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Book Review: Allure by @Lea_Nolan @HeatherRiccio

Allue Lea Nolan

You many not know this, but PammyPam is part of an elite street ninja team called the Apprentices.  We are handpicked for our ingenious skills by our leader, author and head ninja, Lea Nolan.  As part of this elite squad of ninjas, we get to hear the latest news about Lea’s writings.  Lea’s first book, Conjure:

Be careful what you search for…

Emma Guthrie expects this summer to be like any other in the South Carolina Lowcountry–hot and steamy with plenty of beach time alongside her best friend and secret crush, Cooper Beaumont, and Emma’s ever-present twin brother, Jack. But then a mysterious eighteenth-century message in a bottle surfaces, revealing a hidden pirate bounty. Lured by the adventure, the trio discovers the treasure and unwittingly unleashes an ancient Gullah curse that attacks Jack with the wicked flesh-eating Creep and promises to steal Cooper’s soul on his approaching sixteenth birthday.

When a strange girl appears, bent on revenge; demon dogs become a threat; and Jack turns into a walking skeleton; Emma has no choice but to learn hoodoo magic to undo the hex, all before summer—and her friends–are lost forever.


I loved Conjure so much! It’s so refreshing to read a YA book that’s not too mushy and is appropriate for the younger YAs, 12-14.  Here’s my review.  You can imagine I was over the moon when, through a little hoodoo magic, I conjured up an advanced copy of Allure, the sequel to Conjure! Here’s the blurb:

Worst. Summer. Ever.

Emma Guthrie races to learn the hoodoo magic needed to break The Beaumont Curse before her marked boyfriend Cooper’s sixteenth birthday. But deep in the South Carolina Lowcountry, dark, mysterious forces encroach, conspiring to separate Emma and Cooper forever. When Cooper starts to change, turning cold and indifferent, Emma discovers that both his heart and body are marked for possession by competing but equally powerful adversaries.

Desperate to save him, Emma and her twin brother, Jack, risk their lives to uncover the source of the black magic that has allured Cooper and holds him in its grip. Face with the horror of a soul-eating boohag, Emma and Jack must fight to resist its fiendish power to free Cooper long enough to join their strengths and face it together, before it destroys them all.


Allure is just as good as Conjure, but maybe just a tad better. You know why?  If you were wondering what boo hags looked like after reading Conjure, you’ll find out in Allure.  And believe me, boo hags are the stuff of nightmares.  I can see why Delia didn’t want the kids to run into any. Scary stuff! Lea Nolan shares her hoodoo knowledge and makes me feel like I’m reading Delia’s book of spells myself!  There are only a few points of contention in the book, which I’ll not share for fear of spoiling, but let’s just say, that the boo hags aren’t the only things that will upset you.  Nolan introduces new characters and eliminates old ones; you’ll be conflicted.  But in a good way.

I can’t wait for the rest of the world to get their hands on Allure so they can love it like I do!

I give Allure 4 paws due to the multi ethnic portrayals and easy relationships.  Add these two titles to your collection.  Girls of all colors will appreciate it!

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Last Original Wife by Dorothea Benton Frank

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Porch Lights Dorothea Benton Frank a TLC Tour

There is nothing I love more when on vacation is to indulge in a beach read.  The sun and sand are an intoxicating cocktail that rejuvenates me and helps me get through the year.  Reading Porch Lights by Dorothea Benton Frank is like being on vacation.


Imagine the South Carolina Lowcountry, a screened in porch, a salty breeze and glasses of sweet tea at the ready.  That’s the makings of this sweet read.  Never having been to any of the Carolinas, Dottie’s writings makes me yearn for a summer at The Salty Dog.  Not only is Annie the perfect hostess, I’m pretty sure I could get my fill of Edgar Allen Poe’s books read from the Poe library.  The characters in this tale are easy to get along with, especially since they spend most of their time eating, drinking cocktails on the porch, or admiring the ocean: the newly widowed Jackie, poor fatherless Charlie, the handsome doctor next door, the tireless neighbor friend Deb and Guster, the husband.

To be sure, I don’t quite know what to make of the relationship between Annie and Guster but aside from that weird bit, the story of healing, reconnection, and family made me want to sit on the porch with Jackie and Annie to share some of that love.  It didn’t hurt that we were having some unusually warm weather here in the Philadelphia area so that I had the windows open and experienced a warm breeze that I pretended was the ocean breeze; I was transported to Sullivans Island!

I’m not sure what the appeal of South Carolina Lowcountry is to literature, but this title and Conjure by Lea Nolan make me want to visit.  I enjoyed the easy to read book.  While I wish there were ethnically diverse characters in the book, it is a great beach read.

I look forward to reading The Last Original Wife when it debuts in June!

Three paws for Poe history!

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