In honor of the upcoming Halloween holiday I decided to go ahead and post my indie book of the week a little early because this weeks read is perfect for Halloween.
So without further ado, I give you Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She's Dead by Christiana Miller!
Title: Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She's Dead
Author: Christiana Miller
Series: Stand Alone (although there is a short story featured in Every Witch Way but Wicked)
Published By: Create Space-Self Published (May 1, 2011)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
My Rating: 4 Stars out of 5 Stars
A little magic can go a long way -- to really screwing up a girl's life!
Mara is having the worst month of her life. At least, that's what her cards tell her and they've never been wrong. She's evicted from her apartment, loses her job and is banned from Beverly Hills. So when the tarot cards predict her imminent demise, she uses a little magic to make her world right.
Suddenly, an aunt she's never met dies, leaving Mara as her sole heir. But when Mara moves into her inherited home, she discovers Aunt Tillie never moved out. She's still one pissed-off old lady, even post-mortem, and she blames Mara's magical meddling for her death.
When Mara accidentally releases a demon and awakens the spirit of the most powerful witch in history, Tillie's ready to kill her -- literally. It's the only way she can think of to save the girl from herself. The witch and the demon, however, have other plans for Mara's body.
This is such a great fun read. It has a little of it all. It has magic and mystery. Mayhem and humor. A little bit of dark magic, a little bit of light magic. Ghosts and demons. Big city, small town. Witty best friend, death and destruction. Love interests and did I mention magical toads?
Okay, so you sort of get the idea, this book will appeal to just about everyone and has just about everything you could ask for in a great paranormal/urban fantasy read.
A great heroine, Mara, who is no push over and knows how to take charge and get the job done and while she isn't perfect and is still learning about who she is and what she can do, she didn't run away from her troubles. Instead she faced them on head first and did what needed to be done.
I loved the humor and just the all around witchiness (totally made up that word) of it all.
And then we have Gus. Ah Gus. How to describe thee. Actually, I can't describe him other than to say he is the kind of friend that you would want in a crisis. The kind that is loyal, funny and always has your back.
I really hope that there will be a second book out soon because I definitely plan on reading it. I want more adventures with Mara and Gus and I want to know more about what becomes of them and the new life they took on and what more is in store for them.
So in short, if you want a great indie paranormal adult read that will keep you turning the pages and guessing what will happen next, then pick up this book and give it a read.