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    Friday
    Jul012011

    Fiendishly Reviewed: "Texas Gothic" by Rosemary Clement-Moore

    Book:                   Texas Gothic

    Author:               Rosemary Clement-Moore

    Publisher:           Delacorte Press

    ISBN/ASIN:       9780385736930

    RATING:               4.5 Stars

    RELEASE DATE:  July 12, 2011

    Rosemary Clement-Moore’s Texas Gothic is a charmingly authentic witches’ tale full of character that will instantly be a favorite amongst the YA paranormal set that appreciates spine-tingling romance, an intriguing mystery and dangerous ghosts all wrapped up in a quirky wrapper. 

    Clement-Moore’s Goodnight clan can at best be described as outlandish and quaint. But what else can you expect from a family full of witches that regularly zap and zing magick like it’s going out of style? It’s that very penchant to easily delve into the outlandish that sets Clement-Moore’s lead Amy Goodnight on edge.

    As the second eldest daughter and niece to Hyacinth Goodnight the local wise woman and kook of Barnett, Llano County, Hill Country, Texas, Amy is fond of pretending that there is nothing magickal about her. In fact damage control is her specialty when dealing with her family. As regarded as the most “responsible” of the family Amy just wants to be well…normal. And the dividing line that she has constructed between her normal world and the Goodnight world has been pretty much intact. Little does she know that it will come crumbling down…

    When Amy and her sister Phin are asked to farm-sit for her Aunt Hy, it all seems very ordinary: feed the livestock, babysit the herbs and plants, corral the dogs (Lila, Sadie, Bear and Pumpkin), keep the goats out of the trees, ignore the outrageously sexy neighbor, keep the ghost of Uncle Burt happy…and when Amy accidentally thrice promises Aunt Hy to take care of the goats (a.k.a. ghosts) she realizes a bit belatedly that she’s invited the nasty little suckers in.

    What Amy and Phin will have to deal with is not your ordinary spectral haunting. It’ll take bit of EVP and EMF sensing, and a plethora of gadgetry (and magick) to pin down the violent spectre rumoured to be the ghost of a monk that has been terrorizing the neighbors-especially the very sexy Ben McColloch whom Amy is bent on ignoring. But how can you ignore such tall handsomeness?

    When they end up running into one another repeatedly (once in her wellies and red cherry patterned lingerie) and with the unearthing of an ancient burial ground on the McColloch ranch, they reluctantly conspire to get to the bottom of the hauntings.  With his skepticism of all things magickal, whispers of a long lost treasure buried in the hills, the ghost of a mad monk terrifying the area, and Amy’s sister running scientifically amok with her Kirlianometer, Clement-Moore dials it up, making Texas Gothic a quirky lick-fire page-turner.

    Doff the gloom and doom, because this posse is startlingly original, and snarky. I could easily see Clement-Moore squeezing at least two more installments from the YA side of house for the Goodnight clan, as well as delivering a delicious adult paranormal about the Goodnight elders-tied in with marketing actual Goodnight Farms product.

    Here let me fill my first order: I’ll take the Goodnight Farms Clear Your Head Shampoo, and the Antibacterial Gel puleeeze and perhaps a bit of that fantastic lavender/bergamot healing ointment…

    Two of my favorite scenes…wait…three scenes are when Ben rescues Amy from the bat cave, and when she attempts to dance with him (which is pretty funny because well…two left feet can’t two-step) and then later when he can’t help but kiss her. No map need be drawn! Clement-Moore excels at her devilishly taunting romantic suspense. Amy and Ben’s first kiss is toe-curling, leg-popping good.

    Love that Amy has “Texas Fight” as her mobile ringtone, a great Scooby gang of supporting characters, and who could forget Stella her Mini Cooper who is as much as part of the story as anyone else in it.

    Loved it! Will read it again! Now let’s get the sequel written please!

    A Fiendishly Bookish Review (and one grumpy cat, a borrowed dog and a lucky pig)

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