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Trifles and Folly
Reviewed in the United States on April 12, 2019
Having the ability to do something that others are unable to do can be viewed as a gift or a curse. For instance, if you have the ability to see only bad things that happen in the future, how would that affect your outlook on life? Would you view it as a curse, feeling that this is something that will happen no matter what you do, or would you view it as a gift that you were allowed to see them in an attempt to change the outcome? Martin’s collection of stories portrays a little bit of these elements with characters knowing certain things that they probably shouldn’t, but it is ultimately a choice that they make as to whether to put that knowledge to good use or ignore it and let bad things happen. What would you do? Would you allows deflect to the good side of things or does it depend on the circumstances?
Cassidy and Teag run an antiques shop called Trifles and Folly, a shop that has been in Cassidy’s family for generations. While a six hundred year old vampire may own the shop, Cassidy and her ancestors don’t mind continuing to run things. This shop is not just any shop though, they items that Cassidy and Teag collect are generally either cursed items or hold some type of sentimental value from the past with A LOT of baggage. Cassidy is able to read objects and see the history of an item by touching it while Teag is able to weave magic for things like protection and also hacking into systems easily. With their combined abilities, they assist Sorren with ridding the world—one cursed object at a time. Throughout the various stories, a sequence of life events are thrown into the mix of their many adventures, but each adventure grows darker and darker. Does that mean that Cassidy, Teag, and Sorren are growing stronger or will their time come faster than they think?
Martin seems to have some really great stories among this collection; however, there is so much wasted content where the background information of the characters are reiterated every single time. If these were all separate stories at one point in time, it would have been acceptable in those instance, but now as a collection—it does not make much sense. A book series is kind of like a television show for many readers. There is no rehashing of backgrounds like Martin does within these stories. It would have more than likely been beneficial to share a brief glimpse of previous events to jog the reader’s memory. Some of the word choices did not seem relevant or accurate to the scenes either. Since this review is based on the audiobook, the narration was not a particularly good fit for this book. The accent sounded forced and the pronunciation for many words throughout the stories did not flow well. With that being written, the story did have a general practiced theme and the stories did flow well together. If you are a reader of paranormal mysteries and urban fantasy, you may want to pick up this collection of books. Since this is the first collection, you should be able to jump right in.
An audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a three-star rating for Trifles and Folly by Gail N. Martin.