Review: Hex Marks the Spot by Ani Gonzalez

Posted February 3, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 16 Comments

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Review: Hex Marks the Spot by Ani Gonzalez
Hex Marks the Spot

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Series: Drop Dead Witchy #1
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on October 19, 2018
Pages: 209
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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Paranormal Meets Small Town in the latest series opener from the Banshee Creek world.  After all the build up percolating in the background of the rest of the Banshee Creek books and connected series, we finally get to see where all those ominous warnings were leading and it seems it will take a Necromancer, her demon chihuahua familiar, her ghost high school crush, and a band of paranormals who are more than they seem to defeat the big bad.

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Oh yep, you read that last sentence right.  This is Banshee Creek after all where a gal coming back to her small town roots encounters a spiritual trap on her old ancestral home that summons monster squid from another dimension, that brings an encounter with her high school crush enjoying his afterlife as the spirit protector of his home town, and the PRoVE folks turning out to be a bit of something more than the paranormal fanatics and science types the world things they are.

But, its all hands on deck when someone is deliberately summoning monsters from another dimension and a mysterious cult seems to be operating in the background and behind the summons.  The death count is rising and world-weary necromancer, Claire Delacourt, must step up and take the mantle for the family legacy of fighting what goes thump in the night and threatens the world.

Right away, I enjoyed having Claire as the heroine and sole narrator of the story.  She had a hard time of it as a kid and teen when she was the freak who saw ghosts and danger in every shadow, but now she’s a famous TV personality and has her own ghost hunter show though her demon chihuahua partner, Pookie gets the most fan mail.  Behind the scenes, they aren’t just playing it up for the camera, but work as a team to kill the dangerous paranormals lurking and dangerous to people.  She has come into her own and is no longer that unsure girl who didn’t fit in.  She is a powerful and confident fighter.  Oh, she’s not invulnerable and can be injured and even questions how she can defeat these inter dimensional Lovecraft-esque monsters just as she isn’t as indifferent as she claims about being around Cole again even in ghost form, but she’s the tough gal now and owns the quirks of being the creepy gal who sees and chats with ghosts.

I enjoyed seeing Cole Hunt finally step out of the background for a much bigger role.  He was always that character in the epilogues and last pages of the other stories whom readers knew was orchestrating things in Banshee Creek though oh so mysterious.  His preparations now make better sense.  He may be a ghost, but the man who died a soldier and protector is here still fighting on the front lines and protecting.  He’s a great sidekick and help to Claire who still gets flustered around him.  I enjoyed having both Cole and Pookie as Claire’s back up.

What a fun twist PRoVE turned out to be!  All this time I thought they were harmless paranormies…. They were always responsible for some of the funniest scenes in the earlier books, but now, I can’t wait to see what comes of this new reality that group will bring for the series.

The main mystery of who was opening the gates to let the monsters through and killing or attempting to kill specific people in Banshee Creek is answered, but the overarching issue caused by the increase in power and magic that is returning to the world is left open.  I look forward to seeing what comes next for Claire and everyone as their next challenge comes to them.

Hex Marks the Spot does begin a brand new series and I think newcomers who love Urban Fantasy can start here with little difficulty, but might have a mild sense that there were earlier stories.
It is part of the Banshee Creek world of books that began with the Banshee Creek series, then the Main Street Witches were released with the Ghost Hunters After Dark short stories mixed in there, and then these were followed by the Magical Curiosity Shoppe series of short stories.
All these introduce the town and many of its residents including the ghosts that are mentioned as background characters in this new book.

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About Ani Gonzalez

Hi! I write about smart, funny people making out (and finding corpses) in haunted houses. I like ghost stories, chocolate, and sangría.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Melliane
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Oh yes I was curious about this one but I was anxious that it would be too short…

Sophia Rose
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Glad I could satisfy your curiosity, Melliane. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
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This sounds like my kind of book. You know I love a good paranormal story.

Sophia Rose
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You have definitely come to the right place, Mary. 🙂

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books
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I really enjoyed this one as well. I am looking forward to more adventures with this crew.

Sophia Rose
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Hopefully we get a release date soon and the next one will be out in the fall. Crossing fingers! 🙂

Lola
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It sounds neat how all those adventures in this town tie a bit together across multiple series. This sounds like a fun read and how neat you get to see Cole step out of the shadows. And Claire sounds like a great heroine too. I like the sound of how part of the mystery is resolve din this book, but enough left open for future books. Great review!

Sophia Rose
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Yes! I was thrilled to see this new series that steps away from the cozy feel and more toward straight Urban Fantasy. Cole’s ghost character was one of the best parts.
The mystery’s resolution and ongoing series threads was done so well. Can’t wait for more.

Nicci @ Sunny Buzzy Books
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I have this on my TBR. I didn’t realise it was a spin-off series… Meh, I’m going to read it anyway. At least it’s book one of the spin off series!

Sophia Rose
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There is a good explanation in it and introductions so I think it will work just fine for a place to start if you like, Nicci. 🙂

Carole rae
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demon chihuahua familiar? Whaa!? Love it

Sophia Rose
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LOL, that’s his Clark Kent version. It’s so funny to know that the little chihuahua is really a dangerous demon. 🙂

Rachel @Waves of Fiction
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I’ve never heard of this series, but it sounds like a fun, odd mix of characters. I do enjoy Urban Fantasy quite a bit so I’ll have to check this out. Wonderful review, Sophia Rose! 🙂

Sophia Rose
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This book is the first in a new series, but its part of the Banshee Creek world. All those older books are more cozy paranormal mystery in feel. This is the first that switches over to traditional Urban Fantasy. I have enjoyed all of it. 🙂

Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
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I love that Claire has a chihuahua familiar. Those little dogs can be seriously vicious!!

Sophia Rose
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That is for sure, Stephanie. Our next door neighbor had two. They tried to bite me when I walked home from work even after I lived next door for over ten years. Most dogs are perfectly okay around me so it was just them. 😉