holding her back in life, and emer I was convinced on this book after hearing Ms Maloney read from the opening at a party in Toronto It was a fabulous read, infused with character but still carefully controlled For the most part, the book maintains a similar sense of control It s obvious what s going on from the beginning, because Maloney s book is dancing with tropes we ve all seen trotted out before a woman with a past returns to where it all started, deals with the traumas that have been holding her back in life, and emerges triumphant Also, there are witches The witches are easily the most enjoyable part of The Thirteen They re the most completely realized of the characters Their evil is mundane and real and totally believable, and the consequences of their actions rebound on them in horrible ways that instantly elicit sympathy from the reader By contrast, protagonist Paula just doesn t quite measure up She s been dealt a bad hand, for sure, but she spends a bit too much time wondering what s going on while her barely pubescent daughter Rowan twigs immediately From her introduction, we learn that Paula is supposed to be tough She s a fighter who sticks up for herself and others But once she returns to Haven Woods, she regresses to a younger self who lets far too many things slide by Not without comment, of course, but often without action It s a bit disappointing when you compare the strength and agency and confidence of the other women around her, including her daughter On the other hand, this story is borrowing heavily from Salem s Lot, and much of the same dynamic exists between Ben Mears and Mark Petrie In fact, Mark is about the same age as Rowan Both characters instantly understand that the threat facing them is a supernatural one that must be terminated with extreme prejudice, and they act accordingly Meanwhile, the adults wonder what could possibly be causing all these bizarre coincidences This is another well worn trope, and it has its place, but as I read I found myself wishing that Paula had included herself a bitin the plot so that she could have adirect impact on it The whole thing really hinges on everyone but Paula, and I m not so sure that s a great place for a main character to be With that said, the book is lovely when it s not focused on Paula Her enemies are glorious in their malevolence, and their selfishness and un earned privilege leaps off the page They pack the banality of evil in their Suburbans with the soccer cleats and Capri Sun If you want a primer on what the consequences of a Faustian bargain might look like to real America, this is it


  5. J.N. J.N. says:

    This is a book I won from the giveaways thank you The Thirteen is a very unique book I haven t ever read anything like it It s about a group of witches who live in this small town There s only one problem they ve just lost one of their members and must have thirteen in their group to keep their powers Without a thirteenth, they also start to have awful things happen to them severe aging, fingers falling off, etc When one of the witches becomes ill, her daughter and granddaughter come This is a book I won from the giveaways thank you The Thirteen is a very unique book I haven t ever read anything like it It s about a group of witches who live in this small town There s only one problem they ve just lost one of their members and must have thirteen in their group to keep their powers Without a thirteenth, they also start to have awful things happen to them severe aging, fingers falling off, etc When one of the witches becomes ill, her daughter and granddaughter come to stay until she recuperates The mother is a perfect candidate for the thirteenth, and the daughter is also important The group of witches use everything in their power to keep the mother and daughter in town, ready to have things return back to normal.Pros The beginning scene really grabbed my attention, as did meeting Paula and Rowan the mother and daughter , but after that, I admit the book began to drag It got better once you began to seeof what these witches were going through, and the last section of the book was especially gripping Overall, the characters are good I enjoyed Chick, Paula, Sanderson, Rowan, and Audra I even ended up liking Marla I also adored Old Tex and Gusto They were nice additions to the story Most of the witch characters aren t very nice though, especially Izzy They make great villains, though they are so complex that they aren t truly evil.Cons I enjoyed this book, but it took me a while to read because it was hard to get into at times I tend to be a fast reader so this is a problem I didn t really enjoy the writing style I m mostly talking about parts like this They were still gabbing, dark heads bent together like crows pecking at something interesting and dead She went from the window to the closet, found her school blazer with the St Mary s crest Semper Vigilans and put it on.I was also annoyed at how many unanswered questions I had at the end You never hear what happens to most of the characters, and I had hoped it would be wrapped up in the epilogue.Overall However, the characters and overall story was pretty entertaining This book definitely shows the lengths some people will go to keep themselves happy 3 stars


