book reviews by Althea

*** Spells of Blood and Kin – Claire Humphrey

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Spells of Blood and Kin
Spells of Blood and Kin by Claire Humphrey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Paranormal fantasy meets women’s fiction?

Lissa has led a sheltered life, brought up by her Russian grandmother and taught the old traditions – the VERY old traditions. Lissa’s baba was a witch. And now, her clients expect Lissa to take over her practice and provide them with the potions and spells. She’s ready to do her best – but she feels underprepared. Luckily, part of her magic is that once a month, she can ask questions of her grandmother’s spirit.

Still, grieving is stressful – and when Lissa’s far-more-worldly and modern stepsister shows up to ‘help,’ life gets even more complicated.

And then, there’s Maksim. The physically imposing man is clearly capable of great violence, but he is desperate for Lissa’s help. The limited information from her grandmother has merely told her that Maksim is ‘kin.’ Of course, she wants to do what she can for him. But Maksim’s problems may stretch the limits of her abilities. The ‘kin’ are not Lissa’s relatives, but a kind of werewolf, and Maksim’s entanglement with her grandmother is an old, old debt.

Many thanks to St. Martin’s and Netgalley for the opportunity to read. As always, my opinions are solely my own.

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