By: Mariah Brown
When I was told my Laura Greenwood that the Amethyst’s Wand Shop Mysteries would be a good series to read by her, I hopped on it right away. This series starts out with the book Hexes and Vexes by Laura Greenwood and Arizona Tape. My first impression of the book was how well the characters were written in it. I completely related to Amethyst, who goes by Amy.
There were a bunch of laughs throughout the story, I have never laughed so hard at a book before. On top of the laughs, there is a very good mystery that needs solved, which I enjoyed following along to see where it ended.
I want to start with Herb, the gargoyle cat. Amy talks to him as if he is alive, which confuses Ambrose. Herb is nice though because he does not need fed all the time or watered. This makes him the easiest family member to take care of.
Ambrose is one of those characters who just stands there when a joke is being told. He does not react to it like most people would. This characteristic makes him perfect to partner up with Amy. Amy is constantly making jokes and having fun with life. This makes them have an amazing contrast together. I absolutely love how smoothly they work together.
I enjoyed that Laura and Arizona kept the plot more toward the mystery aspect and not so much on the romance. Sometimes, authors can put too much emphasis on the romance and then lose the plot. That did not happen here, which I loved. It also made this book that much more interesting for me because I was wondering if Ambrose and Amy were meant to be together or not.
As for the mystery of the novel, I loved every minute of it. Amy wiggles her way into helping Ambrose with the case. He eventually finds that Amy is very valuable to his work and she should help more often.
I loved how quickly I was able to read the book, but I truly wish there was more to it. I think the authors could have expanded the plot a little more and make them find leads that may not have been as useful. I also would have liked to read more descriptions of the scenes. Other than that, the book was very well put together and a great read. Since the books are shorter than most, I might be able to read them all rather quickly.
At the end of the book, there is a sneak peak into book 2, which is really awesome. I loved that we were able to get a head start in the next book.
I give this book a 4.5/5 stars. The characters were very well made and meshed together, and the atmosphere of the wand shop was amazing. I cannot wait to read the second one. I highly recommend reading this book.