  6. Monique Monique says:

    I really dont know what to say about this book except I am glad it is over..From the story blurb and the reviews I thought it would be suspenseful, intriguing and clever with the story of a group of witches who live in a surburban neighborhood and work on making everything they ever want become a reality by any means neccessary I was all set to fall into this book, I love witches and I thought it would be reminiscent of Anne Rice s Mayfair witches trilogies or some other great supernatural rea I really dont know what to say about this book except I am glad it is over..From the story blurb and the reviews I thought it would be suspenseful, intriguing and clever with the story of a group of witches who live in a surburban neighborhood and work on making everything they ever want become a reality by any means neccessary I was all set to fall into this book, I love witches and I thought it would be reminiscent of Anne Rice s Mayfair witches trilogies or some other great supernatural read and then when it was compared to a Stephen King read I was hooked, but alas somewhere within it fell flat..The witches are intent on maintaining their way of life and their powers and made ultimate deals with a mysterious evil being to with their only requirement to make sacrifices and keep a coven of thirteen women at all times..The neighborhood thrives under the witches s control and everyone is perfect and happy, churches close, hospitals close and life is eerily calm until one of the witches takes her destiny in her own hands and after losing her husband in a sacrifice she takes her own life and alters the witches sense of reality and everything that was right in their lives goes wrong with the only way to fix it is to bring one of the witches s daughters back to the fold It is here that the book starts with the daughter Paula and her daughter Rowan returning back to the neighborhood after finding out her mother is sick which was basically an excuse to get Paula and Rowan to town to join the coven..Even as I am writing this review I am drawn into the plot which is why it is so disappointing how the book was written, it was silly with insipid characters you don t like, confusing thought patterns you cant follow, annoying parenthetical phrases in between sentences, repetitive statements that arent needed God s special thinkers I just had problems with the delivery overall, it wasnt like Desperate Housewives to me because the characters were hollow, if this book was maybe longer with backstory one each witch anddetail on the creator , the elusive evil He..I hate the way I had to rip into this book because the Stepford wives premise was very interesting and I wanted so so much .


  7. Paula from Reading Lark Paula from Reading Lark says:

    review from readinglark.blogspot.comPaula Witt, the central character in this novel, puts a whole new spin on the phrase, you can t go home In Paula s case, she did but she really, really shouldn t have.Paula s home town, Haven Woods, is home to some unusual citizens a coven of witches At first glance, they seem to be like all the other women of the community hauling kids to soccer games, getting together for gossip and advice, using magic to stay young and beautiful The problem is t review from readinglark.blogspot.comPaula Witt, the central character in this novel, puts a whole new spin on the phrase, you can t go home In Paula s case, she did but she really, really shouldn t have.Paula s home town, Haven Woods, is home to some unusual citizens a coven of witches At first glance, they seem to be like all the other women of the community hauling kids to soccer games, getting together for gossip and advice, using magic to stay young and beautiful The problem is that their lives are built on spells, half truths, and an undercurrent of evil.I really enjoyed the structure of this novel, which reminds me of an onion The author introduces us to the outside picture at first, and peels down the onion layer by layer It makes the book a real page turner, because with each horrific revelation, the reader is lead right into wondering what comes next.I did have a bit of an issue with characterization, which I found rather spotty Some characters were obviously given a lot of time and attention, and read beautifully like Izzy and Rowan Some, however, are less well rounded like Aggie, Glory, and many of the Thirteen Obviously some of these characters are supposed to have lost much of their humanity that s part of the storyline Maybe it s really about the sheer number of characters, because there were several who were similarly lacking development and backstory There is no way, of course, that the author could completely tell all their stories in just over 328 pages I do know that I don t feel that I was ever able to distinguish between several of the background characters, nor was I clear on who the Thirteen were The number is key to the whole plot, so this seems to me to be an intrinsic problem.Despite my complaints, I do believe that Moloney can tell a whale of a story This one is a tasty little bit of creeptastic nothing gorry, just a fun spook, with a twist ending that will leave you with a smile on your face


