Book Reviews – All That Glitters & Trouble in Taco Town by Jordan Castillo Price


The ABCs of Spellcraft #1.5
Publisher: JCP Books
Pages: 19
Characters: Yuri/Dixon
POV: 1st
Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy, Series

Review

I’m reviewing this as well although it was a freebie and I can’t find a buy link or blurb for it. It’s a cute story about Yuri meeting Dixon’s parents. It’s a lovely feel good short with a wonderful family vibe. I loved Dixon’s parents. They’re quirky—his mother’s meal being a good example of that, and I love how they accept both of them, and the way in Yuri reveals his talents to them. 5 out of 5 stars.


The ABCs of Spellcraft #2
Publisher: JCP Books
Pages: 82
Characters: Yuri/Dixon
POV: 1st
Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy, Series

Blurb:
Road trip!

When Dixon and Yuri head for Taco Town, they’re hoping to track down Uncle Fonzo. What they find instead is a fiasco. Is it sabotage? A curse? Or is it just a bunch of badly worded Spellcraft?

The small Minnesota berg is a tourist destination featuring a memorable roadside attraction: The Big Taco. It’s not actually edible, but there’s a flock of birds passing through that never got the memo.

One thing’s for sure, Fonzo has been there. Not only do plenty of folks recognize his photo, but they paid him to solve certain problems…all of which are now exponentially worse. Dixon wants to chalk it up to a run of bad luck. Yuri knows a con man when he sees one, and while he doesn’t relish the thought of destroying Dixon’s hero, he wouldn’t mind knocking the guy down a few pegs.

But there’s definitely something screwy about the Spellcraft they uncover. And they’d better figure out how to repair it before the Big Taco is reduced to crumbs—and with it, the livelihood of all their new friends.

The ABCs of Spellcraft is a series filled with bad jokes and good magic, where MM Romance meets Paranormal Cozy. A perky hero, a brooding love interest, and delightfully twisty-turny stories that never end up quite where you’d expect. The books are best read in order, so be sure to start at the beginning with Quill Me Now.

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Review

I loved the first book in this series Quill Me Now so was excited when I found out it was the first of a new series.

This story is wonderfully quirky as Dixon and Yuri follow Fonzo’s trail, and the spellcrafting doesn’t exactly go as they expect. I enjoyed their feel-good magical adventure. I love the characters of Dixon and Yuri, and having them narrate different characters gave some interesting insight into each man, and how much they love each other. They complement each other very well, with Dixon hardly coming up for air as he talks non-stop and Yuri being more of a silent type. I love the way Dixon’s scribing and Yuri’s seens work together. Perfect.

I love the descriptions as it makes the story so easy to visualise, and there are parts of it I really appreciated the visuals for. I will never look at a taco the same way again. The supporting cast was fun, interesting, and I found myself laughing at the plot especially as it progressed. I’m looking forward to eventually ‘meeting’ Fonzo, as he seems quite the character.

I also love the word building and magic in this world. It feels rich in history, and makes a lot of sense. Dixon’s attempts to uncraft his uncle’s crafting reminded me a little of scrabble, but with much more interesting results.

I’d recommend Trouble in Taco Town to readers who enjoy a feel-good, light magical story with likeable quirky characters, and a fun story. 5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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