Thursday, March 4, 2021

Review: The Grimm Cases by Lyla Oweds

 If you follow me regularly, this post will look more than a little familiar. While I, at first, picked up the first book, Origins, for review, I enjoyed it so much that I went back and...maybe...begged to read the entire box set. I breezed through it quickly, and there's no way I'm going to hide my thoughts from you on this whole thing.


And it's the box set which I just finished up and enjoyed...
very, very much.

Mu
Mu is the box set collection which combines books 1-3 as well as the novella Home in one handy box set. You can buy it here.

Bianca, a timid and shy university student, has no choice but to step outside her comfort zone to seek answers to her ghostly problems. The only problem is that, because of what she finds, she now has more questions than before.



The things I see aren’t for the faint of heart.

And I am no longer willing to ignore them. Not even when my family, and my best friend, tell me to keep quiet about what’s happening. They say people will think I’m crazy.

Maybe I am.

But the spirit haunting my professor’s house is definitely trying to tell me something, and I’m the only one who can see it.

The one person who can help me is my best friend's brother. But I don’t know if I can trust him or his friends. Or if I can step outside the protective bubble I’ve built around myself.

At this point it’s a toss up: the ghosts will kill me or my panic attacks will.

Either way, I figure I’m going to die.



MY TIDBITS

Fans of reverse harems, which stay clean, are packed with magic, and hold the most quirky characters are going to enjoy this one quite a bit.

Bianca is a very, very, very shy and sheltered person, who follows her one and only best friend to college. He's not only her world but her support, since she was diagnosed with a psychological disorder years ago, one that has her seeing ghosts. But she's not so sure the supernatural isn't real, especially when a ghost isn't only haunting her but has physically left its marks. Hoping he'll help, she tries to tell him what's going on. To no avail. So, she seeks out his brother...a guy she doesn't know but heard he does dabble in those types of things. Little does she know that this one small step outside of her comfort zone is about to make her entire life flip-flop in ways no one could have predicted. And then some.

This is not a series to be read and expected a normal thinking heroine. Bianca is quirky and has the oddest thoughts at the oddest times. Add that she's been more than sheltered her entire life, and she made my eyebrows raise more than dozens of times. But that's what makes her so much fun. The guys she befriends are ridiculous in their own ways, and it makes for the strangest group...and a very fun one, at that. Just don't expect logical behavior, and you'll enjoy this one quite a bit.

The plot moves along very well through the books, for the most part. I did wonder when book three still had the same settings as book one, and some plot threads seemed to pull out longer than necessary, but I still enjoyed reading this one and couldn't put it down. There are very unexpected twists, and while some of the intrigue is solved, there's still so much to go on the continuing books (which I haven't read yet). And yet, it's simple in it's own way and holds just as much humor as it does romance or danger and action. It's simply an odd mix that weaves the entertainment level perfectly.

As to the romance, it's a slow-burn. Somewhat. Kind of. As said, this is a clean read up to this point, and while there are definitely hints at much stronger things possible in the future, Bianca's issues keep a lot at bay. Since this is a young adult read, I appreciate that. 

But if you're a fun of reverse harem to the point of going super past cliche and a heroine, who is out there in the corniest and most wonderful way, and you love magical intrigue and ghosts and even deadly tension....well, this one fulfills all of that.


And here she is...

Lyla Oweds is a paranormal romance author who resides in the beautiful Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania. She grew up near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, and has a deep appreciation for the paranormal, hauntings, and Edgar Allan Poe. As such, she loves all things fantasy, mystery, crime, and horror.

She is the author of the Paranormal Reverse Harem series, The Grimm Cases and related novellas. She has also published the first book of Gloria Protean’s story, The Red Trilogy. You can find out more about her current and upcoming works at her website, http://lylaoweds.com.
When not reading, writing, or working as a web programmer, Lyla can be found doing adult-y things such as being a mom, decorating the house, and baking. She also frequently enjoys makeup videos, massages, wine, and coffee.

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