  8. Nancy Nancy says:

    Dress it up in a paranormal cover, add chick lit elements, include mysterious deaths and in the end it s still a book about an all female suburban satanic cult and I m feeling yucky all over That s my honest opinion and feeling Just didn t like it It earns one star for my finishing it The second star is earned for the author s originality Even though I didn t like it.The basis is that the cult requires thirteen members If there are thirteen and appropriate sacrifices and those sacrifices Dress it up in a paranormal cover, add chick lit elements, include mysterious deaths and in the end it s still a book about an all female suburban satanic cult and I m feeling yucky all over That s my honest opinion and feeling Just didn t like it It earns one star for my finishing it The second star is earned for the author s originality Even though I didn t like it.The basis is that the cult requires thirteen members If there are thirteen and appropriate sacrifices and those sacrifices are stomach churning and the members have given themselves to the dark one and can I say Ew I mean in a big way , all their hopes and dreams are reached It s the Stepford Wives without their husbands joining a club In fact, husbands are not uncommonly the sacrifice They ve recently suffered a reduction in force and need a new recruit Rather than going to the park or the supermarket like previously, they seek out the grown child of Audra That s when the story falls apart The threads are frayed and, although there is definite direction to the story, it doesn t always make sense First of all, Izzie commits herself to the devil He takes her sexually and it s gross Why didn t he take all the others Not that I wanted that image, I m disturbed enough over Izzie s encounter Also, why is Izzie the one making the animal sacrifice I also never understood the hospital scenes They were simply too weak I also didn t find the explanation for Audra turning into what she was What was up with the cats What was wrong with the dog collar What was Sanderson s mom s story Why did she leave These are merely a handful of unanswered questions I m sure they would make perfect sense if I was up to speed on Satanic worship but, thank God, I m not.It s a quick, if disturbing read


  9. Jessica Armstrong Jessica Armstrong says:

    This book was so confusing to read that I only made it through the prologue and a couple chapters before blinking my eyes rapidly and tossing it to the side to start a different one.The premise is a good one witches in a small community doing witchy things The follow through leaves a lot to be desired, however especially in the department of editing Excerpt A confusing sentence from the prologue Not even when the flames swept up from the floor and began their climb over hersurrender yourfl This book was so confusing to read that I only made it through the prologue and a couple chapters before blinking my eyes rapidly and tossing it to the side to start a different one.The premise is a good one witches in a small community doing witchy things The follow through leaves a lot to be desired, however especially in the department of editing Excerpt A confusing sentence from the prologue Not even when the flames swept up from the floor and began their climb over hersurrender yourflesh The book is lacking in periods and grammatical punctuation in general It s also overflowing in brackets with ridiculously useless information, stopping the flow of the story.The editing was sub par and many sentences had repeating words with no proper sentence structure There were also a multitude of incomplete, short sentences How anyone could make it through the entire book is beyond me I cannot fathom how it ever got published in the first place, let alone got such a rave review from The Globe and Mail.Moloney also takes the time out at the end of her book to thank her editor Most of all I want to thank the surely supernatural Anne Collins, who edits with elegance and respect, and whose patience and dedication really wrote this book I think a certain editor needs to find a new job.The book could have had the most amazing plot ever written but you would never know for the ridiculous way it s put together


  10. Kellybrianna Kellybrianna says:

    I had never heard of Susie Moloney before I saw this book oddly enough we re from the same town but I really loved the sound of it thought I d give it a try And I m very glad I did It s a fantastic read, a really perfect summer book It is a book about witches but it s not in an overally silly or forced kind of way Paula returns to her hometown when her mother falls ill Along with her is her 12 year old daughter rowan Little do they know of the legacy they are a part of.The characters a I had never heard of Susie Moloney before I saw this book oddly enough we re from the same town but I really loved the sound of it thought I d give it a try And I m very glad I did It s a fantastic read, a really perfect summer book It is a book about witches but it s not in an overally silly or forced kind of way Paula returns to her hometown when her mother falls ill Along with her is her 12 year old daughter rowan Little do they know of the legacy they are a part of.The characters are interesting, the story flows easily I find myself wishing I hadn t read it so quickly If I can get my hands on the author s previous books I will, based on how enjoyable this one is Read it Enjoy


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The Thirteen ❮PDF❯ ⚡ The Thirteen ✎ Author Susie Moloney – Polishdarling.co.uk Desperate Housewives meets The Witches of Eastwick in Susie Moloney s wonderfully creepy novel, The ThirteenA paranormal thriller that blends contemporary suburban concerns and s with the fiendishly s Desperate Housewives meets The Witches of Eastwick in Susie Moloney s wonderfully creepy novel, The ThirteenA paranormal thriller that blends contemporary suburban concerns and s with the fiendishly supernatural, The Thirteen is the story of a woman who returns to her childhood home with her daughter, only to discover that the community is now run by a group of witches with nasty plans for the both of them A wonderfully dark and original tale, The Thirteen will appeal to a wide range of readers from fans of Laura Kasischke, Jennifer McMahon, Melissa De la Cruz, and Melissa Marr to anyone who has ever appreciated the delicious chills of Rosemary s Baby.


