Lucinda's Pawnshop, Book One
Hope Schenk-de Michele, Paul Marquez with Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
Ratings and Recommendations
Rating: 4 1/2 teacups
Book Club Worthy In genre.
Is Lucinda able to stay away from Nick to keep him safe from her father as she sees it or will her love for him be too strong to stay away from him?
This is a strong start to a new series with this 4 ½ rated novel on my blog as I always feel stifled by the normal 1 to 5 scale. The plot is quite unusual with Lucinda being the half-human and half-angle daughter of Eve and Lucifer from the Garden of Eden in the original sin. The premise of the book places the pawnshop that Lucinda runs for Lucien (Lucifer) able to open anywhere at any time, whenever a human is a crossroads in their lives to tempt them to purchase a cursed object giving him an inroad to their soul. Lucinda has throughout time tried to honor her mother and foil her father’s plan.
The ending sets up the next book with a couple different cliff hangers that I am excited to read to see what happens. There are a few minor issues that I have with the book such as a human under Lucifer’s control being able to perhaps do things against his wishes. It is intriguing that Lucinda is allowed to go against her father and he knows about it also, where she believes that he does not know about it. Another perhaps paradigm is that the “seed” is lost from Lucifer without his knowledge by someone that is supposedly working for him. I know that sounds quite cryptic, however, if I say more it will give some things away. No spoilers, you will have to read the novel to understand my criticism. All told though it is a very good start to a new series. And I will be looking for the next novel to be releasing.,,
Is this novel for you? You like Sci-Fi, paranormal, and romance. You do not mind a very big cliff hanger and can wait to find some major information out in the next book. You are somewhat interested in the occult as a backstory. This could be the story for you.
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