Review: Hex On The Beach (Magic and Mixology #1) By: Gina LaManna
Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Beach-Magic-Mixology-Mystery-Book-ebook/dp/B01DQ143AW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1461928043&sr=8-1&keywords=hex+on+the+beach
What a magical first book in a new series by one of my absolutely favorite authors! With Hex On The Beach Gina introduces us to a whole new world were magic not only exists but is practiced everyday by those who have the talent anyway 😉 (and often with items we may interact with everyday, something as simple as a pencil may wipe your entire memory of magical events! I always said the pen is mightier than the sword!)
Lilly thinks she has it all going for her, a upcoming huge presentation for her job, great friends and her dad. . . Not much other family around but she kinda figures that’s how it is can’t change it. In the course of a few hours on what is supposed to be a triumphant day it all changes! (In a hilarious way might i add!) And she realizes her family legacy and how magic flows in her veins and she must take her place in a family she knew nothing about. (In a magical place she knew nothing about) how’s that for an intense day? I mean I have had some earth shaking life changing days in my life but umm. . . Lilly has me beat by a mile!
We gradually meet this entire cast of magical characters and they are all a little quirky haha but they are among some of the most intriguing I have read in a long time! I love Gina’s take on all of these magical people, we get a vampire, a shifter, witches of a sort and they each have very different personalities and seem to coexist fine in this small town environment. I love all of the characters but Lilly’s grandmother Hettie is one of my absolute favorites, her character description reminds me of Nora from Gina’s Lacey Luzzi series on steroids haha. Upon meeting her granddaughter for the first time she has
This gigglesnort worthy moment
“It’s a sundress,” I said. “Supplied by my new closet here.”“It’s a baby-making dress. You’re practically walking around inviting half the town to frolic underneath your frock.”“Mother!” Mimsey jumped in” looking appalled. “Stop it. She looks beautiful, and the dress is completely respectable.”“Oh, I know, I’m just kidding. I was just about to ask where I can get one of them,” Hettie said. “It’d be nice to flaunt these ol’ legs of mine.”
She just states what is on her mind and you get her total honest opinion haha I love characters like that! The mystery deepens and gets more and more involved where you don’t know who is friend or foe and the grand reveal in true mystery novel fashion leaves you with a sense of shocked amazement that you didn’t see it coming because it all makes perfect sense *facepalm*
Now its not all mysteries and danger and family togetherness . . . We also get a smidge of romantic tension with a guy who is wrapped up in all sorts of riddles about who he is and where he comes from. Ranger X is commited to his job which is sort of like a police officer or FBI agent on the Isle and they are not allowed to form relationships. . . And of course when someone tells you that you can’t do something that’s what you can’t stop thinking about and the chemistry and tension between Lilly and Ranger X is pretty intense haha its gonna be interesting to see where book 2 in this series takes us. The epilogue of this book sets up book 2 perfectly in my opinion and gives us a peek of what we may see. For the first book in a new series it was jam packed with everything you could possibly ask for in a 5 star read!