Book Review: The Universe is a Very Big Place by April Aasheim

The Universe is a Very Big Place by April Aasheim

A Romantic Comedy Novel published by Dark Root Press (07/28/12)

Summary:

Spring is having a mid life crisis and she’s only in her thirties. She’s settled for the life that she thinks is what she wants: normal. She has her boring fiance, her two rambunctious twins, and a job she doesn’t like. Everything is perfect. Except that life has other plans for Spring. First her mother moves in and then she meets a nice stranger who can’t forget her.

Keywords:

Comedic, Fortune Teller, Family, Disaster, Chaos, Love, Karma, True Love, Responsibility, Twins, Kids with ADHD, Live in Grandparent, Pig, Bad Boss, Art, Control

My Review:

This book was a fun and easy read, but it also contained an interesting and not your run-of-the-mill main character. The dialogue was super fun and sometimes really cheeky. I loved every scene where people talked to each other. Everything they said was realistic and entertaining. I would love to see a play written by this author.

Spring is a loveable mess. Sam is boring on the outside, but has his interesting secret quirks. Sam treats her like a fixer upper and their exchanges are hilarious. Even the ex from Spring’s carnival upbringing had his own distinct personality. Spring’s mother was a hoot and so was the neighbor.

Every character had a full personality. The attention to detail for the characters’ backstories and quirks and little tics was amazing.

This novel was published by Dark Root Press on 07/28/2012 and is available on Amazon here.

TL;DR Star Rating: 4.75

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Book Review: The Witches of Dark Root (Daughters of Dark Root Book 1) by April Aasheim

The Witches of Dark Root (Daughters of Dark Root Book 1) by April Aasheim

A New Adult Science Fiction/Supernatural Novel published by Dark Root Press (05/31/13)

Summary:

“Love is the most powerful Magick of all, and sometimes, when misguided, the most destructive.” (Page 208).

Maggie left her hometown years ago. She was glad to be out of reach of her mother and to leave behind her town and her work in the family Magick Shoppe. But now her mother is sick and the town has lost its magic. When Maggie arrives, she is surprised by how different her childhood town of Dark Root is from how she remembered. She must find her roots and her family in order to bring it back to life.

Keywords:

Magic, Witches, Haunted, Warlock, Mystery, Secrets, Family, Love, Home, Sisters, Sibling Rivalry, Illness, Past, Bonds, Escape, Matriarch, Paranormal, Thriller

My Review:

I was very excited to find a paranormal book where the magic element didn’t overtake the book, but was integrated into the story and added to the novel.

I love character driven novels and Witches of Dark Root is a well-written character-driven book. The focus on the sisters and their personalities kept me interested, even though the plot moved a little slow. I rather enjoyed the fact that this book felt like a coming of age book for an adult. Throughout the move back to Dark Root and living through her past and finding new connections with her sisters, Maggie discovers who she is and what she wants out of life.

The hints of something else going on were intriguing and the ending tied up most of my questions.

This novel was published by Dark Root Press on 05/31/2013 and is available on Amazon here.

TL;DR Star Rating: 4.50

Links for more information:

April Aasheim’s Website

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