I did not forget that I need to finish off last year’s challenge while simultaneously reading this year’s challenge. I finally tackled “a book with magic,” one I thought I would read much earlier on in the challenge. For this one, I chose Harmony Black by Craig Schaefer.
I’m not sure where to start. Let’s go with, Harmony Black is a witch who works for the FBI. She has just joined a special team other other supernatural beings to help solve supernatural crimes that the general public can’t see (at least not as is). Her past comes back to haunt her when the same creature who abducted her baby sister thirty years prior returns, stealing more babies.
And there you have the basic plot before it goes off on complicated tangents. I can’t exactly say that I disliked the book, but I didn’t exactly like it either. Indifference would be the best emotion I can come up with? The storyline was interesting, but I wasn’t particularly enthralled with it’s execution. I felt like a lot of the dialogue was too forced, too much of a stereotype (though I couldn’t even tell you what the stereotype was!). The female characters were all strong, but the male characters all seemed like bumbling fools a lot of the time.
Harmony works the most closely with Jessie Temple, whose powers I didn’t quite understand, but she was the daughter of an otherworldly creature criminal determined not the follow in her father’s footsteps. Her favorite line of attack seemed to be to simply yell “fuck you” to anyone who annoyed her or insulted her in any way, shape or form. Her powers were unpredictable. Useful when they worked against evil, but they could also potentially turn on the good, something Harmony experiences a few times in the book.
The mystery unfolds with a lot of twists and turns, impossible to figure out until the details are revealed by the author himself. The end result was somewhat interesting, but the different roads that led there confused me a bit, and I found myself backtracking a lot just to make sure I had the whole thing figured out.
Because I got myself invested in the story pretty early on, I saw it all the way through – plus, I needed to get rid of this category on the book challenge. I wouldn’t say it wasn’t worth the read, but I don’t think I’ll be seeking out the next books in the series.
Other Posts in this Series:
Book # 38: A Book with More than 500 Pages – The Stranger, by Camilla Lackberg
Book # 37: A Book Originally Written in Another Language – The Preacher, by Camilla Lackberg
Book # 36: Memoir – Normally This Would Be Cause for Concern, by Danielle Fishel
Book # 35: A Book You Own But Haven’t Read – The Silkworm, by Robert Galbraith
Book # 34: A Book from your Childhood – Matilda, by Roald Dahl
Book # 33: A Book You Can Finish in One Day – Fudge-a-Mania, by Judy Blume
Book # 31: A Book By An Author You Love But Haven’t Read – Pretty Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty
Book # 30: A Book That Scares You – Broken Grace, by E.C. Diskin
Book # 29: A Funny Book – The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion
Book # 28: A Book of Short Stories – Interpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri
Books #25-27: A Trilogy – The James Women Trilogy, by Eric Praschan
Book # 24: A Book Made into a Movie – This Is Where I Leave You, by Jonathan Tropper
Book # 23: A Book with a One Word Title – Us, by David Nicholls
Book # 22: A Book with a Love Triangle – Euphoria, by Lily King
Book # 21: A Book Set in Your Hometown – The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells, by Andrew Sean Greer
Book # 20: A Book with Nonhuman Characters – Gods Behaving Badly, by Marie Phillips
Book # 19: Nonfiction – Gumption, by Nick Offerman
Book # 18: A Book Set During Christmastime – A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
Book # 17: A Popular Author’s First Book – Carrie, by Stephen King
Book # 16: A Book Based Entirely on It’s Cover – Paper Towns, by John Green
Book # 15: A Book Your Mom Loves – Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
Book # 14: A Book Set in a Place You Want to Visit – Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter
Book # 13: A Book with a Number in the Title – Eleven, by Mark Watson
Book # 12: A Book by an Author You’ve Never Read – Let’s Cure Diabetes with Owls, by David Sedaris
Book # 11: A Book with a Color in the Title – One Lavender Ribbon, by Heather Burch
Book # 10: A Book at the Bottom of Your To-Read List – If You Were Here, by Jen Lancaster
Book # 9: A Book Set in a Different Country – The Secret Place, by Tana French
Book # 8: A Book with Antonyms in the Title – Together Apart, by Natalie Martin
Book # 7: A Book Set in the Future – Cinder, by Marissa Meyer
Book # 6: A Book By a Female Author – We Have Always Lived in the Castle, by Shirley Jackson
Book # 5: A Book More Than 100 Years Old – The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum
Book # 4: A Play – Pygmalion, by George Bernard Shaw
Book # 3: A Book You Started But Never Finished – The Husband’s Secret, by Liane Moriarty
Book # 2: A Mystery or Thriller – The Silence That Speaks, by Andrea Kane
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