The Line by JD Horn

Synopsis

Mercy Taylor, the youngest member of Savannah’s preeminent witching family, was born without the gift of magic. She is accustomed to coming in a distant second to the minutes older, exquisite and gifted twin she adores. Hopelessly in love with her sister’s boyfriend, she goes to a Hoodoo root doctor for a love spell. A spell that will turn her heart to another man, the best friend who has loved her since childhood.Aunt Ginny, the family’s matriarch, would not approve. But Mercy has more to worry about than a love triangle when Aunt Ginny is brutally murdered. Ginny was the Taylor family’s high commander in the defense of the bewitched line that separates humankind from the demons who once ruled our realm.

 The Line (A Witching Savannah Novel)
JD Horn
Publisher: 47North
Publication: February 2014
Genre: New Adult, Witchy, Urban Fantasy
Received via Kindle First
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Rated: ★½

The Line by JD Horn

I must say I was quite surprised with this book. I went into this book extremely wary. I had low expectations, so therefore anything other than horrific failure would have impressed me. With that in mind, I really enjoyed “The Line.” I’m not sure if it was because I went into it expecting failure, or because it was a fun read, but  either way, I liked it and am tempted to pick up the second book in the series.

The book starts off a bit rocky, introducing us to the soon-to-be 21 year old protagonist, Mercy Taylor, a tour guide that specializes in twisting the truth about local spots into something more colourful for bored tourists. At the start, she sounded and acted much younger than 21, as I originally thought she was still in her teens, given the way she behaved. Mercy is a twin and a dud at that. She comes from a large, prominent family of witches and is constantly reminded for the family position and her lack of magical abilities, while her sister is the most powerful witch the family had seen in a very long time.

As she has no powers of her own, she finds herself going to a local ‘hoodoo’ doctor when she needs a spell to make herself fall in love with her friend who has been deeply in love with her for forever it seems. This is when the book starts to get interesting. A spell is performed, a murder committed, a position usurped, and eventually an understanding reached. All of the family secrets that kept coming up and undone were interesting, and things I did not expect considering the slightly lulling beginning and something I thought may have been a product of poor writing, turned out to be perfectly executed.

There are a few moments that may turn readers off and make you very uncomfortable. Both are abuses of power against women that leave them very violated. I was left feeling unsettled with one of these situations and really, really hope younger readers understand that these actions were wrong and are not left confused by the mixed message being given by the author.

Overall, the book is free and an easy read, though it does present various problematic messages concerning love that may be difficult to ignore.

Quotes & Excerpts

Witches used their magic to change the frequency we live on. […] They modulated the energy of our world just enough so that the scary things don’t get picked up. […] Once our world was out of harm’s way, the withes raised the line, a safety net of energy that prevented our former masters from burrowing their way back in. The witches who maintained the line were called anchors, and only these anchors know how the line was created or how it might be destroyed.
-Chapter Two

“I already proposed that,” Oliver said. “The part about my questioning him, not the part where you try to hold onto the illusion of being a young cock […]”
-Chapter Twelve

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