10 thoughts on “The Thirteen

  1. Amy Lignor Amy Lignor says:

    Dear Readers Perhaps it is because I am a Stephen King fan, but I have to disagree with the three star reviews on this one There are a great many paranormals out there in the world of fiction right now especially of the fanged variety, as we all know But I almost fell off my chair when I began reading this new offering from Susie Moloney an author who has already proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that she has an incredible gift when it comes to telling a story This review, however, is g Dear Readers Perhaps it is because I am a Stephen King fan, but I have to disagree with the three star reviews on this one There are a great many paranormals out there in the world of fiction right now especially of the fanged variety, as we all know But I almost fell off my chair when I began reading this new offering from Susie Moloney an author who has already proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that she has an incredible gift when it comes to telling a story This review, however, is going to feel like you re back in English class having your first experience with iambic pentameter because I can only go so far.From the very first moment when I met Chick, I was intrigued Chick is a woman in her 60 s who has had enough She has just buried her husband a man she truly loved and she feels incredibly guilty about something that the reader simply doesn t know until further on in the book But as I watched Chick and listened to her thoughts, I was amazed and chilled to the bone at the same time as she pulled out the Valium and a Zippo lighter No, I can t tell youthan that.Then I met up with a woman named, Audra Audra is also a mature woman who has also buried her husband She is basically in a huge mess, wondering when the proverbial crap will hit the fan As her heart begins to race, one of her frenemies a woman by the name of Izzy Riley arrives, and stands above her with a smile Izzy is the one who knows exactly what s happening to the women of Haven Woods, and how only THEY can find a way to solve the problems before it s too late and they end up losing the rest of what they have.Paula is Audra s daughter She is a single mom of a girl named, Rowan, who is a bit hard to handle When Paula gets a call from Mrs Riley telling her that he mother has had a heart attack and she must come home immediately, Paula and Rowan get into a car that will, quite possibly, take them into hell.Marla is Izzy s daughter, and she not only knows why the creepy things are happening to the women she knows, but she also seems to despise her mother The oldest and dearest friend of Paula, Marla is excited when she learns that Paula is coming home You see, Paula left Haven Woods when she was only sixteen and pregnant with Rowan This was when her mother basically threw her out of the town and told her never to return Why is that, you wonder I can t tell you, but BOY do you WANT to know As the intricate world of Haven Woods unfolds, readers will learn all about the secrets and lies that are held there They will learn about murder, deception, the dark arts, evil personified, and all kinds of tasty morsels that will have them up all night reading to the very end to see how everyone ends up when this author calls it a day.Susie Moloney has, once again, done the impossible Not only is her tale flawless and her characters beyond memorable, but she has the ability to take The Stepford Wives, mix them with a little Witches of Eastwick, and throw in some horror that only King the master of the genre has had the ability to produce This is a straight A, readers You will look at your neighbors in a whole new light after you finish this one Enjoy Until Next Time, Everybody,Amy


  2. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    Why read Won from LibraryThing Early ReviewersWhat impressed me While the book s synopsis of Desperate Housewives meets The Witches of Eastwick proved to be pretty far off from the actual story in The Thirteen, I found I really enjoyed the book The witches were presented in an interesting way evil, but that wasn t really their original purpose It was a great way to show how far woman are willing to go to make life better for themselves and their families Paula and her daughter, Rowan, Why read Won from LibraryThing Early ReviewersWhat impressed me While the book s synopsis of Desperate Housewives meets The Witches of Eastwick proved to be pretty far off from the actual story in The Thirteen, I found I really enjoyed the book The witches were presented in an interesting way evil, but that wasn t really their original purpose It was a great way to show how far woman are willing to go to make life better for themselves and their families Paula and her daughter, Rowan, both serve as interesting protagonists you really root for as they try to survive the witches.What disappointed me With a coven of twelve plus their families and all the other characters, it gets hard to keep all the names straight Paula was conveniently oblivious at crucial times, especially anything to go with her mother s illness and the hospital When a character seeks redemption late in the novel, it feelslike an easy solution to a plot problem the author couldn t get out of rather than a sincere change of heart.Recommended Yes The Thirteen is a quick, enjoyable read that fans of witchy stories should like


  3. Ann Douglas Ann Douglas says:

    A fairly predictable horror novel without the underlying social critique the cover copy had led me to anticipate.


