Sunday, July 24, 2011

Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore

Texas Gothic
Good Reads Summary

Amy Goodnight's family is far from normal. She comes from a line of witches, but tries her best to stay far outside the family business. Her summer gig? Ranch-sitting for her aunt with her wacky but beautiful sister. Only the Goodnight Ranch is even less normal than it normally is. Bodies are being discovered, a ghost is on the prowl, and everywhere she turns, the hot neighbor cowboy is in her face.

My Thoughts

It's cute which I do not mean in a negative way. Texas Gothic is a surprising mix of witches and cowboys, magic and science, romantic-comedy and ghost mystery. It's not deep but damned entertaining. It starts with a girl in her undies flapping her arms at a cow whilst a young cowboy watches over then moves to a mystery of a long dead body, ghosts and sink holes. Can you blame me for finishing it? And it's funny! I love me a good laugh. While there's slapstick, with them bumping into each other, falling into holes and whatnot, there were also laughs that stemmed from the sweet/annoying moments between Amy and Ben.

It's different, I will give it that. They're different. From Amy to Phin Goodnight to Mark and Ben McCulloch, all of them were unique. Consider Amy's sister Phin, who mixed science and witchcraft, who at times was dense but when it counted could be sensitive. She's the forgetful scientist minus terrible hair plus magic. Or Amy! Gosh, this girl didn't make sense. At first I thought she would be like those other girls from magic families. You know, the different one? The one without magic in a mostly magical family ala- girl from Once A Witch. Things were not that simple though as she's more like the family's guard. She's hellbent on keeping her magic and nonmagic worlds separate to keep them if not secret, then at least, unnoticed. But with her aunt's reputation, I wondered if her insistence to keep those things apart really was necessary. And how did she keep those worlds apart? Snark. It is this that endeared her to me. Because IMO, it is this that endeared her to Ben as well.

Speak of attraction, the one between her and Ben was absolutely hilarious. Like watching a romantic comedy, at first they rubbed each other the wrong way, with each encounter their mutual annoyance increased. And when things finally did come to head, well... sparks! It smacked of Ten Things I Hate About You. Consider:

Her saying,"You have a funny way of showing how much you don't like me."

And him replying, "I don't like gophers either, but I wouldn't leave one to suffer. I'd shoot it to put it out of its misery."
Last, it doesn't take itself seriously. It's actually quite light in mood despite there being ghosts and danger. If anything there's a comic feel from beginning to end. Witches and Cowboys make for an interesting read.


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