elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Gemini: The Wicked Things by Pepper Espinoza

At book 3 in the Boys of the Zodiac series, I can affirm this is quite a variegated series. The Wicked Things is more or less a fantasy/fairy tale story, and I have to admit that I liked most the first part, when Travis was describing his way of life in a small village in the English countryside. A market analyst who moved back home to take care of his aging mother, Travis is lucky enough he can work from home, and so is life is marked by precise appointments, breakfast, lunch and the afternoon tea; it could sound stupid, but the fact that indeed Travis and his mum have not dinner, but hot tea with something else at night, made me appreciate a lot this novel, it was a touch of pure English style that not always I find in a novel set in England.

Aside from this little detail, and the introduction that Travis does of the village, Nether Stowey, and its people, all the rest of the story is a fairy tale about damned souls, wicked witch and good fairies; practical Travis will fall in love for the ghost of John Walford, a man who was hanged for the murder of his wife and that, by the way, was in love with another woman. Even if John is a protector, I think his mutual love for Travis is a little biased, meaning that he has not exactly many chances, Travis will prove to be someone very important and powerful, and John can only return the love (or he will be lost forever…). In a way the form John takes when he is cursed, that of a big black dog, well match this attitude: the dog John loves Travis since he is the first kind soul trying to help him; it’s a love without condition, that doesn’t consider the gender; the man John can only continue to love Travis, without condition as well.

This is not a long novel, and I had the impression the author, like me, was more interested in the “ordinary” life of Travis other than in his otherworldly adventure; for this reason I think she conveniently skimmed most of it, and the second part of the story was a little less captivating than the first, or at least it was like that for me.


Amazon: (Boys Of The Zodiac) Gemini: The Wicked Things
Amazon Kindle: (Boys Of The Zodiac) Gemini: The Wicked Things
Paperback: 130 pages
Publisher: Amber Quill Press, LLC (June 24, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602727899
ISBN-13: 978-1602727892

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Tags: author: pepper espinoza, genre: fantasy, length: novel, review, theme: elves

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