Bittersweet by Dallas Coleman

Bittersweet by Dallas Coleman
Publisher: Prizm Books
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Paranormal, YA
Length: Short Story (140 pages)
Age Recommendation: 16+
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Orchid

Twins Marcus and Micah have moved all over the country, trying to find a place to run their favorite business. They love their coffee shop, but there’s always something, some sort of malevolent presence always ruins it for them. They don’t know who or what it is that haunts them, only that they can’t seem to escape it.

This time, though, they may have found just the right place to help them exorcise what ails them. Their new hometown has Spook, who has a pregnant friend, a demon belt buckle, and a way with spirits, as well as a host of other folks who are ready to take Marcus and Micah’s problem on. Things get complicated quickly, and nothing is what it seems in this fast-paced urban fantasy.

A dark shadow follows twins Marcus and Micah from place to place. At last they believe they have found a place to hide and open a coffee shop. Spook enters their coffee shop just as they realize the shadow is still with them. Absolute chaos explodes from this point onwards.

Set in the present day, vampires, werewolves, fae, demons, witches and empaths can all be found in this book.

I have to admit I found this book hard going. There were so many characters, some of them only making a brief appearance, and I wasn’t sure what the actual plot was until I had reached the half way mark. Even then I found it hard to keep track. The idea behind this story is good, but maybe if it had been told from one or two points of view it would have been clearer what was happening. By the end of the book I had worked out the main plot of the story, but believe I’d need to read it a second time to be sure.

Despite my previous comments the writing is good and the author must be congratulated for keeping the thread going throughout the book. The scene descriptions are well done as are the conversations between the major characters, plus the author obviously knew her genre as this book is definitely paranormal.

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