Ivy and Violet Grant are twins who are complete opposites of one another. They have been raised on their grandparents farm with Ivy being the one who couldn’t wait to leave and see the world whereas Violet is content to stay. The one thing the girls have in common is they come from a family line that has magical abilities.
One day when the girls were young Charlie Logan had trapped Ivy and luckily her grandfather saved her before things went too far. Charlie was fired from his job on the farm and told to leave. After the encounter Charlie plans a break in but when almost caught he grabs the first thing he can and finds he’s stumbled upon a book of magic. With his obsession of Ivy still in play Charlie returns now with power of his own.
Dark Designs by Stefanie Spangler had some interesting things and some others I was left scratching my head about leaving me to rate this book at 3.5 stars. It’s a fairly quick read that combines the fantasy world of magic with a suspense story line with Charlie’s obsession with Ivy so I enjoyed the creativity there adding magic into a thriller.
What had me curious though is the foundation of the story is that the girls have magical ability and Charlie just happens to work for the family but doesn’t seem to know of their powers since they didn’t at that time either. But here after he leaves he just happens to stumble upon a spell book to learn to use and return? Seems all built on coincidence and I think for me I would have enjoyed a bit more world building in the beginning there to better connect the magical side to the thriller side of the story.
I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley.