Spells Trouble by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

Authors: P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Pages: 320

Source: E-ARC/ NetGalley / Publisher

Released: May 25, 2021

Rate: 3/5

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Hunter and Mercy Goode are twin witches, direct descendants of the founder of their town of Goodeville. As their ancestors have done before them, it is now time for the twins to learn what it means to be Gatekeepers–the protectors of the Gates to different underworlds, ancient portals between their world and realms where mythology rules and nightmares come to life.

When their mother becomes the first victim in a string of murders, the devastated sisters vow to avenge her death. But it will take more than magic to rein in the ancient mythological monsters who’ve infected their peaceful town.

Now Hunter and Mercy must come together and accept their destiny or risk being separated for good. –Goodreads

Thanks to Wednesday Books and NetGalley for giving me the chance to read and review this E-ARC.

My favourite part of Spells Trouble was the concept. I liked the idea of twin sisters being responsible for the gates that protect their town. I liked that Mercy is an Earth witch and Hunter is a cosmos witch. The book’s inclusion of nature, tarot, or even a cauldron into their spells was neat to read about in this book. 

The other aspect of Spells Trouble that I liked was the friendship between the twins, Emily and Jax. The idea that that the twins could rely on their friends during troubling times was nice to see in this book. This aspect of friendship is something I remember also enjoying in P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast’s House of Night series. 

Jax and Hunter were, by far, my favourite characters in Spells Trouble. I even wish that Jax had more page time in book one. My favourite POV to read about was Hunter’s narration. I related to Hunter with her past of being bullied and socially anxious around crowds of people. 

I wasn’t a big fan of how the story was structured in Spells Trouble. I think the story was building up tension for the end. However, I found the ending to be a bit anticlimactic. I am hoping that book two will focus more on the gates. I felt that the grief that the characters were going through could have been better shown. I also felt the antagonist was revealed too soon in the story. The early revelation of the antagonist for me meant that the book lost a bit of its element of mystery and surprise.

This novel did leave me with a few questions: Why does Mercy call her mom by her first name? Why does Mercy use English phrases (is she half English)? Where is the twins’ father? 

I also wanted more backstory on how Xena can transform into a person. 

Overall, I will continue with book two, because I’m curious to see how the main story continues to unfold in the Sisters of Salem series. I enjoyed the story’s concept and the strong friendships shown in Spells Trouble. I was not a big fan of how the plot was laid out and unfolded.

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