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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Book Review: Spell Touched (Breens Mist Witches Book 1) by Aileen Harkwood

Spell Touched (Breens Mist Witches Book 1)
by Aileen Harkwood
166 pages
September 30, 2014
Would you dare to fall in love, if you knew you’d be dead by midnight...?

Gisela Marton doesn’t know what to make of the mysterious gift left on her doorstep on Halloween morning, with its strange card that reads, Happy Death Day, Gisela! Everywhere she goes people she’s never seen before in the small town of Breens Mist, Oregon, wish her the same. Is this a tasteless joke meant to terrify, or a genuine threat?

Maddeningly calm, with a seductive grin that makes her hope this isn’t her last day on Earth, Sean MacLenna appears out of nowhere at the restaurant where she works to confirm the worst. She is going to die. At midnight. What Gisela and most others in town don’t know is they share it with a hidden society of witches, one that has protected the community for two hundred years. Every spell of protection woven comes with a price, however. In Gisela’s case that price is to sacrifice her life for the good of the town, and Sean, one of Breens Mist’s warlocks, has vowed to make her final hours the most pleasurable possible.

Spell Touched is the first book in what will be the Breens Mist Witches series. Gisela Marton, the main character, received a gift on Halloween that includes a very special message. It’s one that lets her know she is going to die. Gisela isn’t sure if this is a sick joke, death threat or her future, until Sean MacLenna shows up to confirm the worst. As one of the town’s warlocks, Sean is there to help her through the last day of her life.

To be honest, after reading the blurb, I was not sure that I wanted to read this novel. I’m really not one for reading books that kill off my main character. I’m more of a happily ever after kind of reader, but I gave it a try anyway.

So does she die? Well, I can’t tell you that, but here is what I can tell you. The story was unique and interesting. It was a relatively short novel that managed to keep me interested the whole time. Why was she going to die and how? These questions kept playing through my head pushing me to read on. So yes, I enjoyed the book.

In addition, both characters were very likable. Gisella was a girl next-door type that I could easily relate to. Sean was another interesting character. He was more of a mystery but that just made you want to learn more about him. I could understand Gisella’s attraction to him and I’m happy to say that YES you do get some romance there.

With that in mind, there were also a couple things about the story that bothered me. I wanted more emotion from my main character. I wanted to feel her anguish over her predicament and I’m not quite sure I got that. In addition, the book felt a little one-dimensional. I like my stories with all sorts of crazy subplots and things going on. In that area, this book did not delivery. I’m not sure if that’s because it was setting up for the future books, or if that is just the way the author writes. I guess only time will tell.

3.5 Death Day Sheep


About the Author:
Aileen Harkwood is a die hard fan of the mysteries, thrills and romances life has to offer and has wanted to write her own since she penned her first, safely-hidden-away-in-a-drawer-never-to-see-the-light-of-day novel in high school. She has a B.A. in Creative Writing, and resides in the Southern Rockies of the United States with her family, a fetch-addicted Labrador retriever and two cats named after birds.


  1. Sharon this premise sounds really interesting. I may have to get it to see if she dies and what happens.

    1. I agree. Got it added to my list! Thanks for commenting :)

  2. Great review. I love that cover too. Her red hair is beautiful.

  3. This sounds interesting! I've put it on my amazon wish list. Your review was as always was very well done - thx!!!