Witch Dust

Witch Dust For Sandra daughter of illusionists Adam and Ophelia life s never been run of the mill But when Adam s wandering eye lights on yet another conquest it proves a chorus girl too far and Sandra s ca

  • Title: Witch Dust
  • Author: Marilyn Messik
  • ISBN: 9781788030373
  • Page: 218
  • Format: ebook
  • For Sandra, daughter of illusionists, Adam and Ophelia, life s never been run of the mill But when Adam s wandering eye lights on yet another conquest, it proves a chorus girl too far, and Sandra s caught in the reverberations of her parents acrimonious parting Coerced into restoring her depressed Mother to the bosom of a family Sandra never knew existed, she s sucked inFor Sandra, daughter of illusionists, Adam and Ophelia, life s never been run of the mill But when Adam s wandering eye lights on yet another conquest, it proves a chorus girl too far, and Sandra s caught in the reverberations of her parents acrimonious parting Coerced into restoring her depressed Mother to the bosom of a family Sandra never knew existed, she s sucked into a situation that even for her is unnerving.From being without a single relative, she suddenly acquires several she d rather do without, and learns a few home truths she d prefer not to know Ophelia, it appears, has not been entirely honest about any number of things There s no doubt in Sandra s mind, the sooner she puts as much distance as possible between herself, her newly discovered nearest and dearest, their peculiar tendencies and their failing hotel business, the happier she s going to be.Dire straits call for desperate measures and Sandra reluctantly rises to the occasion A hanged housemaid, a fly on the wall documentary, The Psychic Society and a quasi co operative journalist all handled correctly should, she reckons, get the family business up and running, which will allow her to do the same as fast as she can, and in the opposite direction Things unfortunately move swiftly from bad to farce and then get a hell of a lot darker One moment Sandra s struggling to save the family s income, the next, she s battling to save their lives.

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    1. Oh what fun this book was, just when you need a change from the norm and something slightly unusual, a book comes along and does just that! "Witch Dust" by Marilyn Messik is a fab, fun read that I thoroughly enjoyed. I haven't read anything by this author before but I know that she wrote the 'Strange' series (which also sounds intriguing) and I'm pleased I've been introduced to this fabulous writer as she's witty, orig. inal, fun and wholeheartedly entertaining. Her loveable characters are as di [...]

    2. Witch Dust is a really well-written and fast read. Fun and original it reads so easily, page just flows after page. I absolutely loved it!All the characters are unique with their little quirks and eccentricities and what Sandra calls 'funny stuff', magic to you and me, they are a very interesting bunch. I love Sandra, bossy and stubborn, wanting all her life for a bit of normal and then life throws her a curve ball and she has all those crazy relatives to deal with and failing business to sort o [...]

    3. Sometimes in between all the thrillers and crime books I  read I need a change of genre and recharge my batteries and one of my favourite ways is to read a book that is completely different, something either lighthearted, amusing or just bonkers and luckily Marilyn Messik's books are usually all 3.I absolutely LOVED her first two books Relatively Strange and Even Stranger, so I was delighted to find out she had written a new standalone book.  I didn't even bother reading the blurb to be honest [...]

    4. Having not read any of this authors books before, I wasn’t quite to sure of what to expect. I love to mix up genres every now and again and I don’t think I could have picked something more different than Witch Dust.Witch Dust is a story that I think will appeal to a mixture of readers varying from young adults to the more mature of readers.There are so many strong elements to this story. With a mixture of paranormal and crime there is certainly a lot to entertain it’s readers.You have to f [...]

    5. Having loved Marilyn Messik’s previous books, I was really looking forward to reading Witch Dust. I love the title. In my view there are two types of dust. The kind that sets my allergies off and the magic kind. I have a fairy tattoo on my arm sprinkling fairy dust. Similar pose to the front cover of this book. I know which version of dust I prefer “Achoo!" Anyway, back to the topic of the book, rather than my love hate relationship with dust. I’m pleased to announce Witch Dust was yet ano [...]

