Friday, November 2, 2018

Blog Tour Review - Hex Marks the Spot by Ani Gonzalez @_ani_gonzalez @lolasblogtours

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This is my stop during the book blitz for Hex Marks The Spot by Ani Gonzalez. This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 29 October till 4 November. See the tour schedule here.

Hex Marks the Spot by Ani Gonzalez
Series: Drop Dead Witchy #1
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: October 21, 2018
Date Read: October 17, 2018
Length: 209 pages
Source: Author / Blog Tour
★★★★☆
Going to Hell is easy. Going back home is a different story.

They say you can never go back. I wish that was the case.

Returning home is complicated when you’re a necromancer and your hometown is the Most Haunted in America. It doesn’t help that your pet hellhound chihuahua thinks the place is a dump, and it gets worse when your high school crush is still there and still dead sexy. Literally, as he’s now a ghost.

Oh, and did I mention that I have to save the world? I tell you, going to Hell is easy.
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 My Review

I had so much fun with this story!  I just couldn't resist reading this book as soon as I saw it.  I just loved the idea behind it but the hellhound chihuahua really sealed the deal.  It is a rather short piece so it was a quick read and it really told a big story with a lot of excitement.  I am so glad that this book made its way onto my radar because I thought it was really well done.

Claire is the star of a television show that features haunted places and she is a necromancer which works out well.  She drives a purple hearse and her hellhound chihuahua, Pookie, is her constant companion.  Buying her family home which happens to be possessed and moving back to her hometown shouldn't be a problem, right?  Oh, there is also the little issue of her ghostly kind of boyfriend that seems to show up at just the right moments.

I really liked the characters in this book.  Claire is tough, smart, and really quite easy to like.  I loved the fact that she was able to communicate with her dog, Pookie, and often found myself grinning over their exchanges.  Pookie was awesome!  I always seem to think that the smallest dogs have the huge personalities and that is definitely the case with Pookie.  Cole, the ghostly kind of boyfriend, seemed to fit in perfectly.  This isn't a romance at all but it was obvious that Cole cared about Claire and wanted to make sure that she stayed safe.

I thought that the story was pretty entertaining.  The same curse that is her home is showing up all over town and it is really dangerous.  Getting caught up in what's happening could very easily lead to death so there was plenty of excitement to keep things interesting.  A few ghosts that can offer some assistance along with a few other intriguing characters really add to the charm of the story. 

I do recommend this story to others.  I had a lot of fun with the book and found it to be a really easy read.  I wouldn't hesitate to read more of Ani Gonzalez's work in the future especially if Pookie is involved!

I received a digital review copy of this book from the author via Lola's Blog Tours.
About the Author

Ani GonzalezI'm a USA Today bestselling author of paranormal romantic comedy and cozy mystery (whew, that's a mouthful!) set in Banshee Creek, Virginia, The Most Haunted Town in the USA. My books feature feisty, irrepressible heroines dealing with a host of paranormal critters (ghosts, cryptids, pagan gods...the sky's the limit) and mysteries. They find love and laughter (and sometimes corpses) along the way, and readers get to follow them every step of the way.

I love quirky towns with spooky stories, and, thanks to my books, I get to "live" in one year-around. In real life I live in a Virginia suburb (which is sadly lacking in ghosts) with my husband, three children, two cats, and one adorable dog.

Author Links: Website | Amazon | Bookbub | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

16 comments:

  1. Hellhound chihuahua?? My interest is piqued, haha. I'm glad this book was a lot of fun! I don't know if it would be a good fit for me, but I'm not opposed to trying it. :)

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear?

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    1. It was short so I was willing to take a try and it ended up working out for me.

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  2. It's great! It's always so much fun to have a story like that!

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  3. I'm a bit unsure about the sexy ghost element but the rest sounds interesting.

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    1. The ghost was well done. The chihuahua kept calling him her boyfriend and I guess it stuck but this did not feel like a romance to me.

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  4. How fun! I'm reading a connected series she wrote about Banshee Creek with ghostly Cole in it acting as a sort of ghostly match maker for his sister and friends. I'll have to pick this one up, too. It sounds hilarious.

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    1. I am definitely interested in the connected series so I will be looking for your review, Sophia Rose!

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  5. This does sound really fun and quirky. I'm glad you enjoyed it! I worry sometimes if it is too cute but this one seems to have managed it. Anne - Books of My Heart

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    1. I had a lot of fun with it, Anne. I am glad that I decided to give it a try.

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  6. A hell hound chihuahua doesn't sound all too far-fetched. Lol. I've met a few who are quite rabid puppers. But OMG I so want to take them home!

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    1. I would have to agree with you regarding some small dogs. They can be fierce!

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  7. This sounds really cute. Now, I really want to try it too.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

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    1. I am glad that I took a chance with it Melanie!

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  8. I recently purchased a copy of this one! I'm so glad to hear you loved it.

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