  4. Madeline Ashby Madeline Ashby says:

    I was convinced on this book after hearing Ms Maloney read from the opening at a party in Toronto It was a fabulous read, infused with character but still carefully controlled For the most part, the book maintains a similar sense of control It s obvious what s going on from the beginning, because Maloney s book is dancing with tropes we ve all seen trotted out before a woman with a past returns to where it all started, deals with the traumas that have been holding her back in life, and emer I was convinced on this book after hearing Ms Maloney read from the opening at a party in Toronto It was a fabulous read, infused with character but still carefully controlled For the most part, the book maintains a similar sense of control It s obvious what s going on from the beginning, because Maloney s book is dancing with tropes we ve all seen trotted out before a woman with a past returns to where it all started, deals with the traumas that have been holding her back in life, and emerges triumphant Also, there are witches The witches are easily the most enjoyable part of The Thirteen They re the most completely realized of the characters Their evil is mundane and real and totally believable, and the consequences of their actions rebound on them in horrible ways that instantly elicit sympathy from the reader By contrast, protagonist Paula just doesn t quite measure up She s been dealt a bad hand, for sure, but she spends a bit too much time wondering what s going on while her barely pubescent daughter Rowan twigs immediately From her introduction, we learn that Paula is supposed to be tough She s a fighter who sticks up for herself and others But once she returns to Haven Woods, she regresses to a younger self who lets far too many things slide by Not without comment, of course, but often without action It s a bit disappointing when you compare the strength and agency and confidence of the other women around her, including her daughter On the other hand, this story is borrowing heavily from Salem s Lot, and much of the same dynamic exists between Ben Mears and Mark Petrie In fact, Mark is about the same age as Rowan Both characters instantly understand that the threat facing them is a supernatural one that must be terminated with extreme prejudice, and they act accordingly Meanwhile, the adults wonder what could possibly be causing all these bizarre coincidences This is another well worn trope, and it has its place, but as I read I found myself wishing that Paula had included herself a bitin the plot so that she could have adirect impact on it The whole thing really hinges on everyone but Paula, and I m not so sure that s a great place for a main character to be With that said, the book is lovely when it s not focused on Paula Her enemies are glorious in their malevolence, and their selfishness and un earned privilege leaps off the page They pack the banality of evil in their Suburbans with the soccer cleats and Capri Sun If you want a primer on what the consequences of a Faustian bargain might look like to real America, this is it


  5. J.N. J.N. says:

    This is a book I won from the giveaways thank you The Thirteen is a very unique book I haven t ever read anything like it It s about a group of witches who live in this small town There s only one problem they ve just lost one of their members and must have thirteen in their group to keep their powers Without a thirteenth, they also start to have awful things happen to them severe aging, fingers falling off, etc When one of the witches becomes ill, her daughter and granddaughter come This is a book I won from the giveaways thank you The Thirteen is a very unique book I haven t ever read anything like it It s about a group of witches who live in this small town There s only one problem they ve just lost one of their members and must have thirteen in their group to keep their powers Without a thirteenth, they also start to have awful things happen to them severe aging, fingers falling off, etc When one of the witches becomes ill, her daughter and granddaughter come to stay until she recuperates The mother is a perfect candidate for the thirteenth, and the daughter is also important The group of witches use everything in their power to keep the mother and daughter in town, ready to have things return back to normal.Pros The beginning scene really grabbed my attention, as did meeting Paula and Rowan the mother and daughter , but after that, I admit the book began to drag It got better once you began to seeof what these witches were going through, and the last section of the book was especially gripping Overall, the characters are good I enjoyed Chick, Paula, Sanderson, Rowan, and Audra I even ended up liking Marla I also adored Old Tex and Gusto They were nice additions to the story Most of the witch characters aren t very nice though, especially Izzy They make great villains, though they are so complex that they aren t truly evil.Cons I enjoyed this book, but it took me a while to read because it was hard to get into at times I tend to be a fast reader so this is a problem I didn t really enjoy the writing style I m mostly talking about parts like this They were still gabbing, dark heads bent together like crows pecking at something interesting and dead She went from the window to the closet, found her school blazer with the St Mary s crest Semper Vigilans and put it on.I was also annoyed at how many unanswered questions I had at the end You never hear what happens to most of the characters, and I had hoped it would be wrapped up in the epilogue.Overall However, the characters and overall story was pretty entertaining This book definitely shows the lengths some people will go to keep themselves happy 3 stars


