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I started the series for a lighted hearted urban fantasy of magic and mystery. It has degenerated to a slog through the protagonist 's dysfunctional and emotionally abusive relationships. I won't be purchasing again
I'm a sucker for cozy mysteries with cats and holiday themes. So "Yule Be Magical," by Sara Bourgeois captured me with its title and cat on the cover. This is book number 8 in the Familiar Kitten Mysteries. Usually, when I am reading a series, it doesn't bother me to read the books out of order, but this time, I found myself at a definite disadvantage by not knowing the back stories of the main characters. My first recommendation is to read this series in order. I didn't know on page one of the book that the main character Kinsley was a witch and that her ex-husband Azriel was a vampire, so I was somewhat confused until that was spelled out in the narrative later.
Still, all the things I love about cozy mysteries are here: amateur sleuth Kinsley who helps her boyfriend Thorn ( a mere mortal who is the Sheriff) solve a murder, a magical cat (immortal as long as Kinsley's clan is alive), and lack of foul language or graphic scenes. The book is short and at a vocabulary level suitable for young readers.
These “Familiar Kitten Mysteries” are like candy — deliciously entertaining and gone before you know it! Sara Bourgeois (is she for real?) always leaves you wanting more. The adventures of reluctant witch Kinsley and her familiar, Meri, along with an intriguing cast of other characters keep you turning the pages. And there are vampires! Nothing gory or graphic; no deep-thinking angst-ridden philosophy. Just a plain fun read for all ages!