    6. I am a bit of a fan of this author having absolutely loved the two books so far in her Strange series - Relatively Strange and Even Stranger, especially the main character Stella so, when I started this book, there was already a high bar to reach. To say that was met that would be true, truer still would be to say that this book completely exceeded all my expectations!In this book we meet Sandra, the daughter of Adam and Ophelia; an illusionist and his assistant. Growing up has not all been a be [...]

    7. This is such a lovely good feel and 100% fun book to read with a sprinkle of darkness thrown in too, I just loved it. Every child wants a bit of magic in their lives but when you are surrounded by it I suppose it becomes just every day normal. Adam and Ophelia were illusionists at the top of their game so their daughter Sandra was more than use to seeing dad throw knives at her mum. Sandra, now grown up, noticed that at times odd things happened that no one else seemed to pick up on, a little so [...]

    8. Witch dust by Marilyn messik. A red gash of a mouth rimmed with impossibly tiny, razor-sharp teeth yawned wide, then swift as a snake, she bent and struck For Sandra, daughter of illusionists, Adam and Ophelia, life’s never been run of the mill! But when Adam’s wandering eye lights on yet another conquest, it proves a chorus girl too far, and Sandra’s caught in the reverberations of her parents acrimonious parting. Coerced into restoring her depressed Mother to the bosom of a family Sandra [...]

    9. When I was first started this book it was something out of my comfort zone and yet I am so glad I gave it a chance. Sandra is the daughter of two illusionists Adam and Ophelia and when they fall out again this time it seems to be more serious and Ophelia takes Sandra to meet her family which is a bit unusual as she has never met them before. She understands the reasoning behind this decision when she arrives at what can only be described as a castle ruin. To say the family are a little weird is [...]

    10. Having read two books written by Marilyn Messik and loving them, I was very keen to get stuck into this one. It was a joy to read, a fun story beautifully written.I can't wait to read more. This one gets another 5 stars!!

    11. I was provided this book for an honest review from TBC and I'm glad I requested this book.Sandra is a woman with very famous parents who're magicians and known everywhere.In defiance of her upbringing she tried to become as normal as possible, she dismisses things she's seen over the years and ignores anything she doesn't want to think about too much!!This book is funny with the laughs coming thick and fast!Upon learning her mothers family are in fact alive and well when told different from her [...]

    12. One of my favourite things about blogging is being introduced to new authors and genres and I right now I am devilishly happy that I took a punt (for me) on this one.Witch Dust is bloody brilliant!I cannot remember the last book I laughed out loud at but this certainly had me giggling into the night when reading it - in one sitting I might add!!Sandra is sat in her living room when her mother suddenly appears, at first I thought she was a ghost only Sandra could see, honestly, until Sandra's boy [...]

    13. This is the third book by this author that I've read and she hasn't disappointed. I love her style of writing, it's fabulous!In Witch Dust we meet Sandra, the daughter of two illusionists/magicians. We first meet Sandra when her mother 'appears' and states she has left her husband for good this time. She persuades Sandra to take her to see her family - a family Sandra was told didn't exist. Cue a cocktail of strange goings on, relatives that are not pleased to see her, magic and something sinist [...]

    14. The beginning of this story I found was a little slow however I stuck with it and it did get going. after the a good few chapters I started enjoying this and with fantastic character. I would recommend this book.

    15. A glorious cornucopia of plot elements ranging from haunted house to magic via disruptive family and uninformed do-gooder. Luckily, our narrator is an inventive and multi-talented problem-solver who leaps from one crisis to the next taking advantage of every bizarre coincidence, surfing across each mounting situation and dodging looming disaster.This riotous escapade leaves the reader little time to draw breath as Marilyn Messik throws out new snags at every turn, cleverly keeping lots of plates [...]

    16. I found this book slow to begin with, once I got in to the book i did find i was laughing at parts and started to enjoy this story more and more.

    17. Witch Dust did not disappoint me at all, a FAB book that had me both laughing and spooked! The story develops at a good pace, introducing intriguing characters that you quickly come to know and love. Throw a haunted hotel, a crazy family, magic, terror and a cook with interesting skills and it all adds up to a great book that you will devour in one sitting. Highly recommended and I for one am really hoping for a sequel.