  6. Monique Monique says:

    I really dont know what to say about this book except I am glad it is over..From the story blurb and the reviews I thought it would be suspenseful, intriguing and clever with the story of a group of witches who live in a surburban neighborhood and work on making everything they ever want become a reality by any means neccessary I was all set to fall into this book, I love witches and I thought it would be reminiscent of Anne Rice s Mayfair witches trilogies or some other great supernatural rea I really dont know what to say about this book except I am glad it is over..From the story blurb and the reviews I thought it would be suspenseful, intriguing and clever with the story of a group of witches who live in a surburban neighborhood and work on making everything they ever want become a reality by any means neccessary I was all set to fall into this book, I love witches and I thought it would be reminiscent of Anne Rice s Mayfair witches trilogies or some other great supernatural read and then when it was compared to a Stephen King read I was hooked, but alas somewhere within it fell flat..The witches are intent on maintaining their way of life and their powers and made ultimate deals with a mysterious evil being to with their only requirement to make sacrifices and keep a coven of thirteen women at all times..The neighborhood thrives under the witches s control and everyone is perfect and happy, churches close, hospitals close and life is eerily calm until one of the witches takes her destiny in her own hands and after losing her husband in a sacrifice she takes her own life and alters the witches sense of reality and everything that was right in their lives goes wrong with the only way to fix it is to bring one of the witches s daughters back to the fold It is here that the book starts with the daughter Paula and her daughter Rowan returning back to the neighborhood after finding out her mother is sick which was basically an excuse to get Paula and Rowan to town to join the coven..Even as I am writing this review I am drawn into the plot which is why it is so disappointing how the book was written, it was silly with insipid characters you don t like, confusing thought patterns you cant follow, annoying parenthetical phrases in between sentences, repetitive statements that arent needed God s special thinkers I just had problems with the delivery overall, it wasnt like Desperate Housewives to me because the characters were hollow, if this book was maybe longer with backstory one each witch anddetail on the creator , the elusive evil He..I hate the way I had to rip into this book because the Stepford wives premise was very interesting and I wanted so so much .


  7. Paula from Reading Lark Paula from Reading Lark says:

    review from readinglark.blogspot.comPaula Witt, the central character in this novel, puts a whole new spin on the phrase, you can t go home In Paula s case, she did but she really, really shouldn t have.Paula s home town, Haven Woods, is home to some unusual citizens a coven of witches At first glance, they seem to be like all the other women of the community hauling kids to soccer games, getting together for gossip and advice, using magic to stay young and beautiful The problem is t review from readinglark.blogspot.comPaula Witt, the central character in this novel, puts a whole new spin on the phrase, you can t go home In Paula s case, she did but she really, really shouldn t have.Paula s home town, Haven Woods, is home to some unusual citizens a coven of witches At first glance, they seem to be like all the other women of the community hauling kids to soccer games, getting together for gossip and advice, using magic to stay young and beautiful The problem is that their lives are built on spells, half truths, and an undercurrent of evil.I really enjoyed the structure of this novel, which reminds me of an onion The author introduces us to the outside picture at first, and peels down the onion layer by layer It makes the book a real page turner, because with each horrific revelation, the reader is lead right into wondering what comes next.I did have a bit of an issue with characterization, which I found rather spotty Some characters were obviously given a lot of time and attention, and read beautifully like Izzy and Rowan Some, however, are less well rounded like Aggie, Glory, and many of the Thirteen Obviously some of these characters are supposed to have lost much of their humanity that s part of the storyline Maybe it s really about the sheer number of characters, because there were several who were similarly lacking development and backstory There is no way, of course, that the author could completely tell all their stories in just over 328 pages I do know that I don t feel that I was ever able to distinguish between several of the background characters, nor was I clear on who the Thirteen were The number is key to the whole plot, so this seems to me to be an intrinsic problem.Despite my complaints, I do believe that Moloney can tell a whale of a story This one is a tasty little bit of creeptastic nothing gorry, just a fun spook, with a twist ending that will leave you with a smile on your face


