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Olivia Boler is the author of two novels, YEAR OF THE SMOKE GIRL and THE FLOWER BOWL SPELL. Her short stories have appeared in several publications including the AAWAA anthology Cheers to Muses, The Lyon Review, Mary, and DIY…Or Else. Her nonfiction has been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Marin, Poets & Writers, ForeWord, and The Noe Valley Voice among others. She lives in San Francisco with her family. To find out about her latest work, visit http://oliviaboler.com.
on April 01, 2013 :
This was a bit slow getting started but built up nicely as it went.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
on July 09, 2012 :
First thoughts after......
I want more. Cliffhangers get me every time
How Distracted Did I Get?
Memphis is a strong character who is a Wiccan. She banished all magic but she starts seeing faeries and other images or demonstrations I just don't know what to call them. Memphis is sarcastic and smart and always has some sort of retort. But will she stay with her older boyfriend or end up with the sexy Tyson?
How Many Baskets?
So, I was very confused reading some parts of the book. I continued reading because I genuinely liked the story. It's great twists and turns you just don't know what to expect. Barring the few confusing scenes I would definitely reccomend this book to someone who enjoys a paranormal mystery romance. I give The Flower Bowl Spell.......
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
on May 22, 2012 :
I couldn't put this book down - an enjoyable read. Way more valiue than the USD$2.99 price tag. Would make a great gift as it is so readable.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
on March 30, 2012 :
Memphis Zhang is a San Francisco journalist with a background in witchcraft. Having abandoned her roots in magick two years prior, because the protection spell she placed on her best friend, Alice, failed when she was brutally killed, she still suffers guilt. The sudden appearance of protective fairies, an assignment to interview Alice’s rock star brother, and a childhood friend’s insistence that Memphis take care of her two young daughters, while she leaves the country, slowly force this Chinese-American witch back into the lifestyle.
Memphis has no other choice but to take Romola and Cleo with her on an out-of-town assignment. After dodging danger, she eventually abandons the rock tour she’s supposed to be covering and embarks on a search for answers to the whereabouts of the girls’ mother. Tragedy follows when she discovers a member of her disbanded coven dead. While trying to piece together coincidences to get to the truth, Memphis starts to question whom she can trust.
The Flower Book Spell by Olivia Boler is a fantastical fast-paced roller-coaster ride. This story will keep you guessing until the end as to the identities of those trying to gain power through sinister means. I especially enjoyed the character of Cleo and the fact that she and Memphis shared unique talents.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on March 17, 2012 :
I am an admirer of Ms Boler's fiction, so although this book is not in a genre I would normally read, I decided to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. The main character, Memphis Zhang, is engaging and always interesting, and I liked leaning about her magickal powers and her enchanting family as the book progressed. The story kept me reading to find out how things would turn out. Ms Boler has created a world very much like ours, but different enough to keep her readers entertained and entranced.
(reviewed 50 days after purchase)
on March 17, 2012 :
The writing is lively, and the magic is fun. Memphis-- what a great name-- is a very likable protagonist. I cared about her very much and wanted to keep reading to find out what happens to her. The Flower Bowl Spell is well written and satisfying-- an enjoyable experience.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
on March 04, 2012 :
The Flower Bowl Spell is one of the best books I've read by an indie author. I am a voracious reader, so I have many books under my belt to compare this to.
Olivia Boler achieves a nice balance of detail within this book. She does an excellent job of bringing life to her characters and their environment, without going overboard. For a change, I wasn't left thinking "Yeah yeah, enough about his eye color - get on with the story!" On the other had, nothing was omitted or skipped over so I was left wondering "How did they get from Point A to Point B?"
The plotline is a refreshing change from so many others of this genre I've read lately. It keeps you guessing, while is also keeps moving forward. No slow spots to work through. The extended description above gives an accurate "feel" for the story, and I won't spoil it for you by giving anything away.
One problem I often encounter with indie writers is a lack of technical skills - poor grammar with run-on sentences, incorrect word usage (exceptance vs acceptance, no vs know), punctuation errors (Let's eat, Grandma. vs Let's eat Grandma.), and bad spelling. You'd think some people never heard of spellcheck, much less a proofreader. Those kind of things are very distracting, and I've deleted books without finishing them because some were so badly done. None of these things were an issue wth The Flower Bowl Spell. Ms. Boler knows her stuff!
I honestly tried, but couldn't put The Flower Bowl Spell down until I finished it at 3:00 a.m. Ms. Boler - you are responsible for the dark circles under my eyes!
On a practical note: I initially chose this book because it is a substantial full-length novel at a budget-friendly price. I look forward to reading her next work - Perhaps a sequel?
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)