Wednesday, September 19, 2012

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

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...

This is the second book in the Stormy Gale series, the first being The Twisted Tale of Stormy Gale which I reviewed last year. I find that this is one of the rare occasions that I enjoyed the first book in the series better than the second. 

The Bewitching Tale of Stormy Gale still has the same wonderfully witty tones that the first book did.  I enjoyed seeing how the relationship between Stormy and Dev, her husband, has developed.

Then they ended up in 1698, in Salem.  The time travel to the past put a large damper on the steampunk aspect of the story, as obviously there was little to no machinery in that age.  I thought it could be interesting seeing Stormy, Dev, and Bacon interacting with the major players in the Witch Trials, but there was little of that.

In all, it was really great reading about Stormy and her family again.  They're great characters and fun spending time with.  I just wish the plot had been stronger.

Thank you to NetGalley and Carina Press for allowing me to read the book in exchange for my honest opinion.

I give this book 3 Bookworms. 

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