  8. Nancy Nancy says:

    Dress it up in a paranormal cover, add chick lit elements, include mysterious deaths and in the end it s still a book about an all female suburban satanic cult and I m feeling yucky all over That s my honest opinion and feeling Just didn t like it It earns one star for my finishing it The second star is earned for the author s originality Even though I didn t like it.The basis is that the cult requires thirteen members If there are thirteen and appropriate sacrifices and those sacrifices Dress it up in a paranormal cover, add chick lit elements, include mysterious deaths and in the end it s still a book about an all female suburban satanic cult and I m feeling yucky all over That s my honest opinion and feeling Just didn t like it It earns one star for my finishing it The second star is earned for the author s originality Even though I didn t like it.The basis is that the cult requires thirteen members If there are thirteen and appropriate sacrifices and those sacrifices are stomach churning and the members have given themselves to the dark one and can I say Ew I mean in a big way , all their hopes and dreams are reached It s the Stepford Wives without their husbands joining a club In fact, husbands are not uncommonly the sacrifice They ve recently suffered a reduction in force and need a new recruit Rather than going to the park or the supermarket like previously, they seek out the grown child of Audra That s when the story falls apart The threads are frayed and, although there is definite direction to the story, it doesn t always make sense First of all, Izzie commits herself to the devil He takes her sexually and it s gross Why didn t he take all the others Not that I wanted that image, I m disturbed enough over Izzie s encounter Also, why is Izzie the one making the animal sacrifice I also never understood the hospital scenes They were simply too weak I also didn t find the explanation for Audra turning into what she was What was up with the cats What was wrong with the dog collar What was Sanderson s mom s story Why did she leave These are merely a handful of unanswered questions I m sure they would make perfect sense if I was up to speed on Satanic worship but, thank God, I m not.It s a quick, if disturbing read


  9. Jessica Armstrong Jessica Armstrong says:

    This book was so confusing to read that I only made it through the prologue and a couple chapters before blinking my eyes rapidly and tossing it to the side to start a different one.The premise is a good one witches in a small community doing witchy things The follow through leaves a lot to be desired, however especially in the department of editing Excerpt A confusing sentence from the prologue Not even when the flames swept up from the floor and began their climb over hersurrender yourfl This book was so confusing to read that I only made it through the prologue and a couple chapters before blinking my eyes rapidly and tossing it to the side to start a different one.The premise is a good one witches in a small community doing witchy things The follow through leaves a lot to be desired, however especially in the department of editing Excerpt A confusing sentence from the prologue Not even when the flames swept up from the floor and began their climb over hersurrender yourflesh The book is lacking in periods and grammatical punctuation in general It s also overflowing in brackets with ridiculously useless information, stopping the flow of the story.The editing was sub par and many sentences had repeating words with no proper sentence structure There were also a multitude of incomplete, short sentences How anyone could make it through the entire book is beyond me I cannot fathom how it ever got published in the first place, let alone got such a rave review from The Globe and Mail.Moloney also takes the time out at the end of her book to thank her editor Most of all I want to thank the surely supernatural Anne Collins, who edits with elegance and respect, and whose patience and dedication really wrote this book I think a certain editor needs to find a new job.The book could have had the most amazing plot ever written but you would never know for the ridiculous way it s put together


  10. Kellybrianna Kellybrianna says:

    I had never heard of Susie Moloney before I saw this book oddly enough we re from the same town but I really loved the sound of it thought I d give it a try And I m very glad I did It s a fantastic read, a really perfect summer book It is a book about witches but it s not in an overally silly or forced kind of way Paula returns to her hometown when her mother falls ill Along with her is her 12 year old daughter rowan Little do they know of the legacy they are a part of.The characters a I had never heard of Susie Moloney before I saw this book oddly enough we re from the same town but I really loved the sound of it thought I d give it a try And I m very glad I did It s a fantastic read, a really perfect summer book It is a book about witches but it s not in an overally silly or forced kind of way Paula returns to her hometown when her mother falls ill Along with her is her 12 year old daughter rowan Little do they know of the legacy they are a part of.The characters are interesting, the story flows easily I find myself wishing I hadn t read it so quickly If I can get my hands on the author s previous books I will, based on how enjoyable this one is Read it Enjoy


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