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Rising Fury: Hexing House Book 1 by Jen Rasmussen

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My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Jen Rasmussen is fast becoming a favorite author of mine. Her creativity and imagination are wonderful. I would give Rising Fury five stars for originality alone, but thankfully, I don’t have to do that. The plot is engaging, and the heroine, interesting. And the furies? Complicated, three-dimensional, and fascinating. Add to that the fact that Rasmussen’s story telling skills are excellent, and her books are well-thought out, well-edited, and well-written from start to finish. (I discovered this with her Lydia Trinket series, beginning with Ghost in the Canteen. One of the coolest concepts I’ve read in ghost stories in a long time.)

If you want to read about something just a bit different…like winged furies…no, make that PURPLE winged furies…Rising Fury is for you. Follow along with the flawed but very interesting main character, Thea Gideon, as she uncovers an organization, and a species of creature, she never knew about before, despite her own hidden talents. It’s a great ride. Umm…flight. Okay, adventure! Check it out! You might find yourself in need of the services of Hexing House yourself, someday. 😀

Rising Fury: Hexing House Book 1

 

Peak of the Devil by Jen Rasmussen

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My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

I’ve followed Jen Rasmussen’s blog for some time, always enjoying her intelligent, witty posts, and her dry sense of humor, though I’ve never met her personally. When she wrote her first novel, Ghost in the Canteen, I couldn’t wait to read it. I was sure I would enjoy it, and I was right. If you haven’t checked it out, you should. It’s the first book in this series, and it’s a humdinger, with a premise completely new to me. (Clue: It involves a drink called switchel, which was a word I’d never heard before reading that book.)

Peak of the Devil is Book 2 of this series, and I have to say, it’s not as good as the first one…it’s better! Rasmussen’s already solid writing was even stronger this time around. The tough-talking, snarky star of the series, Lydia Trinket, is back, giving a whole new twist to the concept of ghostbusting. Things happen she wasn’t expecting. Bad, scary things. New characters show up to add interest to her life, as if it was ever boring, and old characters are busy building new lives of their own.

Mysteries to be solved, ghosts to lay, and deals with the devil to thwart, before even more people get hurt. Or dead. It’s all in a day’s work for Lydia, and with the help of her new…friend?…Phineas, things get very, very interesting. Being the die-hard romantic that I am, I have to say I’d like to see more of Phineas. A lot more. But Lydia may have other ideas, altogether, and I’m sure they’ll still be plenty entertaining. Only time and the next book, will tell.

And speaking of the next book, Peak of the Devil ends with a great set up for Book 3, and I, for one, can’t wait. I highly recommend both of these books!

Ghost in the Canteen

Peak of the Devil

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