    18. When I saw Marilyns third book was up to be reviewed, I jumped at the chance as I enjoyed the last 2 books.Witch Dust pulled me in from the first page and it was one of those books that i didn't want to finish.The story is full of humour and is subtly dark at times. Would suit those into paranormal/fantasyor if you fancy something different to your usual genre.Highly recommended and I look forward to reading more from Marilyn.

    19. This story took me by surprise. Although billed as a paranormal thriller the tone is very much lighter and the comedic element makes much of the book a hilarious fly on the wall tongue in cheek type story. That's not to say I didn't enjoy it- far from it. This was fresh and unique. With a "Bewitched' element about it, I loved how the story unfolded through Sandra's eyes. The reader is as surprised as she is as every new chapter unfolds. Well worth the time to read, the chapters flew by as I was [...]

    20. Having read and enjoyed "Relatively Strange" and "Even Stranger" from this author, I can definitely say that this book hit the high expectations I placed upon it! Once again, a completely original concept, written in a witty and encapsulating way. A talented author, and I would recommend any of her books. A must-read if you are looking for something refreshingly different!

    21. This book was an absolute breath of fresh air. Marilyn Messik took me on an enchanting, fairy-tale ride – think Harry Potter cum Night Circus. Her writing crackles with spark and humour. So beautifully did she conjure up this magical world that I was completely engrossed and unquestioningly drawn into the realms of the extraordinary. Great characterisation – the main character, Sandra, is fabulous, as are all the other nuttily odd characters. I had been on a bit of a psychological thriller b [...]

    22. 4 stars. I was tempted to give this book 3 stars but I realized that it probably is just not the kind of book that I typically read- it's just slower than my usual thrillers. I would classify this as a cozy mystery/comedy book. If you're looking for nonstop action, then this isn't what you want. But, if you like well fleshed out characters, lots of antics and drama, then this would be right up your alley! Poor Sandra. She just found out she has long lost relatives, and she's not very happy about [...]

    23. Serenissima/ Sandra parents were Adam and Ophelia are a famous illusionist act that have a stage shows but aren’t there a lot for Sandra.But Sandra was not neglected but some people just aren’t natural parents but there was never a shortage of loving hugs and expensive gifts. As a child she had been left behind at hotels, stations, or airports but it was from absent mindedness on her parents part when it came to Sandra. But Sandra also knew sooner or later someone would come back in a panic [...]

    24. Witch Dust, on paper, is not a book I would normally have chosen to read; I tend to stay away from the fantasy genre. However, I do like trying something new and in this case I am glad I did, pardon the pun but this was spookily good, in a way I reminded me of the television show from my childhood Rentaghost.   There are times when I really need a good easy book, with humour, great characters and plot that is easy to understand, and Marilyn Messik ticked all those boxes for me.The plot is narra [...]

    25. When I am too busy to get much reading done I want to pick up a book which will keep me entertained, ideally it will not be too heavy in content and a lighter tone or subject matter is appreciated. Witch Dust certainly entertained and the diverse cast of characters – beginning with Sandra (the daughter of two stars of the stage) and her extremely high maintenance mother – kept me flicking through the pages as the story was spun around me.The story opens with a murder confession and I felt on [...]

    26. Witch Dust was great fun to read. It's about a hotel in financial crisis, a completely unconventional upbringing and, literally, life-changing family secrets.Sandra has very dysfunctional parents - there's no other way to describe them. But it's only when she agrees to help her mother, Ophelia, recover from depression that she discovers her parents are just the tip of a very wobbly iceberg. When her mother leads her to a failing hotel filled with eccentric relatives (a family Sandra didn't even [...]

    27. There is a god of literary genius and her name is Marilyn Messik. If I had one iota of her talent I could explain properly how much I enjoyed this book. The dialogue is razor sharp, witty, dry and very funny. The characters are wonderfully eccentric and totally lovable. The whole package is like a gift that keeps on giving. Reading it was like being snuggled up in a warm, comfy robe whilst sipping champagne and eating peeled grapes. There is nothing that could make this book any more perfect. It [...]

    28. Recieved a free earc for an honest review! From the first page your rushed into an awesome world that is mysterious and the characters are dynamic! The plot was great and I couldn't stop reading!

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