Review: Deadly Curiosities (Deadly Curiosities) by Gail Z. Martin

Cassidy Kincaide owns Trifles & Folly, an antique/curio store and high-end pawn shop in Charleston, South Carolina that is more than what it seems. Dangerous magical and supernatural items sometimes find their way into mortal hands or onto the market, and Cassidy is part of a shadowy Alliance of mortals and mages whose job it is to take those deadly curiosities out of circulation.

Welcome to Trifles & Folly, an antique and curio shop with a dark secret. Proprietor Cassidy Kincaide continues a family tradition begun in 1670—acquiring and neutralizing dangerous supernatural items. It’s the perfect job for Cassidy, whose psychic gift lets her touch an object and know its history. Together with her business partner Sorren, a 500 year-old vampire and former jewel thief, Cassidy makes it her business to get infernal objects off the market. When mundane antiques suddenly become magically malicious, it’s time for Cassidy and Sorren to get rid of these Deadly Curiosities before the bodies start piling up.

*I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

This is one of those books where you finish it and are not sure what to think about it. Deadly Curiosities wasn't a bad book, nor was it particularly any good. The thing that bothered me the most I think is the fact that it didn't feel like the first novel in a series or even a stand alone. There are a couple of short novellas, but they are almost all about Sorren, so it's not like I missed something there. You just get thrown in there and hope for the best.

Cassidy is already very well known with her powers and definitely knows how to wield them. That was probably the most interesting. The powers that are present in this world, are not the most common. So that part was refreshing, but the rest not so much.

I'm not sure what it was, but I had serious trouble finishing this book. I would read a couple of chapters, put it down and read another book, then read a couple of chapters and so on. On it's own the plot was okay. Objects around Charleston go very wonky, there might be someone out to destroy the city and it's up to Cassidy and her friends to stop this from happening.

Now things do get very complicated, because they investigate a lot of history and that sometimes got mixed up in my head. It wasn't always easy to follow what was going on. Also it felt a bit dragged out to me. Every time they discover something, a battle will follow and so on and on. I was also wondering if a lot of the information they were looking for, if it was really necessary. It did give us a very complete picture of the history, but I was still left unsure with why this guy was out to destroy the city. So on the one hand too much information and on the other hand, not enough when it comes to the motivation.

Overall it's not a bad story. There was just so much description that I got lost in it and not in a good way. I also had hoped for maybe a little romance, but there was absolutely none, not even a hint. The writing was good, Gail Z. Martin does know how to write. Just the story on it's own wasn't able to appeal to me or to keep my interest for 464 pages.


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The Author
Gail Z. Martin discovered her passion for science fiction, fantasy and ghost stories in elementary school. The first story she wroteat age fivewas about a vampire. Her favorite TV show as a preschooler was Dark Shadows. At age 14, she decided to become a writer. She enjoys attending science fiction/fantasy conventions, Renaissance fairs and living history sites. She is married and has three children, a Himalayan cat, a Maltese and a golden retriever.

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