Sunday 22 April 2012

The Bewitching Tale of Stormy Gale (Stormy Gale # 2) by Christine Bell - Book Review

Title: The Bewitching Tale of Stormy Gale (Stormy Gale # 2)
Author: Christine Bell
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: 28th May 2012
Pages: 138
Format: E-Book - EPUB
Genre: Steampunk
Source: ARC via NetGalley

London, 1841

There I was, retired from time pirating, enjoying a full if somewhat conventional life as a wife and mother. Then a chance encounter with a stranger drew me back into a world I'd thought I'd left, quite literally, in the past. From his odd behavior and even odder answers to my questions, I knew Phineas Grubb was up to something. I should have trusted my instincts—before he pulled out a time-travel mechanism and dragged my brother, Bacon, back with him...

Salem, 1698

The infamous Witch Trials may have ended a few years earlier, but the people of Salem are still pretty touchy about outsiders that appear in town as if by magic. Thanks to Grubb, my brother's been accused of witchcraft and thrown in jail. Now it's up to me and my husband, Dev, to save Bacon's bacon before the hysteria starts up again, and the course of history is altered forever...
(Goodreads Synopsis)

Having enjoyed the first book in the series, I was keen to see how Stormy Gale's story would progress. Unfortunately, this instalment didn't captivate me as much as the first had.

I got into the first book quickly, entranced by the characters and the world-building. But this story took a while to get going and I was a little bored for the opening pages. But then things picked up and the story moved at a better pace. From then on there was nothing wrong with the story per se; it just didn't grab and hold my attention as well as the first book.

Stormy is still a great character and I did enjoy her very believable banter/arguments with Dev, but overall the piece fell a little flat.

It hasn't put me off the series and I would still read any future releases, but this second instalment had just lost a little of the magic from the first book in my opinion.

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