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“Annamarie and Magdalena” is a supernatural thriller that begins where “Gypsy Spirits” ended. Annamarie walks home from the ordeal in the pines. Certain no one will ever know of her involvement, she tries to settle into the home she inherited from Daniel’s grandfather just two weeks earlier.
Daniel, refusing to accept his own death, has other ideas, and he joins his spirit with the spirit of his best friend, Garret. What Daniel doesn’t count on is that Annamarie is protected by her great-grandmother Magdalena’s spirit, and her Gypsy spirit family. Annamarie’s unexpected pregnancy drive Daniel to plot to steal his child while Magdalena does all she can to protect mother and child.
Daniel’s evil follows and torments Annamarie in every aspect of her life. Magdalena with the aid of Josef, Annamarie’s great-grandfather, begins a vicious battle of the spirits. Will good win over evil? Will Daniel’s evil be contained? Who will survive? Will Annamarie’s baby be safe or a victim of her father’s evil plan?
If you haven’t read Gypsy Spirits yet, then stop here. This book picks up right where the first book leaves off, and it will definitely contain spoilers from the first book. You can find my review of Gypsy Spirits here.
Daniel is dead, but he’s not gone. This book is all about Daniel’s plight to get his hands on his baby. Annamarie gradually forgets her hand in Daniel’s death. She really seems as wacked as Daniel to me. I had a problem with that in this book. I felt like there was no more good guy. Some of you might still cheer Annamarie on after all she was put through from Daniel, but I just didn’t see it as anything near extreme enough to murder him. Then she forgets that she even did and grieves him. She seems completely unstable as far as that whole thing goes, and yet the rest of her life she lives like she’s completely normal. I couldn’t reconcile that. I wonder if the next book will touch on that. If you’re one for dark characters, and you really loved the first book, then you’ll probably enjoy this one, too. There’s a love story in this one, but it’s not really touched on too much.
Aside from my personal preferences concerning how the characters turned out, I saw a vast improvement in Spitzer’s writing from the first book to this one. I thought the scenes flowed better and were definitely more clearly described. The dialogue between the characters seemed much more natural, too. There was only one element that I never understood the point to, but that may be addressed in a future book. It was Bulk. I didn’t understand his role in this story. But, other than that, I felt like the writing was definitely better. It was just my own personal preferences that kept me from enjoying it more. I give it 3 stars!!!
About the Author
I was born in Milwaukee, and lived there until I was eighteen. Then I spent eight years in Washington state and California before returning to Wisconsin. I love eerie places and books. I began with a love of Nancy Drew books and as I grew I found H.P Lovecraft, Agatha Christie, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle among others. When I am not writing, I am reading or watching sunsets. I have been writing short stories since I was in grade school. Most were in the form of essays relating real life events. Many were purely imaginary trips to magical places and times. I enjoy making up stories about people I meet or see on the street. I can see a story in a picture, especially if the picture is eerie. My imagination runs wild and free. I have self-published a book of essays and a book of children’s stories for my granddaughter, Brittney. Gypsy Spirits is my debut novel and the first in the series of three “spirit” books. I have self-published the second “spirit” book, Annamarie and Magdalena. I also self-published a supernatural mystery, THE LETTER. I plan to have the sequel to THE LETTER out this year and the third “spirit” book available winter 2013/14. From there I am sure my muse will guide me into another story plot.
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