Monday, September 11, 2017

Review: Pink Lock Picks and Sequined Witch Hats by Carla Rehse

Book Blurb:

Seventeen-year-old homecoming queen, Gracie Mason, is a budding burglar.

While attempting her inaugural break-in, Gracie blacks out and wakes up far away from the scene. It turns out she accidentally intruded on a male witch’s “circle of power,” and now she’s bonded to him for life.

Gracie quickly learns that dissolving the bond with Asher, admittedly a very handsome and charming witch, is more complicated than she initially thought. To break the bond, Gracie must delve deeper into a society of witches that involves a secret club, a shadowy council, and all sorts of magical mischief. And right when it seems things can’t get any worse, witches start turning up dead.

It’s clear that Gracie is out of her depth as her quest to sever the bond magically turns into a murder investigation. But if Gracie and Asher don’t quickly uncover the killer, they might be next on the list.

My Review:

4.5 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Hysterical, Mystery, Romance, Supernatural, Suspense, Teen, Witches--

Gracie has figured out the perfect plan to break into an office building and steal a list of companies that are not animal friendly to woo her crush Ben. But what she did not count on was a guy there as well, chanting Italianish and ruining her break-in attempt. When Gracie ends up hitting her head and wakes up back in her car, she figures she imagined the whole thing. That is until a boy starts following her and he says that he saved her life, but that is just the start of the mess Gracie finds herself in.

I was so entertained by this cute, hysterical, supernatural, mysterious, romantic read. I had heard about this title a few months ago and thought it sounded good, but it seriously kept popping up every time I was on some sort of book social media so I figured it was kismet for me to read it. I am so glad that I got the chance to pick up this fun story and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a light paranormal romance.

I loved the movie Legally Blonde and I felt like Pink Lock Picks had moments reminiscent of Legally Blonde woven in it. The main character, Gracie, appeared as a boppy full figured blonde with incredibly fashion sense, yet her mind was sharp and witty, with the skills of a future criminal mastermind (pink lock pick and all!), and was one cheer donation from world domination (or you know, saving pets from experimentation, same diff). She may have started out on her stand against animal cruelty to win a boy, but she did her research and stood by her new ideals- and still can look spectacular in her animal/environmentally friendly clothes and makeup. There were so many times Gracie stated she wasn’t a good person, but then would come to the rescue of a bullied geek or performed some random charity act. Her total Texan attitude was hysterical, and she played it so well. Some of the random things Gracie said or thought made me laugh such as:

"I seriously need to find a Texan to Italianish dictionary" or

"But I make you feel like your losing your mind? My psychics teacher told me the same thing last year."

She knows who she is and likes herself as is, curves and all, and she rolls with the punches like a pro! She is told that she was going to die and was bonded to a witch, she didn’t freak out but instead figured a way to fix said bonding and keep doing her own crusade. Seriously, I loved Gracie and her take no prisoner attitude and I think she is a great role model.

I was afraid that this was going to be a love triangle when the story started since Gracie has a desperate crush on her kinda-sorta stepbrother (can I just mention what a tool her father is?), hence her crusade to save the planet. But then comes Asher, the very cute, broody almost stalker who claims that they are bonded and he is a witch. Dealing with Asher was enough for Gracie to realize that she was not really into Ben as much as she originally thought, more like the idea of Ben and his good deeds. I loved the interaction between Asher and Gracie, where they had to try and figure out what was the bond and what was actually them developing feelings for each other. They were so opposite, Gracie loud and in your face, Asher quiet and introverted, yet they meshed so well and I rooted for a real love connection the entire book.

This was such a fun story and I enjoyed the ride. As they say, everything is bigger in Texas, and this book proved that. The story wrapped up nicely so this may be a standalone, but I would love another adventure with Gracie and Asher, or maybe even just set in this world with Willow. This was my first book by Carla but it won’t be my last.

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